APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED OCTOBER 1 – DECEMBER 1, 2017
The Walters Cultural Arts Center is currently seeking exhibit proposals from solo artists and groups for our 2018-2019 gallery season.
The Walters gallery seeks to display original fine art that is engaging to a broad public audience of all ages (including young children) and suitable for display in a multi-function space that also hosts workshops, readings, weddings, meetings, and other private and public events.
The 2018-2019 gallery season extends from August 2018 through July 2019. Exhibits are approximately two months long.
ABOUT THE WALTERS
The Walters Cultural Arts Center is a premier west side visual arts, performance, and arts education facility in downtown Hillsboro. For more information about our facility, concerts, gallery season, ongoing cultural events, classes and workshops for all ages, and more, please visit us online at www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/Walters
Our gallery provides a community showplace for the arts and is a vibrant representation of the City’s commitment to culture and the arts. As part of the Cultural Arts division of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation, the Walters and its programs share in the City’s goal of providing diverse, innovative and exceptional recreational and cultural opportunities that enrich the lives of our citizens.
ABOUT OUR GALLERY SPACES
The Walters Gallery is wheelchair accessible and made up of two distinct spaces that can hold separate exhibits or be combined for larger exhibits. The curator may offer exhibits to selected applicants in either or both spaces. Visit www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/Walters for detailed floor plans of both gallery spaces.
- Upstairs Gallery: The upstairs gallery space is located on the second floor of the Walters and receives abundant natural light from the East-facing windows overlooking the lawn. This space is sometimes used for workshops and other special events.
- Downstairs Gallery Hallway: The downstairs gallery hallway is a fine arts, educational and community arts space located on the basement level near classrooms and studios. This space features colorful walls and abundant foot traffic from patrons of all ages from who attend arts education classes offered year-round.
- RECEPTIONS: On the first Tuesday of each month, we host an evening reception for the current gallery exhibit(s). Receptions are open to the public and include live music and complimentary, tea, coffee, and light sweets or snacks. This event is also part of the Downtown Hillsboro Art Walk.
- AUDIENCE: The gallery is open during concerts, classes, private rentals and other cultural events, bringing a broad public audience to exhibits throughout the year.
- PUBLICITY: Gallery exhibits are advertised in the citywide Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Activities Guide each term, in the HillsboroARTS Magazine, as well as on the Walters website.
- CONVENIENCE: All exhibits are arranged and installed by Walters gallery staff.
- Emerging and experienced local artists from Oregon & Washington are eligible to submit proposals for exhibits
- Applicants may be solo artists or the designated representative of a group/guild of artists with an organized exhibit. There are separate applications for Group and Solo applicants.
- Important: Group exhibits are required to have a single designated contact person/Group Representative who commits to drop off and pick up artwork, sign the consignment contract, and coordinate all details and logistics on behalf of the group.
- We are looking for applicants with a cohesive body of work to fit one or both gallery spaces, typically 20-40 pieces, but please see floor plans on website.
- Most 2D and some 3D mediums are eligible for exhibition with the following considerations: all artwork considered for the gallery must be original work of the artist and framed or otherwise prepared for display in a professional manner. 3D art must be free-standing, easy to move, and not overly fragile.
- Artwork must be available for display for a full exhibit period selected for the 2018-2019 gallery season (Aug 2017—July 2018). Exhibits open on the first Tuesday of the month and close on the last or second-to-last Friday of the following month.
- Artists are strongly encouraged to be present at both First Tuesday receptions and assist in marketing and promotion efforts by spreading the word and inviting friends. Artists are invited to participate in receptions by doing an art demonstration and/or offering a talk or narrated gallery tour to visitors and answering questions about the artwork.
- Artists/Group Representatives must be able to meet with the curator(s) in-person or by phone approximately two months prior to the exhibit opening to finalize all logistics
- Artists/Group Representatives must be able to travel to the Walters in-person for the following appointments:
- To drop-off artwork in person at least two weeks before the opening (during a single delivery appt.)
- To pick up artwork in person within 2-3 days of the exhibit close
- If accepted for an exhibit, Artists/Group Representatives agree to be punctual with gallery deadlines, appointments, and communication by email and phone with Walters staff and commit to the dates and deadlines set forth in the application.
