Artwork Preparation and Handling

Artwork Preparation

Remember that your art will be displayed at a professional art exhibit.   Presentation and preparation is important, and your 2D art and/or Photography will show better if nicely framed.

2D Artwork and Photography, and Digital Design hanging preparation must meet the requirements for the Orinda Library Art Gallery’s two different hanger systems. Both systems require wall art to have a wire spanning the entire width of the back side of the piece. This includes both framed and unframed artwork. On framed artwork, wires fastened to flat eye-hooks need to be taut and optimally about 4-5” from the top of the painting (this is so the top of the painting doesn’t swing out from the wall.) Please do not use saw-toothed hangers, which will not work with the gallery hanging system. Unframed foam core and cardboard mounted artwork also require wires or strings that span the back. The wires or strings should be secured with industrial strength glue (preferably glued with a glue gun) and strong duct tape to keep them in place.

Please have all hanging artwork with wire installed and ready for hanging before turning in artwork for the competition. NO artwork will be accepted unless it meets the above requirements* (For detailed hanging instructions, click here.)


Size Requirements

Due to our limited space, the artwork dimensions may not exceed 36” x 48” rectangular or 36” x 36” square in size.  Anything larger will not be accepted.


Artwork Drop-Off - Tuesday, February 12th

Artwork will be received on February 3rd at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library.  Teachers can make appointments from 12:00 pm - 4 pm and students can drop off from 3 pm - 6 pm.


Artwork Pick Up - Thursday February 27th

Artwork can be picked up on Thursday, February 27th  at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library.  Teachers may come by appointment from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm and students can pick up from from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm.  Please do not take away student artwork before the official artwork pick-up time! Each returned piece needs to be recorded and signed out.​  THIS IS THE ONLY DAY TO PICKUP YOUR ARTWORK.  Please make arrangements (with a parent, friend or teacher) if you are unable to pick-up your artwork on this day.


Artwork Release of Liability

The Lamorinda Arts Council is proud of our stewardship of the students’ artwork and quite strict in documenting the receipt and return of the numerous pieces of artwork processed by our all-volunteer staff. Video surveillance, funded in part by the Lamorinda Arts Council, is installed at the Orinda Library Art Gallery to insure the security of your artwork. However, the Lamorinda Arts Council and City of Orinda do require that you agree to a release of liability during the online registration process.