During the campaign and in the aftermath of the historic election of 2016, our awareness of racial tensions and bigotry has been heightened. Some have speculated that this has resulted in increased harassment and intimidation of diverse communities. To continue our value of respecting people of all cultures and backgrounds, the City of Shoreline Public Art Program, in collaboration with the Community Services Department, will host a visual art exhibition devoted to African American history and identity. “Aftermath” is a working title; the final title will be determined after submissions are reviewed.
Both 2-D and 3-D artwork (including fiber, sound, flat panel video, and unobstructive, wall-mounted sculpture) will be considered for display on the 2nd floor of City Hall, with installation scheduled for February 6 and 7, for an anticipated opening reception on Thursday, February 9, 2017 (6:30 – 8:00pm) with a reading by Ijeoma Oluo, writer, speaker, Editor-At-Large at The Establishment, and named one of Seattle Magazine’s most influential people.
The exhibition will run from February 9 – April 21, 2017. Any medium and thematic approach will be considered within the parameters of a public city services building that occasionally hosts tours from nearby schools. The work can be offered for sale at a commission of 30% for the City’s art programs and 70% for the artist.
Publicity and marketing are offered as in-kind services provided by the City in the form of website description (http://shorelinewa.gov/art), images, and links, as well as e-newsletter ads. The deadline for proposals is Monday, January 16, 2017. There is no fee to apply. The proposals are juried by Public Art Coordinator David Francis in collaboration with Suni Tolton, Community Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, City of Shoreline.
The Art Gallery at City Hall Shoreline (17500 Midvale Avenue N, Shoreline WA, 98133) was created as part of a design-build process in 2009. The 2nd floor houses the city’s Community Services Department.
It offers approximately 65 linear feet of wall space with six electrical outlets, north-facing windows, and nine-foot high ceilings. Artwork is installed using a track and wire suspension system; lighting is standard hallway tubing with energy-efficiency settings that reflect the building’s Gold-level LEED status. While the building is secure, the city does not offer insurance and asks curators and artists to sign liability waivers. The gallery is open during regular business hours five days a week (9:00am-5:00pm), as well as special opening receptions. School groups visit regularly, in addition to daily use by staff and drop-in visitors.
Proposals may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying “African American Artists Exhibition” in the subject line. Email by Monday, January 16, 2017:
- Up to 8 images (jpgs) of artwork – indicate if these are actual works being submitted or are representative samples with new work to be submitted
- Contact information, websites, and short biographies (100 words) for participating artists
- Artist’s resume
If you have questions, please contact David Francis at email@example.com or 206-801-2661.