Windowfront Exhibitions Call to Artists
Cultural Services, City of Eugene Windowfront Exhibitions is seeking artists and artist teams to help enliven Downtown Eugene through the placement of artwork and installations in vacant storefront windows. All empty spaces have great potential to be transformed by artists and innovation.
The goal of Windowfront Exhibitions is to provide professional opportunities for artists and creatives to present their work, support and increase the presence of art in downtown public spaces, celebrate diversity, engage community, provide a platform for historically under-served communities and encourage positive interactive activities downtown.
Windowfront Exhibitions have rotating installations throughout the year. We are seeking artists for these upcoming exhibition dates:
- December 2022-March 2023
- April 2023-July 2023
- August 2023-November 2023
Relevant themes may include, but are not limited to: lumination, black history, Asian and Pacific Islander heritage, women’s history, sustainability and LGBTQIA+, as well as any work that expresses the timeline we live in, inspires wonder and invokes dialogue.
Applications are due by 5 p.m., November 4, 2022.
This opportunity is available for any Oregon artists and artist teams over 18 years of age who are interested in creating an installation that will be displayed for up to three months. Youth artists will be considered with a lead that is 18 years of age or older.
In support of this project’s commitment to achieving greater racial equity across the arts sector, submissions from artists of color are particularly encouraged.
We are interested in all variety of 2D/3D artworks, graphics, mixed media, video and digital concepts. Mediums could range from sculpture, lighting design, video projections, hung painting/graphics, stained glass and anything else that might enliven downtown and intrigue passers-by. Artwork that is 3-dimensional, contains audio visual elements, and/or can be viewed after sunset is preferred.
Given the number of available windows, 4-9 artists will be selected for this call.
The stipend per selected artist is $700 for art installation or $475 for video. It is not required that awarded installations only use funding from this opportunity; selected artists may utilize existing artwork or outside funds as available.
All applications must include the following information:
- Artist Bio, 400 words or less
- Artist Statement, 400 words or less
- 3-6 representative work samples
- Project proposal, including:
- Brief conceptual statement, 400 words or less.
- Technical and space requirements.
- Timeline required to prepare your project from date of notification. 2 months or less is preferred.
- Design concept: mock-up, sketch or detailed written description of the project in a hypothetical space. This can include any graphics/photos that help visualize your concept including vignettes, plans, drawings, renderings, etc.
- Indicate the amount of space needed and, if available, the desired location for display of your artwork.
- Describe how your artwork would be installed and if access to power is needed.
- Concept does not need to be finalized for the application, but any detail on materials, construction methods and installation plans will be useful for the selection panel to consider.
Windowfront Exhibitions is designed to celebrate the City of Eugene and create a strong community identity. The following guidelines should be followed:
- Submit only one application per artist or arts group.
- Sample artwork that is included on the application must resemble the artwork that will be installed in the vacant storefront.
- Content must be suitable for all ages.
- We will accept both existing works and proposed new works to be created for temporary installation.
- Dimensions of the windows and interior spaces may vary slightly. Artists should be prepared to adjust artwork to the size of the space.
- Storefront walls may not be drilled or otherwise damaged. This means objects may not be screwed into the storefront walls.
- Floors of storefronts must not be damaged, painted or stained. Tarps and/or protective coating must be used under objects that may potentially damage or stain floors.
- There is access to power outlets. Some installation supplies are available based on unique sites, along with limited pedestals and gallery walls. Storefront locations are subject to change due to availability of space.
- Artists are responsible for producing and maintaining high-quality work for the duration of the installation and may be asked to provide repair on request.
Proposals submitted to the program will be evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:
- Quality of Concept: provide a clear, well-conceived, original proposal. Suggested themes are open to your artistic interpretation, but we will be looking for proposals that best utilize the display window space.
- Feasibility: convey a clear plan for fabrication and/or installation of the artwork.
The selection process will be completed by a panel of arts professionals, property managers and City staff members. The panel will review the applicants’ images and other materials based on the program evaluation criteria. If you have questions about any element of the open call, please email Chanin Santiago.
If not selected, artists may choose to be included in the Windowfront Exhibitions Artist Roster for future installations.
Please reference the photos linked here as examples of a variety of installed Windowfront Exhibitions, as well as a sample artist agreement:
As this program will make use of space within private property, all phases must occur on a firm timeline. Cultural Services will manage coordination with property management and will resolve any questions/ concerns for selected artists.
- September 26: artist call opens
- November 4 at 5 p.m.: applications close
- Mid-November: selected artists will be notified
Installation and Deinstallation
Site visits will be scheduled with selected artists and staff to determine the appropriateness of the proposed installation within the vacant unit.
The artists will be responsible for installing and deinstalling their artworks with city staff guidance during regular business hours at all facilities. Installation and deinstallation timelines are dependent on leasing of storefronts and schedule of exhibition and will be scheduled with Public Art Program Assistant, Chanin Santiago. Artists are encouraged to bring individuals/assistants to help, as needed.