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New Edgewater Library to Get Chicago-Made Artwork

 The Edgewater Library opened June 22, 2013.
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EDGEWATER — The city wants Chicago-made artwork to grace the walls of the new Edgewater Library that opened last month.

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced an invitation to all professional artists throughout the city to apply for a chance to be commissioned to do the work later this year.

All applications must be postmarked by July 31.

"There are several potential locations in the library where art may be placed," the city's request says. "Preference will be given to a few primary sites — the entry wall in the foyer, the wall behind the circulation desk and the wall on the second floor outside the community room."

After two years of construction, the two-story library opened to fanfare June 22 at 6000 N. Broadway with more than $500,000 in additional materials for check-out.

A short list of possible artists will be revealed in September, with official proposals due in December. Finalists will be commissioned in early January and a community meeting will be held to present the designs, according to the city's invitation.

The artwork should be installed before June 2014 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the library's opening.