Friday, October 06, 2006

Union Street Electric Gallery looking for Artist Submissions

Seattle Press Release

Submissions sought for Union Street Electric Gallery
Seattle artists invited to apply for rotating exhibition on face of Seattle City Light substation

Seattle, WA - The Office of Arts &Cultural Affairs seeks submissions from Seattle artists working in two- and three-dimensional media for the Union Street Electric Gallery, a rotating exhibition space on the western face of Seattle City Light's Union Substation. Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds support the exhibition space.

The Union Street Electric Gallery, at Union Street and Western Avenue in downtown Seattle, allows artists to work at a large scale. The size of the image space is 14 feet high and 100 feet long. The gallery features large-scale murals produced on vinyl mesh material. The program commissions finalists annually to produce proposals, from which two artists will receive commissions to show their artwork for six months each. Professional artists with a residence or studio in Seattle may apply.

Five finalists will each receive $750 for their proposals. Two selected artists will receive $2,500 to design and oversee fabrication of their artworks, which will each be installed for six months. A panel of City Light staff and arts professionals will consider strength of past artworks, appropriateness for the setting and artistic diversity.

Applications must be delivered to the Office of Arts &Cultural Affairs by 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17 or postmarked by midnight that day. Only digital images will be accepted for review. The application is available at Those unable to download the application may call (206) 233-3930 or send an e-mail to

The Union Street Electric Gallery, which enhances the workplace, is a project by the city of Seattle's Public Art Program. The program, established by municipal ordinance in 1973, specifies one percent of city capital improvement project funds be set aside for the commission, purchase and installation of artworks.

The Union Substation is one of many substations that provide consumers with reliable and safe power. Seattle City Light's mission is to provide stable, competitively priced and environmentally sound electricity to customers.

The Office of Arts &Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in and of communities throughout Seattle. The 15-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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