Edmonds is located on Puget Sound in Snohomish County, WA. In 2018, downtown Edmonds was designated as Washington state's first Certified Creative District.  

Founded in 1975, the City of Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) works to ensure that the arts are a vital part of Edmonds quality of life, economic vitality and central identity. The EAC meets monthly and is empowered to advise and make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council or other City commissions or boards on matters pertaining to the arts. The commission is comprised of seven appointed Commissioners who are residents of Edmonds and who serve staggered four-year terms. By ordinance, four of the positions require a professional background in the arts.  

Arts Commission programs and partnerships in the literary, visual and performing arts highlight Edmonds as a cultural destination with rich artistic resources. Programs include: 

 The EAC supports a variety of additional programs through partnerships and sponsorship, including Music at the Library with Friends of the Edmonds Library and Edmonds Sno-Isle Library, and community outreach programs Edmonds Center for the Arts.

City of Edmonds Arts Commission | Edmonds Parks, Recreation & Cultural ServicesEdmonds Arts Commission logo | 700 Main St. Edmonds WA 98020 | 425-771-0228 | eac@edmondswa.gov | www.edmondsartscommission.org

examples of On the Fence installations 

The Arts Commission is interested in encouraging a visual conversation through temporary public artworks and provides an opportunity for regional artists (WA State Puget Sound) to create temporary outdoor art installations on three City owned fences.   

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The project should create a visual installation that has interest for both pedestrians and people in vehicles. Artworks might reference, but are not restricted to themes of discovery, community, nature, sustainability and history. Content must be deemed appropriate for diverse audiences and for public display in a community space. The artist is responsible for creating the work and attaching it to the fence by approved methods for a period of three to four months. Materials must be appropriate for all weather conditions and must not degrade or pollute during the exhibit period.  All proposals are reviewed by the Edmonds Arts Commission at a regular monthly meeting. 

The City will prepare signage for the fence to identify the artist(s) and provide information about the work. The usable portion of the fence measures 5’ x 20 - 80’ depending on the site.  The three sites are: Art Works parking lot at 201 Second Avenue S; Frances Anderson Center play field at 700 Main St; and Civic Field fence on 6th Avenue N. 

BUDGET: The City of Edmonds Arts Commission provides an artist stipend of $500 per project, all inclusive, payable after the work is installed.


Questions? Contact the Arts Office at 425-771-0228 or eac@edmondswa.gov

General Information

Purpose: The goal of the City of Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) art exhibit program is to provide a forum where the public can develop an awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the visual arts through the exhibition of quality art works. An annual program of rotating exhibits features artwork by local (Edmonds and Snohomish County WA) and regionally-based (Puget Sound) emerging and professional artists.

2021 Call for Artists: The EAC seeks visual artworks to display for the 2021 calendar year in its Edmonds Sno-Isle Library Art Wall exhibit space and its Display Case in the Frances Anderson Center. See information about each space below.

Eligibility: Open to two- and three-dimensional artists residing in the Puget Sound region of WA State.

Exhibit Space Policy: 

  • An Agreement to Exhibit is required (provided by EAC). 
  • Artworks must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. 
  •  All work must be securely wired for hanging. Alternative hanging methods are not accepted.  
  • The arts staff or EAC committee member sets the exhibit. 
  • Sales are handled directly by the artist. Commission or percentage is not charged on sale of artwork. A list of prices and artist contact information must be posted with the exhibit. 
  • Artworks are exhibited at the risk of the artist.  

Edmonds Sno-Isle Library Art Wall, 650 Main St.

Edmonds Library Art Wall 

The library art wall space features a rotating six-week exhibit schedule throughout the year of solo and group shows. Located in the southeast corner of the library, this public space has excellent visibility from the entrance of the building. It features two slatted hanging walls with fixed lighting for up to approximately 20 two-dimensional, wired, framed artworks.

The primary display area measures 32’ by 6’. The secondary display area measures 7’ from the east wall corner, and is visible from the library entrance. A third display area offers an additional 14’ of display area, with approximately 5' visible from the general display area. 

EAC Display Case in the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

image of display case space 

Located in a busy community and recreation center, this built-in case with lockable glass sliding doors provides a secured space for two and three-dimensional work. Rotating six-week to two-month exhibit schedule throughout the year of solo and group shows The case is 8’9” W x 5’3” H x 23” D, and is equipped with fixed lighting and ventilation. Pedestals are available. Artist sets the exhibit with approved methods.