City of Seattle: Power and Sustainability Artist-in-Residence

Entry Deadline: 8/29/11

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Seattle City Light, the city’s power utility, will commission one artist to be an artist-in-residence. The artist will study the utility’s energy conservation programs and develop a series of projects to bring awareness to conservation in innovative ways. The artist will also implement a project illuminating City Light’s conservation and sustainability efforts at Seattle Center’s Next Fifty anniversary celebration in 2012. The artist will also develop the project ideas related to other energy conservation initiatives for his or her execution, as well as by other artists. The call is open to all artists residing in the United States.

One artist will be commissioned to work “in residence” at Seattle City Light to study the utility’s energy conservation programs and develop a series of projects to bring awareness to energy conservation in innovative, forward-looking ways. The artist will be “in residence” for approximately one year starting fall 2011.

During the first phase of the residency, the artist will spend approximately three months working half-time in an office at Seattle City Light. The artist will work with City Light staff and other City Light partner programs, such as the Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment’s Community Power Works program and the Seattle Center to survey the functions and missions of the city’s work related to energy conservation. The artist’s study and research activities at City Light will inform a proposal or art plan that will summarize the residency and outline potential projects and opportunities for the artist and other artists to be implemented in the second phase.

The artist will receive $15,000 for phase I, the initial three months of the residency. Additional funding will be available for artwork project development and continuation of the residency for approximately nine months in phase II. Approximately $140,000 is available for implementation of artwork projects by both the artist-in-residence and other artists in phase II.

See Cafe website for call details.


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