Happy Valley is a thriving, multicultural community of 21,700 neighbors. Many residents identify as Asian (22.7 percent), of two or more races (5.9 percent), and/or Hispanic or Latino (4.4 percent). Moreover, our beautiful nature areas, safe neighborhoods, and vibrant business community contribute to making our town a wonderful place to call home.
The Happy Valley Public Art Committee seeks up to six artists to display sculptures in the July 2021 through June 2023 Sculpture Garden Exhibit. Submissions may include proposed, partially, or fully completed sculptures.
The Happy Valley Sculpture Garden at City Hall is a mechanism for integrating outdoor art into public spaces, promoting public participation and interaction with artists and artwork, and preserving the local cultural environment and livability.
•$750 honorarium per sculpture exhibited
•Promotion on Webpage, including Artist Profile
•City may promote art as “for sale” during exhibition
•Installation/de-installation services, interpretative signage and photography provided
EQUITY & ARTIST ELIGIBILITY:
The Art Committee seeks to exhibit artwork through inclusive processes. Applications are welcomed from people of all backgrounds, abilities, and disabilities. Students, emerging artists, and artists from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
This exhibition opportunity is open to artists residing in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Artists must transport sculptures to and from the City at their own cost.
HOW TO APPLY:
An online application must be completed through the website Submittable. First time users of Submittable will be prompted to create an account. When preparing your application, please be prepared to submit:
•Artist contact information
•Up to three images (front, back, side) per sculpture submitted. Images should accurately represent the sculpture in scale, media, and color.
•Sculpture information, including physical specifications, materials used, and a short description.
•Optional: current resume and demographic information
A video tutorial is available to assist you in completing an application. In this tutorial, program staff completes a sample application and explains the submission process. The City may assist in language translation and accept non-digital applications by request.
Artwork will be selected by the Happy Valley Public Art Committee based on locational context, artistic merit, maintainability, and size/weight criteria. Proposed, partially completed and fully completed artworks may be considered. Accessibility restrictions will be considered in reviewing sculptures.
Sculptures must be of suitable scale for outdoor public art and compatible with provided display pads:
•Artwork must be freestanding and cannot exceed 10 ft tall. Sculptures exceeding 1,000 lbs. will be assessed based on City’s ability to install without requiring special equipment.
•Sculptures must require minimal maintenance and withstand the effects of weather, be as resistant as possible to vandalism, able to safely withstand pedestrian contact and must not impede pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
•Sculptures must be fitted, before delivery, with a ¼-inch (minimum) steel plate – ranging in size of 24 – 28 inches in diameter. Concrete pads, with a 30-inch steel plate for welding sculpture to pad, are provided by the City for the display of each sculpture.
TIMELINE & NEXT STEPS
•Thank you for your application! Submissions will undergo a staff technical review and be paneled by the Art Committee in April. Applicants will be notified of selection the week of April 19, 2021.
•Selected artists will enter into a two-year lease agreement with the City. Artists selected for partial and concept sculptures will also submit a timeline for completion, as well as progress updates. Artwork must be completed by June 1, 2021.
•Sculptures must be ready for exhibition and installation on or about July 1, 2021. Artwork that cannot be installed by the installation deadline will be disqualified.
•Artists will deliver sculptures and be present during installation/de-installation. The City will provide a welder and crane to perform installation services. Note: The City reserves the ability to decline art that differs from selected work or does not meet standards of durability, safety, and quality. The City will insure exhibited artwork against damages while on display.
Happy Valley City Hall, 16000 SE Misty Dr., Happy Valley, OR 97086