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In this Issue — March 2013

 Calls for artists open
 Steven Gardner's 'The Call' dedicated at Fire Station 6 open house
 City exhibition presents works by artists of African descent
 Artworks selected for SPU's atmospheric/weather- related purchase
 Carolyn Law's artwork installed in Eastlake neighborhood
 Public art program celebrates 40 years
 Office welcomes Eric Fredericksen
 Film festival and more at Langston Institute
 Martial arts, a musical and more on Art Zone



Call: Temporary artworks for Westlake Park
Deadline March 21
Call: North Delridge stormwater facility
Deadline March 18
Other:
Jobs
Funding
Training

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Artwork Dedication

Performances at Langston Institute:
StoryBook Theater presents Pinocchio

Better Mus' Come - Film Screening

Inception Dance Theater


City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Ethiopian Art: Tradition, Assimilation and Change
Through March 4
A Wider View
March 6 to April 30
Opening reception: 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 4
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Women's Stories
Through April 1
 
Image: John Armstrong, Approaching Storm, 2009, photograh, 15.5" x 15.5". Artwork purchased for Seattle Public Utilities' weather-related call for artists.
Calls for artists open
 
 
Robert Maki, Westlake Star Axis/Seven Hills, 1988, Westlake Park.
 
We have two calls for artists open. We're seeking two artists or artist teams to each create temporary, site-specific public art projects for downtown Seattle's Westlake Park, located at 401 Pine St., during summer 2013. The artworks will be on view for a minimum of three weeks to a maximum of three months. The two artworks will run sequentially, while accommodating other activities that occur frequently at the park. Artworks may be two- or three-dimensional; offer participatory or interactive experiences for visitors to the park; be projection, light or sound; and include performance components. The call is open to artists who are Washington state residents living within 90 miles of Seattle. Applications are due 11 p.m., Thursday, March 21 (PDT). Click here to apply.

We're also seeking an artist or artist team to develop a permanent, site-integrated artwork for Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) North Delridge Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Retrofit Project in West Seattle's Delridge neighborhood. The selected artist will develop an artwork that focuses on SPU's system-wide stormwater infrastructure and solutions designed to protect local water quality. The call is open to established professional artists residing and eligible to work in the United States. Applications are due 11 p.m., Monday, March 18 (PDT). Click here to apply.
 
Steve Gardner's 'The Call' dedicated at Fire Station 6 open house
 
 
Steve Gardner, The Call, 2012. Located at Fire Station 6 in Seattle's Central District neighborhood.
 
Celebrate the dedication of Fire Station 6 and the artwork The Call by Steve Gardner at an open house, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16. The station is in Seattle's Central District neighborhood at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. Gardner will be present to talk about his artwork. Visitors can also tour the new fire station and meet the local fire fighters.

The Call is a mural of aluminum and cast glass on the façade of the fire station. The artwork is inspired by the energy of the firefighters' response to an emergency. Images of water and fire surge out of the mural alongside bolts of lightning—an early icon of the original Fire Station 6. The bolts are a symbol of the strength, speed and power that characterize the firefighters' service to the community.
 
City exhibition presents works by artists of African descent
 
 
George Jennings, A Dancer's Feet, 2011, acrylic on board, 12" x 24".
 
Onyx Fine Arts Collective will present the exhibition A Wider View at City Hall, March 6 to April 30. The opening reception will be 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 4.

A Wider View highlights artworks from mostly local emerging and established artists of African descent who work in a medley of media and gain inspiration from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. The exhibition includes 61 artworks by 21 artists.

For the past eight years, Onyx Fine Arts Collective has worked to bring wider attention to works of artists of African descent living in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The collective has also been active in other regional and local arts activities.
 
Artworks selected for SPU's atmospheric/weather- related purchase
 
 
Julia Haack, Big Wind, 2013, latex paint on salvaged wood, 42" x 42".
 
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will purchase 48 artworks by 33 artists for their offices in the Seattle Municipal Tower. The artworks have an atmospheric/weather-related theme and include paintings, photographs, hand-cut paper, embroidery, knitting, works on paper, ceramics, collage and sculpture.

The artists whose works are 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, Grace Weston, Brad Winchester and Alice Wheeler.

SPU's collection is exhibited throughout the utility's offices, engaging its employees and visitors by helping to create an interesting and diverse work environment. The purchase was made possible with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds.
 
Carolyn Law's artwork installed in Eastlake neighborhood
 
 
Carolyn Law, By Water On Land, 2013. Located at Fairview Avenue North and Fairview Avenue East. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and 4Culture are pleased to announce a new, site-specific public artwork by Carolyn Law in Seattle's Eastlake neighborhood. The monumental sculpture By Water On Land sits at the intersection of Fairview Avenue North and Fairview Avenue East near the newly developed Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop.

