The renovations and new construction of libraries throughout the county bring the opportunity for the library to expand its existing art collection. As envisioned, the art in all library branches will be diverse in both concept and material, be traditional and non-traditional and will endure and inspire over time. The DPL Public Art Selection Committee (Art Committee) seeks works in all media and genres: Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Glass, Fiber, Functional, Digital, Photography, Installation, Mixed Media, New media/genres. Suspended from ceilings, mounted on walls, embedded in floors, anchoring a public space, works will exist in both expected and unexpected places within the building and on library grounds.
The Deschutes Public Library appointed local artists, a project architect and community advocates to serve on the Art Committee as representatives of the towns served by library branches. The Art Committee will make recommendations to the library administration for final approval. Funding for the art acquisitions comes from the library’s allocation of 1% of the bricks and mortar construction costs for art, a policy that follows the State of Oregon’s 1% for Art statute.
Step One: Build a roster of qualifying artists for consideration across all branches.
Step Two: Invite artists who have pre-qualified by inclusion in the roster to submit proposals for specific artwork commissions in one or more library branches
Artists: How to Apply
Applications will be accepted through the online portal CaFE’, short for Call for Entries, an art application database developed by the Western States Arts Foundation and used successfully by thousands of artists for nearly two decades. Artists can familiarize themselves with the program by going to Call for Entries website.
After reviewing the call for submissions on café, further questions can be directed to: DPL.email@example.com. (Preferred). Messages may be left on the dedicated line for Art at DPL: 541.588.0745 or via the postal system at P.O. Box 2102, Bend, OR 97709.