Call to Artists: Main Street Commons Public Art, Deadline 8/31/2022


REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS:    Main Street Commons, Hillsboro, Oregon

ENTRY DEADLINE: August 31, 2022




Tualatin Valley Creates (TVC), the leading art service organization for Washington County, Oregon is administering a call for public art for Henry Point Development (HPD), a locally-focused company working to reimagine historical ‘Main Street’ buildings for today’s business needs and community lifestyles. In partnership with the City of Hillsboro, HPD has committed multiple exterior facades on their newest acquisition, the old US Bank Building located in the heart of Hillsboro’s Cultural Art District on the south east corner of E Main Street and SE 2nd Ave, Downtown Hillsboro for public art installations. The project is being called “The Main Street Commons”. It will house multiple dining options and small retail spaces.


TVC and HPD are taking a modern and long-ranging approach toward this opportunity– To install artworks as suspended, commercial quality banners/panels that can then be re-curated every 5+ years as a way to keep Downtown fresh and promote many artists’ talents over time. Chosen artists will be commissioned for new artwork(s) specific to the theme. The artwork will then be captured (photographed and/or digitally converted) to be reproduced large-scale. All mediums and modalities welcome.


This format intentionally encourages nontraditional public art forms to be seen large scale. This includes modalities like printmaking, graphic design, literary arts, fabric arts, photography, collage and other “studio practice” mediums. The entirety of this project turns the building’s façade into a dynamic outdoor gallery easily enjoyed by patrons and tourists visiting Downtown Hillsboro.


The artist will maintain copyright ownership. In conjunction with this commission, the artist will also permit a license agreement to TVC, HPD and their representatives for non-monetary reproduction of the artwork for promotional purposes only in perpetuity. Should it be determined that TVC, HPD or their representatives desire to reproduce the artwork for monetary (merchandising) purposes, the artist(s) will have the right to enter into a separate license agreement wherein one-time or ongoing compensation will be outlined. These terms will be included in the awarded contract.


This project is supported, in part, by the City of Hillsboro through its Parks and Recreation Department’s Cultural Arts District and Public Art Program.



Included are architectural renderings identifying the intended public art sites (orange panels).

  • E Main Street opportunity – TBD as either one (1) singular image, max dimension 10’ tall x 20’ long, OR up to three (3) panels (tryptic), max dimensions 10’ tall x 5’ wide each.
  • SE 2nd Avenue opportunities – Three (3) panels. All panels measure 10’ tall x 5’ wide each.



  • Artist must be a Pacific Northwest resident (WA, OR, ID, North CA).
  • Artwork should be family-friendly and appropriate for all audiences.
  • Artwork submitted in RFQ and RFP should be authentic to the artist. In the RFQ process it does not necessarily need to align with the theme.
  • All media capable of being photographed and/or submitted as a visual installation welcome.



The theme for this public art opportunity is meant to be a guiding outline, recognizing that works should reflect the concept of the greater Pacific Northwest, not necessarily mono-Oregon and/or Hillsboro-centered. Submissions to the RFQ may include works broader than this theme, but artists invited to submit for the RFP should plan designs with the following in mind:

  • “Past, Present, and Future” representations/interpretations of Pacific Northwest ecological and geological uniqueness and assets.
    • Example may be “the industrial and design-driven silicon forest”.
  • What the regional people and land (not just Hillsboro) were/was before, is now and what they/it hold for the future.



 July 5, 2022  –  RFQ Live

August 31, 2022  –  RFQ Submission Deadline

September 30, 2022  –  Notifications to selected artists to proceed into RFP

October 2022  –  Site walks with selected artists as needed

October 31, 2022   – RFP Deadline

November 2022  –  Selected artists receive contracts

March 2023  –  Designs delivered to TVC

April 2023  –  Artworks installed

May 2023  –  Unveiling Reception


Additional meetings and correspondence as needed.



No more than seven (7) works will be commissioned for the project. Each work has a maximum budget of $3,000-10,000 which includes all expenses incurred from design, artist fees, photography and/or file conversions, and installation oversight. Site partners are managing reproduction, engineering, and installation fees separate from the artists compensation.

Artists who apply may indicate their interest to submitting one (1), two (2), or three (3) works for the project.


APPLICATION PROCESS (There is no fee to apply.)


Artists can also apply by visiting and searching “Request for Qualifications Main Street Commons Hillsboro Oregon”.


RFQ APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE (There is no fee to apply.)

  • Brief letter of interest, including personal connection to the Pacific Northwest (300 words max)
  • Artist’s statement, including explanation of creative methodology (500 words max)
  • No more than five (5) images of past relevant work including descriptions: size, medium, year completed, the timeline and cost.
  • Resume or CV related to artistic pursuits (optional)
  • Artistic references (no more than 3 people)


Proposals will be reviewed by a 5-member Steering Committee composed of Tualatin Valley Creates staff, Henry Point Development Partners, City of Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council, and Hillsboro community members including artists and business owners.


RFQ Applications will be evaluated based on:

  1. Proven demonstration that the artist can complete timeline-driven project(s)
  2. Artistic merit
  3. Artistic style
  4. Creative approach/methodology


Priority will be given to the following applicants:

  • Woman-identifying Artists
  • BIPOC and/or ALAANA, LGBTQ+-identifying Artists



Selected artist(s) will work with TVC staff to move into the RFP process wherein they will submit their actual designs for installation consideration. The Steering Committee has the option to request design adjustments.

For questions, please contact Tualatin Valley Creates at 503-567-1713 or



Additional Information about Hillsboro’s Cultural Arts District:

The City of Hillsboro celebrates the power of arts and culture to drive economic prosperity, strengthen community connection and equity, preserve our cultural assets, and welcome residents and visitors to experience our vital City. In 2019, Hillsboro designated Washington County’s first Cultural Arts District in the heart of Downtown. Hillsboro’s Cultural Arts District is anchored by the cultural hubs of Main Street and the Avenues, Shute Park and the 10th Avenue Corridor, and M&M Marketplace.

The Cultural Arts District is founded on:

  • A history of strong community partnerships
  • Forward-thinking investment in revitalization
  • Essential contributions of local artists, culture bearers, and businesses
  • Passion for welcoming people to engage in meaningful experiences through the arts

Additional Information about Hillsboro’s Public Art Program:

The Public Art Program works with other City departments as well as partners throughout the community in creating a welcoming Hillsboro by bringing art to public spaces throughout the city. Our Public Art Collection includes over 100 pieces of artwork from locally, nationally, and internationally known artists that create memorable public places that strengthen our community, enliven our neighborhoods, remind us of our history, and celebrate our ethnic and cultural diversity.