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The Public Art Program extends sincere apologies that all indoor exhibitions are closed until further notice. We are planning to adjust the schedule later in the spring with tentative art openings beginning again in early June. Our deadlines for Art calls have been adjusted as outlined below and may need to be further postponed depending on circumstances beyond our controlWe anticipate replies and offers in mid-April for "Voices in the Forest," and by mid-May for the Shoreline Artist Residency Program.

Voices in the Forest

Call for Commissioned Poetry
NEW DEADLINE: April 6, 2020

Shoreline Work Sample (Anne Beffel)









The City of Shoreline Public Art Program seeks to commission a series of site-specific poems (texts as well as voice files such as mp3) that will be displayed in parks and urban areas for 2-6 months each as part of a grant-funded project (“Voices in the Forest,” WA State Arts Commission and NEA). Working with the City’s translation services, as well as any bilingual poets, the “Voices in the Forest” project will provide translation of some of the English-language poems into a second language with a corresponding voice file of the poem read aloud.

The Call is open to artists of all kinds in addition to poets and writers; criteria for acceptance emphasize the need for specific visual reference to details in the location that visitors will recognize when they are standing at same spot: a viewer might see a prominent boulder or tree root (or hear a Stellar jay, or smell the pine trees) and read the artist's text referring to some of those same details. Additional criteria include attention to language effects; general audience subject matter; and equity and inclusion for variety of languages and heritages represented through the Project (more below). The city’s Public Art webpage with texts and audio files will provide a virtual exhibition for 24/7 access to the work.

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Download the full Call for more information [PDF]



Shoreline Artist Residency Program

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The Shoreline Art Cottage Residency Program will provide artists working in all disciplines a two month period to create new work in a public park overlooking the Salish Sea (Puget Sound) with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains.  The recently renovated residency space is a former caretaker cottage built in the early 1970's nestled within Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. The cottage provides a creative work space for any artist along with time to experiment, investigate, and explore Saltwater Park and the surrounding City of Shoreline community.

Richmond Beach Saltwater Park is a 32-acre regional park providing natural open spaces, access to a mile-long beach, and extensive hiking trails.  The Park’s bowl-shape today is the result of a former 19th Century gravel quarry.   A pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks provides access to the beach, low tide sand flats, delicate eel grass beds, and a beach naturalist program on most summer weekends during a low tide. Beach areas of the Park were once called q’q’e’waidet by the region’s Coastal Salish for a tobacco-like plant gathered in the area.  In recognition of these indigenous people, a 10-foot high “Welcoming Figure” sculpture cast in the Coastal Salish style is located in the Park.

Supported by the City of Shoreline’s Public Art Program, the Shoreline Art Cottage Residency Program awards up to three (3) residencies per year to emerging and established artists working in a wide variety of media with projects that explore the culture and landscape of the City of Shoreline and the surrounding region.

For its pilot season in 2020, the artist residencies will be in consecutive two month periods beginning in May 2020 and ending in December 2020.   Thus, selected Artists will be pioneering the first public space in the City of Shoreline dedicated to the arts and encouraging a sustainable residency opportunity.

Application materials shall be submitted to  Download the full Call for Artists [PDF] for details. 

Shoreline Artists Residency Cottage Committee

The Public Art Program is now forming a volunteer committee to review an anticipated pool of artists interested in a 2-month residency for 2020. 

Following the deadline in early April, Committee Members would access artist applications via a file sharing site like Dropbox and meet at the end of April as a group to make selections. The Public Art Program is able to provide funding for three residencies (each at $1600) that would culminate in a celebration of the work made during the residency. In addition to meeting in April to review applications, Committee members would also attend at least one of the artist receptions:

  • May 20 – July 20 with event Sat, July 18
  • July 27 – Sept 27, w/ event Sat. 9/26
  • Oct. 5 – Dec. 6 w/ event Sat. 12/5

Download the full Call [PDF]


Call for Temporary Environmental Artwork

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As a means of fostering new interpretations of art and nature in urban spaces, the City of Shoreline Public Art Program encourages artists to propose temporary artworks for display in parks (along trails, glades, meadows, and reclaimed gravel pits), especially Brugger’s Bog, North City, and James Keough Parks (but also other parks and 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 reviewed periodically depending on interest; at this time there is no deadline. The City is able to offer in-kind project support in terms of mechanical equipment, no-fee use of the park, and promotion (website and newsletters). Shoreline’s 14 different neighborhoods are also excellent resources for community engagement and outreach. For time and materials, selected artists are offered honoraria of $1,500  following installation. Since many projects can easily cost far more than our funding can support, artists are also encouraged to seek additional funding from 4Culture, Artist Trust, Allied Arts Foundation, Artists Up, as well as crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, RocketHub, Quirky, etc.  

We are happy to meet to discuss options and visit various sites. 

To Apply

Send the following to with ‘Groundswell’ in the subject line and the following:

  1. A letter or brief statement of interest
  2. 2-page Artist Resume
  3. Artist’s statement with website address, if applicable, and a 250 word description of the idea
  4. Up to six digital images of previous work (low res is encouraged for ease of file sharing; 5 MB or below) that reflect a cohesive body of work
  5. Image list that includes title, year of creation, medium, size and budget scope
  6. A budget for the proposed project

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) 


Future 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 and curators to submit work for consideration for exhibitions 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 3-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:

A letter or brief statement of interest (curatorial prospectus with proposed artists bios, sample work)

  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


Public Art Coordinator David Francis
(206) 801-2661


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