Current Calls and Funding

Seattle Together: Creating the Future - Public Art Portable Works Purchase

A dog with a bra in its mouth and a cat tangled in panties on a bed. A pile of clothes next to them.
Detail from Laundry Day, by Mike Ferguson, 2017

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle City Light (SCL) invites artists to submit images of two-dimensional artwork and wall hanging sculptures for a competitive purchase for the City’s Civic Art Collection. The City of Seattle owns over 3,000 artworks in its Civic Art Collection and has been collecting for over 40 years. These artworks will enter the SCL Portable Works Collection managed by ARTS. They will be displayed throughout city galleries and offices.

For this call, maximum measurements for work are 48 x 48 x 5 inches and work should not weigh more than 50 pounds. The artworks submitted for purchase should be under $2,500 each. Artwork not conforming to these qualifications may be disqualified. The artwork will enter a rotating portable works collection and objects may need to be moved by one person.


Artists working with a colorful palette are encouraged to apply. The submitted artwork must be available for purchase. Purchases will be chosen by a panel who are charged with selecting artwork that reflects diversity of expression.

This call is open to professional artists who are residents of the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska).

Galleries may apply on behalf of their artists; please see the gallery-specific application instructions in the full call on Submittable.


A total of up to $150,000 for all artworks is available for this direct purchase. The artworks submitted for purchase should be under $2,500 each.


11:59pm Pacific, Thursday, May 7, 2020. Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the 11:59pm Pacific deadline will not be accepted.


Thursday, April 9
11:00am - 12:00pm Pacific
A link to the virtual application workshop will be added here soon, please check back.


Apply on Submittable.

Questions about using Submittable? Submittable maintains an FAQ and offers step-by-step guides on their help platform here. For further assistance with the Submittable online application, please contact Submittable tech support at


For questions about the call or for help with the online application, please contact Blake Haygood.

Blake Haygood

Blake Haygood

Curator and Collections Manager

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(206) 684-7132

Blake helps rotate and maintain the Portable Works Collection, with more than 2,800 works; assists in curating city exhibitions; and provides handyman services in the office when needed. He is a practicing artist and his work can be viewed at

Do Something at ARTS at King Street Station

Gallery inside ARTS at King Street Station
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider

You are invited to DO SOMETHING at ARTS at King Street Station - a cultural space that celebrates the creativity of communities of color, and that reflects and foster the creativity and talents of people that continue to create the fabric of Seattle.

We are seeking proposals for exhibitions, performances, workshops, lectures, readings, screenings, gatherings, events, and more. You do not need to live in Seattle, and you do not need to be a professional artist to apply. All creative mediums are welcome - visual arts, design, literary, music, dance, and more. Apply any time with our rolling deadline. All selected proposals are resourced, with support ranging from in-kind staffing and space, up to $25,000, depending on scale and type.

The selection criteria used by our Advisory panel are listed in the application Guidelines, so make sure to read them. 



  • Individuals, artist teams, curator(s), or groups seeking support for a unique exhibition/art installation involving arts and culture.
  • People of all ages, especially youth and older adults, are encouraged to apply. Youth under 18 must include an adult contact.
  • Proposals that reflect emerging, established and mid-career work are welcome.


  • Mission may be focused on arts and culture or other areas.
  • Organizations are NOT required to have 501(c)(3) non-profit status.
  • Grassroots or business organizations are welcome to apply.
  • For-profit and/or touring exhibitions are NOT eligible.


Applicants can request funding for the following set amounts:

  • Exhibitions - in-kind only, under $2,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $25,000
  • Events - in-kind only, under $500, $500, $1,000, $2,500, $5,000


Ongoing; there is no deadline. Applications are reviewed every three months by the King Street Station Advisors.

Application review and contracting take time. Please share your event proposals at least three months prior to the desired date, or your exhibition/installation application at least six months prior to the desired opening date. You will receive a response within 90 days.


For exhibitions and events, apply via this survey.

If you want to work on it offline, you can download the ARTS at King Street Station Portal application.

ARTS at King Street Station Portal Guidelines

ARTS at King Street Station Portal budget form

ARTS at King Street Station information packet:


For more information or help on your application, please contact King Street Station Program Lead, S Surface, or drop in during ARTS at King Street Station programming office hours: 11am-12:30pm on the Second Wednesday and Saturday of each month EXCEPT December. We are here to support your application and provide guidance. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

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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