Henry Art Gallery

The Henry is internationally recognized for bold and challenging exhibitions, for pushing the boundaries of contemporary art and culture, and for being the first to premiere new works by established and emerging artists. Through individual experiences with art, we inspire visitors to upend their expectations and discover surprising connections.

All artists living and working in the Pacific Northwest to propose inspiring images to be installed as public art on bus boards through the exhibition, Set in Motion. The application deadline is Monday, November 2, 2020.

Set in Motion

Public Art Exhibition (Seattle Bus Billboards)

About the Project

The Henry Art Gallery invites all artists living and working in the Pacific Northwest to propose inspiring images to be installed as public art on bus boards through the exhibition, Set in Motion. Selected artworks will be exhibited throughout the Seattle area from December 2020 through February 2021.

The title, Set in Motion, while in part referring literally to the mobile and transitory aspect of the exhibition format, also provides a loose thematic framework for artists to consider. To set in motion, by synonym: to activate, to initiate, to get under way, to instate, to usher in, to open—there are myriad ways to interpret the phrase, and how movement might be considered in this moment. We look forward to seeing yours.

We invite all artists in the Pacific Northwest community to consider this invitation. We particularly encourage BIPOC artists and those belonging to underrepresented groups to apply. 10 artists’ work will be presented as part of Set in Motion; they will be selected both through this open call and by curatorial invitation.

There is a fast turnaround, but we hope to provide an opportunity for artists to respond to the rapidly changing social, political, economic, and environmental climates in which we find ourselves, interpreted through their different perspectives and personal narratives. The 10 artworks in Set in Motion will form a decentralized group exhibition on the city’s public transportation and communication infrastructure.

Images will be installed prominently on a minimum of 20 buses (2 buses for each artwork) and will remain on view for up to 3 months. We are able to work with artists to showcase their work in defined areas of the city. The Henry’s website will host the exhibition information including artwork description and artists bios.

Application Deadline

Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:59PM PST

Eligibility

This call is open to professional artists at all stages of their careers in the Pacific Northwest. Artists may submit up to works of art for consideration.

Budget

Selected artists will receive an artist honorarium of $500. All print costs and bus board space costs will be paid for by the Henry Art Gallery.

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