Athol Public Library Art Exhibition

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Art Exhibit Application Form - Please print the form and return to the Athol Public Library.

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Schedule of Upcoming Shows:

  • We are currently looking for new artists to apply
  • Please call the library before coming in to see an exhibit. Sometimes the conference room is unavailable
  • May and June 2021:Vital.Vibrant.Visible: Local Indigenous Identity Through Portraiture in the Athol Public Library Conference Room


The exhibit features portraits of Indigenous people who live and work in our region and is set to open at the Athol Public Library on May 1st.
Vital.Vibrant.Visible: Local Indigenous Identity Through Portraiture was conceived by curator Rhonda Anderson to counteract the spread of inaccurate stereotypes in response to recent debate over the rebranding of local sports mascots.

Anderson teamed up with photographer Sara Lyons to photograph and collect statements from members of the local Indigenous community. To facilitate Indigenous-led narrative change, participants were photographed in a location meaningful to them and each had agency over how they chose to represent themselves. The resulting images, paired with the personal statements written by each subject, will be on view at the Athol Public Library from May 1 - June 30, 2021.

Rhonda Anderson and Sara Lyons will participate in an online presentation about the exhibit hosted by the Athol Public Library on Tuesday evening, May 18th at 7 p.m. To register for this event, visit

Seed funding and support for Vital.Vibrant.Visible came from Eggtooth Productions. Additionally, this work is supported in part by grants from the Orange, Athol, Royalston, Wendell, and Petersham Cultural Councils, each a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.



Curator, Rhonda Anderson is Iñupiaq-Athabaskan from Alaska. Rhonda is the Western Massachusetts Commissioner on Indian Affairs, and the Founder and Co-Director of Ohketeau Cultural Center and Native Youth Empowerment Foundation.

Photographer, Sara Lyons is an artist and educator. In addition to her work as an art instructor at a public charter school, Sara also teaches photography workshops. Images from Sara’s fine art photographic series have been exhibited throughout New England.

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