Art in Public Places Program

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Art in Public Places is uniquely positioned to advance and support art and artists across Washington. Our goal is to build and care for a State Art Collection that is impactful, accessible, and valued. We seek lasting artworks that reflect Washington’s diverse communities.

Our current public art opportunities are listed below.

Banner image: Amy Cheng, Nature Provides (detail), 2020. Located at Western State Hospital. Photo by Dale Lang. 

Washington State Arts Commission | Tacoma Public Schools 

Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2024, 4pm Pacific 

Budget: $83,000 (inclusive of design and fabrication)

(Image courtesy Tacoma Public Schools)

Call for artists to create a unique, exterior artwork for Maritime 253, a new skills center to be  built near the Foss Waterway in Tacoma, commissioned through ArtsWA’s Art in Public Places  program.

Read the complete guidelines before starting your application.


Project:  Western State Hospital – First floor interior walls, new Forensic Hospital 

Deadline: Tuesday, April 30th, 2024 at 4pm Pacific Time 

Budget:  $800,000 (up to 3 artworks, inclusive of design, fabrication, installation & tax)

Description: This is an exciting opportunity for one or more artists/artist teams to create artwork for the first-floor interior of Western State Hospital’s new forensic hospital, located in Lakewood, WA. The art selection committee seeks works that are calm, soothing and convey an uplifting message of hope and resilience. Artists with lived experience with mental illness are especially encouraged to apply.

Please click here to read the complete guidelines before you begin your application.


* Image: aerial rendering of the new forensic hospital (provided by HOK)

* This art project is managed by the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) in partnership with the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The final works will become part of the Washington State Art Collection.