Neil Hammer Gallery
The Neil Hammer Gallery, located in the Hawks~Hayden Room at the Meekins Library, is named for Williamsburg photographer, Neil Hammer, who died in a tragic plane crash in August, 1998. Neil loved chronicling Williamsburg, its people, its landscapes, its buildings, and his passing left a rent in the fabric of the town.
The gallery is available at no charge to local artists, photographers, and crafts people. The gallery is scheduled for one month at a time per artist. Only family-friendly artwork is considered. Meekins Library serves as a public library to community members of all ages and also as the school library for the children of Williamsburg.
Gallery Notes and Dimensioned Photos:
The room may be used as meeting/activity space during your show and contains lots of furniture. To avoid having your work bumped or partly concealed when furniture is pushed against the walls, make sure all of it hangs at least 42” above the floor and allows the projection screen to be lowered.
The two long narrow tables and the shallow shelves in the north and south alcoves may be used as display space for three-dimensional work. One of the tables may be placed against the north wall if desired. The other should remain against the east wall.
Three sides of the room (N, S, E) are fitted with museum-quality track and rod AS hanging systems. Twenty 60" and twenty-four 72" J-End rods, each with two or more hangers, are available for hanging work. Each rod has a weight capacity of 70lbs. The tracks from which they hang are rated at 300lbs/6" section.
The library has several wooden panels to which very small works can be attached for display. They are unfinished natural pine boards. Two are 96” x 16”, two are 54” x 11”, one is 96” x 11", and one is 60" x 11”. They may be hung from the J-Rods. Just ask if you want to use them.
The west wall of the room is all windows and doors — there’s no wall display space.
The library has a tall ladder. Let us know if you will need to use it.
- Allowance for lowering the projection screen must be made when displaying work on the north wall and on any table placed in front of that wall.
- Nothing may be hung in front of any of the switches, outlets, thermostats or other devices on the walls.
- Work may not be hung directly on the walls or windows.
1. Artists are responsible for hanging and taking down their exhibits.
2. No direct mounting of materials is permitted on the walls or windows of the Hawks~Hayden Room.
3. The exhibitor is responsible for installing, labeling, and removing the exhibit promptly on the agreed upon dates.
4. The library sends out press releases to local media. The artist must provide a brief statement and publicity photos for this purpose.
5. Artists may send announcements/invitations, and/or provide for an opening reception at their own expense. The artist must schedule this event with the library in advance to avoid conflicts with other groups using the space.
6. The exhibit areas are open to the public only during the regular open hours of the library unless by special arrangement.
7. The library is not responsible for any losses or damage of artwork.
8. All materials are displayed at the exhibitor's own risk.
The Meeting Rooms Policy outlines the guidlines for use and availability of the space.
Specific procedures for the use of the Hawks~Hayden Room pertain to the Neil Hammer Gallery in addition to the Gallery notes above.