The City of Forest Grove’s Public Arts Commission is requesting artist submissions of up to threeworks of art per artist for sculptures to be placed in an Outdoor Rotating Gallery called Open Aire Gallery in the City of Forest Grove.
The selected artwork will be on loan to the City for a duration of two years. Installation will occur in the summer of 2021 and the exhibit period will end in summer of 2023. The art may be ‘for sale’ but must remain until the end of the exhibit period. The Public Arts Commission looks forward to receiving proposals from interested artists.
Up to six works of art will be selected. Selected Artists will receive a stipend of $500 upon delivery of the artwork. The Forest Grove Public Arts Commission will take a 20% commission on any sales. The City, through its Urban Renewal Agency, intends to purchase one piece from the collection by popular vote from the community.
Applying artists should be qualified and able to demonstrate artistic excellence as well as complete and install this project within the following timeline.
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 citizens 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 Open Aire Gallery will be part of this program.