The City of West Fargo and West Fargo Public Art Advisory Committee is seeking local artists to exhibit their art in the annual Art Social at West Fargo City Hall. This free event provides an opportunity for the community to connect and celebrate local art.

The theme for this year is a retrospective on the personal and public events of 2020. Artists should explore this theme through the medium of their choosing to demonstrate lessons learned from 2020 that will positively affect the future.

Artists selection will be a two-step process. First, the West Fargo Public Art Advisory Committee will review all submissions and create a list of recommendations, which will then go to City of West Fargo representatives for final approval. Selection criteria will include artistic merit as evidenced by the submittal materials, execution of the theme, and maintaining a variety of mediums for the event. Submission materials should include an artwork description with the artist’s name, artwork title, artwork medium and dimensions. It should also include a visual of the completed or initial work, artist statement regarding the work and anticipated installation needs. For more information, visit https://www.westfargond.gov/1077/Public-Art-Advisory-Committee.

Art submissions are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, by emailing them to westfargo [dot] eventsatwestfargond [dot] gov. Selected artists will receive notification by Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, and should be ready for installation by Wednesday, Feb. 24, and available to attend the Art Social. Interested artists with questions can also contact westfargo [dot] eventsatwestfargond [dot] gov for more information.

The Art Social will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Grand Foyer of West Fargo City Hall located at 800 Fourth Ave. E, and will remain in the Grand Foyer for public viewing until Friday, March 25. The City of West Fargo will release updates and an alternative plan if COVID-19 conditions prohibit the event from safely occurring.