RACC Opportunity: Call for Artists for Night Lights’ 2017-2018 Season

Deadline June 19, 2017

Night Lights is a monthly public art event that promotes digital media, urban intervention, and technological innovation through site-specific outdoor art experiences. This is a call for five artists for the $1,000 honorarium and for a residency for one artist who will receive a $5,000 honorarium.

On the First Thursdays of October through April, juried artists showcase their work on the North Wall of the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s offices, located in the General Automotive Building, near the intersection of NW Glisan and NW Park Avenue in Portland.

Currently in its third year, Night Lights is an ongoing collaboration between Open Signal and The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC). Past projects have included large-scale media projections, live multi-disciplinary performances and collective screenings by students and professionals.

Night Lights is seeking artists, artist collectives and curators to submit proposals of new or recently developed works for the 2017-2018 season. Applications that directly respond to the architecture, space and public environment will be prioritized.

Selected artists will present their work after dusk, one of the first Thursday evenings of October, November, December, and February.

This call is open to anyone living in Oregon and southern Washington. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of experienced digital media artists and professionals*.

Any group or individual selected to participate will receive an honorarium of $1,000 at the completion of their presentation.

Submissions for all Night Light opportunities are due by 11:59 p.m. on June 19, 2017Awarded applicants will be notified in mid-July.

Submissions of short form, non-narrative, site-specific work suitable for a general audience will take precedence.

When considering this opportunity, please take into account that this is an outdoor event, lasting up to 3 hours in the winter evenings, so Portland’s typical winter weather conditions should be taken into consideration when writing your proposal.

Application requirements:

  • Statement of interest (Max. 250 words)
  • Night Lights Project Proposal (Max. 250 words)
  • Resume
  • Estimated budget
  • Link to website and/or past work
  • Images (Max. 6)
  • Equipment Needs
  • Timeline of availability

Night Lights Artist Residency Opportunity:

Night Lights offers one additional opportunity for creating new, site-specific work through a single artist residency that takes place at Open Signal’s studios/facility.

The chosen artist or artist group receives an honorarium of $5,000, a private studio space, a $500 scholarship to Open Signal classes and full access from December 1, 2017 thru April 8, 2018 to Open Signal production and projection equipment.

The residency concludes with the April edition of Night Lights, which will premiere on Open Signal’s exterior wall and adjacent parking lot. The exhibited artwork or documentation will broadcast on Open Signal’s cable channels and then become a permanent artwork in the City of Portland’s public art collection.

Residency application requirements:

  • Statement of interest (Max. 250 words)
  • Night Lights Project Proposal (Max. 250 words)
  • Resume
  • Estimated budget
  • Link to website and/or past work
  • Images (Max. 6)
  • Equipment Needs

Information Sessions:

For more information about the Night Lights submission process, please attend one of these sessioins:

June 5, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at RACC (411 NW Park Ave, Portland, OR)

June 12, 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Open Signal (2766 NE MLK Jr. Blvd)

Night Lights is a collaboration between Regional Arts and Culture Council and Open Signal. Please see nightlightspdx.tumblr.com to review past Night Lights projects.

Questions about submissions? Please email Sarah Turner, Open Signal Guest Artist Manager at Sarah@opensignalpdx.org or William Rihel, RACC Public Art Specialist at wrihel@racc.org.

PLEASE APPLY AT THIS SITE