Artist Call

ArtsWA and Enumclaw School District, for Enumclaw High School

Due: Friday, April 27, 2018, 5 PM Pacific Time


Purpose of RFQ

Call for public artists to create a unique artwork for Enumclaw High School.

RFQ Description

Enumclaw School District and ArtsWA are seeking an individual artist or artist team to design and create original artwork that is able to reflect Enumclaw School District’s partnership with Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Artists should have the ability to reflect the Indigenous traditions of the Pacific Northwest, particularly those of the Coast Salish and/or the other tribes of Washington state.  

There are opportunities for either interior or exterior artwork with the goal of placing artwork where it will have the greatest impact on students. Secondary audiences include the extended Enumclaw community, teachers, and staff.


Marissa Laubscher, Art in Public Places Project Manager; (360) 586-2419,

Site Visit Requirements

None required for submission. Artists are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Enumclaw High School Modernization and Addition project via the District’s project overview.


Digital materials to by 5pm, Friday, April 27, 2018. You should receive confirmation of your submission within one business day. If you are unable to submit electronically, contact Marissa Laubscher to discuss possible accommodations (360) 586-2419.

Background on the Enumclaw High School Modernization and Addition

The original three-story brick High School stood from 1921-1960 on Porter Street. It was demolished soon after closing. In 1960 the current Enumclaw High School building opened at the Semanski Street site. Several additions and remodels have occurred, bringing it to 195,595 square feet and housing nearly 1,400 students at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. 

Enumclaw and Black Diamond voters passed a bond by supermajority in April 2015. The bond funds were combined with state funds to remodel and connect parts of the existing structures plus construct a two-story addition to provide a safe and uniform learning environment.

School’s Vision for the Art

ArtsWA and the Enumclaw High School Art Selection Committee will select an artist or artist team to design and create an artwork that that is able to reflect Enumclaw School District’s partnership with Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Artists should have the ability to reflect the Indigenous traditions of the Pacific Northwest, particularly those of the Coast Salish and/or the other tribes of Washington state.  Secondary themes that the art selection committee is interested in are  journeys, nature, history-present-future, collectiveness, and moving forward together.

Project Schedule

Construction of the school’s remodel and addition is well underway. The selected artist or artist team will be expected to install the artwork no later than spring, 2020.


The project budget will be roughly $45,000 inclusive of design, travel, structural engineering, materials, fabrication, installation, artist fee, and other associated project costs.

Commission and Agreement

The artwork will be commissioned through the Washington State Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places program. Artists will coordinate work with ArtsWA and Enumclaw School District staff.

An agreement between ArtsWA and the artist or artist team will formalize budget, schedule and artwork design.


The opportunity to compete for this project is open to working artists living in WA, OR, ID, and BC. Artists who have a historic and/or artistic connection to the tribal peoples of this region are strongly encouraged to apply. Artists who currently live in Washington State or who have lived in Washington are preferred. Neither ArtsWA nor Enumclaw School District discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, or gender identity.

Artists currently on the ArtsWA Public Artist Roster will also be considered and need not apply; though are welcome to submit updated materials or materials tailored to this call. Those with active or recent ArtsWA projects are ineligible for this call.

The selected artist will be expected to:

  • Design and propose an artwork for review and approval by ArtsWA staff, professional conservators, and the Enumclaw High School Art Selection Committee;
  • Travel to the project site up to three times during the proposal/design process to meet with the Art Selection Committee and ArtsWA project manager;
  • Work within the fixed budget;
  • Maintain registration as a Washington State vendor and adhere to applicable state permitting and licensing requirements, including those relating to contracting and the paying of Prevailing Wages; and
  • Enter into contracts with ArtsWA and fulfil those requirements, including paying applicable taxes.

The Art Selection Committee may opt to not select an artist from this submission process, if, in its collective opinion, no applications meet its expectations.

Selection process

The Art Selection Committee consists of local stakeholders including Enumclaw High School and District staff, and is facilitated by ArtsWA staff. The panel will review submitted portfolios and materials of all applicants and select an artist or artist team to create a proposal and artwork for Enumclaw High School.The criteria used by the Art Selection Committee will include:

  • Appropriateness:
    Evidence of the artist’s ability to execute artwork at an appropriate scale and using materials suitable for permanent artwork in public places, or demonstrated potential for successful transition to public art;
  • Site Responsiveness
    Evidence of the artist’s ability to create artwork that addresses the physical and/or community context of its placement; and
  • Artistic Excellence
    Evidence of some or all of the following: mastery of skills and techniques, professional approaches to process and presentation, and/or communication of unique vision or perspective.


Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following set of documents:

  • A letter of interest outlining your approach to public art as well as providing the Art Selection Committee with insights regarding your interest in making art for Enumclaw High School; what you bring to the project as an artist; experience with other projects with a similar scope; any previous experience you have had incorporating art into the built environment; and any other comments that might help to differentiate you as a candidate for this program. Please also provide your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Not to exceed one page. PDF or DOC format.
  • A professional resume/CV(limit 2 pages). Artists working collaboratively must submit a resume/CV for each member. PDF or DOC format.
  • 8 images of past works, preferably created within past 5 years. 1,200 pixels on the long side, 72 pixels/inch minimum, file size less than 1.5 MB. Named uniquely. JPG format.
  • An image list document, this document should describe the images you’ve submitted. The document should indicate the title, dimensions, materials, date of work, and locations, as well as project budget and commissioning entity, if applicable. It may include a brief description of the ideas, themes or context behind the artwork (250 words max per image).
  • References: A list of at least three professional references from past projects. The list must include complete addresses and telephone numbers.

Anticipated Art Project Selection Timeline

  • RFQ distributed: Week of April 2nd, 2018
  • All materials due: Friday, April 27, 2018, 5:00 PM Pacific Time
  • Art Selection Committee review: May 2018
  • Notification to selected artist: mid-late May 2018 (Committee may decide to interview 2-3 finalists before making selection)
  • Artist site visit: late May or early June 2018
  • Design: June 2018 through January 2019
  • Fabrication: March 2019 through March 2020
  • Anticipated artwork installation: March 2020

In order to avoid technical problems, artists are encouraged to submit well in advance of the deadline. Late submittals will not be accepted.

Due Date and Time: Friday, April 27th, 2018, 5PM Pacific Time

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