The Public Arts Commission is looking for murals that celebrate Forest Grove’s past, present and future.
The Public Arts Commission is requesting proposals for 2 outdoor murals to be a part of a Mural Festival to celebrate Forest Grove’s 150th anniversary. The Public Arts Commission looks forward to receiving proposals from interested artists. Murals will be painted between June 1 and August 31, 2022.
Deadline for Submission of Proposal: Friday, November 12, 2021, by 5:00 PM.
FOREST GROVE PUBLIC ARTS COMMISSION
The Forest Grove Public Arts Commission (Commission) was formed by the City Council in 2006, to enhance the presence of Art – in all forms – within the community. The Commission has been funded by monies generated through grants and fundraisers. The Commission has funded over thirty mini-grants to non-profit organizations. These grants can be funded up to $500 and ask only that the artistic event be made available to all community members at no cost. The outcome has been varied and highly successful, serving our population of nearly 25,000 well. The diversity of the applicants has been particularly encouraging. Additionally, the Commission put out a Call for Art that resulted in the installation of three very different “sculpture” benches that are a foundation for our organic goal of creating an outdoor Art Walk within the City of Forest Grove. In collaboration with the Library Foundation, the Arts Commission raised a substantial amount of money to complete the installation of internationally noted glass sculptor Ed Carpenter’s piece, “Mollie’s Garden”. This remarkable piece now holds a prominent place in the City Library. Our most recent acquisition is a sculpture entitled “Tres Novem” by Ben Dye. This tribute to our community is located in Lincoln Park. Beginning in 2019, the City’s Urban Renewal Agency designated funding for the installation of public art and partnered with the Commission to implement the program. The Mural Festival will be part of this program.
A. ARTIST ELIGIBILITY
Any artist or team of artists interested in creating a mural fulfilling the guidelines provided below.
Only the lead artist needs to meet all the requirements of the Application Submittal Procedure
and the Artist Selection Process. Priority will be given to an artist who will have an apprentice working on
There will be a total of two (2) murals selected and they will be located in Forest Grove, Oregon.
C. OUR GOALS
The goals of this project are as follows:
- Select 2 qualified artists or artist teams that can demonstrate artistic excellence and can complete and install this project within the allowed budget during the span of the Mural Festival between June 1 and August 31, 2022.
- Create Public Art for an outdoor environment that reflects the spirit of the community, its history, the present or its future.
- Potential opportunity for community participation in the application of the mural.
- For each artist to have an apprentice. (Not required, but preferred)
- There will be a community celebration/dedication event September 17-19, 2022. Artist attendance is expected, Saturday or Sunday TBD.
D. ARTIST SELECTION
Artist applications will be evaluated according to the following:
- The appropriateness of design and proposed materials, including maintenance required
- Submitted project budget
- Demonstration of experience and expertise
- Responsiveness to inquiries and suggestions
E. MURAL DIMENSIONS AND BUDGET
The City will provide a fee for artists to cover all expenses related to creating the murals. The Artist fee will be $15 per square foot (“Artist Fee”).
- 9’9” tall X 30’ wide – $4,388
- 10’ tall X 20’ wide- $3,000
The Artist’s Fee shall cover the following expenses:
- Installation: including tools, payment of installation crew and clean up
- All materials necessary for its creation
- Transportation of the artist(s)
- One public appearance by the artist at the celebration (transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the artist)
Artists shall develop a project budget that does not exceed the Artist Fee. The City of Forest
Grove/Public Arts Commission will not be responsible for budgetary excess over and above the
Artist Fee. If the chosen artist/artist team exceeds the budget, it is the responsibility of the artist
or team to finance the excess.
F. REQUIREMENTS AND CRITERIA FOR ARTWORK AND APPLICATION
- Materials will be used that ensure durability and longevity.
- Environmentally friendly materials and practices are required.
- Each mural should be completed within three weeks of its start date, weather permitting.
- Inclusion of an “Artist Maintenance Plan” describing the materials and processes used
(so that repairs may be made) and a schedule of required maintenance is required and
will be provided by the artist.
- The murals must be painted directly on the wall or approved panels to be mounted onto
the wall, depending on the wall.
