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Living the Dream, Dreaming the Life: Edwin Pratt in the 21st Century

In partnership with the Black Heritage Society of Washington, the City of Shoreline Public Art Program seeks emerging and established artists in the region with an interest in responding to the legacy and ideas of Edwin Pratt (1930 - 1969), Seattle civil rights pioneer.

TPratt Memorial_1997_Marsha Lippert with Shoreline schoolchildren resizedwo primary modes of submitting work:

  1. Submit existing work that reflects his legacy or related themes; or
  2. Submit new work that responds directly to the source material.

The exhibition will be installed in City Hall Shoreline and the opening will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Pratt's death.

Deadline for consideration: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.  For more information, download the Full Call [PDF] 


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 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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