Center on Contemporary Art (WA), Call for Submissions: As Above so Below – Heaven & Earth 6

cocaLogoCenter on Contemporary Art (WA), Call for Submissions: As Above so Below – Heaven & Earth 6

Deadline: May 1st, 2014

In collaboration with its partners, the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) will orchestrate an exhibition of temporary artwork in the urban forest of Carkeek Park (Washington State) for the sixth consecutive year, from July 12th, 2014 – October 19th, 2014

CoCA will accept proposals for a wide variety of media for placement in a series of suggested locations viewable online . “As Above so Below” is open to all artists (whether established or emerging), local, regional, national, or international. All work should have a minimal impact on the park and eventually leave “no trace” following removal. Working in conjunction with its partners, CoCA will select up to 12 artists and/or artist’s teams from the pool of applicants and offer an honorarium of $500. CoCA will also publish a map and full color catalog of the exhibition, create a shared blog, archive the work on, and offer participating artists a one-year membership in CoCA. The 2014 exhibition will be guest-juried by Thendara Kida-Gee, Artist/Curator, and Paula Hoff, Strategic Advisor, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent’s Office. There is no fee to apply.

“As Above So Below: Heaven & Earth 6″ is one of the region’s only venues for site-specific artwork in an urban forest setting where part of the exhibit includes a walking tour of an hour or more. Spread throughout Carkeek Park’s 200-plus acres of urban forest in a series of clusters linked by trails,” As Above So Below” affords a prime opportunity to explore a broad range of contemporary interpretations of art and nature, including performance, new media, landscape interventions, installations, sound art, biomimicry, ephemeral work, and other interdisciplinary perspectives.

The title of this year’s show invites artist to explore the connections and relationships that exist within all of nature, physical, mental and spiritual. Art will be placed around a core set of six parking areas within the park setting, making the whole exhibition more easily accessible for all levels of mobility. This encourages public stewardship and a sense that the works are not in isolation to one another but part of larger whole. Carkeek Park visitorship during the display period is estimated at 100,000. In addition, hiking groups from Mountaineers, Seattle Plein-Air Painters, and other organizations actively offer programming that centers on the art-hike.

Please send submissions to

Be sure to select “Heaven and Earth 6” when prompted for what exhibit you are submitting for. Please call 206.851.2524 or contact (Thendara Kida-Gee, Curator) for more information. CoCA will ask participating artists to sign a W-9 to receive the honorarium, and a liability waiver (“Artist’s Loan Agreement”) recognizing the inherent risk of exhibiting unsecured art in a public setting and seeking permission to use any images for promotional purposes.

Generous funding for the exhibition is provided by Carkeek Park Advisory Council and Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, as well as vital in kind support from Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Associated Recreation Council.

Artist will receive notification by May 23, 2014. A Participating Artists’ Orientation will take place at the Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd., on May 31, 2014. Installation of the art will begin on July 5th, 2014 and must be completed in time for a Private Show with the Artists on Friday, July 11, 2014. Opening reception will take place on Saturday July 12, 2014 at Carkeek’s Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, Seattle, 91877, 2-5pm.

Artists may be eligible for additional funding through Seattle Arts and Culture smART ventures grant (no deadline; ongoing). 4Culture also offers grant opportunities through their individual Artist Projects grant, with a deadline of March 5.

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