Downtown Art Windows

Presented by Vallejo Community Arts Foundation in partnership with Downtown Arts & Entertainment Committee and Central Core Restoration Corp.

Join us for the Downtown Art Windows Project Fundraiser at the Empress Theatre.

Click here for the Downtown Art Windows Poster.

Click here to visit the the Empress Theatre Website for Tickets.

Downtown Art Windows (DAW) is a project designed to improve the aesthetic appeal of Vallejo’s downtown district while promoting artists and their creative vision.  This is a very “Do It Yourself” project.  Though it is hosted and will be promoted by several organizations, it is the concerned building owners, artists, and Vallejo citizens who are responsible for its creation and implementation.

Click here for the Downtown Art Windows Flier.

Artist Guidelines & Application

SELECTION PROCESS (Adapted from Downtown Berkeley Storefront Art Program)
Artwork is selected on its aesthetic merits. Art will be chosen with appropriate regard for the nature of the space and the audience. Downtown Art Windows addresses the viewer directly on the public right of way. Art must exhibit consideration for viewers’ sensitivities to violence, sexual expression, and negative portrayals of diverse populations.

The artists will be selected based on several criteria most important: artistic merit of installation concept, appropriateness to location, feasibility of concept.  Artists will be selected based on past artwork and draft concept for installation.  Please do not spend too much time on creation of digital design and or drawing for the application as curator(s) will be looking for past artistic merit and strength of installation concept.  Curator(s) will work with accepted artists, if necessary, to help them develop appropriate concept.  Curator(s) will also work with accepted artists in selection of appropriate window spaces for their installation.

The Curator(s) will use their sole discretion to decide on the suitability of any art, storefront location, display structure, and any visual or written material that might accompany an exhibit. The Curator(s) will consider a wide range of artistic expression in deciding on potential exhibits. However, in deciding the suitability of any work, the Curator(s) will be mindful that all segments of the community and all age groups may view these public display areas.

Note that the storefront window spaces are unguarded, subject to intense and direct sunlight, and may not be climate-controlled.

Please keep the concept simple and have as much fabrication as possible completed in advance of installation.  Artists will have 1 day access to building for installation.

Artist/Arts Collective/Representative is responsible to:

  1. Review proposed site to determine conditions are suitable for work
  2. Sign a Downtown Art Windows (DAW) Limits of Liability Waiver.
  3. Provide art following the DAW guidelines.
  4. Professionally display the work
  5. Supply one sign maximum per window area in a reasonable size to name and provide contact and bio information. (DAW will provide one “Downtown Art Windows” sign to be placed in the window area)
  6. Display work for one year based on property availability, without interruption.
  7. Install and de-install artwork, according to the property owners’ access hours.
  8. Restore the space back to its found condition, there are no exceptions.
  9. Handle all sales.  No commission is required by DAW.  Donations to VCAF accepted.
  10. If needed, check exhibition to ensure all aspects are working properly.
  11. Promote the exhibit through your own arts organizations, network
  12. Remove art quickly if space is rented or not available for display, clean space after exhibit.

Downtown Art Windows is responsible to:

  1. Gain approval from property owners for use of the site
  2. Coordinate entry into the space for installation
  3. Produce signage and promotional materials for the DAW program.
  4. Promote the installations via traditional and electronic media.

The Host/Property Owner

  1. Provide the site, with consideration of electrical and lighting.
  2. Sign the Limits of Liability Waiver.

PROMOTION: Artists will gain promotional benefits and are expected to cover expenses to produce and present the work.

INSURANCE: The artist is required to cover costs of personally insuring the work on display.  DAW and its affiliates are not responsible for any damage the piece incurs during installation, presentation, de-installation, or transportation.

INSTALLATION: The artist is required to install the artwork. The artist is required to cover costs of transportation, installation, de-installation and maintenance.  Appropriate signage will be agreed upon by all partners and mounted near the artwork.

WEAR AND TEAR: Normal processes such as fading are risks assumed by the artist.

REMOVAL & SITE MEDIATION: The artist is responsible for de-installation and removal of the artwork, and returning the site to its original condition if necessary. Any damage during install or de-install is also assumed by the artist. Please consult with owner prior to installation where any alteration of the existing space is necessary (drilling holes, removing signage, moving furniture, etc…)

DOCUMENTATION: The artist(s) retain sole ownership and copyright of the artwork, but agrees to grant to VCAF a royalty-free, perpetual license to use any depictions of the work for any lawful purpose such as marketing and promotion.

TO APPLY: Please email information requested below to:
Email submissions are encouraged. Please submit all documents as a single PDF, unless otherwise noted and if possible.  Mail applications can be sent to:

Vallejo Community Arts Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 1767
Vallejo, CA 94590

Incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Please include the following in the subject line of your email: Downtown Art WINDOWS 2011-2012


Please include the following in body of email: Name, Address, Telephone, Email, Website

Please submit the following as one (1) Word document saved as lastname_firstname.doc

  1. Provide a brief artist statement of the proposed art installation explaining the intended impact on the public.
  2. Briefly describe the work including all materials, dimensions and method of installation.
  3. Current Artist Resume or CV

Combine above Word Doc with 10 examples (jpeg format) of previous artwork in PDF (if possible)

Digital Image Guidelines: Images do not need to reflect proposed installation. Provide samples of work done within the past two years.

  1. Electronic images of the art, maximum 10 jpegs with description
  2. Images must be viewable on a PC, CD ok. CD must be clearly labeled with artist’s name
  3. Each image should be no larger than 1500 x 1500 pixels, 300 dpi and 2MB
  4. Each image should be labeled with the artist’s name and number of image. For example:
    JenJones001, JenJones002.

Audio and Video Samples

  1. Video samples must be in VHS or DVD format.
  2. Audio samples must be on CD.
  3. Label the CD or box with your name and title of work.
  4. Cue video cassette to the sample you want the panel to review. Due to time constraints, the
    panel may choose not to review the entire sample.
  5. Artists may submit more than one proposal. The panel will select work based on the submission of both the application and supporting visual materials. Selections will be based on the criteria detailed above, along with quality, creativity, and appropriateness of the proposal to the site.

Downtown Art Windows curator(s), property owners, or business owners have the right to reject all design proposals, and the right to reject any art that differs from its electronic image. Space will be allocated as available.

Contract will be signed by interested parties upon acceptance of proposal.


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