Public Art Program

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Public art is a part of our mental map of Hillsboro and is an important element of creating a community that future generations are proud to call home. It is a powerful tool for meeting the goals of Hillsboro’s community plans. Memorable public places strengthen our community. Such places attract us to downtown, enliven our neighborhoods, enhance our experiences in parks, inform us about the history and peoples of our place, and celebrate our ethnic and cultural diversity.

Public art can take many forms, including building facades, freestanding sculptures, murals, lighting, electronic media, photographs, water features, landscape treatments, kinetic pieces that move and react to the environment, and artist-designed functional elements such as paving, play equipment, street furniture, bridges and gates. It can include the written word, film or video, and performance.

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by Yong Hong Zhong

Call to Artists: Picture Hillsboro Purchase Award
The City of Hillsboro Public Art Program invites artists to submit two-dimensional original work to be considered for the 2019 Picture Hillsboro Purchase Award. Underscoring the City’s pride in its creative community, the selected work of art will be purchased for Hillsboro’s Public Art Collection. Deadline for submission is 5 pm on December 10, 2018.

HillsboroARTS Magazine_Fall 2018

Fall issue of HillsboroARTS Magazine
The latest issue of HillsboroARTS Magazine is here, featuring arts and culture happening throughout Hillsboro. Articles include: a feature on pianist Thomas Lauderdale (performing in November at the Walters); the full details about Hillsboro Arts Month in October; a feature about the Washington County Quilt Trail; and much more!

Barometer by Devin Laurence Field

Public Art Gallery
Check out our Public Art Gallery to learn about the artwork in Hillsboro's Public Art Collection.




527 East Main Street
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Phone: 503-615-3489
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Cultural Arts is a division of the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department.


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