AboutCall For ArtistsDiscover Our Hotels Opening 2019 If you’re an accredited investor interested in getting involved with the Elks Lodge project, please click here. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Elks Lodge was officially purchased by McMenamins with the addition of the adjacent annex building in July 2012. The property will include 44 guestrooms with private baths; space for live music, events, weddings and meetings; a ballroom transformed into hotel rooms with terrace views of Puget Sound; three restaurants; a McMenamins brewery; and on-site gardens that will provide the restaurants with fresh, seasonal ingredients. September 18, 2017- We are pleased to announced that we have received sufficient commitments from investors to proceed with redeveloping the historic Tacoma Elks Temple building. Additional investment opportunities available for a short time. See details here. Construction will begin in October with the goal of opening McMenamins Elks Lodge in early 2019. A Little History The Elks Temple was built in 1915-16 when fraternal organizations were an important part of the community and had the money to build beautiful buildings such as this one. It was designed by É. Frère Champney, a graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts, in the second Renaissance Revival style. Adjacent to the building is a stairway called the “Spanish Steps” that winds up the hillside adjacent to the building. These steps, modeled after the Scalinata di Spagna in Rome, were rehabilitated in 2011 by a grant from WSDOT and the Federal Highway Transportation Enhancements program. Employment McMenamins Hotels, Pubs & Breweries, Inc., is seeking experienced Tacoma, WA-area artists to be commissioned artists to create paintings for a new property renovation project in downtown Tacoma. Learn More Call for Artists Call For Commissioned Artists: Painters View Artists Gallery Please note: These are contracted positions of undetermined duration, depending on when the property work is completed. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2017 McMenamins Hotels, Pubs & Breweries, Inc., is seeking experienced Tacoma, WA-area artists to be commissioned artists to create paintings for a new property renovation project in downtown Tacoma. The project is composed of the former Elks Lodge, which will be transformed into a hotel, restaurants, bars, and meeting spaces. We are specifically looking for painters at this time. Original artwork has long been an important component and attraction at McMenamins hotels and restaurants. Each individual property features art derived and inspired by its site-specific historical events and characters and those of its surrounding community. There are also frequent artistic nods made to McMenamins’ history, music and other sources that have influenced the company’s evolution. We rely heavily on a team of historians to provide artists with local history, photos, and subject matter. They look through all of the information and come up with a composition that illustrates the unique story they want to tell and then bring it to life by painting it. The intersection of the people, the history, and the artist’s personal style produces paintings that are sometimes surreal, humorous, or at other times moving. Our style as a group has been called "historical surrealism," and "painterly illustration." If you would like to be a part of this process of transforming the Elks Lodge in Tacoma, please meet the following basic criterion. Qualified artists will possess the following: Ability to create paintings that illustrate specific stories or ideas, but also the ability to make art that combines various influences and stories. History and reference materials will be provided to you should you work on this project. You must be able to demonstrate that you are proficient at composition. We are not looking for a single figure in the center of a blank field. You can provide us with images like this if it illustrates some aspects of your talent, but also provide us with examples of more complex compositions. Proficiency in figurative work. Almost all subject matter is based on specific people, so paintings often have at least one or more people in them. Capability to work on provided MDO board using acrylic paint. Ability to work at a large scale. Sorry, no miniatures! The typical scale is around 38” x 48”, sometimes larger, sometimes much larger. Willingness to share copyright with McMenamins. Availability to start within the next few months. Construction is beginning now and will be moving quickly. You are strongly encouraged to look at some of the artwork done over the years to get a sense of the art that has been created for the company. You can do this in several ways. The best way would be to visit an actual site such as the Anderson School in Bothell, WA. Another good way would be to install the McMenamins App on your phone. There is a good Art section on the App. You can also go to the website, mcmenamins.com/art and look at examples of artwork by location. To apply to be part of the team of commissioned artists, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only painters need apply. Your application should include the following: A link to a digital portfolio (website, Facebook page, Flickr account, or a similar format) that demonstrates your proficiency in rendering likenesses and figurative work used within the context of a composition; do not just show us figure drawings. Available start date. An indication of your interest in also doing decorative work on site in Tacoma, WA when we get closer to the grand opening of the property Please make sure your contact information is included. A résumé or CV is appreciated, but not necessary for your application. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2017. Thanks for your interest!