For program specific guidelines see bottom of page


This project is open to all local and regional artists. The ACC encourages applications from both new and established artists. Artists or art organizations, or schools can submit proposals to temporarily display art. Local and regional artists are invited to apply. Some preference may be given to local artists if all other factors are equal.


Interested artists, groups, or art organizations must submit an application using the online form at the bottom of this web page. Alternatively, the same information can be submitted via mail or in-person.   


Art, artwork, art experience, or performance of any feasible media/method will be considered. 


Visual and installation art of any media and size will be considered for display, including, but not limited to: paintings, photography, sculptures, graphic arts, animation, mixed media, mosaics, stained glass, and other forms of artistic expression for civic, cultural, educational, recreational and intellectual purposes.


Artwork is ineligible for display, for any one or more of the following reasons, if the artwork:


  • A copyrighted or trademarked image or logo;

  • A brand or business name;

  • A website or social media link; (*)

  • Address or phone number; (*)

  • Is plagiarized, stolen, or copied from another source;

  • Defames  or invades the rights of any person, living or dead;

Is likely to:

  • Incite or produce an imminent lawless act;

  • Disrupt the orderly operation of the facility exhibiting the art;

  • Is integral to criminal conduct or is in violation of the law; or

May reasonably be construed as:

  • False, fraudulent, or defamatory;

  • Obscene matter, as defined in California Penal Code Section 311 or any successor legislation;

  • Harmful matter for minors, as defined in California Penal Code Section 313 or any successor legislation; or

  • Child pornography, as defined in California Penal Code Section 311.1(a) or 311.2(b), or any successor legislation.

  • (*) Inclusion of such information could jeopardize artist payment, could result in the removal of the artist's entire work, and/or the removal of just the disallowed information, which could, by its nature, jeopardize the artistic integrity of the work.


Important: Artwork not adhering to these guidelines will not be considered.


Submissions are ongoing unless stated otherwise below.


There are three different selection processes:

  • Rolling: Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee, top candidates will be presented at the Regular Arts and Culture Commission Meetings for review by the Commissioners. Finalists will be informed once approved by the Commission.

  • Interview: Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of an Arts & Culture Commissioner and City of Glendale representatives. Once the artwork is reviewed, the committee will schedule an interview with potential finalists to further discuss the proposed artwork and guidelines for the specific program. Selected artists will be sent a notification by email and/or formal letter.

  • Timed: Submissions will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of Arts & Culture Commissioners and City of Glendale representatives. Once the artwork is selected, the committee will send a notification by email and a formal letter. Selected artists will be notified one week after the submission deadline.


The following criteria will be considered in evaluating all proposals: 

  • Excellence - 35%

The review committee will review and make selections based on the artist’s originality, skill and/or craftsmanship, and creative and innovative concepts of the artist and artwork.  In addition, the committee will review the artist’s statement and consider the artist’s interest to exhibit in a public space.

  • Appropriateness for the Site - 25%

The committee will review and make selections based on the durability of the artwork, scale, size and weight, and accessibility for public viewing and installation.  In addition, the committee will review to ensure the artwork will not pose a threat to public safety or create a hostile environment. 

  • Audience - 25%

The committee will review to ensure the artwork is versatile, sensitive to social, environmental, historical, and/or relevant contexts, and that the artwork is suitable for all ages. 

  • Local Preference -15%

Preference may be given to local artists if all other factors are equal. A "local artist" is defined as an artist whose primary residence, studio,  or business is located in Glendale.


Selected finalists will be notified by email and/or letter.  If the proposal is approved for exhibition, the Proposer must sign a City of Glendale Library, Arts & Culture (LAC) - Temporary Art Display Agreement (contract) that states the terms and conditions of the specific program.  


 Unless stated otherwise selected artist(s) must contact LAC staff in order to schedule an appointment for the installation and de-installation of the exhibit. The artist will be responsible for installing and deinstalling his/her/their artwork(s) with LAC staff guidance during regular business hours at all facilities. Artists are encouraged to bring individuals as needed to assist with installation and de-installation.

The artist must provide following items during the installation and de-installation process:

  • Ladder.

  • Lighting and any accompanying equipment, if necessary.

  • Drop cloth or plastic sheeting, newspaper for protecting surrounded area, if necessary.


The artwork may be exhibited on the City website, social media, Glendale government television GTV, and more regionally with press releases and postings on By submitting a proposal, the Proposer irrevocably grants City, its officers, agents, and employees (“City and its representatives”) the unconditional right and permission to photograph, record (audio, or video, or both), broadcast, distribute, reproduce, copy, sell, exhibit, publish, and use the photographs and recordings of the artwork or performance, in whole or in part, in any medium now or later developed, for any purpose, without charge to the City and without payment to the Proposer of any compensation, fee, royalty, or damages (now or later).


When the City uses the artist’s images or the artwork for promoting arts programming, the City will endeavor to identify the artist and give credit to the artist, whenever possible, but the City will not be liable to the artist for an error in or omission of the artist’s identification or the artist’s credit for the artwork.


Selected artists are required to comply with the City’s insurance and liability requirements. Also, selected artists must sign a Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement.


Please review the City’s Temporary Art Policy, which is incorporated into and made a part of this Call for Artists.

Questions about the Call for Artists can be submitted by email to: 

Program Specifics