New Public Art COVID-19 Relief Opportunities

In our continued response to individual artists and creative workers impacted by COVID-19, we have two new public art calls opportunities: a direct purchase of artwork for The Visual Chronicle of Portland and Support Beam, an initiative to commission emerging visual artists making work in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Eligible artists may apply to either or both opportunities.


Eatcho, What have you, pencil and watercolor on paper, 2017

The Visual Chronicle of Portland

A collection of works on paper that portray artists’ perceptions of what makes the city of Portland, Oregon unique. The budget for new acquisitions is $15,000. To serve as many artists as possible, individual pieces must be priced no more than $1,000. 

Submission closing:
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. PST. 

If you missed the May 14 Zoom session, see pdf of the presentation  here.

Read Details and Apply Here.


Contact Keith Lachowicz     

Naomi Shigeta, All the World’s a Stage, oil on panel, 2014. Currently installed at the Emergency Management Coordination Center in Portland, Oregon.

Support Beam

This is intended to strengthen artists towards the production of new work over a period of three to six months. The overall budget for this initiative is $70,000. Selected artists will receive between $3,000 and $5,000. 

Submission closing:
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 5 p.m. PST.  

If you were unable to attend the May 12 Zoom session, a pdf  and video recording are now available.
Slide pdf

Zoom video recording

Read Details and Apply Here.


Contact Morgan Ritter    


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