CALL FOR ARTISTS: Strength Of Place Village Seeking Art Submissions

White Center’s ‘Strength of Place Village’ (SOPI) is now accepting art submissions, and is seeking artists to apply before the Feb. 28th deadline.

“The SOPI Public Art Steering Committee seeks an artist to provide an outdoor, stand alone public art piece for the project,” says a press release. “The qualified applicant will have experience working on public art installations within a community context. The selected artist will be asked to realize a vision for artwork that is compatible with the White Center neighborhood and respectful of its location within a culturally and economically diverse community.”

With a budget set at $14,250, this is open to residents of King County, with those living within the White Center and West Seattle areas strongly encouraged to apply. The budget is inclusive of artist fee, design, fabrication, installation, travel, project contingency & WA State sales tax.

Application deadline is February 28, 2011, 5:00pm.

This building is located in the White Center neighborhood three blocks east of White Center’s business district main street (16th Avenue SW), on the corner of SW 100th Street and 13th Avenue SW. It is a new construction of 30 quality, affordable rental housing units in three buildings with one central courtyard space. The project is owned by Strength of Place Village Limited Liability Company, of which three non-profit community development organizations belong: White Center Community Development Association, Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association & Capitol Hill Housing.


  • Strength of Place Village project will be a family-oriented building with lots of outdoor recreation space and parking. It will be a safe, clean and convenient place to live near White Center business district shopping, bus lines along 15th Avenue SW and the Steve Cox Memorial Park. The project is under construction now.
  • The project will have 30 apartments for low-income families making less than about $55,000/year. Most of the apartments will be two- and three-bedrooms in order to serve the larger, multi-generational families of the White Center community.
  • Six of the total 30 units will provide permanent rental housing for formerly homeless families.
  • The project consists of a total of three buildings, surrounding one courtyard area.
  • Potential locations for public art at the project are within the courtyard area, on the corner of 13th Avenue SW & SW 100th Street or at the SW 100th Street parking entrance. Please refer to the attached site plan for the project for potential locations.

Here’s more info from a press release:


  • White Center Community Development Association, local sponsor of project,
  • Capitol Hill Housing, project developer,
  • Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, construction manager,


  • Corner of SW 100th Street and 13th Avenue SW


  • Conceptual Ideas & Design Presentation – by March 31, 2011
  • Final Design – April 29, 2011
  • Installation – by September 15, 2011


  • A selection panel of art and community members will review artist application materials upon submission. Based on the selection criteria below, three finalists will be selected for an interview & design presentation. Each finalist will be given an honorarium of $250.00 to produce a sample of their proposed design concept for this interview & design presentation. The selection panel will then reconvene to select one artist for the installation.


The artist will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Quality and strength of past work as demonstrated in the submitted application materials;
  • Ability to create an exterior artwork that is appropriate in concept, materials and scale for the identified location;
  • Previous experience working collaboratively with diverse community stakeholders to complete public art projects;
  • Strength of the design concept and its compatibility with the neighborhood;
  • Ability to begin design work in April 2011;
  • Proposals from artist teams will be considered;
  • Opportunities for integrated art will be considered on a case by case basis.


  • Artists residing within King County are eligible to apply. Artists residing in the greater White Center and West Seattle neighborhoods are highly desired.


  • Artists applying for this project MUST submit the following materials:
  • One-page letter of interest – This explains why the artist is interested in the project, provides an opportunity for the artist to describe current or past experiences and/or connection to the White Center neighborhood, how the artist’s work is appropriate for this project, and relevant past experience.
  • Samples of work – Up to twenty (20) Digital Images on a CD-R (in required format). Please label the CD-R with the applicant’s name, contact information and number of images. Do not embed images into PowerPoint or submit moving image or audio files. Artists are encouraged to submit images of past work that best illustrate their qualifications for the project. Large transparencies and prints will not be considered. No bulky materials or original works of art should be submitted.
  • File Format- Submit only “High” quality JPGs (do not use GIFs, TIFFs or other formats)
  • Image Size – Images must be 1920 pixels on the longest side.
  • File Size – Files must be less than 5 MB
  • File Labeling – Files must be titled with the artist’s last name_first initial followed by a number indicating the viewing order. The numbers must correspond to the accompanying Annotated Image List. Use “0″ in front of single digit numbers. Do not use more than 30 characters, and use only letters, numbers and underscores.

Annotated Image List – a printed sheet of information with artist’s name and telephone number, title of artwork, medium, date of artwork, size and the corresponding slide number. Artists are encouraged to include a brief description of integrated artwork, design team collaborative work or installations.

Two-page Artist’s Resume – Written application materials will be photocopied for the panelists. Please do not staple or bind application materials. Please submit written materials on plain white 8½” X 11″ paper. To help process your application, please write Strength of Place Village Project on the outside of your application envelope. The Steering Committee will make every effort to protect submitted materials; however, it will not be responsible for any loss or damage.


4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, Washington providing programs, financial support and services in the arts, public art, heritage and historic preservation for all residents and visitors in King County (, will be conducting a free technical assistance workshop for the Strength of Place Village Public Art Project to all interested artists on Thursday, January 27, 5:30-7:30pm at the YWCA at Greenbridge at 9720 8th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106. 4Culture will be providing technical assistance on the application materials for this project due February 28, 2011.


Strength of Place Village Public Art Project
c/o White Center Community Development Association
Attn: Patricia Julio
1615 SW Cambridge Street
Seattle, WA 98106

Please contact: Patricia Julio, White Center Community Development Association at [email protected]; 206-694-1082 ext. 162

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