City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   City of Seattle focuses on weather for Portable Works Collection purchase
3/25/2013  2:00:00 PM

City of Seattle focuses on weather for Portable Works Collection purchase

SEATTLE — Forty-seven artworks by 33 artists featuring weather or the atmosphere are about to enter the City of Seattle's Portable Works Collection. The focused group includes paintings, photographs, hand-cut paper, embroidery, knitting, works on paper, ceramics, collage and sculpture. The selections were culled from nearly 5,000 submissions from artists residing in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Montana, Idaho or Alaska for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) offices.

The artists whose works were selected are: Victoria Adams, John Armstrong, Stephanie Ashby, Deanne Belinoff, Gala Bent, Carrie Bodle, Chris Bruch, Jaq Chartier, Timothy Cross, Rebecca Cummins, Linda Davidson, Steve Davis, Peter de Lory, Claudia Fitch, Tod Gangler, Karen Ganz, Mandy Greer, Julia Haack, Eirik Johnson, Ryota Kajita, Paul Komada, Spike Mafford, Rachel Maxi, Stuart McCall, Anna McKee, Eddy Radar, Glenn Rudolph, Jeffrey Simmons, Katy Stone, Cappy Thompson & Dick Weiss, Grace Weston, Brad Winchester and Alice Wheeler.

Included in the purchase is the latex-paint-on-salvaged-wood construction of a twister, Big Wind by Julia Haack. The artist gives the tornado image a dimensional appearance with her choice of materials: recycled lathe from old buildings. Tod Gangler's tricolor carbon print photograph Saskatchewan is taken from a plane window and shows the wintery landscape of farmland over Canada. The grid-like pattern of the snow covering the earth has a peacefulness that only the deep chill of winter produces.

The 47 selected artworks were chosen by a panel of arts professionals that included Suzanne Beal, Thuy-Van Vu and Robert Yoder.

SPU's collection is exhibited throughout the utility's offices, increasing public awareness of and support for the arts and engaging employees and helping to create an interesting and diverse work environment. Portable Works Collection artworks are exhibited primarily in public areas of municipal buildings. The purchase was made possible with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of artists in our community, and advocating for issues affecting the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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