By Water On Land draws its physical form and artistic concept from the urban tension and emotional undercurrents of the Eastlake area. The site is dominated by the elements that comprise our streets, such as utility poles and trolley lines, but is also a place at the water's edge.

Elements of this artwork were repurposed from a sculpture created by Law in the 1990s for the Route 70 trolley. That artwork was de-installed due to recent construction impacts in that area. 4Culture asked Law to propose a reconfiguration of the salvaged parts into a new artwork and to find a place for it along the trolley route. With the help of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), Law was able to reuse seven mast-like components that were originally atop light poles on Fairview. Referencing her previous artwork, the piece incorporates two recycled utility poles as supports.

By Water On Land is supported by SDOT 1% for Art funds and King County/4CultureDepartment of Transportation % for Art funds.

Read more about the artwork here.
 
Public art program celebrates 40 years
 
 
Paul Horiuchi's glass mosaic Seattle Mural (1962) is part of the city's permanent public art collection. Photo by Spike Mafford.
 
It's the 40th anniversary of the city's public art program, and we're celebrating! Starting mid-March, "Weekly Art Hit" will feature artworks every week from the '70s, '80s, '90s and 2000s on our blog, Facebook and Twitter. Learn about older artworks, lesser known artworks, and find new information on pieces you know and love.

The city of Seattle established its 1% for Art program in 1973 through a municipal ordinance that required the city's capital improvement projects to set aside one percent of construction funds for the commission, purchase and installation of artworks. Today the city's public art collection includes nearly 380 permanently sited indoor and outdoor artworks and 2,800 portable artworks in all media. The program integrates artworks and the ideas of artists into public settings—weaving art into our buildings, streetscapes, open space and infrastructure.
 
Office welcomes Eric Fredericksen
 
 
Eric Fredericksen
 
We welcome Eric Fredericksen as the Waterfront Program art manager, working jointly with the office and Seattle Department of Transportation. Eric will coordinate arts activities and implement public art projects along the Central Waterfront.

Eric is also an adjunct lecturer at the School of Art, University of Washington, and an independent curator, consultant and writer. He was the founding director of Western Bridge, a Seattle contemporary exhibition space, from 2003 to 2012. He has been a board member of On the Boards since 2005, and served on the Seattle Arts Commission from 2008 to 2012. He was previously an editor and writer at Architecture magazine and The Stranger, and was a 2001 fellow of the National Arts Journalism Program, Columbia University.
 
Film festival and more at Langston Institute
 
 
A special, one night screening of Better Mus Come, 7 p.m., March 13 at Langston Institute.
 
The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, presented by Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) in partnership with the African American Film Festival Releasing movement AFFRM, will present a special one-night screening of Better Mus Come, 7 p.m., March 13 at LHPAI. This debut film from writer/director Storm Saulter is a love story set in Jamaica that unfolds at a time when rival gangs were enlisted by warring political factions to disrupt the country's democratic process. Winner of Best Feature Awards at Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival and Bahamas International Film Festival, Best Director Award at Pan-African Film Festival, and Best Actor Award at American Black Film Festival, the film has screened at Toronto International Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center and British Film Institute. The event will include a discussion with Saulter via Skype after the screening. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Jazz singer Sandy Graham will join Inception Dance Theater for their performance of Ten to One, 7 p.m., March 14 to 16. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 for seniors, $15 for children under 12, and can be purchased here.

On March 30, LHPAI's in-house spoken-word group Freshest Roots will open for One Love, featuring various spoken word artists. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets and additional information can be found at www.ofonebody.org.
 
Martial arts, a musical and more on Art Zone
 
 

 
Check out what's happening in the arts this month on Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. The show highlights the local arts scene at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on KCTS Channel 9 at 11 p.m., Fridays and Sundays. You can also watch Art Zone on the web. Art Zone will not air on March 15.

On March 8, Art Zone visits Gibson Guitar Showroom. Hear music from jazz drummer D'Vonne Lewis. Photographer Ernie Sapiro documents top-rated, female, mixed martial arts fighters. And Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground play a few tunes.

On March 22, Nancy talks with Amanda Manitach, the new arts curator at Seattle University's Lee Center for the Arts. Tour a new exhibit at Bellevue Arts Museum with executive director Stefano Catalani. And hear musical guest Kara Hesse.

On March 29, get up close with actress Suzy Hunt, who plays Big Edie in Grey Gardens, the musical, at ACT. Tour a paper show at Nordic Heritage Museum. Velocity Dance Center honors choreographer and dancer Shirley Jenkins. And go behind the scenes of Master Harold and the Boys at West of Lenin.
 
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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