Welcome to the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) online application system.

Applications and support materials must be submitted through Submittable. Follow Submittable instructions to:

  • Register for a Submittable applicant account
  • Create your applicant profile
  • Submit applications

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call ARTS at 206.684.7171 or email arts.culture@seattle.gov. Staff is on-hand to assist applicants during business  hours, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. 


About the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) manages the city's public art program, cultural partnerships grant programs, ARTS at King Street Station, the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and The Creative Advantage initiative in the effort to foster a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences. In alignment with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative, we work to eliminate institutional racism in our programs, policies and practices.   

Introduction

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is seeking artists to develop temporary artworks for the 2022 Seattle Center Activations project on Seattle Center (SC) campus from mid-August 2022 through early-January 2023 (approximately four months.)

ARTS and Seattle Center are looking for artists both emerging and established to create site-specific artworks that evoke the beauty and joy that comes from growing, evolving and morphing that will be installed on the Seattle Center campus.

The selected artists will be asked to create highly visible artworks that can transform Seattle Center’s visitors’ relationship to the space and their connection to it. The artworks may draw inspiration from the architecture and the landscape of Seattle Center. Relevance of the applicant’s letter of interest and demonstrated ability to create and execute temporary art projects will be considered in the selection. BIPOC artists are encouraged to apply.

This call is open to all artists living or working in Washington State. Please read the application requirements carefully. Artists applying will be asked to submit applications based on past art (broadly) experience. We are not looking for artwork proposals at this phase of the project. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time), Monday, November 22, 2022.

Scope of Work

Working with Seattle Center and ARTS, up to four selected artists will design and develop small-scale temporary artworks to be installed on city-owned street furniture, infrastructure, or building facades (e.g., light poles, railings, sidewalks, trees, tree pits, stair risers, etc.) for a minimum of 12 weeks and up to four-months from mid-August 2022 through early-January 2023 on Seattle Center campus. The artworks should not cause damage to property, but should be secured in a way that considers prevention of theft or vandalism.

Upon selection, eventual artwork proposals will need to consider safety issues related to visibility, excessive weight, and wind loads. Selected artists will have to submit their proposal to ARTS and Seattle Center for a safety review.

Artists will be notified of their selection in early 2022. Locations and time slots for installation will be coordinated in mid-2022 for installation. The selected artists will refine their concept statement to create a final proposal submitted to ARTS and Seattle Center before proceeding with fabrication and installation of the artwork.

Possible Artwork Locations

Artists should consider proposing artwork(s) that can be re-sited throughout the Seattle Center Campus based on Center activities.

Once selected, artists may consider different options for materials and approaches for the artworks and will be encouraged to make use of existing infrastructure in a unique and interesting way. The artwork must be designed so that it can be easily installed and de-installed by the artist, as it may need to be re-sited once or twice within the four-month period. The artworks cannot cause permanent damage to city property. Artwork must not obscure city signage.

Potential artwork locations:

  • Lamp Posts
  • Covered Walkways
  • Fences
  • Building Facades
  • Open Plazas

TIMELINE

Artist application due date:  Monday, November 22, 2022 (5 p.m. PST)

Artist selection and notification:  January 31, 2022

Artist begins work:  February 15, 2022

Design completion:  May 31, 2022

Fabrication window:  June 1, 2022 – installation week

Installation week (tentative):  Mid-August 2022

Artwork open:  August 31, 2022

De-installation week:  Early January 2023

Upon approval, the artists will install their work in mid-August (pending coordination with Seattle Center) at the identified locations on the Seattle Center campus. Please refer to the possible artwork locations section above. Selected artists will work with ARTS to determine artwork locations based on site availability and relationship to other selected artwork proposals and proximity to existing public artworks on the campus. Artworks created for this project are temporary and are intended to remain on display for four months or another time-period (depending on the artwork media) to be negotiated with ARTS.

Eligibility

This call is open to professional artists who are residents of Washington State. Students are not eligible to apply. BIPOC artists are encouraged to apply.

