Call for artists

Artist open call for submissions

Coast Mountain College
Student Housing Building – Exterior steel installation

Coast Mountain College is seeking a design for a fabricated steel art installation for the new Student Housing Building. The installation will be located at the front entrance to the building, framed by two-storey cedar wood panels. It is the College’s intention to fabricate this design in steel using the Ombrae method by Keith Panel Systems.

The College is seeking a design that reflects the rich cultural First Nations heritage of our region. This competition is only open to students or graduates of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art.

Submission format

Please submit your design either digitally (PDF or JPG in as high resolution possible up to 12MB) or in person on white paper at least 8.5” x 11” in size or larger. Please also include a short description of the work, its significance to you and/or the College as well as a short bio of yourself. 

  • Submissions can be submitted directly to
  • If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt email within 24 hours of the deadline, please contact Kelli Louie at
  • Large files may be not be delivered by the College server. Maximum file size is 12MB

Design constraints

The design dimensions will be required to fit a panel area 3.58m high and 2.05m wide (see below drawing with full dimensions and renderings). The design can be formline or any other type of design that is valued by the artists. Please refer to the section ‘About Ombrae Steel Fabrication’ to learn more about how the design will be rendered into steel. The full design does not need to be rectangular in shape but it should maximize use of the available space within the rectangular shape.


The submission deadline for this competition is 4pm, May 14, 2021

  • Design selection will be made by May 19, 2021
  • Week of May 24-28 refinements between artist and steel fabricator
  • Final artist approval of proofs May 28, 2021
  • Fabrication to continue May to July
  • Installation week of July 26 to 30


Compensation will be $7500 to the successful artist. This includes rights to the design which the College may use in promotions in perpetuity as well as artist time collaborating with the steel fabricator to ensure the design matches the media. Any travel expenses incurred by the artist will be covered by the College over and above the primary compensation. A full artist contract will be negotiated with the selected artist prior to award.

About the building

The College is constructing a 108 bed student housing facility in the northwest corner of the Terrace campus. This building features apartment style living for 104 students as well as an elder suite, two hotelling suites, a cultural space for Indigenous students, a maker space for creative pursuits, a computer lab, an esports room, indoor bike storage and several other features. A large three-storey public atrium will feature student common areas such as dining and lounge space, two project rooms, collaboration zones and quiet study areas.

The building will feature over 80 interior art installations featuring work from students, alumni and instructors from the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art as well as select feature artists. These installations will reflect styles and stories from all six of our regional nations; Haida, Tsimshian, Haisla, Nisga’a, Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en as well as influences from many other nations.

The project will achieve occupancy on August 6th 2021 and student move-in will begin soon after.

About Ombrae steel fabrication

Full details about the Ombrae fabrication process as well as examples can be found here:

Effectively, Ombrae features small circular cut-outs of steel that reflect or shadow light to render designs to the viewer.

Artist requirements

The selected artist is required to work with the College and with Keith Panel Systems to render the design for the Ombrae system. Changes to the design may be required to best match the capabilities of the installation for the most impactful impression. The artist will also be required to be available for consultation through the fabrication and installation process. The College is documenting the art process for this building on video and the successful artist will be required to provide in-person interviews and be ready to discuss this installation with the community.

Selection criteria

  • Is the artist a student or graduate of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art?
  • Does this design reflect our regional cultural and carry meaning for the College?
  • How well does the design blend traditional forms with innovation and modern trends?
  • Will this design render well in the Ombrae fabrication method?

Installation location rendering

Design shown in rendering is an example only and does not necessarily reflect the College’s requirements or expectations. Please refer to the installation dimensions below for full details of installation size.

Installation location rendering

Installation dimensions

Installation dimensions