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PALM DESERT OPPORTUNITIES        __________________________________________________________________


Palm Desert invites artists, art groups, and collectors of unique art or memorabilia who are interested in exhibiting work in the Palm Desert Community Gallery to submit a proposal for upcoming exhibitions. 

About the Gallery:

The Gallery is a community space reserved for artists residing in the Coachella Valley and its surrounding areas. Artists cannot be affiliated with a commercial gallery in the City of Palm Desert. Artwork may be sold from the exhibition, but sales are not the main focus of the space. Sales are conducted by the artist with no commission taken by the City. Applicants may be selected for solo exhibitions or may be paired or grouped to show work with other artists. Artists who work in two-dimensions are encouraged to apply; the gallery does not accommodate three-dimensional artwork. The gallery is located in the North Wing/Visitors Services building at Palm Desert City Hall. Artists are encouraged to visit the gallery before submitting an application.

Application/Exhibition Timeline:

  • Application Period Opens: December 5, 2019

  • Proposals due: February 3, 2020 at 5 p.m. (receipt date, not postmark date)

  • Applications reviewed by the Art in Public Places Commission: February 12, 2020

  • Artist notification: Week of February 17, 2020

  • Available exhibition dates (dates are subject to change and will be assigned to those who are selected):

  • June 19 – August 28, 2020

  • September 4 – November 13, 2020

  • November 20, 2020 – January 29, 2021

  • April 2 – June 11, 2021


Applicants must be residents of the Coachella Valley and its surrounding area and not affiliated with a commercial gallery in the City of Palm Desert.

Submission Materials:

  • Artists/artist groups should submit a résumé(s), including address, phone, and email.

  • A one-page description of what is being proposed for exhibition; please indicate if you are willing to exhibit with other artists.

  • Submit up to 15 images (photographs, CD, or email). All images must have a number that corresponds to an accompanying identification sheet, which includes the title, medium, size, and date of the artwork.All applicants must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if return of application materials is desired.

Selection Process:

All proposals will be reviewed by the Art in Public Places Commission at its regularly scheduled meeting on February 12, 2020.  Artists will be selected for solo, duo or group exhibitions.  The Commission reserves the right to group artists together.  People applying in groups or with a unique collection will not be separated or grouped with other artists.   

Where to Send Materials:

City of Palm Desert, ATTN: Amy Lawrence, 73510 Fred Waring, Palm Desert, California 92260


For more information or questions, please contact Amy Lawrence at (760) 837-1664 or via email at  


The City of Palm Desert reserves the right to alter the exhibition dates as well as cancel part or all of the gallery season.




El Paseo is the premier shopping district in Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley, located in southern California. The exhibition space consists of eighteen lighted concrete pads located in the median along a one and one half mile stretch of prime retail. The artwork will remain on exhibition for approximately two years, with installation tentatively planned for October - November 2020 and de-installation planned for October 2022.


Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. MST


A $5,000 honorarium will be provided for each selected artwork. Participant is responsible for delivery and pick-up of artwork per scheduled date.


  • All artists, galleries, museums/non-profit arts organizations, and private collectors are encouraged to apply.
  • Artists who have participated in the 2019/2020 El Paseo Sculpture Exhibition are not eligible to apply.


The required materials as stated below must be submitted electronically by midnight (MST), Friday, February 21, 2020 to  Once on the website, the RFP can be easily found by searching for public art projects in California.

If you are unable to apply online, contact Amy Lawrence at 760-837-1664 or for alternate application methods.

Required materials include:

  • A current resume or CV, including current contact information.
  • Up to five (5) images of proposed sculpture in jpeg format via email, CD, or flash drive. 
  • Description of the piece including materials and dimensions.  Three (3) references.
  • A maximum of two sculptures for consideration per artist.


February 21, 2020: Applications due by midnight (MST)

March 11, 2020: Selections made by Art in Public Places Commission – 18 sculptures plus up to 4 alternates

April 9, 2020: City Council review and approval of selections

April 13-17, 2020: Selected artists notified

October 19 – November 5, 2020: Tentative dates for exhibition installation

January 2021: Exhibition dedication (date to be determined)

October 2022: De-installation of exhibition


  • All sculptures MUST fit on one of the existing concrete pads. Sixteen pads measure 84” x 84” with a usable corner-to-corner space of 67” x 67”. A horizontal base could use the maximum 84” length of the base if its width is within the 67” dimension. One pad measures 48” x 48” and one measures 96” x 300” (8’ x 25’), and could accommodate multiple pieces or one with a much larger base.
  • Sculptures should be no less than 8’ and no more than 10’ in height on their own inclusive of a base, with the exception of artwork being proposed for the 48” x 48” pad for which the artwork can only be a maximum of 5’ tall.  Additionally, there are a few pads that can accommodate sculptures up to 13’. 
  • Sculptures should weigh no more than 3,000 pounds.
  • Sculptures should be suitable for viewing from all angles.
  • All sculptures MUST be designed with tabs or other devices that can be utilized to easily secure the artwork to the concrete pads. Pads may not be altered in any way to accommodate the artwork. 
  • Power for the sculpture itself is not available on site.  If the sculpture requires power then it is suggested that it include a solar component.
  • Artworks must be constructed of durable materials that are able to withstand the harsh weather conditions of the desert (high winds and extreme temperatures).
  • Sculptures must comply with all appropriate engineering requirements.


  • Artwork may be sold during the exhibition, but must remain onsite throughout the duration of the exhibition.
  • The City does not take a commission for the sale of the artwork.


  • Installation and de-installation of the artworks
  • Exhibition advertising/signage
  • Pads/lighting/maintenance
  • Onsite insurance


  • The City of Palm Desert reserves the right to reject any and all submittals and decline to award contracts for this project.
  • The City is currently exploring potential renovations to El Paseo and if this does occur it may affect the timeline of the Exhibition. 


For more information, please contact Amy Lawrence, Management Analyst, at or 760-837-1664.



Artists interested in applying to the artist registry can do so by email or regular mail. Unfortunately, we no longer are accepting two dimensional artwork proposals, except for muralists because most of all the commissions are for out-of-doors sculpture and exterior treatments.

Artists should send 10-15 images in jpeg form with a description of medium, scale and location of artworks and resume to: or Amy Lawrence, Management Analyst, City of Palm Desert, 73-510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis and juried into the registry.

For additional information call 760-837-1664.


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