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    Johnson & Carr, Inc.

    Johnson & Carr, Inc. is a local Seattle developer of multifamily & mixed-used projects located in the city’s urban core. Founded by Tyler Carr and Kelten Johnson in 2010, the company specializes in creative applications of urban infill with a focus on providing affordable and sustainable housing.  Their commitment to the neighborhoods, great design, and the well-being of their residents has resulted in several exciting up and coming communities throughout Seattle.

    Urban ArtWorks

    We are a 20 year old nonprofit that paints murals with adjudicated youth. Through the program youth earn work readiness skills and subsidized wages through King County, and experience a positive way to reconnect with their communities. In addition, Urban ArtWorks manages public art projects, connecting builders to artists and artists to opportunities.

    Mural Site

    Johnson & Carr, Inc. and Urban ArtWorks invites experienced public artists to paint a mural on a new live/work and retail development in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill/Pike Pine neighborhood at 722 East Pike St. The Pike Pine corridor is a heavily trafficked area both day and night. It is home to many local businesses and serves as the main access point to Seattle’s famous Capitol Hill neighborhood.

    This call for artists provides a unique opportunity to work on a large scale as the building is one of the tallest and most visible in the area. Also, the historic neighboring building, Pike Motorworks, will have a public facing courtyard that includes this wall, creating an unobstructed canvas.

    Urban Artworks will contact artists and collaborate with the design team of Johnson & Carr LLC to determine three finalists. Finalists will submit concept designs for public voting and the final design will be selected upon public input.

    Visit http://www.urbanartworks.org for more site specific information.

    Eligibility

    Call is open to all artists. Mural experience required.* Must be at least 18 years of age. Urban ArtWorks will provide insurance for artists who do not have it.

    *We will accept submissions from non-muralists, artists under 18 or persons with physical limitations as long as the applicant has a designated installation partner. Installation partners can be provided through coordination with Urban ArtWorks.

    Budget

    Artist Stipend: $7,500

    Scaffolding/Safety Equipment: provided*

    *Scaffolding will already be in place and must be used for installation.

     

    How to apply

    All submissions are to be submitted via email. Email [email protected] with the following information in your email body:

    Name/Age/Hometown
    Link to an online portfolio containing at least 3 relevant images of your current work
    Why you are interested in this project

    Panel/Voting Information

    3 finalists will be chosen based on portfolios and phone interviews conducted by Urban ArtWorks and Johnson Car LLC
    Finalists will submit their final design to be hosted on Urban ArtWorks’ website for public voting.*
    The public’s vote will determine the winning design to be presented to the stakeholders as the recommended proposal
    *Should the opportunity arise, a live vote will be held at a community event (to be determined)

    Timeline

    Deadline for submissions August 26, 2017
    Finalists selected and announced – September 2, 2017
    Finalists submit fully developed designs – October 2, 2017
    Voting by the public will begin October 10, 2017 and commence December 29, 2017
    Finalist notified and announced – January 5, 2018
    Installation of artwork – May 2018 (exact date to be determined)

    Criteria
    Priority is given to proposals that meet the following criteria:

    Available for installation in May 2018
    Relevance of letter of interest
    Originality, artistry, and conceptual clarity of previous work
    Demonstrated experience with public art

    Site Specifications
    See attached document for drawing plans

    Panel 1 – 983 SF, 14’8” x 67’ 0”

    Panel 2 – 123 SF, 9’8” x 12’9”

    Panel 3 – 290 SF, 17’10” x 16’4”

    Panel 4 – 290 SF, 17’10” x 16’4”

    Panel 5 – 290 SF, 17’10” x 16’4”

    Questions?

    If you have any questions about the application and selection process, please contact us at [email protected]

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