The City of Hillsboro Public Art Program commissions artwork to create memorable landmarks and engaging gathering places that welcome you to a city that values community and creativity. Hillsboro is the most ethnically diverse city in Oregon, with Spanish and Vietnamese the most commonly spoken languages after English. The heart of the Silicon Forest, the city is home to companies such as Intel, Qorvo and SolarWorld, nestled in an agricultural heartland of nurseries and vineyards.
Shute Park Library sits next to the oldest park in the city with towering Douglas fir trees. Located at 775 SE Tenth Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123, the library has just been extensively renovated, and it is a hub of activity for the community. The location is identified as a gateway to the downtown area, with a highly visible position at the curve in the road, with traffic volumes of over 17,000 cars a day and pedestrians coming from the neighborhood to the library, park, recreation center, senior center and many Latino community businesses.
The artwork site consists of landscape areas directly in front of a prominent blank wall of the library (see plans and photos).
The art selection committee is made up of dedicated community members and City employees and has identified the goals of:
- Establishing an inviting gateway to downtown
- Creating a dialog with the space, for example using the wall or the rhythm of the trees
- Generating excitement through form, color or light
- Having a strong presence both day and night
- Inspiring viewers with an artwork that is both lively and timeless, perhaps with connections to lifelong learning and the power of the imagination, both major defining points in the library's place in the community
- Extending a welcome to all, in particular a diverse ethnic and multi-generational community
- Including some form of community engagement*
* Community engagement is envisioned as a valuable way for the artist to learn from the neighbors and library patrons, to educate them about the design process and the artwork, and to build excitement about the project. Hands-on participation in the creation of the artwork is notanticipated, unless the artist desires it. The City’s Public Art Program and library staff will assist wholeheartedly in facilitating the community engagement component.
Application Guidelines and Schedule
All submitted and complete applications will be subjected to a juried evaluation process through the CaFÉ application system www.callforentry.org. There is no fee to apply.
Deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015, midnight (11:59 PM) Mountain Time
Selection criteria include:
- Artistic excellence
- Suitability for the site
- Durability, maintenance and safety concerns
- Strategy for including community engagement
All applications must include the following to be considered.
- Artist statement, not exceeding 1000 characters, outlining your qualifications and interest in this project, a general approach to this project, and previous relevant experience.
- Options for community engagement, describe ways that you have engaged the community in previous projects, or propose strategies that you might use to spark community engagement.
- Visual documentation (up to 10 images) in digital format of artwork that shows your experience with art projects of this scale. CaFÉ requires that images be 1920 x 1920 pixels. Please see the Image Prep tutorial for assistance.
- Current resume with contact information, not exceeding 2 pages for each artist.
PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE (Dates subject to change except entry deadline)
Deadline for applications through CAFÉ: April 6, 2015
Semi-Finalist(s) selected, site visit and interview, artist selected: April
Community engagement element, check in with committee and design development: May
Design proposal presentation: June
Development of final design, fabrication and installation schedule: July
We are here to help, contact:
Valerie Otani | Public Art Program Supervisor
City of Hillsboro, Oregon