We are now accepting applications from artists for 2019-202 exhibits at the Walters.
Applications are due December 1.  

ABOUT THE WALTERS

The Walters Cultural Arts Center is a premier west side visual arts, performance, and arts education facility in downtown Hillsboro. For more information about our facility, concerts, gallery season, ongoing cultural events, classes and workshops for all ages, and more, please visit us online at www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/Walters

Our gallery provides a community showplace for the arts and is a vibrant representation of the City’s commitment to culture and the arts. As part of the Cultural Arts division of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation, the Walters and its programs share in the City's goal of providing diverse, innovative and exceptional recreational and cultural opportunities that enrich the lives of our citizens.

ABOUT OUR GALLERY SPACES

The Walters galleries are wheelchair accessible and made up of two distinct spaces that can hold separate exhibits or be combined for larger exhibits. The curator may offer exhibits to selected applicants in either or both spaces. 

Upstairs Gallery (Walters): This is a fine art gallery space located on the second floor of the Walters. 

Lower Level Gallery Hallway (Walters): The lower level gallery hallway is located near our active classrooms and studios.

Shirley Huffman Auditorium Gallery (Hillsboro Civic Center): Applicants who are local to Hillsboro and/or those whose work reflects Hillsboro or Washington County may be invited to show work in the Shirley Huffman Auditorium, a space curated by staff of the Cultural Arts department.

GALLERY HIGHLIGHTS

  • RECEPTIONS: On the first Tuesday of each month, we host an evening reception for the current gallery exhibit(s). Receptions are open to the public and include live music, food, coffee and tea, art activities, artist talks and demos, artisan vendors, and more! This event is part of the Downtown Hillsboro First Tuesday Art Walk.
  • AUDIENCE: The gallery is open during concerts, classes, private rentals and other cultural events, bringing a broad public audience to exhibits throughout the year.
  • PUBLICITY: Gallery exhibits are advertised in the citywide Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Activities Guide each term, in the HillsboroARTS Magazine, as well as on the Walters website.
  • INSTALLATION: All exhibits are installed by Walters gallery staff.


EXHIBIT PERIODS AND RELEVANT DATES

Applicants must have artwork available for a two-month period during one of the following six exhibition periods. In addition to having their artwork available for display for at least one of the exhibition periods, the applicant must be able to meet with the curator and drop off/pick up artwork in-person at the Walters in downtown Hillsboro according to the dates listed below. Note: we are not open on weekends and can only accept artwork drop-offs or pick-ups during working hours Mon-Fri.

EXHIBIT 1
August 6 (2019)—September 20 (2019)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: early June (2019)
Artwork drop-off: Second week of July (2019)
Artwork pick-up: September 23 or 24 (2019)

EXHIBIT 2
October 1 (2019)—November 15 (2019)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: early August (2019)
Artwork drop-off: Second week of September (2019)
Artwork pick-up: November 18 or 19 (2019)

EXHIBIT 3
December 3 (2019)—January 24 (2020)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: early October (2019)
Artwork drop-off: Second week of November (2019)
Artwork pick-up: January 27 or 28 (2020)

EXHIBIT 4
February 4 (2020)—March 27 (2020)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: early December (2020)
Artwork drop-off: Second week of January (2020)
Artwork pick-up: March 30 or 31 (2020)

EXHIBIT 5
April 4 (2020)—May 27 (2020)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: early February (2020)
Artwork drop-off: Second week of March (2020)
Artwork pick-up: May 30 or 31

EXHIBIT 6
June 2 (2020)—July 24 (2020)
*Gallery Meeting or Call with Curator: early April (2020)
Artwork drop-off: Second week of May (2020)
Artwork pick-up: July 27 or 28

*Gallery meeting dates are flexible and can be arranged further in advance if needed


SELECTION PROCESS

Final exhibits are selected and curated by Walters Cultural Arts Center staff.

Selection criteria include:

  • Artistic Merit: Strength of composition and design, visual impact, technical craftsmanship, originality, and community and/or cultural significance.
  • Venue Appropriateness: We are looking for artwork that is appropriate for display in a publicly-funded venue that serves a broad, all-ages community. We also take into account logistical considerations specific to our building and its other programs and functions.
  • Diversity: We make selections with a season of exhibits in mind. Over the season, we hope to represent a diversity of mediums, themes, and artists. We may group together artists whose work speaks to one another in some way.

NOTIFICATION

Artists will be notified no later than February 1, 2019.

HOW TO APPLY

Between October 1 and December 1, you will be able to apply through the Submittable system.

You will be asked to create a Submittable account if you don't already have one. There is no charge to create an account or to apply. The application itself can be saved online and worked on indefinitely until the deadline.

Questions?

If you have a question about eligibility or the application questions or requirements, please send an email to:stephanie.adams@hillsboro-oregon.gov. After 11/29, please call the Walters front desk for support: (503) 615-3485

For technical support (i.e. if you are having problems submitting your application) please contact the friendly & helpful folks at Submittable:
Submittable Support Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2
Submittable Support Email: support@submittable.com


 



INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GUIDELINES

 Please read all guidelines before applying: 

Applications must be submitted online by December 1, 2018 by 11:59 Pacific Standard Time.

