Park Lane Outdoor Sculpture Gallery Call for Artists

CALL FOR ARTISTS PROPOSALSTwo colorful sculptures on plinths on Park Lane

Park Lane Outdoor Sculpture Gallery | Intersectional Voices Exhibit


**This call is closed! Thanks to all the artists for taking the time to submit their work! We plan to convene our jury in mid-June**

The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission (KCAC) seeks proposals for temporary art sculptures for an outdoor gallery exhibition titled "Intersectional Voices" on Kirkland’s Park Lane. Park Lane was designated one of the ‘Great Places in America’ in 2017 by the American Planning Association. The street features six display pedestals or plinths for three-dimensional works, each having a mounting surface area of 18 inches x 20 inches, that are intended to exhibit sculptures in an outdoor, public gallery art space. The "Intersectional Voices" exhibition will feature jury-selected artworks from between one and six artists. The works are to be for sale; please note, the City takes no commission on Park Lane sculpture sales. 

  • Application Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021 *Extended from original deadline of May 31, 2021
  • Artist Stipend*:  $1,000 per sculpture. Artists whose work is selected for more than one plinth will be paid the stipend for each plinth that displays their work(s).
  • Exhibition Timeline: August 2021 - June 2022
  • Target Installation Deadline: August 16, 2021

*Selected artists are responsible for coordinating the installation and de-installation of their work (or works) with City staff. See an example of a SAMPLE Short-Term Display Agreement here(PDF, 116KB). Artists are additionally responsible for obtaining identifying signage for the artwork, in accordance with the specifications detailed here(PDF, 497KB). An editable template for signage is available here(PDF, 511KB).

Exhibition Theme and Guidance

The theme of this exhibit is "Intersectional Voices," which has been chosen to reflect two resolutions that the City of Kirkland has adopted. The artwork should invigorate, inspire and energize the Kirkland community, communicate Kirkland as a safe, inclusive and welcoming place, celebrate diversity and honor social and racial justice qualities that are in accordance with Kirkland Resolution 5240 (2017) which affirms that Kirkland is a safe, inclusive and welcoming community, and Resolution 5434 (2020) which affirms that Black lives matter. This Request for artist’s proposals seeks works that reflect the tenets of these resolutions. More information about the City's ongoing work to dismantle structural racism, including links to the Resolutions, can be found here.  

Artist Eligibility and Selection Process

Artist Eligibility: This call is open to both emerging and established practicing artists residing in Washington state. Kirkland-based artists are strongly encouraged to apply. Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Art Selection Process:  A jury comprised of Commissioners from the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission as well as artists and/or arts professionals from or representing black, indigenous and People of Color communities will review and select the proposed works, which are intended to be displayed for a year-long period for the community to experience and enjoy. If a selected artwork is sold, it will be replaced by a work pre-approved by the jury panel and the KCAC. 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of any artwork will go to the submitting artist.

Art Details and Specifications

Site/Location: There are six plinth locations sited along Park Lane in Kirkland, between Lake Street South and 3rd Street: 

Aerial map of Park Lane with plinth locations marked with words Park Lane Sculpture Locations


Specific locations for specific artwork will be determined by the jury panel, members of the KCAC and City staff taking into account a number of factors. Please note that we cannot accept requests for specific plinth locations.

Accepted Mediums: Artists are welcome to submit proposals that contemplate artwork in an array of sizes, types and mediums. The proposed medium(s) should be weatherproof and appropriate to outdoor display over a sustained period. The medium(s) should not pose any hazard to the public and be appropriate to securely display on the designated plinths along a very busy pedestrian and automotive thruway.

Accepted Artwork Dimensions: Plinths have a mounting surface area of 18 inches x 20 inches. Proposed artwork should be compatible with these surface dimensions(PDF, 2MB)

Diagram of Park Lane plinths  

Plinth elevation details

Please refer to Park Lane Plinth Attachment Details(PDF, 208KB) for information and specifications about the plinths and the mounting and display of artwork on the plinths. 


Application Deadline:

Applications due: Friday, June 4, 2021 *Extended from original deadline of May 31, 2021

Approximate Timeline:

Application Opens May 7, 2021

Juried Selection Panel: Early June 2021

KCAC approval: June 16, 2021

Artists notified June 17,2021

Selected artist under contract: end June 2021

Works installed (rolling basis): July 2021 - August 2021

Target date for completed installation of all six plinths: August 16, 2021

The Park Lane Outdoor Sculpture Gallery is funded through a grant received from 4Culture, the cultural funding agency for King County, Washington

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