Diversity 365 Gallery

About the Gallery

The Library at Three Rivers Community College has created an exhibition space called the Diversity 365 Gallery and we have received funding to purchase art for a permanent collection for this gallery. The art that we will feature will celebrate and explore the themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The process for choosing art for the permanent collection will include hosting a series of Diversity 365 exhibitions over the next four to five semesters. Each show will feature work from a different segment of our larger college community. The final permanent collection will include work in a variety of 2D media from the faculty, staff, and students from Connecticut’s state college and university systems, as well as from the general public. At the close of the series of Diversity 365 exhibitions, the selection committee will purchase art from the body of exhibited work for the permanent collection. The first Diversity 365 exhibition will open February 1, 2022 and run through April 12, 2022.

Exhibition #1


Submission deadline: Friday, January 14, 2022
Acceptance notification: Friday, January 21, 2022
Delivery of accepted art: Monday, January 24-Friday, January 28, 2022
Exhibition dates: Tuesday, February 1 – Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Pick-up of all exhibited art: Monday, April 18 – Friday, April 22, 2022.

Exhibition theme
The TRCC Library has created a new gallery space, the Diversity 365 Gallery, dedicated to celebrating diversity in all its complexity. Over the course of several semesters, we will be hosting several calls for art to locate and exhibit two-dimensional art, in any medium, that celebrates the theme of diversity, equity and inclusion. All accepted art will be exhibited.

Artists submitting two-dimensional work for the Diversity 365 Exhibition #1 must be current, retired or adjunct faculty members within the CSCU or UCONN system. Faculty members do not have to be specifically teaching in the Visual Arts to qualify to enter submissions. Work from all artists is welcome, and artists of color are encouraged to apply. Any submitted work must be original and created within the past 5 years. View the full prospectus.

Submission Guidelines
Artists can submit two high-resolution images for up to three pieces of two-dimensional work done in any 2D medium (total 6 images). Submitted work must be able to fit through the library’s entry doors. The doors can accommodate dimensions up to 5’ wide x 7’ high.

Images of work should be labeled with “title, media, size, and date.” Please do not label the images of your work with your name, as all art will be anonymously reviewed by the art selection committee. Acceptable files formats are “jpg” and “png”. Image size can be up to 10MB each. Please include a brief artist’s statement that explores how the work submitted reflects and responds to the theme of diversity, equity and inclusion. Artist’s statements can be up to 300 words. Artists’ statements will be exhibited with the accepted work.

Again, all submissions will be evaluated “blind” by the library’s reviewing committee. All chosen work must be delivered to the TRCC Library exhibition-ready, which means the work is ready to hang and includes the proper hanging hardware. All work submitted for this show must be available for the duration of the exhibition and must be available for purchase. Substitutions will not be accepted. Artists are responsible for insuring, delivering and picking up their work.

Exhibition #1 Submission Checklist PDF

Community College Faculty: Submit work via the Diversity 365 Gallery Submission Form.

Connecticut State University and UConn Faculty: Please submit your work via email to Laura Vasselle according to the instructions outline in the prospectus.

Additional Opportunities:
Artists whose work is accepted for the “Diversity 365 Exhibition #1” may be offered the opportunity to exhibit their work at other college locations in the CSCU system and to be part of artist talks at the Diversity 365 Gallery. Participation in additional exhibition locations and/or artist talks is not required for eligibility to submit work for the “Diversity 365 Exhibition #1.”

After the series of Diversity 365 exhibitions has been completed, the TRCC Library may choose to purchase individual pieces from the body of exhibited art that particularly resonate with the reviewing committee. The Library Director will have the final say on any art that is purchased.

Questions? Please email Laura Vasselle, Reference & Instruction Librarian.