Arts & Culture Opportunities in the City of Moscow, ID

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Moscow Artwalk is one of many events that foster the region's cultural ecosystem. Now celebrating its 20th year, Moscow Artwalk shares the community’s wealth of artistic practice with the entire Palouse region. The 2023-2024 season includes visual, literary, performing, and culinary arts offerings at business and non-profit locations throughout the community on the 3rd Thursday of each month from October - May. The Artwalk Season Finale on June 20, 2024 features artist and host location offerings along with music, food, and art on Main Street.

Monthly Host
Monthly host registration is available to all businesses and non-profits each month throughout the season. Hosts are invited to feature up to 5 visual, performing, culinary, or literary listings by selecting the Monthly Host registration type.

Season Host
Businesses and non-profits were invited to sign up prior to September 15, 2023 for the entire 2023-2024 Artwalk Season. Pre-registered Season Hosts may enter Arts listings on a monthly basis by selecting the Season Host registration type.

Registration is open through March 12 at 5 p.m.

Arts Staff will deliver event posters, artwork title cards, and flyers to each host location prior to the event. Registration includes social media posts promoting 3rd Thursday Artwalk, so keep an eye out for these posts in the week leading up to the event. Share these social media posts to connect with an even broader audience!

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This online resource connects the public with visual, literary, and performing artists and is a valuable resource for the community. Sharing your contact information is not required to be included in this Directory, though providing some details will help the public connect with you. 

Artwork wanted for feature on the Moscow Farmers Market Poster!
The City of Moscow Community Events Division and Farmers Market Commission are accepting artwork submissions for feature on the 2024 Moscow Farmers Market poster. Artists are invited to submit visual interpretations of this longstanding community event with no accompanying text. Text will be added upon selection of artwork utilizing the Market's current design standards.


For more information on this annual call for art:


Ends on This opportunity will close after 15 submissions have been received.

The City of Moscow invites new Vendors to participate in the annual Moscow Farmers Market Craft and Food juries. Participants who receive a qualifying score will have additional requirements to fulfill prior to the start of the Market season. 

Jury Timeline 

  • 9:00 a.m. – Participants may begin set-up
  • 9:50 a.m. – Participants must leave the jury area
  • 10:00 a.m. – Judging commences
  • 11:45 a.m. – Participants may return to pick-up products
  • 12:00 p.m. – Jury ends. Failure to pick-up products results in a zero score. Management discards any products left behind.

For more information about the Moscow Farmers Market

Ends on This opportunity will close after 15 submissions have been received.

The City of Moscow invites new Vendors to participate in the annual Moscow Farmers Market Craft and Food juries. Participants who receive a qualifying score will have additional requirements to fulfill prior to the start of the Market season.
Jury Timeline

  • 9:00 a.m. – Participants may begin set-up
  • 9:50 a.m. – Participants must leave the jury area
  • 10:00 a.m. – Judging commences
  • 11:45 a.m. – Participants may return to pick-up products
  • 12:00 p.m. – Jury ends. Failure to pick-up products results in a zero score. Management discards any products left behind.

For more information about the Moscow Farmers Market


The City of Moscow invites new Vendors to participate in the annual Moscow Farmers Market Craft and Food juries. Participants who receive a qualifying score will have additional requirements to fulfill prior to the start of the Market season.
Jury Timeline

  • 3:00 p.m. – Participants may begin set-up
  • 3:50 p.m. – Participants must leave the jury area
  • 4:00 p.m. – Judging commences
  • 5:45 p.m. – Participants may return to pick-up products
  • 6:00 p.m. – Jury ends. Failure to pick-up products results in a zero score. Management discards any products left behind.

For more information about the Moscow Farmers Market


2023-2024 Artwalk Season Finale: June 20 from 4 - 8 p.m.

Moscow Artwalk is one of many events that foster the region's cultural ecosystem. Now celebrating its 20th year, Moscow Artwalk shares the community’s wealth of artistic practice with the entire Palouse region. The 2023-2024 season includes visual, literary, performing, and culinary arts offerings at business and non-profit locations throughout the community on the 3rd Thursday of each month from October - May. The Artwalk Season Finale on June 20, 2024 features artist and host location offerings along with music, food, and art on Main Street.
 

