Submissions Closed

The application period is Now Complete

The deadline for individual artists, artist groups, and performers has arrived. If you have any questions, please reach out to Chris Herring at [email protected] or Misty Post at [email protected].

The application period WAS open July 11 through September 22, 2023.

This call is for individual artists, artist groups, and performers who do not already have a location for their installations. One installation per application; multiple applications are ok. One designated contact per application. Artists from BIPOC communities, LGBTQIA+ communities, artists with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply, even if they have not shown professionally in the past. 

The 2024 festival is February 2 – 10, and the theme is What Glows Under Pressure.

As in previous years, installations must include a lighting component and can take the form of light-based art, sculptures in windows, colorful and creative outdoor lighting, installations in your own yard or neighborhood, video projections, a performance that incorporates light, and more. All installations and performances must be family-friendly and suitable for a diverse audience. 

If possible, 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. In some cases, we may love your work but not be able to find an appropriate place for the installation. In that case, we encourage you to apply again next year.

We will be placing your art in either indoor or outdoor locations. Indoor locations include pop-up sites in windows, storefronts, and empty retail spaces and can typically display slightly smaller pieces. Outdoor-suitable art may be placed at one of the outdoor anchor art locations or other venues. Please indicate on your application if your piece suits indoor or outdoor displays. Note that the weather can be severe in February, and if it is suitable for outdoor display, no coverage from the elements will be available.  

The festival takes place over nine days. We request that, when possible, all art in pop-up locations be illuminated throughout the festival. The outdoor art placed at anchor sites (World Trade Center, Pioneer Courthouse Square & The Electric Blocks) will only be illuminated on Fridays and Saturdays.

In some venues, artists must provide their own insurance policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Art is assessed on a competitive basis based on the quality of design, form, and concept, and all artwork must incorporate light as a central component. We review submissions to assess feasibility if the proposal can be executed safely, the history of work of the applicants, the vision for the installation, and how the pieces work with the other installations. In placing the installations, we keep in mind the availability of venues and logistics, as well as the quality and care put into fabrication.

Performers will be paid a stipend for their performances. There will be competitive stipends for artists available between approximately $100 – $3000 for assistance with materials and supplies for creating artwork. This includes reimbursement for equipment needed for installation, transportation, labor for installation, etc. If you are requesting a stipend, we require a budget detailing how you plan to use the funds, and funds will be allocated based on a competitive assessment of the budget and art installation. Artists are expected to install and strike their artwork and provide all needed equipment for doing so.

We receive hundreds of submissions and need to review them all very carefully to determine if the proposals are sound and what best fits where. We ask lots of questions about the venues and the artists to figure out the flow and how the pieces work together. We have shorter deadlines this year so we can place and notify everyone earlier than in past years.

Great! You should fill out this form: Art with Location

We encourage artists to find their own venues! Please fill out this form: Art with Location. PDXWLF will be curating the location of artwork at all Festival venues. 

Please reach out to Chris Herring and Misty Post at [email protected] before September 16th in order for the art team to have time to respond.