M.V.P. – Most Valued Possessions

We all keep things that bring back memories. What are your most treasured possessions?

We all keep mementos to remind us of a special event, time or person. Our memories make stories. Our stories about these items create meaning and value.

The Alice C. Sabatini Gallery needs your help to create an art exhibit featuring your cherished mementos – from baseball cards to macaroni necklaces – and the stories behind them. We invite you to tell us about your Most Valued Possession. To highlight the relationships in your stories, we ask that your valued item be something given to you by a special person, not something you created.

Contribute your story to this community-centric exhibit. From your submissions, the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery staff will select pieces that reflect our community. Alice C. Sabatini Gallery’s “M.V.P. – Most Valued Possessions” exhibit will be on display from January 18 – March 15, 2013.

  • October 15, 2012 – deadline for submissions
  • November 9, 2012 – gallery staff review submissions, notify entrants of acceptance
  • November 15, 2012 – gallery staff send loan forms for accepted entries
  • December 7, 2012 – objects delivered to gallery
  • January 18 – March 15, 2013 “M.V.P. – Most Valued Possessions” on display in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery


To submit an object for consideration, send a photograph of the object, your story about why you cherish it, and the information below to the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery by October 15, 2012. Send submissions to: MVP/Sabatini Gallery, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66604   (785) 580-4515 or email your submission to gallery@tscpl.org ). One object per person. We will notify you of our selections by November 9. Submission of an object does not guarantee that it will be included in the exhibit. We won’t consider living objects or anything that will spoil. The object needs to fit through our security gates, and we need to be able to lift it.

To send your submission by mail, print and mail the information below:

  • Your name and Address
  • Phone and Email
  • What is the object? (brief description)
  • Photo of object (about 3 x 5” print, or a .JPG or .TIF file. A picture from a cellphone is fine.)
  • What is the story behind it? (Please keep your answer to 100 words)
  • Why do you keep it? (1-2 sentences)

Sherry Best

Our library has a very cool art collection, and I get to be in charge of it. I started drawing when I was 4 years old, and never stopped making art. I want to do more than show you art, I want to help you understand it, relate to it, and 'get' it. Art lets us share what it is to be human.