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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.

The City of Edmonds Arts Commission is seeking an artist or artist-led team to create a commission for a prominent location at Civic Park, a newly designed downtown park and civic destination for all ages, which will undergo development in 2020 - 2021.

Project Budget: $90,000

Eligibility: Open to professional artists residing in WA, OR, CA or British Columbia.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 17, 2020


proposed areas for art installation 

Opportunity: The City of Edmonds Arts Commission is seeking an artist or artist-led team to design, fabricate and install artwork for the 6th Avenue North entry plaza to the new Edmonds Civic Park. Two possible locations are identified (see pictured, above). The selected artist or artist-led team will not be expected to create art for both locations, but rather prioritize one location for a welcoming, signature installation.

Site Locations: Two sites adjacent to the entry plaza off of 6th Avenue North are recommended for artwork. This mid-block entry plaza provides access to adjacent petanque grove and the Boys and Girls Club. The entry also welcomes park users and visitors to the walking/jogging trails, nearby skate-park, scramble wall, athletic fields and wild flower meadow.

The artwork locations and possibilities include: 

  1. Sculptural feature that visually separates the entry plaza from the Boys and Girls Club facility
  2. Suspended sculpture for the shade structure

Site #1 is approximately 133 feet-long on the north side of the plaza. There is a low level planting bed planned for this area. Site #2 is located within the shade structure, which is 23 feet-wide by 57 feet-long, and 14'3" to 18 feet high. Since the park is used year-round for events and activities, the Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) is particularly interested in artwork that incorporates lighting and/or kinetic elements. Power will be provided to both locations by the City of Edmonds.

About Civic Park

The site is a former school district track and field that has been used for community recreation for over 50 years. Recently acquired by the City, an extensive public master planning process was implemented to design an aesthetic and more inclusive downtown park.

The planned development of Civic Park embraces this downtown park's potential to contribute to a sense of community identity and civic pride, while promoting active, healthy lifestyles, energizing the local economy, and bolstering the city's growing reputation as a destination on Puget Sound.

Civic Park is an eight-acre park in the heart of downtown Edmonds that straddles the boundary between residences, civic amenities and the downtown commercial district. Well-loved and used by residents of all ages, it is home to the Edmonds Boys and Girls Club, Edmonds Petanque Club and several of Edmonds annual festivals, such as Taste Edmonds and the 4th of July Fireworks.

Featuring an inclusive playground, walking track, skate-park, petanque grove, tennis court, scramble wall, multi-sport court, lighted athletic field, wildflower meadows, water feature, and more, this legacy park will serve as an iconic place for gathering, celebration, and enhanced daily life, serving Edmonds for generations to come.

Designated as the State's first Certified Creative District in 2018, downtown Edmonds is a hub for cultural activities and creative businesses. Civic Park lies within the Creative District. It is also located two blocks from the Edmonds Center for the Arts, which hosts world-class touring performances, as well as performances by regionally-based ballet, symphony and choral companies.

Budget

The budget of $90,000 is available for the design, fabrication and installation of the artwork. The budget must include artist's fees, design costs, including engineering review, materials, fabrication, delivery, installation costs, including foundation design and construction, required insurance, travel and sales tax. Some basic site preparation, power supply and landscaping will be provided by the City. The EAC will provide a total of up to $2,500 in approved reimbursable travel expenses for artists residing beyond 50 miles from Edmonds. The selected artist/artist-led team will be encouraged to work closely with the City, community, and park design team consultants and contractor to determine final design and landscaping concepts, particularly for Site #1. The shade structure (Site #2) is designed and constructed as part of the park renovation adjacent to the restrooms. The selected artist/artist-led team will be expected to work the City, community, and park design team consultants to integrate the suspended artwork. 

Timeline

  • Call for Artists/RFQ open:  Wed. February 26, 2020
  • Deadline for Entry: Tue. March 17, 11:59 pm, 2020
  • Selection Panel meeting #1: Fri, March 27, 2020
  • Finalists contacted: Wed. April 7-8, 2020
  • Finalist Orientation: Wed. April 22, 2020*
  • Selection Panel meeting #2 (interviews):  Thur. April 23, 2020*

* If selected as a finalist, applicants are required to be available in person on April 22 and 23 for site orientation and interview at a public meeting. Times, "tba".

Artwork Development:

  • May 2020: Finalist recommended to City Council at a Public Hearing. Approval of Finalist; Contract issued
  • June-July 2020: Research and Conceptual Development
  • August 2020: Presentation of Conceptual Proposal to Panel and EAC at a public meeting
  • September 2020: Presentation of Final Design at a Public Hearing and Approval by City Council
  • September-December 2020: Detailed design development and Final Design schedule, dependent on approved concept and contractor milestones
  • Spring/Summer 2021: On-site Implementation

  

Selection Criteria

Finalists will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Quality and strength of past work as demonstrated in the submitted application materials
  • Command of dynamic spatial relationships and demonstrated understanding of sites with multiple viewing points
  • Perceived ability to create an engaging, welcoming experience
  • Perceived ability and interest in creating site-specific artwork
  • Availability to begin proposal development work immediately.

Selection Process

A five to seven person selection panel will review the applications and select up to five finalists for interviews.  Prior to the interview, all finalists are asked to attend an orientation so that they can fully understand the site context and scope of the Civic Park project, as well as adjacent connections. The panel will reconvene to interview the finalists and select one artist or artist team for the commission. The orientation and interview will be held in Edmonds, Washington. The panel will reconvene for presentation of the selected artist’s proposed design concept at a Public Meeting prior to recommendation to City Council for final approval.

The panel reserves the right to make no selection from the submitted applications or finalists’ interviews. The panel’s recommendations are subject to approval by the Edmonds Arts Commission and Edmonds City Council.

Application Materials

See form below.

Questions? Contact Frances Chapin, Arts & Culture Manager: frances.chapin@edmondswa.gov or 425-771-0228

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 and regionally-based 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.

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.


Call for Artists: The Edmonds Arts Commission (EAC) seeks two-dimensional artworks (no photography) for either a solo show or a group show that depicts birds for its Edmonds Sno-Isle Library Art Wall exhibit space, August 3 - September 13, 2020. The show is part of the community-wide celebration of the annual Puget Sound Bird Fest, September 11 - 13. The exhibit will feature approximately 15-25 artworks, depending on size. The final decision whether the show will be a solo artist or a group show will depend on submissions received.

Solo show application: If applying for a solo exhibit, artists must have minimum 15 medium sized framed works (approximately 20" x 24", including frame) to fill the exhibit space. Total number of works depends on framed size and available space. 

Group show application: Apply with 1 - 5 framed artworks. 

Edmonds Library Art Wall 

Edmonds Sno-Isle Library Art Wall, 650 Main St.: 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 twenty two-dimensional 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. Low study desks allow for good visibility of artwork from the entrance of the library.

Exhibit Space Policy: 

  • An Agreement to Exhibit is required (provided by EAC). 
  • All work must be securely wired for hanging. Alternative hanging methods are not accepted. 
  • Artworks must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. 
  • 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.  

The goal of the 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. Rotating exhibits feature artwork by local and regionally-based emerging and professional artists.

City of Edmonds Arts Commission