The Portland Winter Light Festival is now accepting art submissions for the 5th annual event and this year’s theme is ‘Into the Dreamscape.’
As stated on Portland Winter Light festival's online call for art: "Take us to a place where robots surf rainbows on oceans of honey, where volcanoes spew birds into the sky. We want to see your dreams of the multiverse come to life. We want to feel your mind explode with ideas."
Artworks must be able to withstand winter weather such as snow, rain, strong winds and more. The submission form is available online, with a submission deadline of Friday, Aug. 2, 11:59 p.m. Preference is given to artists and businesses residing in the Pacific Northwest.
“Year after year, people from all across the Pacific Northwest have flocked to Portland to celebrate light, art, and community during the darkest time of the year,” says Executive Director Alisha Sullivan. “We realize that there’s a huge opportunity for the Portland Winter Light Festival to help put our city on the map for wintertime travel, and to provide a uniquely hands-on experience of art and technology rarely found for free.”
Portland Winter Light Festival 2020 will be held Thursday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 8.
Founded in 2016, the festival has established itself as a premier regional attraction for artists and visitors due to dazzling and unique art installations, a family-friendly atmosphere, and an entirely free cost of admission. The 2019 festival hosted striking artworks such as a 30’ disco ball by Ivan McLean at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, large projection installations on the underside of the Marquam Bridge by local multimedia artists, and free water taxi rides on the Crystal Dolphin that featured performances by the Portland Opera. Despite extreme winter weather, the 2019 event hosted over 150,000 attendees.
In order to ensure the festival remains free of charge to attend, festival organizers are also actively recruiting partners for sponsorship opportunities. Interested local businesses can reach out at the festival’s sponsorship page.