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Monroe, Washington                        

                                                         Deadline: April 5, 2019

The City of Monroe views public art as integral to our community’s fabric by improving quality of life, enhancing community identity, strengthening economic development and tourism, and enriching the spirit and pride of its citizens.

The City of Monroe is seeking submissions for an outdoor sculpture, which may be interactive, to be installed on the public sidewalk along Main Street between Blakely Street and Ferry Avenue within the newly-renovated Downtown Plaza Area.  The proposal should express a connection to the City of Monroe, the character of the specific display location, and reflect the City’s diversity. Artists are strongly encouraged to visit the actual installation site. The final sculpture must be delivered by December 20, 2019.


The competition is open to artists residing in the state of Washington.

Applicants can apply as a single artist/sculptor or as an artist team.

Applicant cannot be an elected official or employee of the City of Monroe.


Location: public sidewalk along Main Street between Blakely Street and Ferry Avenue, Monroe, WA 98272, within the public right-of-way, outside installation.

Sculptural artwork must be freestanding with its own weighted plinth. The work must be attached securely to the artist-supplied plinth. The sculpture must be of suitable scale no larger than 3 feet wide, 6 feet long and 12 feet high.

All media suitable for outdoor art shall be considered. It must be durable, vandal resistant, pose no safety threat, able to withstand possible pedestrian contact, and not impede either walking or driving traffic. All proposed artwork should be designed to comply with ADA design guidelines and withstand an outdoor, high traffic, unmonitored environment. The art work shall have very limited maintenance requirements.

The City of Monroe reserves the right to reject work that, when completed, differs from the original proposal, or does not meet standards of durability, safety and quality.

Purchase Amount:

Selected artist/artist team will receive compensation of up to $20,000 as the purchase price for the outdoor sculpture. The contract amount shall be inclusive of all costs associated with the project including design fees, consultant’s fees such as structural engineering or testing, taxes, insurance, materials, fabrication, transportation, applicable City permit(s), and installation, including any site modification required, travel to and from the site, and per diem expenses.

Selection Process:

A Selection Committee will jury on two levels:

The general quality of the artist’s body of work; and

The piece submitted and how it meets the City’s Public Art Policy, 4.0 Selection Criteria (attached). 

The Selection Committee will make a recommendation to the Monroe City Council for final selection. The City of Monroe reserves the right to not select any of the applicants.


Deadline for entries:                      Friday, April 5, 2019, by 4:00 p.m. PDT

Selected artist notified:                 Friday, May 10, 2019

Work installed:                              No later than December 20, 2019

Materials to Submit (Electronic submissions preferred):

Artist’s Resume: A current resume that includes experience, expertise, education, training, and past accomplishments related to your art making practice. The Resume shall also include artist’s name, day/evening/cell phone, fax, email, mailing address, and website (if applicable).

Maximum of 3 proposals per artist; and artist can include examples of up to 3 recent works.

Images must be a minimum of 300 dpi/maximum 2MG and JPEG (.jpg). Include images of front and back of sculpture. Include an image showing a recognizable item with the sculpture to aid in visualizing scale.

Maximum of 9 images total: 2 images per proposal, plus 1 image per recent work.

Annotated Image List (for each proposal submitted): Title, date, medium, height, width, depth, weight, color, and base-size.

Proposals for work not yet fabricated: If you propose work that is not yet fabricated, please submit detailed illustrations/images for each entry. Indicate size (height, width and depth), medium, anticipated weight, and color.

Artist’s Interest Statement: A statement (1 page maximum) that describes your work (inspiration, personal statement) particular to each proposal and why you are interested in this opportunity with the City of Monroe. The Interest Statement shall be suitable for publication.

Artist’s name should appear on all pages of proposal.

Every effort will be made to insure the safe handling of submitted materials; however, the City of Monroe will not be responsible for any loss or damage.

Deadline for Proposal Information:

All materials listed above must be received by Friday, April 5, 2019, 4:00 p.m. PDT.
No exceptions. Receipt of completed applications will be confirmed via email. Submit completed application and other materials to:

Mike Farrell, Parks and Recreation Director


Mail:    City of Monroe

Attn: Mike Farrell

806 W. Main Street

Monroe, WA 98272


Phone: 360-863-4557

download: Call For Sculptors Request for Proposals

download:  Art Selection Policy Criteria

Park Master Plans Update

The City of Monroe has created two long‐range master plans for Lake Tye Park and the Cadman Site. The plans are based on an extensive public involvement process, and will help define the future of these parks.

On February 6, 2018, the Monroe City Council approved the master plans and directed the Mayor and staff to docket the plans into the formal adoption process into the Monroe comprehensive plan for the 2019 cycle. 

These plans, if developed in their entirety, could cost upwards of $52 million dollars.  During 2019, the various individual elements of these plans will be prioritized into the Monroe Comprehensive Plan to be developed over a twenty (20) year period.  Costs for a specific fiscal year would be scaled down accordingly and addressed as part of that year’s budget process.  In addition, as the individual elements are prioritized and costs are more readily available, staff will pursue various granting options to assist with the resources needed for implementation.  We would like to thank the community for their active participation in this process!

Updated Master Plans project information:

Project Timeline

Community Survey Results - DRAFT

Pop-Up Studio Display Boards

Pop-Up Studio Event Photos

Preliminary Plan Features and Programming Concepts

Vision & Ideas – Cadman Site and Lake Tye

Concept Alternatives – Cadman Site and Lake Tye

Pop-Up Comment Summary & Plans - DRAFT

Preliminary Concepts Presentation to City Council & Park Board - September 26

Preliminary Concepts Presentation to City Council & Park Board - October 24

Parks Master Plans Executive Summary February 2018

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