This form is for those who would like to participate as a Host Location inside their own brick-and-mortar business or non-profit organization. 


Monthly Host registration is available to all businesses and non-profits each month throughout the season. Hosts are invited to feature up to 5 visual, performing, culinary, or literary listings by selecting the Monthly Host registration type.
Monthly Host Registration Fees
- Business Host Location - $103

- Non-Profit Host Location - $51.50

- Arts Listing - $25.50 each

Businesses and non-profits were invited to sign up prior to September 15, 2023 for the entire 2023-2024 Artwalk Season. Pre-registered Season Hosts may enter Arts listings on a monthly basis by selecting the Season Host registration type.


Participation Guidelines
 Following registration, all participants will receive an email containing event-branded graphics to support participant promotion of the Artwalk Season Finale. Share these graphics and/or City of Moscow social media posts to connect with an even broader audience. Additionally, Arts Staff will deliver event posters, artwork title cards, and flyers to each host location prior to the event. 


Please find answers to Frequently Asked Questions HERE.
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2023-2024 Artwalk Season Finale: June 20 from 4 - 8 p.m.

Moscow Artwalk is one of many events that foster the region's cultural ecosystem. Now celebrating its 20th year, Moscow Artwalk shares the community’s wealth of artistic practice with the entire Palouse region. The 2023-2024 season includes visual, literary, performing, and culinary arts offerings at business and non-profit locations throughout the community on the 3rd Thursday of each month from October - May. The Artwalk Season Finale on June 20, 2024 features artist and host location offerings along with music, food, and art on Main Street.


This form is for those who would like to participate as a Food/Non-alcoholic Beverage Booth in the Artwalk street fair. These booth spaces on Main Street are available to a wide variety of registrants. Examples include, but certainly are not limited to the following:
- Food vendors 

- Non-alcoholic beverage vendors

- Business or non-profit organizational outreach (e.g. popcorn, sno cones, candy)

- Brick-and-mortar location outside the Main St. corridor


Registration Fees
- Food/Non-alcoholic Beverage Booth (on Main Street) - $82

- Youth Vendor (under the age of 18) - $0


Vendor Duplication
To avoid duplication, Food/Non-alcoholic Beverage Booth registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis (i.e. space in the event footprint will be reserved for only one sushi vendor, donut-maker, kettle corn seller, etc.) This area of the registration form will be updated regularly as registrations come in. The following Food/Non-alcoholic Beverage Booth registration types have already been received:
  - None yet!


Participation Guidelines
All registered participants will receive an email containing event-branded graphics to support participant promotion of the Artwalk Season Finale. Share these graphics and/or City of Moscow social media posts to connect with an even broader audience.


All vendors are expected to be present and open for customer interaction throughout the duration of the event. In the weeks leading up the event, each registrant will be informed about vendor space assignments, load-in, and load-out times. Please note that each registrant will be responsible for supplying canopies, tables, and other equipment required for their activity during the event.


Please find answers to Frequently Asked Questions HERE.
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2023-2024 Artwalk Season Finale: June 20 from 4 - 8 p.m.

Moscow Artwalk is one of many events that foster the region's cultural ecosystem. Now celebrating its 20th year, Moscow Artwalk shares the community’s wealth of artistic practice with the entire Palouse region. The 2023-2024 season includes visual, literary, performing, and culinary arts offerings at business and non-profit locations throughout the community on the 3rd Thursday of each month from October - May. The Artwalk Season Finale on June 20, 2024 features artist and host location offerings along with music, food, and art on Main Street.


This form is for Beer and/or Wine Vendors who wish to pour beer and/or wine in the official Artwalk drinkware at their brick-and-mortar location or on-street booth within the event footprint. The Artwalk street footprint stretches from 3rd to 6th on Main Street, including the half-block of 5th Street between Main and the alley. Up to 5 vendors of this type will be accepted.


Registration Fees
- Beer and/or Wine Vendor (brick-and-mortar) - $82

- Beer and/or Wine Vendor (on-street booth) - $82


 

ALL Beer & Wine Vendors
 All vendors who register to pour beer & wine will be provided with official Artwalk event drinkware. These cups are to be provided free-of-charge to members of the public 21 years-of-age or older who have purchased beer or wine after showing valid identification. All beer and wine consumed within the on-street event footprint must be contained in Artwalk drinkware. Beer and/or wine vendors found to be pouring beer and/or wine in non-approved drinkware will not be allowed to continue serving during the event. 