Background

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) activates public space with public artworks. Over the past several years, ARTS has increased temporary artwork opportunities to positive response from both the audience and artists. This project is a partnership between ARTS and Seattle Center. These artworks should be visually interesting objects that will be sited throughout the Seattle Center campus from mid-August 2022 through early-January 2023 (approximately four months).

Seattle Center

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts, and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports, and entertainment organizations residing on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences, and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Learn more at www.seattlecenter.com.

Budget

Each selected artist will receive $7,000, inclusive of all fees, including Washington State Sales and Use Tax (10.25%). Artists will receive 40% of the total commission upon acceptance of the final artwork proposal, 40% after documentation of installation of the artwork, and the remaining 20% after documentation of de-installation of the artwork, photo documentation, and a brief project summary have been delivered.

Seattle Center Activations are commissioned by Seattle Center with funding from the Seattle Office of Art & Culture (ARTS), Seattle Kraken, and Climate Pledge Arena, and administered by ARTS.

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time), Monday, November 22, 2021. Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the 5 p.m. (PST), November 22, 2021 deadline will not be accepted.

Application Requirements

Your letter of interest and biographical statement may be submitted either in written form or in a video/audio statement that includes the information below. Please note that this should not be a highly produced or edited video, a short recording that speaks directly to your interest in this project will suffice. The intent of this option is to provide an opportunity for individuals who feel they can represent themselves better verbally versus in writing through the letter of interest. Please note we are not asking for artwork proposals for this project during the artist selection.

  • Letter of interest (not to exceed 300 words or 90 seconds). Please describe your interest in this unique opportunity, addressing your aesthetic and how you would bring in your previous art experiences to execute this project.
  • Biographical statement (not to exceed 200 words or 60 seconds). The biographical statement replaces a resume and is a space where you can summarize your experiences as a creative individual.
  • Three references. Please include the name, a brief statement about your working relationship, and contact information (email and/or phone number) for each of your references.
  • Up to eight (8) work sample images. We suggest not submitting more than two images of the same work. Composite images are not recommended. Image identification information including title, year created, and commission amount is included as part of the image upload.

Selection Criteria

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of our city in the selection of artists and artworks. Artists will be selected on the basis of the strength of past work and the relevance of their letter of interest. It is not required that they have previous public art experience.

  • Quality of concept, design, and craftsmanship of past works
  • Visual and technical sophistication of past works
  • Creativity of approach of past works
  • Relevance of letter of interest
  • A proven ability to coordinate and collaborate with project managers, design professionals, and community stakeholders
  • A proven ability to listen and work with community members, particularly communities of color
  • Demonstrated ability to produce durable outdoor art
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget

Selection Process

The selection process will include a review by a peer panel and advisors who will review all interested applicants’ proposals and materials and will recommend up to four artists for commissions by January 31, 2022.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of our city in the selection of artists and artworks.

Notification of Results

Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by email by late-January 2022.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture reserves the right not to select any of the applicants.

We’re here to help

Questions about this opportunity? Please contact project manager Rick Reyes at rick.reyes@seattle.gov or 206.819.6284.

Questions about using Submittable? Submittable maintains an FAQ and offers step-by-step guides on their help platform here. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at support@submittable.com.

  • Attend a Virtual Workshop (optional). We highly encourage you to attend the online workshop, especially if you are a first-time applicant. Seattle Center representatives along with ARTS staff will share more information about the Seattle Center activations and will review steps of the Submittable application process. A recording of the webinar will be available on YouTube approximately one week after the session is held. Information on registering for the webinar is included below.
  • Read the call guidelines, online instructions, and, if need be, contact Submittable for any technical questions.
  • Submit your application early – do not wait until the last day to avoid errors or technical difficulties.


City of Seattle & Seattle Center 2022 Activations Information Session for Artists

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

A link to register for the webinar will be available here soon.

This is an online workshop and you will receive the link to join the webinar the day prior to the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and we will post a link here to the recording on YouTube approximately one week after the workshop.