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As part of its 2019 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read program, the Volusia County Public Library system will sponsor an art show based on the 1968 fantasy novel A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. The NEA program offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. The library system received $15,000. 

Emerging and professional artists age 18 and older are invited to submit up to three works by Dec. 31 for possible inclusion in “Transition Earthsea,” a juried exhibit overseen by a committee of local art experts. Selected works will be displayed Jan. 22-Feb. 21 in the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center, 123 W. Indiana Ave. in Downtown DeLand. 

The 1968 fantasy novel follows the teenage Ged as he becomes the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampers with long-held secrets and looses a terrible shadow upon the world. During his testing, Ged masters the mighty words of power, tames an ancient dragon, and crosses death’s threshold to restore balance. 

Artwork must clearly reflect the novel or the theme of growing from childhood to adulthood. Artists must provide a written statement expressing how each of their works connects with the book. All media, except video, will be accepted. 

Prizes will be awarded as gift certificates: $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $75 for third place. 

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