Apply to Ethnic Artist Roster by May 18!

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Are you aware that the City’s Office of Arts & Culture manages three art galleries? Well, it does.

And, to help supply those galleries with interesting exhibitions of art, the Office maintains a juried roster of visual artists of color to increase the visibility of artwork from historically under-represented communities- communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities.


Ethnic Heritage Gallery, Seattle Municipal Tower

The roster is used to curate exhibitions by artists who haven’t had access to commercial gallery spaces.

This roster is just one example of how the Office of Arts & Culture supports the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), in this case by creating dialogue about race, culture, gender and equity through diverse exhibitions by regional artists of color.

Artists on the roster are eligible to be selected to show their work during the 2015/16 calendar cycle in the City’s Ethnic Heritage Gallery, the Seattle Presents Gallery, or the Mayor’s Gallery.

This call is open to established and emerging artists living in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, British Columbia and Washington State. The Office of Arts & Culture defines an emerging artist as: an artist who is at an early stage in his or her career, who may not have specialized training in an art form or developed a substantial or well known body of artistic work. To be eligible to apply, applicants must demonstrate previous art exhibition experience in a location(s) that was open to the public. Applicants must be over 18 years of age and interested in showing their artwork in a public setting.

Scope of Work
The roster will be a juried listing of pre-qualified artists who may be selected to display 2D or 3D artworks in either a solo or group exhibition in one of the city owned or affiliated galleries. Artists who apply for the roster should have an interest in working in the art field to give viewers a greater understanding of their own culture and identity, or to create a conversation questioning institutional racism. This roster will be available to other arts agencies and to the selection panel for City Hall exhibitions.

Deadline to Apply
Monday, May 18, 2015, 11 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time).

The online application (via CaFE: Call For Entries) and guidelines are available here.

Optional Workshop
Introduction to Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery program and CaFE online application
Monday, April 27; 6 – 7 p.m.
Douglas Truth Library
2300 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122

For more information, please contact Elisheba Johnson at (206) 684-0182 or Deborah Paine at (206) 684-7132.

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