Call to Artists: Art to Be Reproduced on Elevator Doors at the Civic Center and Library, Deadline: Feb. 10

"Bridge of Love" by William Hernandez, installed on the 1st floor elevators of the Hillsboro Civic Center in spring 2020.

The City of Hillsboro wants to create a welcoming entry to City services. Vibrant artwork on the doors of the elevators of the Civic Center and Brookwood Library will showcase the City’s creative spirit and welcome its diverse community. The central elevators are at the active core of City Hall, with thousands of people coming and going. Waiting at the elevators, people have the time to enjoy the artwork. Half of Civic Center visitors each year enter the building through the elevators on the parking level, where the artwork will be added, making this a welcoming entrance. The Brookwood Library regularly has over 60,000 visitors per month and strives to welcome our diverse community with the motto “For Everyone/Para Todos,” which should be reflected in the design for the library elevator doors.

Two artists will be selected to create artwork for these sites. The artwork can be in any medium that can be reproduced as a vinyl wrap on the elevator doors. The Civic Center has three sets of doors on one floor and the library has 2 doors on 2 separate floors. The commission to each artist is $2,400 for the Civic Center or $1,600 for the Library, inclusive of all costs to design the artwork. Reproduction costs will be paid by the City. All artists in Oregon and SW Washington are welcome to apply.



Artists should submit up to 5 images of past artwork and a paragraph describing their concept for the doors. Artists may choose to apply for the Civic Center doors, the Library doors, or both, but should submit separate concepts for each site if they apply for both. After the artists are chosen, they will be asked to create work specifically for the elevator doors. The artists will be given the proportions and layout of the doors, and their artwork will be reproduced to fit the doors.



Selected artists will receive a fee of $2,400 to create the design for the Civic Center (3 doors) or

$1,600 for the Library (2 doors).



The competition is open to artists living in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Artists in the Hillsboro area are especially encouraged to apply. The City of Hillsboro is committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of our city in the selection of artists and artworks.



  1. Send up to 5 images of past work that reflect the style of your concept. Submit JPEG images no larger than 1024 pixels on the longest side. Images should be labeled with the artist’s last name and the number (Smith1, Smith2, etc.).
  2. list with description of each image with the title, medium, and dimensions.
  3. Description of proposed concept, labeled for Civic Center or Library.
  4. Resume or brief bio.
  5. Contact information including e-mail, address, and telephone.



February 10, 2021      Submission Deadline February 24, 2021       Artists Notified of Selection

March 24, 2021           Design for Elevators Submitted



Applications must submitted on Cognito by Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8 pm (Pacific Time). Elevator Art Call to Artist Cognito Application



For questions, contact:

Melissa Moore | Community Arts Program Supervisor 503.615.3497