Bowtie Project

Clockshop Open Call 2019:

Bowtie Commissions

Beginning September 10, 2019, Clockshop invites Los Angeles-based emerging artists to submit proposals for public, site-specific artworks to be exhibited outdoors at the Bowtie. The artworks will be shown as part of our unique partnership with California State Parks to activate a former rail yard along the Los Angeles River. Clockshop will select 2 proposals to produce, fund, and exhibit in the Fall/Winter 2020/21 season. Each selected artist will receive up to $5,000 to complete their project. Exact funding to be determined based on the two selected proposals.

Proposals should consider the array of socio-political and environmental forces at work surrounding the Bowtie and its future transformation into a riverfront park. Clockshop expects commissioned artists to spend significant time at the Bowtie and to create something situated in and informed by their time at the site. The works should be simple, durable, and timely. Artists are encouraged to be ambitious in scale and to embrace the vast and wooly quality of the Bowtie’s habitat. We will be especially interested in proposals that take the forces of urban change as a thematic consideration. 

Artists must be amenable to Clockshop’s curatorial guidance and California State Parks’ intensive approval process. Still and video documentation will be provided by Clockshop.

The 2 selected artworks will be produced and exhibited individually, with production and opening schedule developed upon selection. 

Deadline: October 10th, 2019
Finalist Notification: October 30th, 2019
Selection Notification:  December 10th, 2019


Only online proposals are accepted through our Submittable portal. Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply. Current MFA students or candidates are not eligible. Artists may apply as a collaborative team and the funds can be split amongst team members. 

Please review these useful documents before developing your proposal

  1. Application Instructions (PDF)
  2. Bowtie Proposal Guidelines (PDF)
  3. Bowtie Site History (PDF)

Partial installation assistance is available; works will not be installed on your behalf. Equipment resources are limited.


Selected projects will be exhibited at the Bowtie, an 18-acre post-industrial site slated to become the next urban state park. The site is owned by California State Parks and programmed by Clockshop. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the Bowtie in person before submitting their application, as well as Clockshop’s website to learn more about the organization and to view the Bowtie exhibition history. The Bowtie is located at 2780 W. Casitas Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90039.  

Please review the following tips before visiting the site: FAQ About the Bowtie.


Proposals will be selected based on the compelling nature of the project and on the artist’s unique approach to embrace and complicate the distinct qualities of the Bowtie.   

Proposals will be reviewed by Clockshop’s curatorial team and select members of our Board. Finalists will be contacted individually for interviews and/or studio visits to discuss proposed projects before confirming the final selection.