The purpose of the Art Gallery of the Cartersville Public Library are to present exhibits to stimulate the appreciation and knowledge of art; introduce and encourage local artists; and reach non-traditional library patrons. The Art Gallery space is the hallway between the main reception area and the administrative offices of the Cartersville Library. Equal opportunity to exhibit is extended to all Georgia artists, with Bartow County artists receiving preference. Exhibits will be considered in regard to artistic expression, subject, style, medium, intended audience, community relevance, genre, and ease of installation. Exhibits will consist of original art by local artists, either individuals or groups and exhibits in support of special library programming. A community standard may be applied due to the diverse age range served by the Library.

Applying for Exhibition:

Applications for the use of Art Gallery space are available at each library branch. Interested artists will complete the Art Gallery Application and Agreement to Exhibit form. This signed application and a list of items to be displayed must submitted prior to set-up of the exhibit.

Artists will submit print or digital photographs or examples of their work to the Gallery Committee. The resulting exhibit will consist of the artist’s original work and be representative of the items accepted by the Committee. If giclees or prints of the artist’s work are included they should be labeled as such. Reproductions or copies of masters or of widely circulated photographs or prints are not acceptable. The Art Gallery Committee chair and the Library Director reserve the right to excuse pieces from display they may deem inappropriate.

Featured Artist


Doris Maddox

“Painting is freedom; it’s therapy, it’s fulfilling and satisfying. Mistakes¬†are easily corrected, and the possibilities¬†are endless.”

Doris Maddox is a self-taught artist who has always had a passion for creating. Her painting style varies, as she likes to explore themes inspired by various art forms, colors, and designs found in the world around her. This display includes pieces from her Skull Portraits series based on celebrities who have passed away and paintings from her Insect and Sea Creature series using an acrylic pouring technique.

Doris loves to learn and begins her creative process with research. Depending on the vision or technique in mind, she may put paint to easel or let the poured design inform the finished piece. She is currently learning an acrylic cloud pouring technique for her next series.

A prolific student of life and art, Doris continually strives to grow and improve herself and her many creative outlets. In addition to painting, she has a great love of music and plays the bass guitar. She has designed and made jewelry and is eager to try her hand at murals, sculptures, and metalsmithing. Doris makes her home in Cartersville, Georgia, creating, exploring, and making memories with her precious son Henry.

Bio written by Rebecca Rhodes

Highlights from the past

The Cartersville Public Library has been very fortunate to host so many fabulous local and Georgia artists since 2005. Bartow native, Walt Floyd, was the first artist to exhibit in the Gallery – just in time for the grand opening of our new facility.