Call Detail

City of Seattle:Pre-qualified Established Artist Roster for 2014/2015 Sited Projects

Entry Deadline: 11/20/14
Application Closed


Media Images: 16

INTRODUCTION The Office of Arts & Culture will establish a roster of approximately 75 pre-qualified artists with experience in public art for future art projects at city utility facilities, in parks, in the street right-of-way and other locations. This roster will be one of the means of selecting artists to develop permanent, free-standing or site-integrated artwork projects in a variety of sizes and complexities, with budgets ranging from $45,000 to $175,000. BACKGROUND The Office of Arts & Culture commissions a variety of public artworks through its 1% for Art program. The public art program works with several city departments engaged in capital construction projects. With a number of projects launching through the city’s utilities, parks and transportation departments, this pre-qualified artist roster for select projects will streamline the selection process and will be used when appropriate. SCOPE OF WORK The roster will be a juried pool of pre-qualified established artists who can create free-standing or integrated, site-specific artwork for locations managed by Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities, Parks and Recreation and other Seattle city departments. The Office of Arts & Culture will use this roster as one resource for public art selection panels as they identify artists to design and fabricate site-specific artwork for projects throughout the city. The roster will be used to select artists for certain 1% for Art projects in 2014 and 2015 with budgets ranging from $45,000 to $175,000. ELIGIBILITY This call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. Artists who apply for the roster should have specific skills in designing for private locations and/or fabricating public artwork that addresses the specific conditions or characteristics posed by each project. In order to be considered, artists must have successfully completed at least two permanent or two temporary commissions with budgets of at least $15,000 per project and have an ability and desire to work collaboratively with other design professionals and project stakeholders. The Office of Arts & Culture encourages diversity in its collection. Artists whose work is well represented in the city’s collection are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Artists must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Students are not eligible. BUDGET Roster-based project budgets will range from approximately $45,000 to $175,000, depending upon project complexity. APPLICATION DEADLINE 11 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013 (Pacific Standard Time). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Letter of interest (not to exceed 2,000 characters). Please read the prompt in CaFÉ before uploading your letter of interest.

  • Résumé

  • Three references

  • Up to 16 images.

  • Image Identification List (not to exceed 500 characters for each image). If you completed a project as a team member, the image identification should indicate your role for each image submitted. Do not omit the Image Identification List or your application will be incomplete.


  • Artists will be selected for pre-qualification on the basis of the following criteria:

  • strength of past artworks, in a variety of expression and media

  • experience working in private or public settings (either temporary or permanent)

  • experience fabricating and installing permanent or temporary artwork

  • references

SELECTION PROCESS The selection of the public art roster is a one-step process. In January 2014, a panel of art and design professionals and departmental representatives will review applicants' slides and other materials and select a list of artists who will be considered to be pre-qualified. When selected public art commissions become available, staff will present artists’ qualifications to a stakeholder-based selection panel who will select candidates to interview or to commission for a proposal. In some cases, staff from the Office of Arts & Culture will contact roster artists for a particular project prior to being presented to a panel. The selected artist will be commissioned for the project on the basis of an interview or proposal and references. Artists selected for the roster-based commissions will be removed from the roster until the awarded commission is complete. Note there is no guarantee that artists on this roster will receive a commission. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by e-mail mid-February 2014. Inclusion in the pre-qualified established artist roster for 2014/2015 does not guarantee a commission of artwork. The Office of Arts & Culture reserves the right not to select any of the applicants for the roster or for subsequent projects. WE’RE HERE TO HELP Please contact Marcia Iwasaki at (206) 233-3946, or Kelly Pajek at (206) 684-7311, GETTING HELP WITH YOUR APPLICATION

  • Attend a Workshop - The staff of Arts & Culture will explain the application requirements and each step of the CaFE application. If available, bring your draft application to be reviewed by a staff member. Please bring your materials on your own computer, a flash drive, CD or as a hard copy.

  • Read the Public Art Call Guidelines, the online instructions and, if need be, contact CaFE for technical assistance at (888) 562-7232 or, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

  • Talk with the program staff. Discuss questions, problems, and budget specifics. It is fine to call before you have the application written. We can help!

APPLICATION WORKSHOPS (optional) – 2 opportunities We strongly encourage you to attend one of these workshops, especially if you are a first-time applicant. We will cover the same content at each workshop. Project Overview: Free, optional workshops will be available offering an introduction to the public art program with the Office of Arts & Culture and CaFE online application system. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, south classroom, room 111 4408 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle, WA 98106 Parking lot available on site For parents wishing to attend the Oct. 24 workshop: Supervised art activities and snacks will be provided for school age children. To sign up for this free service, RSVP with the Office of Arts & Culture at (206) 684-7372 by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22. OR Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Phinney Center, Room 6 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103 Parking lot available on site For parents wishing to attend the Nov. 13 workshop: Supervised art activities and snacks will be provided for school age children. To sign up for this free service, RSVP with the Office of Arts & Culture at (206) 684-7372 by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 Call Opens Wednesday, September 19, 2013 Call Deadline 11 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013. (Pacific Standard Time) Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. Artist Notification Mid-February 2014