This Call is Now Closed
Exhibit Location: Park Lane, Kirkland, Washington
At a Glance:
- Call Opened: Tuesday, May 30, 2023
- Call Closed (Application deadline): Friday, June 16, 2023 - 5 pm PDT
- Artist Stipend: $2,000 per selected sculpture. Artists whose work is selected for more than one plinth will be paid the stipend for each plinth that displays their work(s).
- Exhibit Timeline: October 2023 to September 2025 (2-year exhibition)
- Target Installation Date: October 2, 2023
The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission (KCAC) seeks submissions of completed art sculpture work for the two-year outdoor gallery exhibition. Works should be of durable materials that can withstand the diverse Pacific Northwest elements over the two-year exhibition. Artist should be aware that there is no protection from the weather on this outdoor gallery and we ask that the artist take into consideration the Pacific Northwest weather for each of our four distinct seasons. The outdoor exhibit will feature six completed artworks from between one and six artists. Artists will be paid a total of $2,000 per selected sculpture, distributed in two installments over the two-year exhibition. The works selected for this public art exhibition will be on loan to the City for a period of twenty-four months (24) and, at the request of the artist, may be available for sale during that time. Artists will receive all proceeds from the sale of their work as the City does not take commission on Park Lane sculpture sales.
City of Kirkland
Kirkland is a city of approximately 90,000 in East King County, and is known for its Lake Washington waterfront, vibrant downtown, parks, and robust public art collection. The Kirkland City Council has taken action to ensure that the City is safe and welcoming for residents and visitors. With this project, the City seeks public art that addresses those aspirations and reflects the City’s diversity, including racial and ethnic diversity, diversity of sexual identity and orientation, gender diversity, and diversity of age and ability.
This call is open to all artist. The KCAC strongly encouraged submissions from artists residing or working in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho & Northern California).
The City of Kirkland Supports Equitable Opportunities
The KCAC, in alignment with the City Council, seeks to dismantle structural racism and inequities in Kirkland. The KCAC affirms that all people, their cultures, and their art contribute to the meaning and understanding of our shared humanity and should be honored and celebrated. The KCAC strives to proactively solicit and curate art that reflects the diversity of the Kirkland community, encourages a sense of belonging for all people, and supports the expression of historically marginalized communities. The art created by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color performs a unique role in our community and helps provide inspiration to resolve societal inequity and injustice. This important work of bringing equity to art is pivotal to the KCAC’s efforts to confront injustices of the past and reveal inequities of the present in order to build a more diverse, inclusive collection of public art, now and in the future.
The Park Lane Outdoor Sculpture Gallery is funded through a grant received from 4Culture, the cultural funding agency for King County, Washington.
Exhibition Theme and Guidance
The artwork should invigorate, inspire, and energize the Kirkland community; communicate Kirkland as a safe, inclusive, welcoming and belonging place; celebrate diversity and honor social and racial justice qualities that are in accordance with City of 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 artists 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.