Call to Oregon Installation Artists

The Arts Center is commissioning new work for the Art in Rural Storefronts project.

The Arts Center invites artists working in installation art to submit proposals for a new offsite exhibitions program, Art in Rural Storefronts. The program supports risk-taking and non-commercial artists by exhibiting work that would otherwise not be shown in traditional retail/gallery spaces.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria: 

The application is open to all Oregon-based visual artists or artist groups. Artists must have an interest in transforming an unused storefront into a site-specific art installation that is relevant to a diverse rural community. Artists with experience working in media that constitute installations/integrated environments will have preference in the selection process.

Applications will be evaluated based on excellence, relevance, feasibility and the degree to which the proposal matches the project’s goal to exhibit work that would otherwise not be shown.

Deadline and Exhibition Dates:
June 1, 2012 Deadline for proposals
July 28, 2012 Final Artist Selections Announced
October 2012 Exhibitions Installed (Final Exhibition Dates TBA)


The Arts Center will provide an honorarium of $1200 to selected artists. The honorarium covers artist expenses for the project including design, fabrication, travel and installation.

About Art in Rural Storefronts:

Art in Rural Storefronts serves regional audiences in Linn and Benton Counties by bringing innovative, thought-provoking art projects to rural communities that lack spaces dedicated to contemporary/non-commercial art. More than just a beautification project, Art in Rural Storefronts strives to bring new ideas to unexpected community spaces. The project also supports regional artists by providing the opportunity to share their work to new audiences.

Art in Rural Storefronts is collaboration between The Arts Center and Rural Development Initiatives. The project is funded in part by the Oregon Arts Commission.

For application instructions and more on the selection process, visit

Artists with questions are encouraged to contact Hester Coucke at hester[at]theartscenter[dot]net or at 541-754-1551.

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