Participation Guidelines
 All registered participants will receive an email containing event-branded graphics to support participant promotion of the Artwalk Season Finale. Share these graphics and/or City of Moscow social media posts to connect with an even broader audience.


 All vendors are expected to be present and open for customer interaction throughout the duration of the event. In the weeks leading up the event, each registrant will be informed about vendor space assignments, load-in, and load-out times. Please note that each registrant will be responsible for supplying canopies, tables, and other equipment required for their activity during the event.


 Please find answers to Frequently Asked Questions HERE.


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2023-2024 Artwalk Season Finale: June 20 from 4 - 8 p.m.


Moscow Artwalk is one of many events that foster the region's cultural ecosystem. Now celebrating its 20th year, Moscow Artwalk shares the community’s wealth of artistic practice with the entire Palouse region. The 2023-2024 season includes visual, literary, performing, and culinary arts offerings at business and non-profit locations throughout the community on the 3rd Thursday of each month from October - May. The Artwalk Season Finale on June 20, 2024 features artist and host location offerings along with music, food, and art on Main Street.


This form is for those who would like to participate as an Art Vendor/Demonstrator in the Artwalk street fair on Main Street. Registrants have an option to request placement in the Kidwalk section of the Artwalk street fair. This part of the street fair is ideal for registrants whose vendor/demonstrator booths are designed to engage kids and families in art viewing and hands-on interaction.


Art Vendor/Demonstrator booth spaces are available to a wide variety of registrants. Examples include, but certainly are not limited to the following:
- Individual artist vendors or art displays

- Art clubs or collectives

- University or K-12 program outreach

- Business or non-profit organizational outreach with art activity

- Entities with a brick-and-mortar location outside the Main St. corridor


Registration Fees
- Individual, Adult Vendor or Business/Non-profit Organization - $51.50

- Youth Vendor (under the age of 18) - $0

- City Department or Commission - $0

- Artwalk Season Host - $0


Vendor/Demonstrator Duplication
To avoid duplication of certain art demonstrations, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis (i.e. space in the event footprint will be reserved for only one face painter, henna artist, etc.) This area of the registration form will be updated regularly as registrations come in.
We are no longer accepting the following registration types:
     - None yet! 

 

Participation Guidelines
All registered participants will receive an email containing event-branded graphics to support participant promotion of the Artwalk Season Finale. Share these graphics and/or City of Moscow social media posts to connect with an even broader audience.


All vendors are expected to be present and open for customer interaction throughout the duration of the event. In the weeks leading up the event, each registrant will be informed about vendor space assignments, load-in, and load-out times. Please note that each registrant will be responsible for supplying canopies, tables, and other equipment required for their activity during the event.


Please find answers to Frequently Asked Questions HERE.
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Project Description
The City of Moscow invites artists to submit three-dimensional artworks for the Intermodal Transit Center Sculpture Garden. The Intermodal Transit Center (ITC) was built by the City of Moscow in 2012. A one-stop concept for transportation in the community, the ITC provides access for taxis, vanpools and carpools, and expands pedestrian and bicyclist access to Paradise Path.

The ITC Sculpture Garden was created by the City of Moscow Arts Department in 2015, and it provides art viewing opportunities for the public as well as exhibition space for regional artists. Each year, a selection panel chooses four sculptures to be displayed at the Sculpture Garden for approximately twelve months. These works are viewed by travelers utilizing the many modes of transportation supported by the ITC.



Eligibility
This call is open to artists 18 years of age or older who live in Latah County, Nez Perce County, Asotin County, Whitman County, Nez Perce or Coeur d’Alene tribal members. Artists are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or familial status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Selection panelists and their immediate family members are not eligible for participation. No artist sitting on a Selection Panel may submit a proposal for the project for which the Selection Panel was formed. 

The location of this project does not allow for kinetic art, water features, or anything requiring electricity. Artists are encouraged to conduct a site visit prior to submitting artwork for consideration. 

