New Outdoor Gallery program seeks artists to apply

Florence Public Art Committee sends out Call for Artists

Jan. 5, 2018 — The Florence Public Art Committee has created an exciting new program to enhance the beauty and livability of the local community by regularly introducing original outdoor art into Florence to create a unique sense of place and enhance community identity.

This program, called “Art Exposed — Dynamic Public Art” provides a creative outlet for artists to display their work, and artists are encouraged to submit unique pieces that demonstrate extraordinary creativity and elicit a feeling of “Wow” from all who view them.

Many cities around the world are engaged in programs of this type and it creates excitement for both the community and visitors.

Five locations for this art have been selected by the Public Art Committee and are in the high visibility/high traffic area of Historic Old Town Florence along Bay Street. This area is filled with restaurants, galleries and specialty shops and provides a beautiful backdrop for artwork right along the Siuslaw River.

Art displayed in this program must be available for sale to the public. Initial art displayed will be installed for a period of two years and each artist will be provided a stipend for the installation of $500.

The City will provide bases for the art and may assist with installation.

All artwork must be the original design and artwork of the entrant and suitable for viewing by all ages.

All artists over 18 years old are eligible.

Details of the five Old Town locations are in the entry form, and artists are encouraged to submit work for all locations if they wish. There is a $25 fee per artist to submit work.

Should art be purchased prior to the end of the two-year period, the artist shall be given first opportunity to replace art with a suitable piece to be approved by the Public Art Committee. If the artist chooses not to replace the work, the space will be made available to a new artist through a new “Call to Artists.

The City of Florence will collect a 30 percent commission on any art sold.

Applications should be submitted though Café. This is a well-known and respected website for managing all types of art entries throughout the United States and Internationally.

Artists can register for free by visiting

It is easy to register and, by registering once, artists have access to “calls” from all over the world.

For additional information, contact Florence City Recorder Kelli Weese at 541-997-3437 or [email protected]

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, Feb. 25.

The Public Art Committee will make the final selection and artists will be notified during the week of March 19.

The artwork is scheduled to be installed by April 23.

“Art Exposed — Dynamic Public Art” is another in the series of Public Art activities that will help all Florence citizens and visitors experience art in a new way.