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Shoreline Town Center Public Art Project 

Call for Artists RFQ

Town Center Map

The City of Shoreline seeks an artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install a dynamic, site-specific artwork with the primary goal of serving as a landmark for the center of this young and growing city directly to the north of Seattle. Placement will occur on an approximately 1-acre triangular-shaped project area located along the city’s main arterial, Aurora Avenue (aka SR 99), between North 175th Street and North 178th Street, and Aurora Ave North and Midvale Ave North. 

Currently, the site is flat, with a few small trees and a preserved section of historic brick road, a relic of the Interurban trolley line (1902 – 1940; see map). The site is frequently used by trail riders, dog-walkers, families, and numerous others, with many thousands driving by in cars at maximum speeds of 40 mph. As a work of public art located along a transportation corridor, it should not create a distraction for drivers.

Artworks that include solar panels, sound, kinetic, or interactive elements, projections, water features, time-based components, landscaping / earthworks, or light elements are especially welcome as a reflection of the city’s environmental ethic.

Download the full RFQ for more information including the Artists Selection Process, Selection Criteria, and Timeline.

Shoreline Town Center Public Art Project RFQ [PDF]
Shoreline Town Center park map [PDF]

Groundswell  

Call for Temporary Environmental Artwork

Out of One_Tony install

As a means of fostering new interpretations of art and nature in urban spaces, the City of Shoreline Public Art Program seeks temporary artworks for display in parks (along trails, glades, meadows, and reclaimed gravel pits), especially Brugger’s Bog and South Woods (but also other sites), to encourage audiences to visit these resources as well as to exercise and spend time in comparative silence. Walking, way-finding, and searching for the "hidden" artwork is a primary component of the project. 

Placement within these sites may be proposed by the artist, with final determination by staff.  

A display period of at least three months is preferred, with fall and winter providing early darkness for video projection or light art. Work that incorporates natural and/or re-cycled materials is especially welcome, as are projects that are less object-based and use GIS, GPS, sound, space, and light technologies. For object-based projects, we encourage artworks that are resistant to vandalism or damage, since the locations are remote and not secured by guards or video monitors. Landscaping materials like erosion control tubes, geotextile, burlap, jute, and edging, are encouraged. Use of on-site invasive flora (such as ivy vines or Scotch broom) or downed branches is also a possibility, pending consultation with arborists.

Proposals will be juried by a selection panel consisting of an artist, art professional and/or collector, professional handler / engineer, additional community resident(s) and City staff.  The City will promote the artwork on its website and newsletters, producing a map to encourage exploration of the area. For time and materials, selected artists are offered honoraria of $500 - $1,500 (depending on scope of project) following installation. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Creative use of materials
  • Site appropriateness
  • Durability for proposed time-frame
  • Consideration of audience interaction
  • Appropriate installation and removal plans
  • Preference to Northwest regional artists (emerging or established) 

 

Exhibitions at Shoreline City Hall and Spartan Recreation Center

Spartan Rec Center lobby art gallery
                     Spartan Recreation Center Lobby

The City of Shoreline Public Art Program invites local and regional artists to submit work for consideration for exhibition at City Hall (17500 Midvale Ave. N.) and the Spartan Recreation Center (202 NE 185th, lobby area). Work can be 2D or 3D and must be appropriate for a general audience. While the space is secure, the work is not able to be insured during exhibition. Artists are asked to sign a liability waiver. Work can be for sale with a 70/30 commission (artist/city art program). Exhibition period varies and rotates as needed by artist with a 1-month minimum display period. If accepted to show, all work must be hand delivered – no shipped work will be accepted.

To Apply: Send the following to: artentry@shorelinewa.gov

A letter or brief statement of interest

  1. 2-page Artist Resume
  2. Artist’s statement with website address, if applicable
  3. Up to six digital images (low res is encouraged for ease of file sharing; 5 MB or below) that reflect a cohesive body of work with an image list that includes title, year of creation, medium, size and price

Questions 

Public Art Coordinator David Francis
(206) 801-2661
dfrancis@shorelinewa.gov




 

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