- Materials will be used that ensure durability and longevity and that are appropriate for
the climate. Latex Gesso is not approved for these murals.
- A plan for mural application is required that ensures the safety of the artists, volunteers
and the public. In the event that the submitted safety plan is not being followed, and/or
the City has identified a risk to the artists, volunteers and/or the public, the City has the
right to stop work until all safety concerns are addressed by the artist.
- Community participation opportunities would be appreciated. PAC will coordinate volunteers.
Content criteria includes:
- Must be an original, one-of-a-kind artwork.
- Proposed artwork must be of an appropriate nature for general public viewing.
- Proposed artwork must celebrate Forest Grove’s past, present and future.
- Proposed artwork must show strength of the artist concept and demonstrated technical skills and experience.
- Proposed artwork must be appropriate to the neighborhood, geographic, sociocultural and historic setting in scale and expression.
G. OUR POLICIES
Artists will retain the ownership of design ideas submitted with this application until a selection has been made and a contract signed between the artist and the City of Forest Grove. At the time a contract is awarded, the ownership of the design and the artwork produced will become the property of the City of Forest Grove. Images of this work may be used in publicity for the City of Forest Grove. The City of Forest Grove/Public Arts Commission may retain artist submissions and information to inform future acquisition. Application and supporting materials will not be returned.
The Forest Grove Public Arts Commission will have the right to review the draft and request changes if necessary. As the final product will represent the City’s viewpoint, the City has the final say on all aspects of the design and production.
Murals will stay for a minimum of 5 years. The building owner will have the discretion after that time to up keep the mural or repaint it. Any murals on City Property will be assessed at the 5-year mark to determine the condition of the mural at that time and proceed accordingly.
H. APPLICATION SUBMITTAL PROCEDURE AND REQUIREMENTS
The following materials must be submitted:
- A completed and signed Proposal Submission Form with the following information:
- Project Description and supporting materials
- Brief description of related experience
- Project Budget
- Artwork Maintenance Plan
- A colored rendering of the proposed design for the artwork must be in JPG or PDF format. Slides will not be accepted.
- Samples of colors where applicable
- Any other visual materials you wish to illustrate your proposed work and your abilities as an artist. Please include no more than two (2).
- A resume
- A portfolio to include 5 digital images of your work; must be in JPG or PDF format. Slides will not be accepted.
- Projects that exceed the budget will not be considered.
I. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
The artist will provide an “Artwork Maintenance Plan” that describes the material used (so that repairs may be made) and a schedule of required maintenance. The artist is not required to maintain the mural or make repairs. A sample Maintenance Plan is included with this Call for Art. The City would first contact the artist in the event of the mural needing repairs.
Please note that The City of Forest Grove will not be responsible for lost, missing or damaged materials.
J. ESTIMATED PROCESS TIMELINE:
A subcommittee will be formed which shall include members of the Selection Committee, Commission members, and other volunteers. This subcommittee will meet to consider all completed proposals submitted and make a recommendation to the Public Arts Commission (PAC).
- November 12, 2021 Deadline to Submit Proposals
- November 16, 2021 The Selection Committee reviews applications; finalists recommended to PAC
- November 18, 2021 PAC selects the final artists
- November 22, 2021 Final selections will be presented to the URA/City Council
- January 5, 2022 All artists will be notified of the selection outcome
- Jan/Feb 2022 City and the Artists will enter into contract to complete murals
- June – Aug 2022 Mural application begins
- September 19, 2022 Artwork Dedication and Community Event (Pending Covid-19 Restrictions)
The City reserves the right to make changes to the above timeline.
K. PROPOSAL SUBMISSION
An incomplete or late submission may not be considered.
Proposals can be submitted in the following methods:
1. Mail to:
Public Arts Commission Art Proposal
PO Box 326
Forest Grove, OR 97116
2. Email to: [email protected]
3. Submit online at:
Proposals will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2021. Postmarked by this date will be accepted. All questions regarding this proposal should be directed to:
Public Arts Commission
C/O Dana Eytzen
PO Box 326
Forest Grove, OR 97116
Email: [email protected]
This announcement was originally posted on https://www.forestgrove-or.gov/bc-pac/page/call-art-mural-festival-summer-2022.