The purpose of the Tualatin Visual Chronicle is to create a visual record of Tualatin in various mediums including but not limited to prints, drawings, paintings and photographs that document the social, built and/or natural landscape of Tualatin, capturing elements of the past and present, thereby providing an archival record and resource.
$7,000 is available for artwork purchases.
Open to all Artists in the Greater Pacific Northwest
February 2, 2018, 3:30 pm
The City of Tualatin wishes to acquire works of art that visually reflect the City’s dynamic and distinctive elements and give the viewer insight into the unique character, cultures and quality of the community. Artistic excellence combined with an eye for capturing and celebrating the cultural, historic, social, built and natural aspects of the community’s past and/or present are essential goals of the Tualatin Visual Chronicle.
Artists may refer to the “Reference Resources” for ideas on subject matter.
Tualatin’s Visual Chronicle collection is displayed in public buildings throughout the city and will be highlighted in the ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of downtown Tualatin’s art, cultural and natural history.
The City of Tualatin is located on the Tualatin River, 12 miles south of Portland, in both Washington County and Clackamas County, Oregon. Once predominately agriculture, today the City is a hub of community activity and a bustling local economy. Additionally, the City has over 200 acres of parks, natural areas and recreation resources.
Tualatin openly treasures its cultural history. In early years, the Atfalati tribe of the Kalayapua Native Americans used the Tualatin River for transportation. Oregon Trail settlers later built ferries and plied the waters with steamships. There was a brick factory and a sawmill as well. Incorporated in 1913, Tualatin grew slowly claiming less than 1,000 residents only 40 years ago.
Names of early settlers adorn natural areas and city streets, and the community logo combines the look of a tree with a Native American theme. A new pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Tualatin River, uniting more than 200 acres of parks and open space owned by the City and its neighboring communities, was named for Ki-a-Kuts, the last leader of the Atfalati tribe.
Prehistory is celebrated in Tualatin as well. A mastodon skeleton was unearthed in a swamp near where the Fred Meyer parking lot is now. The 13,000 year-old mastodon ribcage was excavated and bones of a giant ground sloth were found. The mastodon remains are on display at the Tualatin Public Library. The newly constructed Tualatin River Greenway trail pays homage to the ice age floods that undulated the area and shaped the natural landscape, as we know it today.
Currently, the City of Tualatin has a population of 26,840, with approximately 30% of the population between the ages of 25 to 44, according to the US Census Bureau American Community Survey 2015 estimate. The City includes a significant Hispanic/Latino community, now about 18 percent of the total population, and a growing Asian and Pacific Islander community.
Tualatin takes pride in its youth who are active in the community, benefit from involved parents, and are educated through an excellent school system. This is evident in programs like the Tualatin Mobile Makerspace, a hands-on learning experience for youth intended to spark interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM), summer kids and teen camps and the Student Visual Art Chronicle. The City has an engaging aging adults population and holds several community events like concerts and movies in the Commons, the annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, and ArtSplash.