PALM DESERT OPPORTUNITIES        _______________________________________________________________________________________________

2019/2020 El Paseo Sculpture Exhibition
(DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES – February 28, 2018)

El Paseo is the premier shopping street in Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley, located in southern California. The exhibition space consists of eighteen lighted concrete pads located in the medians along a one and one half mile stretch of prime retail. The artwork remains on exhibition for approximately two (2) years, with installation tentatively planned for October - November 2018 and de-installation planned for October 2020.

DEADLINE: February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. MST

TO APPLY:  The required materials as stated below must be submitted electronically by midnight (MST), Wednesday, February 28, 2018 to

HONORARIUM: 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 2017/2018 El Paseo Exhibition are not eligible to apply.

If you are unable to apply online, contact Deborah S. Glickman 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(s) in jpeg format via email, CD, or flash drive.  
•    Description of the piece(s) including materials and dimensions.  Three (3) references.
•    A maximum of two sculptures for consideration per artist.

February 28, 2018: Applications due by midnight (MST)
March 14, 2018: Selections made by Art in Public Places Commission – 18 sculptures plus up to 4 alternates
April 12, 2018: City Council review and approval of selections
April 16-20, 2018: Selected artists notified
October 22 – November 8, 2018: Tentative dates for exhibition installation
January 2019: Exhibition dedication
October 2020: 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 high temperatures).
•    Sculptures must comply with all appropriate engineering requirements.

•    Artwork can be sold, but not removed for six months once installation is completed.
•    If a sculpture is sold, a replacement artwork must be submitted for approval. The replacement piece MUST be installed at the same time of the removal of the original piece; NO EXCEPTIONS. The artist or representative is responsible for all installation/de-installation costs associated with the replacement sculpture for the exhibition.
•    One replacement per pad may be made during the exhibition period.  Replacement artwork may need to be approved by the Art in Public Places Commission and Palm Desert City Council, which could take approximately six to eight weeks to process.
•    Additional honorariums will not be paid.
•    The City of Palm Desert does not take a commission from the sale of artwork, but does require a Business License.

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

•    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 contact Deborah S. Glickman, Management Analyst, at or 760-837-1664.



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 building at of Palm Desert City Hall.  Artists are encouraged to visit the gallery before submitting an application.

Application/Exhibition timeline:
•    Application Available:  December 20, 2017
•    Proposals due:  February 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (receipt date, not postmark date)
•    Applications reviewed by the Art in Public Places Commission:  February 14, 2018
•    Artist notification:  Week of February 19, 2018
•    Available exhibition dates (dates are subject to change and will be assigned to those who are selected):
o    June 15 – August 24, 2018
o    August 31 – November 9, 2018
o    November 16, 2018 – January 25, 2019
o    March 29 – June 7, 2019

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 14, 2018.  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:
Deborah S. Glickman, Management Analyst
City of Palm Desert
73-510 Fred Waring
Palm Desert, California 92260
Attn:  Community Gallery

For more information or questions, contact Deborah S. Glickman at 760-837-1664 or

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


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 Deborah Schwartz Glickman, 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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