RFP - Artwork on Blair Avenue - Town of Friday Harbor
In San Juan County
The Town of Friday Harbor is requesting proposals from artists for producing an art piece on the wall located on Blair Avenue a half block from Spring Street in downtown Friday Harbor.

This request for proposals (RFP) is to determine which artist(s) will be asked to create a piece of art for the Town. The artwork is intended to add beauty and interest to one of the Town's recently renovated streets. The project is also meant to provide an opportunity for a local or area artist to display their work in a highly visible venue. The ideal proposal will result in creating an art site destination for the community and visitors.

Project Description
The art piece must be appropriate for public display. It will be located on a long wall adjacent to a public sidewalk that curves along a busy street shared with the post office, a bank, and the middle and high schools. The street has gone through a recent renovation and now includes trees with custom tree grates and stylized heritage streetlamps. The wall is west-facing and can be viewed by passing cars and pedestrians and from a residential home and a bed and breakfast across the street. The ideal piece will offer elements that can be enjoyed up close and from across the street and pique the interest of those in passing cars.


The Town and its Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) are open to all proposals. However, the artist may want to consider that Friday Harbor has existing painted murals in the downtown core with the three largest pieces featuring a waxwing bird, orca whales, and a history of the local fishing industry. It has been suggested a medium such as photography could be integrated into a mural design. Artists with skills and interest in this concept may want to contact the FHAC coordinator for more details.


Submission is due 4/30/2020.