Back in 2016 artist, architect and urban planner Meejin Yoon was selected from a nationwide search to design an art installation in Riverfront Park as part of the Riverfront Spokane redevelopment project. Jump forward to 2020 and site work will begin in the spring for Yoon's piece, "StepWell," intended to overlook Spokane Falls.
Now Spokane Arts is searching for another artist to create another Riverfront Park art installation.
With the end goal being an accessible, welcoming, interactive piece that will make Riverfront Park an inviting destination for visitors to Spokane and residents alike, Spokane Arts is looking for artists in the Inland Northwest region of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. The deadline for the first part of the application is this coming Friday, February 21.
Don't have a concept in mind? Don't stress. The first half of the application simply asks for artist qualifications, including experience and past works of art. Three finalists will be chosen from this pool of applicants and invited to present a design proposal to the Joint Art Committee. Members of the committee, including representatives from the Spokane Park Board and Spokane Arts Commission, will then select one artist or artist team to finalize their design and determine a location for the final installation.
The Riverfront Spokane redevelopment project is funded by the 2014 voter-approved bond to renovate Riverfront Park. With this funding the chosen artist will be working with an $85,000 budget to create a piece of art that will in turn become a part of the city.
“The addition of engaging, interactive elements in our urban park creates community gathering space for people of all ages and backgrounds, provides destinations for visitors, and develops cultural touchstones that, over time, become part of the fabric of Spokane and a source of civic pride,” says Spokane Arts Executive Director Melissa Huggins.
For more information about the project and applying visit www.spokanearts.org/opportunities.