Public Art Opportunity: Protecting Our Waters: Cohort 1 | CSO Associate Artists (WA)

Deadline July 27, 2017

Budget: $190,000, $100,000, $80,000, AND $40,000

Eligibility: Open to artists or artist-led teams residing in the United States. Artists and artist-led teams in all disciplines may apply, including performing, literary, visual, time-based media, and social practice. Four artists/teams will be commissioned. A wide range of outcomes is expected and encouraged, including residencies, performances, publications, film and video, events, installations, and permanent visual art, as well as temporary interventions and artist-initiated actions.

Application: Must fill out online application. Find out more at

Deadline: Thursday, July 27, 2017 by 4:00 pm PDT.

4Culture and King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) want to commission four Associate Artists to create intrigue and stimulate curiosity, raise awareness, and foster an emotional connection to the largely invisible Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system and make its importance resonate at a city-wide scale. Through new, commissioned work centered on a curatorial framework of topics developed by lead planning artists Sans façon, we envision a program of global significance and reputation. The works and experiences created throughout the Seattle CSO system by a cohort of artists should engage an international audience and reflect practices at the forefront of contemporary art in relation to water, infrastructure, society, and the environment.

Selected Associate Artists will have the opportunity to create meaningful artwork that engages issues of social, economic, and environmental relevance. They will build relationships with a cohort of other committed Associate Artists responding to related themes and working in a diversity of disciplines to produce a variety of outcomes. Throughout the project, Associate Artists will enjoy support from and close dialogue with both WTD staff and lead planning artist team Sans façon.

Photo credit: Sans façon, Fire Hydrant Drinking Fountains: Family.

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