Opportunities & Events

Bench Design Request for Qualifications




Jackson Hole Community Pathways (JHCP) seeks a local artist/team to design, develop, and prototype a unique bench for installation along the Town of Jackson/Teton County Pathways system. The Pathways Bench should reflect the rural character of Teton County (in both the material selection and artistic design), require minimal or low maintenance, be constructed of durable materials, and be designed to be age-friendly, cost effective, and context-sensitive.


Budget: Artist Design Fees $3,000 and Prototype stipend for (1-2 benches) $4,000. The final bench should cost a maximum of $2,000.

Download the RFQ at http://www.tetonwyo.org/pathwy/topics/miscellaneous/252885/

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Proposal Deadline: E-mail completed applications as a single, multipage PDF document to: carrie@jhpublicart.org no later than April 29, 2017

Contact: Carrie Geraci, Public Art Coordinator, 307-413-1474, carrie@jhpublicart.org

Brian Schilling, (307) 732-8573, bschilling@tetonwyo.org
























Nature Viewing Platform Concept Update













Download additional images: buster-simpson-final-concept

  • The installation will be ADA accessible.
  • It will create a platform for environmental education, wildlife viewing, birding, photography, and for discovering nature for local children and families, and importantly, people with disabilities.
  • The nature viewing platform project is a collaboration between the National Elk Refuge and the Town of Jackson that is being facilitated by Jackson Hole Public Art.
  • The Nature Viewing Platform will be sited in the Murie Family Park, land owned by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • The National Elk Refuge supports the project.
  • A viewing platform is an approved use under the National Elk Refuge’s approved Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP).
  • The platform will be owned and maintained by the Town of Jackson (ToJ).
  • It is 10’ high at the east end, and approximately 250’ long. It is not higher than the existing willows and does not block major vistas.
  • The installation is made of wood and has a light footprint on the land (the handrail and interior screen will be metal).
  • The exterior of the installation will be wrapped in natural materials, likely willows, to integrate it into the site.
  • Jackson Hole Public Art hosted 5 opportunities for the public to comment on the project.
  • The artist has made changes to the design to increase wildlife permeability and enhance viewing opportunities.
  • Over 300 people attended a POP event on site and asked for this type of public art!


The Public Art Task Force (PAT) is appointed by the Mayor and Town Council to review the project for design considerations, safety, and community values. The Task Force members are local professionals identified for their relevant professional backgrounds. Jackson Hole Public Art follows nationally recognized accepted practices and the Town of Jackson Public Art Guidelines in commissioning public art. The National Elk Refuge staff and regional engineers will also review the project as it evolves from concept into construction drawings. The Public Art Task Force has erviewed the project and will be sending it to the Mayor and Town Council for review on Monday, December 19th.
Contact Carrie Geraci at: 307-734-9026 or carrie@jhpublicart.org


About the Artist

After completing a short-term residency in June, artist Buster Simpson presented sketch concepts to the National Elk Refuge, Public Art Task Force, and at an open house in late August. He has updated his concept four times since then to reflect feedback from the National Elk Refuge, local scientists, the Public Art Task Force, and the public.

Over the course of his trailblazing creative career, Buster has completed numerous public commissions throughout North America and exhibited his work in many museums including The New Museum, MoMA PS1, Seattle Art Museum, The Hirshhorn Museum, Capp Street Project, International Glass Museum, and most recently, at the Frye Art Museum. In addition to our community project, he is working on the Seattle Seawall, a large landfill in San Antonio, Texas, and the Willamette River Greenway in Portland, Oregon, and he recently participated in a five-week climate change confab at the Rauschenberg Foundation on Captiva Island, Florida.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how NEA grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov. Additional support provided by the Town of Jackson (5th Cent Funds), Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Center of Wonder, and our generous supporters.





































PARK(ing) Day is celebrated annually across the world. Participants transform a parking space into a temporary public space for one day. Jackson Hole Public Art is partnering with local artists, architects, businesses, and non-profits to explore their ideas over one day.

Thank you to all the participants and downtown businesses for your support!