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Spokane Arts / Art Project for South Gorge Trail / Call for Artists

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BACKGROUND:  The City of Spokane has undertaken a project to create an upgraded South Gorge Loop Trail which will run from the Glover Field (soon to be re-named Red Band Park) to the Sandifur Bridge in People’s Park. This trail will run on the south side of the Spokane River.

As a part of this project, an artist from the Spokane region will be engaged to create a work of art for the area south of the Sandifur Bridge adjacent to the parking area and in sight of the Spokane River.

This opportunity is open to individual artists/artist teams working or living in the Inland Northwest region of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have all necessary documentation and permits to work in the United States at the time of submittal of qualifications. One artist or artist team will be selected for the project.


The site will be in the field south of the Sandifur Bridge adjacent to the trail. The art work should be accessible and welcoming to the public; create an inviting destination for citizens, neighbors, visitors and users of the Park.

The successful project will be made of durable materials suited to an urban park location. The site is suitable for sculpture or sculptures. This is the site of a Native American burial, was the site of encampments, and a common fishing area for tribal people from the region. Preference will be given to artists with experience with Native American cultures, history, and tribal life.
SELECTION PROCESS AND EVALUATION CRITERIA All interested artists must complete their submittal for this project online. There no exceptions. If the artist needs assistance with computer access, please contact

The artist or artist team will be selected based on their submitted work samples from other completed projects and how those demonstrate design and execution of projects in varied environments.

There will be a two-phase selection process: Phase I – Qualification Submittal and Short List: Qualifications, work samples, and statements of interest shall be submitted in accordance with the instructions below. Staff will preview all submissions for completeness prior to Selection Committee review and may reject incomplete applications or non-responsive submissions. Specific proposals are not requested and will not be reviewed at this time. Up to three (3) artists will be selected by a Selection Committee. The Committee will include community stakeholders, representatives of the Spokane Arts Commission, affiliate organizations, and visual arts professionals.

General Review Criteria Consideration of artists in the selection process will include but is not limited to the following: • Aesthetic excellence of past projects • Experience in materials and methods appropriate to the scope of this project • Demonstrated ability to manage projects on time and on budget. Demonstrated delivery of projects with similar budgets will be reviewed.

Phase 2: Finalists will be asked to prepare a conceptual design which will be presented to the selection committee as part of an interview session.

Required Application Materials 1. Artist Statement of Interest: Submission must include an Artist Statement of Interest that specifically addresses your interest in this project. Please address the following in your statement (5000 character maximum): i. What specifically interests you about the project? ii. What is your experience in creating public art? iii. What is your experience or understanding of the Spokane Tribe and its history and culture? Specific proposals are not requested and will not be accepted at this time.

2. Resume + References: Submission shall include a current resume that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist (maximum of 5,000 characters/equivalent of 3 pages; if a team, then 5,000 characters maximum for the team.)

3. Images of Past Work: Submission must include visual representations of past artwork that demonstrate your qualifications for this project. In order to be considered for this project, the applicant must upload a total of 8 images that represent no more than 5 previously completed projects.

Proposal images from prior projects may be submitted, but should be clearly marked as proposals and cannot be more than 3 of the requested 8 images.

4. Descriptions of Past Work (Images): Submission must include a list of the submitted project images with descriptions that clearly explain both the projects and images. Each image must include the following information: a) title; b) date of completion; c) location; d) dimensions; e) significant materials; and f) budget if publicly available. If you were the member of a team or otherwise worked with other artists on a project you are submitting for consideration, please clearly state your actual role in the creation of the work.

Eligible media

Public Art, Non-Profit Orgs.