City seeks emerging artists for fence project

City seeks emerging artists for Civic Square fence art project
Temporary artwork to be installed on fencing surrounding downtown construction site

SEATTLE The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (DFAS) and Triad Development, Inc., seeks up to eight emerging artists to develop temporary, large-scale, colorful panels for the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction site in downtown Seattle. The Civic Square site is located between Third and Fourth avenues and Cherry and James streets.  (Details after the jump)

The fence art project is intended to celebrate Seattle’s vibrancy, cultural life, history and position at the forefront of environmental sustainability. Artists should submit images of existing artwork in any two-dimensional medium. A selection panel will choose up to six images per selected artist. Fabricators will produce the panels from the selected artwork and install the fence panels in late summer or early fall 2011.

The temporary fence art program began in 2010. The panels created in this round will be added to the 20 panels (displaying 24 images) currently on the site. The artwork will be exhibited for approximately one year.

The call is open to emerging professional artists living within 100 miles of Seattle. An emerging artist is considered to be an artist in the early stage of his or her career (five years or less). Application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, June 13. A link to the online application is available at

Selected artists will receive between $1,000 and $3,000, depending on number of their images selected for the fence panels.

The fence at the Civic Square construction site surrounds the block where the city’s former Public Safety Building once stood. Future construction of a mixed-use, high-rise tower and open space will complete the city’s Civic Center Campus, which includes City Hall, Seattle Justice Center and Seattle Municipal Tower.

Through a competitive solicitation, the city selected Triad Development, Inc. to develop the Civic Square site. DFAS is the lead city department managing the redevelopment. Construction is on hold until economic conditions improve. The fence will remain in place until development at the site occurs.  Funding for the fence art program is provided by Triad Development, Inc.


The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in communities throughout Seattle.  The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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