Call for Submissions: One Read Art Exhibit

One Read Art Exhibit
Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia)

Inspired by this year’s One Read book “When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky,” we invite Mid-Missouri artists ages 16 and older to contribute works for our 2023 exhibition, “Unearthed.” Works should explore the revelation of something buried or hidden, capture the idea of discovery, or bring to light something previously held in darkness.

Cash prizes will be awarded for three winners, sponsored by Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The third place winner will receive $50, second place $75 and first place $125.

The exhibit will take place September 1 – 15, and can be viewed in person at the September 1 First Friday reception.

“She pictured mounds covering the ground like giant, rounding waves coming into a beach. She imagined them being there, maybe under her feet. Holding layers and layers of ancestors, elders, and ancient ones. Trapped somehow in rocks or stones.”

― Margaret Verble, “When Two Feathers Fell From the Sky”

Submission Details

  • Artists must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Artists may submit one original work in any visual medium.
  • Pieces should be ready for display; pieces without secure hanging wire cannot be accepted (no sawtooth hangers, please).
  • Work should be labeled on the back with your name, phone number or email and title of the work.
  • Submit artwork to Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia).
  • Please print and fill out this form to bring in with your work if possible. Submission forms will be available at Orr Street on the dates below if you are unable to print one ahead of time.
  • Submission dates are:
    • Friday, August 25, noon – 4 p.m.
    • Saturday, August 26, noon – 4 p.m.
  • At the end of the exhibit, artists can pick up their work at Orr Street on the following days:
    • Saturday, September 16, noon – 4 p.m.
    • By appointment (send an email to

Questions? Contact Lauren Williams at (573) 443-3161 or

Special thanks to Orr Street Studios, the Columbia Art League and Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs for their support!

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One Read is generously underwritten by the Friends of the Columbia Public Library and made possible by organizations in our community. We thank all of our partners on the task force for their support.