Zoo Boise is Seeking Artists for New Public Project


The Boise City Department of Arts and History is calling all eligible Idaho artists to submit their past works for consideration in this year’s Zoo Boise Public Art Project. Up to 10 digital files and a resume are requested from each artist, and the creme de la creme of proposals will be commissioned to create a piece that commemorates the 50-year relationship between Friends of Zoo Boise and the City of Boise.

Karen Bubb from Boise City Department of Arts and History explained that they have no specific idea or concept in mind for submissions; muralists, sculptors and mixed-media artists are all welcome. The panel of judges just wants “artists to show past work to demonstrate what they are able to do.”

“Once selected, the artist will do a walk-through of the zoo looking for possible sites for a sculpture, mural or whatever they decide," said Bubb. "We really want the 'where' and 'what' to be left up to the artists.”

The artist's creative license will also be substantially enabled by the city’s budget for this project: $40,000.

“$20,000 will be coming from a Boise City fund, which allows 1.4 percent especially for art projects. The parks department, which runs Zoo Boise, will contribute the second $20,000,” Bubb said.

All submissions need to be sent my mail, email or good old-fashioned hand-delivery to the Department of Arts and History by 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 9.