See site details HERE.  


Project Timeline (subject to change)
April 19, 2024   |   Deadline for submissions
April 29, 2024   |   Artist notification
May 6, 2024   |   Delivery of selected work to ITC Sculpture Garden (exact delivery time TBD)
May 2025   |   Artwork Pick-up (exact date and time TBD)

Honorarium, Sales Information, and Loan Agreement

  • Each selected artist will receive an honorarium of $800 for the loan of the artwork, which will remain on display until May 2025.
  • Works may be offered for sale, and any sales will be handled by the City of Moscow Arts Staff. Artwork sales will be subject to Idaho’s 6% sales tax and a 20% sales commission. 
  • Selected artists will complete a loan agreement releasing artwork for display at the Intermodal Transit Center Sculpture Garden. Works are to remain for the entire length of the display, and will be insured by the City of Moscow during the exhibition.
  • The City of Moscow will incur all costs related to installation. All works will be securely welded to steel plates that are mounted on basalt plinths.


Online Submission Requirements

1. Artists may submit images of one sculpture with inventory information.

2. Detail photos or videos required:

     a. Document the base of each sculpture to confirm that the work can be securely welded to the steel plate.

     b. Provide a close-up detail of the surface finish and/or texture.

3. Biographical statement describing the artist’s connections with the community, area of work or study, and area of focus as an art maker.

4. Short artist statement about the piece (2 – 5 sentences).

Selection Process

The Selection Panel will select up to four (4) sculptures based on the works’ alignment with the selection criteria below. The MAC will create the Selection Panel by a majority vote during a regular Commission meeting. The Selection Panel will be comprised of the following: 

Voting members:

      a. Intermodal Transit Center Staff Member (1)

      b. UI Art + Architecture Faculty or Graduate Student (1)

      c. UI Facilities Staff Member (1)

      d. Moscow Arts Commission Member (1)

      e. Member of Artist Community (1)

 Non-voting members:

      a. Arts Manager (Selection Panel facilitator)

      b. City staff members acting in a technical advisory capacity

Each Selection Panel member serves through the review and selection of one (1) round of annual submissions for the project at hand.

Selection Criteria

1. Conceptual Quality and Originality

     a. The artist presents a compelling concept.

     b. The proposed design is original to the presenting artist.

2. Form 

     a. The proposed design reveals mastery of formal craftsmanship. 

     b. The colors used provide visual variety in contrast with the muted hues of the Sculpture Garden landscaping and are chosen with an awareness of local educational institutions as well as their athletic rivals. 

     c. The proposal aligns with the design parameters in the project description and does not present a hazard to public safety. 

     d. The proposed artwork is made with materials suitable for the location (i.e. designed with materials impervious to environmental degradation). All surfaces should be coated to prevent unwanted rust or other changes to the surface of the artwork over the course of the one-year loan. 

     e. The proposed artwork is designed for resistance to theft or vandalism.

3. Content and Context 

     a. The artwork’s subject matter and content is appropriate for public exhibition and does not contain     advertising, religious references, sexual content, negative imagery, or convey political partisanship. 

     b. The content of the proposed design is relevant to the City of Moscow’s values, culture, and people. 

     c. The proposed design serves to visually activate or enhance the intended location. 

The City of Moscow reserves the right to change the dates of the project timeline, to modify this solicitation to request additional information or proposals from any or all participating artists, to reopen the competition and/or to accept or reject, at any time prior to the commissioning of a work, any or all design proposals.
 

Project Description
The City of Moscow and the Moscow Arts Commission (“MAC”) invite artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for a mural to be installed on the City of Moscow building located at Jackson & A Streets. The community of Moscow rises up from the fertile ground of the Palouse, where water, seeds, and soil create a playful dance of transformation. Joining in this growth are the intertwining stories of students and life-long residents. Rooted in Moscow, these stories are a celebration of potential, of opening and stretching toward the sunlight. The mural at the building at Jackson & A will reflect the spirit of play, celebration, and transformation at the core of the Moscow community.
 

