Current Calls and Funding

Public Art Artist Roster for 2021-2023

A large colorful dragonfly, suspended from the girders at Seattle Center.
Lxchel by Angie Hinojos Yusuf and Carlos Jiminez

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is creating an artist roster of approximately 200-300 artists, that will include both artists who are emerging into the field and experienced public artists, who will be pre-qualified for future public art projects in 2021-2023 within city utility facilities, parks, street right-of-way, and other locations.

This roster will serve three functions:

  • As a method of selecting emerging artists to develop permanent or temporary, free-standing or site-integrated artwork projects in a variety of forms, sizes, and complexities, outdoors or indoors, of budgets under $40,000.
  • As a method of selecting established artists to develop permanent or temporary, free-standing or site-integrated artwork projects in a variety of forms, sizes, and complexities, outdoors or indoors, of budgets over $40,000.
  • An online searchable portal hosted by ARTS in which the general public and organizations have access to information and work sample images of roster artists.

Please see the full call for more details.


This call is open to established artists currently residing in the United States and emerging artists currently residing in Washington State. Artists will be asked to self-identify as either an emerging or established public artist, please see ARTS' definition for each category in the full call or in the application form to determine which option you should select.

Artists who apply as a team may not also apply as individual artists.

The Office of Arts & Culture encourages diversity in its collection. Artists whose work is well represented in the city’s collection are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Priority will be given to artists from historically under-represented communities, including communities of color. Artists must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Students are not eligible to apply.


Monday, November 30, 2020, 5pm Pacific. Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.


Learn how to turn in your strongest application with this recording of the application workshop from October 8, 2020. First time applicants are especially encouraged to watch. View the workshop video here.


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For questions about the program or for help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Maija McKnight.

Maija McKnight

Maija McKnight

Project Manager

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(206) 684-7311

Maija has worked in the arts field for more than 15 years including serving as the Arts Coordinator for the City of Auburn, Washington and within the education departments of Tacoma Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, and Seattle Asian Art Museum. With an undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies from Western Washington University and a masters degree in Museum Studies from the University of Washington, this former Montanan enjoys spending time at the beach with her family and making things out of metal in her studio.

Maija also speaks: Mandarin.

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Gallery inside ARTS at King Street Station
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

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S Surface

S Surface

King Street Station Program Lead

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(206) 256-5484

S Surface is a Seattle-based curator of art, design and architecture, and the King Street Station Program Lead with ARTS. Previously, Surface was co-curator of The Alice, an artist-run exhibition space and writers' residency, and Out Of Sight 2017, a regional survey of Pacific Northwest artists. As Program Director at Design in Public, Surface organized the annual city-wide Seattle Design Festival and curated at the Center for Architecture & Design. Trained in graphic design, photography and entrepreneurship at Parsons School of Design, and with a M.Arch from Yale School of Architecture, research coordinator and editor with C-LAB, Volume Architectural Journal, and the Network Architecture Lab at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and a teaching fellow in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at Yale University. Surface served on the Seattle Arts Commission and on the board of Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility

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