Unique Artwork for Washington School for the Deaf (WSD) Academic and Physical Education Building- Vancouver, WA

  • Commissioning Entity

    Arts WA

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  • Location of Commission

    Vancouver, Washington, United States

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  • Contact Name

    Valerie Peterman

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Commission Document

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  • Brief Description


    The Washington Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth (CDHY) and the Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) invite individual artists or artist teams to design and create a unique artwork for the new Academic and Physical Education Building on the Washington School for the Deaf (WSD) campus in Vancouver, WA.

    The facility is currently in design, scheduled to open in the 2024-2025 school year. There are opportunities for either interior or exterior artwork, the potential to integrate the artwork into the building architecture, and the potential for creative reuse of historic architectural elements and materials.


    The Washington School for the Deaf (WSD) is the state of Washington’s only American Sign Language (ASL)/English bilingual school serving deaf and hard of hearing students in Pre-K through 12th grade. WSD’s teachers and staff are committed to supporting the school’s mission to provide an inclusive, student centered, and culturally rich environment to ensure all students become bilingual and life-long learners.

    ArtsWA and the CDHY Art Selection Committee will select an artist or artist team to design and create an artwork that reflects the WSD vision: WSD students are Bilingual, Empowered, Successful, for Today and Tomorrow, The BEST.

    Several buildings on the existing campus were designed by architect Donald J. Stewart and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The new 48,000 square foot Academic and Physical Education Building will serve to educate future leaders and enhance WSD community pride. It is designed using principles of the DeafSpace Design Guide.

    Vision for the Art

    WSD’s staff and students embody values of openness, reciprocity, identity, and pride in their heritage in the Pacific Northwest. ArtsWA and the CDHY Art Selection Committee seek to celebrate an artistic expression of the deaf experience and encourage deaf and hard of hearing artists, and those with a strong connection to the deaf community, to apply.

    The Art Committee will recommend a variety of interior and exterior sites that the artist may engage. The selected artist may work with the design-build team to discuss opportunities for integration and consider how the artwork might respond to, complement, or enhance the architecture.

    The new building design will incorporate creative reuse of significant elements of existing buildings in the new development. The design-build team encourages the selected artist to incorporate creative reuse of historic materials and elements in their design.

    Click here to submit an application.