Art in Public Places

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Percent for Art - Call to Artists

In 1981 Eugene enacted a Percent for Art ordinance, placing Eugene on the leading edge of a national public art movement. For the last 38 years our city has been integrating art into a variety of public settings, enriching the cultural landscape of Eugene. As part of the City’s recent Parks and Recreation System Plan, the City is issuing two Request for Qualifications from experienced artists or artist-teams to create a public work of art to add to our Percent for Art collection. 


Campbell Center NW Corner RenderingCampbell Community Center Percent for Art RFQ

Budget: $66,000 

Deadline: December 31, 2019

The City of Eugene, Oregon is issuing a Request for Qualifications from experienced artists or artist-teams to create a public work of art at Campbell Community Center. Campbell has between 250-300 people come through its doors every day and Eugene Rec offers classes, activities, weekly social groups, presentations, support groups and special events for area adults and seniors. The lobby is a popular meeting place along the beautiful Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path System in Skinner Butte Park.


Echo Hollow Pool renderingEcho Hollow Pool Percent for Art RFQ

Budget: $88,000 

Deadline: December 31, 2019

The City of Eugene, Oregon is issuing a Request for Qualifications from experienced artists or artist-teams to create a public work of art at Echo Hollow Pool. Echo Hollow Pool serves approximately 89,000 people of all-ages, who use the facility annually for a wide variety of activities that include swim lessons, aquatic aerobics, lap swim training and regional swim competitions.



Seeking Committee Members

In line with Eugene’s Percent for Art Ordinance 18849, Cultural Services is seeking visual arts professionals who wish to have an opportunity to help shape the public art that will be welcome additions to the upcoming Eugene City Hall and Lane County Farmers Market and Park Blocks. The restoration of the Northwest Park Block, covered for decades by a parking garage, will recover the sites legacy of civic pride, by giving an all-season, permanent home to the Lane County Farmers Market and a new site for the Eugene City Hall. Time commitment as a committee member will average 3-4 hours every other month and can range from nine months to three years.

If interested in serving on a percent for art committee, please submit an application by January 16, 2020. Contact Kate Ali with questions.


The Mission of the Public Art Program

Our mission is to ensure that the City of Eugene's public art collection be of the highest quality and, when possible, of historical significance.

The City of Eugene established its commitment to the Visual Arts through the Percent for Art Ordinance of 1981, which states that it is an appropriate function of government to foster arts and the development of artists. Visual arts contribute to and provide experiences which enrich and better our social and physical environment. The commissioning of art works in public places, in addition to furthering the policy of fostering art and developing artists, enriches public perception of government buildings, parks, and other public spaces.

The City of Eugene's Public Art collection can be seen in many places throughout the city.

View the City of Eugene's Public Art Plan.

Art at the Hult Center

The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is the home of many treasures of public art. Art at the Hult includes a permanent collection on display, as well as work that is architecturally integrated throughout the building.

The Hult Center is remarkable for the extent to which visual arts have been architecturally integrated and the variety of the art works themselves. Ranging from hand-painted tiles in the restrooms to the house curtain in the Silva Concert Hall, works by 30 artists and crafts people were planned and executed in concert with the building construction. These collected art treasures help to make the Hult Center a popular visitors’ attraction in Eugene.

Other places to see public art include the Eugene Public Library, the Eugene Airport, City parks, and the City's Public Works Division.