EXHIBIT PERIODS AND RELEVANT DATES
Applicants must have artwork available for a two-month period during one of the following six exhibition periods. In addition to having their artwork available for display for at least one of the exhibition periods, the applicant must be able to meet with the curator and drop off/pick up artwork in-person at the Walters in downtown Hillsboro according to the dates listed below. Note: we are not open on weekends and can only accept artwork drop-offs or pick-ups during working hours Mon-Fri.
August 7 (2018)—September 21 (2018)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: Week of June 4 (2018)
Artwork drop-off: week of July 23 (2018)
Artwork pick-up: September 24 or 25 (2018)
October 2 (2018)—November 23 (2018)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: Week of August 6 (2018)
Artwork drop-off: week of September 17 (2018)
Artwork pick-up: November 26 or 27 (2018)
December 4 (2018)—January 25 (2019)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: Week of October 1 (2018)
Artwork drop-off: week of November 12 or 19 (2018)
Artwork pick-up: January 28 or 29 (2019)
February 5 (2019)—March 22 (2019)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: Week of December 3 (2019)
Artwork drop-off: week of January 21 (2019)
Artwork pick-up: March 25 or 26 (2019)
April 3 (2019)—May 24 (2019)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: Week of February 4 (2018)
Artwork drop-off: week of March 18 (2018)
Artwork pick-up: May 27 or 28
June 4 (2019)—July 26 (2019)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: Week of April 1 (2019)
Artwork drop-off: week of May 20 (2019)
Artwork pick-up: July 29 or 30
*Gallery meeting dates are flexible and can be arranged further in advance if needed
ARTWORK CONTENT GUIDELINES
- Artwork must be suitable for a broad general audience of all ages, including young children (G-rated), and appropriate for display in a public, government facility. We select exhibits that are amenable to a flexible space with varying needs, such as: cultural events for youth and adults, weddings, funerals, board meetings, and other private events that take place in the gallery space.
- Artwork must be in excellent condition for viewing: free of dust and damage, framed or on stretched canvas, or otherwise prepared for display in a professional manner.
- All 2D artwork must be ready-to-hang in our gallery space. We require all wall-hanging pieces to be equipped with hanging wire across the back. We use an Arakawa cable-track system (see www.arawakagrip.com).
- 3-D pieces must stand freely and securely without the need of rigging or support.
- The Walters staff has final determination in selections for artwork and layouts for exhibits.
- In the case of any sale, the Walters Cultural Arts center retains a 30% commission, as detailed on the consignment agreement contract.
- Artwork that is sold must remain on display for the full duration of the exhibit.
- Sales are processed at the end of the exhibit and mailed directly to the artist.
- Artists may exhibit work that is not for sale, but will still need to supply a value for all pieces for documentation
- The Walters assumes financial responsibility for artwork during the exhibition period in our facility according to the consignment agreement.
- The Walters does not assume responsibility for damage to overly fragile artwork that is unable to withstand the demands of reasonable handling and public display, or artwork that arrives with faulty hardware or weakened structures, in accordance with the consignment agreement.
- Protection of the artwork in transit to or from the Walters is the responsibility of the artist.
Final exhibits are selected by Walters Cultural Arts Center staff
Selected artists/groups may be offered exhibits in the upstairs or downstairs galleries at the Walters, or both.
Selection criteria include:
- Artistic Considerations: Composition and design, visual impact, technical craftsmanship, originality, and cultural significance.
- Logistical Considerations: Eligibility of artist and proposal according to guidelines, including artwork readiness for display, commitment to deadlines, quality of proposal/application materials, etc.
- Overall Gallery Season Considerations: diversity of themes and representation across all exhibits, facility logistics and other practical and logistical considerations specific to our building and its functions.
Artists will be notified no later than January 31, 2018.
Please hold off on inquiring about the status of your application before January 31, 2018.
HOW TO APPLY
Between October 1 and December 1, you will be able to apply through the Submittable system.
You will be asked to create a Submittable account if you don’t already have one. There is no charge to create an account or to apply. The application itself can be saved online and worked on indefinitely until the deadline.
Send an email to:
(Allow up to 2 weeks for responses during the open application period)