Guidelines for the Acceptance of Public Art

Committee of Public Art Sculpture
Modes of Acquisition
The Committee on Public Art (CoPA) uses a wide array of methods to secure public art for Grants Pass - depending upon the particular needs of the project. These include:
  • Open Call - An announcement is made soliciting art from the public.
  • Roster - Art is solicited from a roster of artists with specialized skills.
  • Limited Invitational - Invitations are sent to a limited number of artists.
  • Invitational - Invitations are sent to all known artists.
  • Donations - Appropriate art pieces are given to the City of Grants Pass.
  • Commission or Direct Purchase - In cases where funds are available for specific art projects/pieces, the Committee may pay for a project or purchase a piece that already exists for the public.
Permanent or Temporary
The CoPA will determine the length of time any public art will be displayed when the work is selected or commissioned.

All selected public art will be cataloged and documented. The records will be maintained under the guidance of the CoPA. A presentation of the public art of Grants Pass will be made to the City Council and public annually.

Selection Criteria
Public art is selected on the basis of many factors. Number 1 factor will determine the final decision, but the following factors will always be assessed by the CoPA in making its selections:
  • Artistic merit: Concept, design, craftsmanship
  • Context: Architectural, historic, geographic, cultural
  • Design: Considers and will improve the space that it will occupy
  • Educational potential: Capacity to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of art
  • Maintainability: Structural and surface soundness, durability and resistance to weathering, excessive maintenance/repair costs
  • Diversity: Artworks from artists of diverse cultural, geographic, racial and gender; of varied scale and media; exploratory and well-established art forms
  • Public Safety: Meets appropriate city codes and regulations and has been designed and engineered by the artist in such a way that it will not create injuries while on display; the safety of the proposed design is the responsibility of the artist and not the CoPA or the City of Grants Pass
  • Accessibility: No fees or other limits prohibit the public from enjoying the artwork
  • Feasibility: The artist's ability to complete the work on time as conceived using the planned materials and within the approved budget
  • Originality: Edition of 1 or part of a limited collection
  • Artist's proven ability to collaborate with design professionals (on design team opportunities)
  • Artist's willingness to collaborate with other city endorsed committees in completing the project
Art selected by the CoPA cannot be designed to serve as advertising for an organization or commercial enterprise. This does not preclude appropriate plaques or signs placed in proximity to the art piece recognizing the donor, artist or organization(s) involved in creating or supporting the project.
Maintenance of Public Art
Public art selected by the CoPA will include a maintenance agreement that will be coordinated by the CoPA and funded by the City of Grants Pass.

Unless specifically noted otherwise, public art selected by the CoPA and acquired through any of the processes listed in this guideline will become the sole property of the City of Grants Pass.

Deaccessioning & Relocating
The CoPA reserves the right to deaccession or relocate any public art should the need arise in the future. The public will be invited to comment on any such action before the final decision is made and the Grants Pass City Council will need to approve the change.

The CoPA seeks funds from as many sources as possible and is constantly seeking new and creative ways to develop financial support for the artistic community in Grants Pass.

Some of the current avenues that are being explored include:
  • Business contributions
  • City funds
  • Contributions of a portion of the value of the sale of city land
  • Foundation grants
  • Hotel/hospitality (transient occupancy) tax
  • Individual contributions and endowments
  • Land/building improvement tax (when improvements exceed $50,000)
  • Large-scale event/festival tax
  • Real estate transaction fee
  • Trusts
Annual Guidelines Review
The CoPA recognizes that no guidelines can anticipate all potential issues. Should issues arise during the current year that were not anticipated by the Committee, they reserve the right to amend these guidelines to maintain a clear intention with regard to the city's involvement in public art. It is the CoPA intention to review and reissue the guidelines annually so that they reflect emerging trends and needs in the community.