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Opportunity: Call for Artists: King Cole Commemoration Project

Aritistic Discipline: Cultural, Visual


Green colored text stating Friends of Riverfront Park with a green and blue square intersected with varying white lines

The Friends of Riverfront Park (“FRFP”), a Washington nonprofit recently formed to support Spokane’s signature urban park, is asking for proposals from artists for an art piece to commemorate King Cole and the 50th anniversary of Spokane’s 1974 World’s Fair (“Expo ‘74”).

Through this art project FRFP wishes to recognize the extraordinary vision and contribution of King Cole to rejuvenating Spokane in the early 1970s, a person who nearly single-handedly secured Spokane’s designation as a World’s Fair site in 1974.

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FRFP envisions a distinctive, commemorative, outdoor art piece located at the north end of the current King Cole bridge. FRFP is seeking proposals for an installation that celebrates King Cole and his legacy. A
visitor to the site should be left with a better understanding of King Cole as a person and an appreciation for the immense impact to Spokane made through his leadership. The goal is an art piece that is iconic, and is interactive, sculptural, kinetic, illuminated at night, or some combination of those elements. The successful applicant should assume that any installation will need to accommodate a narrative on or near the art piece explaining King Cole and the EXPO ’74 story.

Pre-Submission Conference and Site Visit: An optional pre-submission conference will be held at the following date, time and location. This will be an opportunity to learn more about the project, tour the approved art site and to ask questions of staff and representatives of FRFP.

Date: Friday March 10, 2023
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Riverfront Park, U.S. Pavilion.
Complimentary parking will be available at the lot at 809 N Washington St, Spokane WA
99201. After parking, please enter the US Pavilion at the West entrance adjacent to the
Ticket Windows.

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to individual artists or artist teams working in the United States. Preference will be given to Inland Northwest artists (Washington, Idaho, Oregon) with a demonstrated appreciation for, and knowledge of, King Cole and the Expo ’74 story. 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
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Expires: April 14, 2023