2023 Library Card Art Contest Online Exhibition

In 2023, we launched a library card art contest celebrating African Americans and the Arts in Oakland.
Local artists of all ages were asked to submit artwork that reflects a deep love for Oakland’s icons, legends and history makers in music, dance, theater, visual arts and literature.
We're grateful to have so many talented artists in our community and we were honored to see all of the beautiful submissions to the contest!
Please accept this online exhibition of the 39 finalists as a thank you to every participating artist for their creative efforts, talent and love for Oakland.  

By Category

Click image to view larger size. Hover over image to view excerpts of artist statements. Artist names are included in the albums featured at the bottom of this page.

Visual Arts

Hip-Hop 50th Aniversary

Literature & Poetry


Performing Arts

By age


2023 Library Card Art Contest Submissions - Adults


2023 Library Card Art Contest - Children


2023 Library Card Art Contest Submissions - Teens

Questions? Contact Tarshel Beards, Community Relations Manager

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