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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Local artist sought to design decals for traffic signal boxes in the Central District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
7/15/2009  3:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sue Romero  (206) 684-8548


Local artist sought to design decals for traffic signal boxes in the Central District

(SEATTLE) The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs seek a neighborhood artist to design artwork for metal traffic signal boxes at intersections in the Central District, Judkins Park and Squire Park neighborhoods.

The selected artist will create two to three designs for reflective decals the city will place on traffic signal control boxes in the neighborhood. There are no set themes, however, images relating to the history and culture of the neighborhood and to traffic safety, pedestrians and bicycle riders are encouraged.

The selected artist must be a resident of the Central District, Judkins Park or Squire Park neighborhoods. The artist will receive $2,000 for their designs. The project is part of the SDOT Art Plan and is funded by SDOT 1% for Art dollars.

“Art is a way of life and a great opportunity to express oneself and their community,” said DeCharlene Williams, Central Area Chamber of Commerce President. “Artists should not be afraid to send art in, everybody has a chance; and it is good way to show case your creativity and add vibrancy to our neighborhood streets and sidewalks.”

To be considered, local artists must submit an application by 5 p.m., Friday, July 24. Neighborhood community members and arts organizations can also nominate artists. Applications will be reviewed by community representatives, arts professionals and SDOT staff. The city will select an artist in August, and SDOT and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs will host a community meeting in September to present the proposed designs. The images will be finalized in October and installed in November.

Application submission process:

Application guidelines are available on the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Web site: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/publicart/calls_for_art.asp. Artists need not submit proposed images for the signal boxes. Instead they should only submit images of past artwork. Artists must submit the following.

• Artist contact information including address, phone number and e-mail.
• Between five and 10 images of past artwork, either printed as good-quality prints or as digital files in JPEG or PDF format.
• A one-page, or less, statement explaining their interest in the project.
• One- to two-page resume.

Send by mail (NOT FedEx or UPS):
Vaughn Bell
SDOT Art and Enhancements Project Manager
P.O. Box 94748
Seattle, WA 98124-4748

Hand deliver:
Vaughn Bell
SDOT Art and Enhancements Project Manager
Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
700 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1766

Email:
Vaughn.Bell@Seattle.gov
If submitting by email, ensure that each image file is less than 1 MB, and send artist statement and resume saved as a Microsoft Word document or PDF that can be read by a PC.


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