Call to Artists: Shirley Huffman Auditorium, Deadline May 15

The Cultural Arts division of the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department is seeking artists and visualart groups to submit proposals to exhibit original fine art at the Hillsboro Civic Center’s Shirley Huffman Auditorium Gallery. Submissions for two-month exhibitions in our upcoming 2021-2022 gallery season are now being accepted from artists of all ages and abilities who live in Hillsboro and its surrounding communities.


Applications are due by midnight on Saturday, May 15. Apply here.



Artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to apply. Artists from Hillsboro and its surrounding cities (Aloha, Forest Grove, Cornelius, Banks, Farmington, Helvetia, and North Plains) are eligible to enter.

All works must be original and completed within the last five years. Artworks previously exhibited at any City facilities within the last three (3) years are not eligible.

Acceptable Categories include: Work in any 2D medium (weighing no more than 40 total pounds) such as painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, photography, digital art, and mixed media. Some small 3D works (no larger than 12 cu. in.) may be submitted for consideration. Select 3D works such as small sculptures, mixed media, low and high-relief art, and small pottery may be eligible.

Artwork must be appropriate for the general public. The Cultural Arts Program reserves the right to not accept work that may be deemed inappropriate. DO NOT SUBMIT any works which would violate copyright laws. Artwork created and completed under the direct supervision of an instructor is not eligible.

Selected artworks must remain in the exhibition the entire agreed upon time.


Exhibition Space:

The exhibition space includes approximately 60 linear feet of wall space, as well as a limited area for small, select 3D works in the lobby. Works are displayed on both the interior and exterior walls of the Council Chambers. As an added bonus, the exterior Chamber wall can be viewed at any time, day or night, through large glass windows from the plaza (pictured below). In addition to the Shirley Huffman Gallery, numerous works from the permanent Public Art Collection are on display throughout the Civic Center offices.


To Apply:

Artists may apply as an individual, or within a designated group or artistic organization (such as a guild). Individual and group applications are similar however, a group must designate a single liaison to communicate with the Curatorial staff and act on the groups behalf.


Each application should include the following:

  • A biographical statement about the individual artist or group/organization in 100 words or less
  • A Curriculum Vitae (CV) to include exhibition history (this should be no more than 1 page)
  • An artist statement describing the themes/concepts of the work (this should be no more than 1 page)
  • A minimum of 5, and no more than10 representative images of the artwork to be exhibited
  • Any proposed ideas for workshops, artist demonstrations, classes, or other activities for Walters programming. Note: Proposed programming will go through a separate approval process.


Have Questions?

If you have a question about eligibility or the application requirements, please send an email to: