Fianna Dickson

Art in Riverfront Park

Fianna Dickson, City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, Communication Manager, 509.625.6297

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 3:33 p.m.

Updated: 11/03/2017

City of Spokane Parks & Recreation and Spokane Arts hosted a Riverfront Park Art Plan Open House on October 26; if you weren’t able to attend, you can watch the video, see the four proposed signature art pieces, and provide feedback here.

Riverfront Park Redevelopment lead artist Meejin Yoon shared preliminary design concepts for both an overall art plan and a signature art piece during this open house. The bond allocated $500,000 for a signature piece and an art plan for the park. The budget for art represents 1% of the total bond, a public art allocation that is required by the state for similar projects.

  • Earth Ring

    Earth Ring

  • Star Gazer

    Star Gazer

  • Step Well

    Step Well

  • Wind Tunnel

    Wind Tunnel

The Joint Arts Committee, comprised of Spokane Arts commissioners and volunteer Park Board members, will make a recommendation to the full Park Board, who will make the final decision about the art plan and one signature art piece. The Joint Arts Committee recommendation will likely come in the spring.

This allows several months for community feedback. Please share your comments below, or send an email to All comments are shared with the Joint Arts Committee and Park Board.

About Meejin Yoon & the selection process of a lead artist

Artist, architect, and urban planner Meejin Yoon was selected to be lead artist for the Riverfront Park Redevelopment Project after being recommended by the Joint Arts Committee made up of Spokane Arts commissioners and Park Board volunteers.

An open call for artists’ proposals found many talented local and national artists. A joint committee of Spokane Arts commissioners and Park Board members unanimously selected Meejin Yoon for her work based on her qualifications and commitment to engaging and reflecting the community in her work. She is tasked with creating and producing a signature art piece for the park, and creating an art plan that both catalogues all current art in the park and recommends locations for new art work.

J. Meejin Yoon, AIA, FAAR brings a wealth of experience in public projects to her role as lead artist. She is a Korean-American artist, designer, architect, and founder of MY Studio and Höweler + Yoon Architecture, LLP. She is the recipient of the United States Artist Award in Architecture/Design, the Athena RISD/Target Emerging Designer Award, the Rome Prize in Design, the Young Architects Award from the Architectural League, and a Fulbright Scholar. Yoon’s academic and professional work has been widely recognized for its innovative and interdisciplinary nature. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, and the National Art Center in Tokyo, Japan.

About Spokane Arts

Spokane Arts, which was a division of the City of Spokane until 2012, is a 501c3 organization that works to support and promote Spokane as a cultural hub and to strengthen the arts in all disciplines in our community.

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