Artwork Design Parameters 

The mural area wraps around the northwest corner of the building, including a 14’ x 30’ section on the north-facing wall and a 15’ x 56’ section on the west-facing wall. The mural is anticipated to last between 5-8 years, so paint materials used to complete this project must be professional, exterior-grade, water-based coatings designed for exposure to year-round exterior conditions. This site cannot accommodate murals on panels, kinetic or sculptural works, or any artwork that requires power or water. This mural site is near a busy intersection; as such, the site is not compatible with highly-reflective materials. 

See site details located at the end of the RFQ document linked here.

Budget
The artist honorarium for the mural installation is not to exceed $25,000. Included in this budget are the artist’s fee, insurance, travel, fabrication, engineering, materials, installation, documentation, and all other costs accrued by the artist specific to this project. The artist honorarium does not include costs associated with surface preparation, priming, and the application of an anti-graffiti coating after the mural installation. These processes will be completed and paid by the City of Moscow.


Eligibility
Artists eighteen (18) years-of-age and older from the United States are eligible for this project. Preference may be given to artists who live in Latah County, Nez Perce County, or those who are Nez Perce or Coeur d’Alene tribal members and/or have a significant Idaho economic presence, with secondary preference given to those artists who live in Asotin County or Whitman County. Artists are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital or familial status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Selection panelists and their immediate family members are not eligible for participation. No artist sitting on a Selection Panel may submit a proposal for the project for which the Selection Panel was formed.


Important Dates (subject to change)
February – March 2024 RFQ Submission Period

May 2024 Finalists create site-specific proposals for Selection Panel review

July 2024 Selected Artist Announcement 

September 30, 2024 Installation Deadline


Submission and Selection
Round #1 of the selection process welcomes the submission of artist qualifications and examples of past work. These materials will be evaluated by the Selection Panel, which will then recommend three finalists to create site-specific proposals. Each of the finalists will be required to enter into an agreement for creating the site-specific design and will receive a $1000 honorarium which is anticipated will be used towards travel expenses, food, design fees, lodging, and any and all expenses related to the creation of artist’s proposal and presentation. No site-specific designs will be reviewed or considered in Round #1 of the submission process. 

 

Round #2 will consider the merits of finalist proposals. The Selection Panel will make a recommendation to the MAC, which will recommend an artist/artist team and design to City Council. Upon approval by City Council, all finalists will be notified of the decision and the selected artist will complete a contract with the City for the completion of the mural.


Round #1 Submission Requirements & Selection Criteria
1. Letter of Interest 

2. Resume 

3. Work Samples 

Include up to 6 photographs of no fewer than 2 projects of a similar or larger scale.

4. Selection Criteria


Artist Qualifications

a. The artist’s letter articulates interest in pursuing this project as well as describing its relevance to their artistic practice.

b. The artist’s letter of interest reveals an understanding of and connection to the public art site and project description.

c. The artist’s resume reveals a record of practice in the art field, including public art commissions.

d. The applicant submits photographs of at least 2 completed public art projects of similar or larger scale.

e. The artist’s past work reveals aesthetic, conceptual, and technical expertise. 

Only the materials listed above are being accepted during Round #1. To view the full RFQ with submission requirements and selection criteria for Round #2, please click here.

Selection Panel
The Arts Manager will coordinate recommendation of selection panelists with the Mayor and Council. MAC will consider the guidelines hereinbelow, requests by individuals, and staff recommendations. Selection Panel members shall serve at the appointment of the Mayor.Selection Panel will be comprised of at least the following:
1. Voting members:
- Participating department representative or designee (1)

- Moscow Council member or designee (1)

- MAC members (2)

- Community representative, preferably from project impact area (1)

- Artist not involved with the respective public art project

2. Non-voting members:

- Arts Manager (Selection Panel facilitation)

- Project Architect, landscape architect, interior designer, or engineer

- City staff members acting in a technical advisory capacity

Length of term. Each Selection Panel member serves through the completion of one (1) public art project.

No artist sitting on a Selection Panel may submit a proposal for the project for which the Selection Panel was formed. MAC members shall declare a conflict of interest if a project comes before the Selection Panel from which they or a member of their household or business could financially benefit. MAC members shall also declare a conflict of interest if a person with whom they share a household or whom they professionally represent has a matter to be considered by the Selection Panel. Such person shall recuse themselves from any participation in any process for the project the Selection Panel is considering. No member of the project’s architect or landscape architect, interior designer, or engineering firm may apply for a public art project being designed by that firm.


