Host an artist & join the community

The 10th-anniversary festival is February 7 – 15, 2025.

This call is for Community Partner Sites – local businesses, design firms, retail locations, organizations, art collectives, maker spaces, and more – with a location or venue to host an artist or venues with confirmed artists. There is one installation per application, and multiple applications are okay. One designated contact per application. 

Installations can be light-based art installations or sculptures in windows, colorful and creative outdoor lighting, installations in your own yard or neighborhood, video projections, and more. 

We encourage artists to find their own venue to show their installations. Light up your buildings, exteriors, houses, and yards. Find a local business that would like to showcase your work. Ask your neighbors to be involved and create a light community around your PDXWLF exhibition.

PDXWLF will work to match artists to available venues. However, we may be unable to match an artist with every venue.  

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

VENUE WITH ART

Are you a venue that already has an art piece you would like to feature?

Installations can be light-based art installations or sculptures in windows, colorful and creative outdoor lighting, installations in your own yard or neighborhood, video projections, and more.

Application deadline: 5 PM September 20, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

We ask for a minimum of 8′ x 10′ space for artwork. A location with foot traffic and near public transportation is ideal. Large windows with no glazing, tint, or frosting are preferred. Easy access to the windows for art placement, with nothing else up against the windows. Rooms without extraneous interior lights and lights that can be covered or turned off. No super bright exterior lights above the windows. We work to create clusters of art, so if your venue is near other PDXWLF locations, you have a better chance of us being able to program artwork. 

No, our art team will select artists for placement in potential venues. Based on availability, logistics, and visibility from the street, artists will be selected for venues that do not already have their own artists on a case-by-case basis. The artwork will be family-friendly. We will likely be unable to place artists in every venue that applies. 

Yes, we encourage venues to show their own art/artists! Please fill out the “Art with Location” application form. 

No, we wish! Large projection pieces cost tens of thousands of dollars, and we do not have the resources to do this scale of work in multiple venues. We’d love to see these pieces all over Portland, but we’ll need much more support to make that happen. If you are set on something like this, we can pair you with a local projection company and artist that can make your dreams come true. 

Yes, absolutely! Please let us know ASAP what you are looking for and your budget. If possible, we will connect you with an artist.

We receive hundreds of submissions and review them carefully to determine if the proposals are sound and what best fits where. We ask many questions about the venues and artists to determine the flow and how the pieces work together. We will begin notifying artists in mid-October on a rolling basis until November 8th.  

Once we accept a location and/or have an artist to place in that location, we will send you an invoice and link for the participation fee. 

Great! You should complete this form before September 20th: “Art with Location

Go to this page and select the appropriate form. “Call For Participation link

No, this is a free Festival, and we require no cover charge during the festival hours—6 pm—10 pm. You may have other events happening as long as there is art free for the public to view.

Please contact Misty Post at [email protected] before September 16th so the art team can respond.