Take note! The system will not accept any applications submitted after 11:59pm on December 1st. To avoid getting disqualified due to a technical mishap, we advise you to plan ahead and submit well ahead of the deadline.

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST ELIGIBILITY

  1. Emerging and experienced local artists from Oregon & Washington are eligible to submit proposals for exhibits
  2. We are looking for applicants with a collection of 8-20 original works of art available for display in small group exhibitons at the Walters Cultural Arts Center or the Hillsboro Civic Center.
  3. Artwork must be suitable for an all-ages audience (G-rated)
  4. Most 2D and some 3D mediums are eligible for exhibition with the following considerations: all artwork considered for the gallery must be original work of the artist and framed or otherwise prepared for display in a professional manner. 3D art must be free-standing, easy to move, and not overly fragile.
  5. Artwork must be available for display for a full exhibit period selected for the 2019-2020 gallery season (Aug 2019—July 2020). Exhibits open on the first Tuesday of the month and close on the last or second-to-last Friday of the following month.
  6. Artists must be able to meet with the curator(s) in-person or by phone approximately two months prior to the exhibit opening to finalize all logistics
  7. Artists must be able to travel to the Walters in-person for the following appointments: 
    • To drop-off artwork in person at least two weeks before the opening during a single delivery appt.
    • To pick up the artwork in a timely manner after the exhibit has closed
    • Note that building hours are: Mon-Thu 9am-9pm & Fri 9am-5pm. We are not able to accept artwork by mail or meet with artists on weekends.


HOW TO APPLY

Between October 1 -- December 1, you will be able to begin the application by scrolling to the bottom of this page and following the prompts to continue the application process.

You will be asked to create a Submittable account if you don't already have one. There is no charge to create an account or to apply.

The application itself can be saved online and worked on indefinitely until the deadline.

For the application you will need to prepare:

  1. 8-20 artwork samples (.jpgs) with the title and size listed in the title of the file (i.e. "TheScream_8x10"
  2. An Artist Bio
  3. Short answer questions about your proposal (see application)

Questions?

If you have a question about eligibility or the application questions or requirements, please send an email to:stephanie.adams@hillsboro-oregon.gov. After 11/29, please call the Walters front desk for support: (503) 615-3485

For technical support (i.e. if you are having problems submitting your application) please contact the friendly & helpful folks at Submittable:
Submittable Support Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2
Submittable Support Email: support@submittable.com



Artist Groups & Orgs GUIDELINES

Please read all guidelines before applying: 

Applications must be submitted online by December 1, 2018 by 11:59 Pacific Standard Time.

Take note! The system will not accept any applications submitted after 11:59pm on December 1st. To avoid getting disqualified due to a technical mishap, we advise you to plan ahead and submit well ahead of the deadline.

GROUP SHOW ELIGIBILITY

  1. Groups/guilds of emerging and/or experienced local artists from Oregon & Washington are eligible to submit proposals for exhibits
  2. Applicants agree to act as the sole contact person and representative on behalf of the group/guild proposing an organized exhibit for display. 
    • Important: Group Representatives are responsible for all details and logistics on behalf of the group, including: Delivery and retrieval of all artwork and signing the consignment contract on behalf of the artists in the group.
  3.  We are looking for groups with a collection of 20-60 original works of art available for display at the Walters Cultural Arts Center or the Hillsboro Civic Center. 
  4.  Artwork must be suitable for an all-ages audience (G-rated) 
  5. Most 2D and some 3D mediums are eligible for exhibition with the following considerations: all artwork considered for the gallery must be original work of the artist and framed or otherwise prepared for display in a professional manner. 3D art must be free-standing, easy to move, and not overly fragile.
  6. Artwork must be available for display for a full exhibit period selected for the 2019-2020 gallery season (Aug 2019—July 2020). Exhibits open on the first Tuesday of the month and close on the last or second-to-last Friday of the following month
  7. Group Representatives must be able to meet with the curator(s) in-person or by phone approximately two months prior to the exhibit opening to finalize all logistics
  8. Group Representatives must be able to travel to the Walters in-person for the following appointments: 
    • To drop-off artwork in person at least two weeks before the opening (during a single delivery appt.)
    • To pick up the artwork in a timely manner after the exhibit has closed
    • Important: our building hours are Mon-Thu 9am-9pm & Fri 9am-5pm. We are not able to accept artwork by mail or meet with artists on weekends.

 

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Between October 1 and December 1, you will be able to begin the application by clicking "Apply!" below and following the prompts to continue the application process.
  2. You will be asked to create a Submittable account if you don't already have one. There is no charge to create an account or to apply. The application itself can be saved online and worked on indefinitely until the deadline.

For the application you will need to prepare:

  1. A list of participating group members, including their full names, websites (if available), and email addresses
  2. 10-12 artwork samples (.jpgs) with the title and size listed in the title of the file (i.e. "TheScream_8x10")
  3. A Group Bio
  4. Short-answer questions about your proposal (see application)

Questions?

If you have a question about eligibility or the application questions or requirements, please send an email to:stephanie.adams@hillsboro-oregon.gov. After 11/29, please call the Walters front desk for support: (503) 615-3485

For technical support (i.e. if you are having problems submitting your application) please contact the friendly & helpful folks at Submittable:
Submittable Support Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2
Submittable Support Email: support@submittable.com




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