Selection Panel Procedures and Responsibilities
1. Moscow Arts Manager will hold an orientation for the Selection Panel. The orientation may include a presentation of works currently in the public art collection, review of program guidelines, orientation to the specific project; and/or a review of any goals already established by the participating department and the Moscow Arts Manager and MAC.
2. Review all submissions pertaining to the public art project using the published criteria.
3. Approve all recommendations by a majority vote of the full Selection Panel.
4. The Selection Panel will make recommendations on finalists and their work to the Arts Manager. MAC members on the Selection Panel will report the Panel’s recommendation to the Commission during a regular meeting, after which the MAC will vote to recommend an action on the project to City Council.
5. The Arts Manager will then generate a project report to present to the Mayor and Council for final approval.
6. The City reserves the option of making no recommendation from submitted applications and may require reopening of the competition or may propose other methods of selection, if no proposal is accepted.
7. The Selection Panel must always adhere to the requirements of Moscow City Code Title 5, Chapter 18.


About Moscow, ID
Moscow is settled on the rolling hills of the Palouse, a rich landscape long inhabited by the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) people indigenous to the region. Nez Perce culture remains an important presence on the Palouse, both on tribal lands and in relationship with public and private entities around the region. The Nimiipuu tribe’s educational and cultural outreach includes partnerships with the University of Idaho and displays of tribal artifacts at the City of Moscow’s Third Street Gallery and the Clearwater River Casino’s Cultural Walk. 

The City of Moscow was incorporated on July 12, 1887, and its modern history is rooted in agriculture; the surrounding region produces top-quality wheat and pulses. The presence of farming in the community goes far beyond commerce, however, as grain silos and other architectural features announce agricultural endeavor as part of the community’s aesthetic identity. 

Moscow is home to the University of Idaho, a land grant institution established in 1889. School spirit influences the atmosphere of the city, imbuing it with the balance of gravitas and celebration that characterizes educational experience. University arts programs like the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Prichard Art Gallery have greatly contributed to Moscow’s identity as a cultural center, and the City of Moscow Arts Department is proud to partner with these and other community arts groups to foster artistic excellence.

Moscow is rich not only in visual and performing arts events, but also in recreational and culinary opportunities. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the Palouse landscape at recreational features like Moscow Mountain and the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail, followed by tastes of the region at area restaurants, wineries, and breweries. 

A balance of educational, industrial, recreational, and agricultural endeavors defines the region, so the City of Moscow Arts Department works to meet multifaceted needs. The public art program aims to reflect the diversity of Moscow by fostering the relationship between different cultural forces in the community. Whether part of the University, business community, or the agricultural tradition, the City of Moscow Arts Department partners value the arts as a way to drive economic development and civic identity. 

The City of Moscow Arts Department’s mission is to enrich the community by celebrating and cultivating the expressions of all forms of art and culture. It has fostered artistic excellence and public access to the arts in the city for many years. The program’s focus areas are fourfold: curation of community exhibition space at the Third Street Gallery inside City Hall, arts events and programming, arts and culture education, and a comprehensive public art program. 

Guided by a Public Art Master Plan adopted in 2015, the public art collection is ever-expanding, with artistic direction crafted in collaboration between city staff and the Moscow Arts Commission, a passionate group of volunteer arts advocates. The collection is comprised of both temporary and permanent features, each of which are pictured on the City of Moscow website. Temporary artworks include vinyl-wrapped utility boxes and bus shelters as well as a sculpture garden featuring artworks on loan to the City. Artworks in the permanent collection range from mosaic murals and sculptures-in-the-round to framed pieces in the Portable Collection. Each new piece in the permanent collection joins others by celebrated regional artists including Harold Balazs, David Govedare, Miles Pepper, Robert Horner, Melissa Cole, J. Casey Doyle, Jennifer Corio and Dave Frei. Moscow is a community rich with diversity of thought, inhabited by minds open to possibility and creative interpretation. As such, the public art program not only celebrates the artist as a professional and valued business partner, but also welcomes a broad range of appearances, media, and art-making processes into its collection. 

City of Moscow Arts & Culture