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Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in Seattle Seeking Public Art


The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in Seattle is seeking applications from established professional painters working within the Northwest (that's Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and British Columbia) for "STRUCTURE: Works Inspired by the Built Environment; Oil and Acrylic Painting," as part of the Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection purchase program.

Artworks painted on canvas, paper, or board with oil or acrylic medium and measuring no more than 48 inches by 48 inches by 5 inches will be considered (works executed in any other media are not eligible). Preference will be given to colorful, unframed paintings. Artists whose work has been purchased in previous years should feel free to apply, keeping in mind that the artistic diversity of the collection takes precedence over other considerations. This program is not open to students of any level.

A jury of arts professionals are charged with making the selections, choosing artwork of high quality and reflecting the diversity of expression of Seattle.

Paintings in the Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection are exhibited throughout the utility's offices, with nearly 2,800 works exhibited throughout the City of Seattle buildings. Works in the collection are also made available for loans to museums.

If your painting is selected, this is a good way to get your artwork seen.

Applications must be delivered to the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs by 5 p.m., Friday, August 19, or postmarked by that date. The application is available on the Web at, or by calling 206-684-4186 or sending an e-mail to