Summertide 2023- Under the Canopy 

Call for Art

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center seeks proposals for outdoor-friendly artworks to be exhibited in Webster’s Woods Sculpture Park. The theme of this year’s summer exhibit is:

Under the Canopy: How nature inspires us to engage, create and connect. 

When we are offered the opportunity to tangibly interact with art, how does it shape our experience and deepen our relationship to our surroundings? This year, for our Summertide sculpture installations in Webster’s Woods, we are excited to explore the connections formed when individuals are invited to actively engage with art in nature.  We seek artists to create sculptures that encourage viewers to interact with the works through movement, sound, touch or even as a place to sit and rest. As every experience we have within the natural world impacts and influences that landscape, we invite artists to explore how their piece both enhances and alters, shapes, or stands apart from the landscape. We encourage artists to play with strong colors so the installations can stand out more prominently among the trees and greenery and visually invite viewers in.

Existing pieces as well as proposals for new works will be considered. The selected works will be installed among more than 100 existing sculptures throughout the park’s 5 acres of forested parkland and open meadow. Applicants are encouraged to visit Webster’s Woods Sculpture Park to experience firsthand the park’s rugged terrain, second-growth Olympic forest, and striking views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Open to all artists and artist teams residing within the United States. Artist teams please designate one primary contact person for your group. We welcome entries from youth and emerging artists.

Artwork must be:

  • The artist or artist team’s own original work
  • Suitable for viewers of all ages
  • Able to withstand adverse weather conditions throughout the year
  • Soundly constructed and firmly anchored to prevent theft and ensure public safety
  • Leave a minimal footprint in the woods after being deinstalled
  • Be constructed from materials that will not degrade or harm the surrounding plant or animal life.


Terms & Conditions:

  • Selected sculptures will be displayed through May 1, 2024 with the opportunity for an extended loan should both parties be interested in the option.
  • Selected artists can request a stipend amount for loan of the work. Additional funding for travel or materials may be available on request.
  • All works sold will remain in place through May 1, 2024. PAFAC charges a 40% commission on all sales.
  • Artists are solely responsible for transportation and installation of their work, to be ready for display by end of day on June 10th, 2023.
  • Artists will hold harmless the PAFAC and the City of Port Angeles from any claim of damage or loss of artworks from any cause whatsoever, during the period the sculpture is displayed.
  • Any images submitted or photographs taken of the artwork may be used by PAFAC for promotion and to encourage public engagement with the sculpture park
  • Artwork that differs substantially from submitted image(s) or project proposals may not be installed.
  • Work not de-installed by May 30, 2024 will become the property of PAFAC.


Exhibit Timeline:
Rolling Review & Acceptance begins once the call is live.
EXTENDED Entry Deadline: April 29th, midnight PST
Final Notifications Sent: May 3rd
Installation Time Frame: May 28th - June 11, unless other arrangements are made
Summertide Solstice Art Festival**: Saturday, June 17th, 2023
De-installation: May 1st - 25th, 2024

* In addition to keeping our entry fees low for all artists, PAFAC now offers a limited number of free entries for artists experiencing financial hardships. If that would make a difference for you, please contact the Gallery Director at for more info.

** All  festivities and other exhibit-related events are subject to state and local guidelines, as well as PAFAC's own Covid safety policies.