ARTS Presents Public Art Boot Camp Class of 2022-23 and Full List of Upcoming Workshops

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The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s (ARTS) investment in training the next generation of public artists is the Public Art Boot Camp. These selected artists will create culturally relevant works of art that resonate with Seattle’s diverse population. Public Art Boot Camp provides training for artists who are ready to translate their studio art experiences into the realm of public art. Twelve artists have been selected for the 2022-23 cohort. They will spend the next eleven months in training and workshops that will culminate in temporary art projects that will be installed in August 2023. All workshops are open to the public.

“The Public Art Boot Camp helps artists cultivate their skills and explore innovative sharing and showcasing of their art practice. Public art brings diverse voices into the public realm to ensure they are heard. This program elevates artists and provides them with immersive training and mentorship opportunities. It will be exciting to see the works of art that will be created and installed in the communities. »

Royal Alley-Barnes, Acting Director of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture (ARTS)

In 2003, ARTS created its first public art training project — the Emerging Public Artists Roster program — introducing regional artists to the idea and practice of public art. In 2015, we transformed the program into Public Art Boot Camp, which advances racial equity by centering artists of color and providing the information and experience they need to enter the world of public art. .

Public Art Boot Camp is a model cohort program and training includes presentations by working artists, mentorship sessions with public art administrators, handouts, and an opportunity for a temporary public art project as a artist selected by Public Art Boot Camp.

ARTS is excited to announce the Public Art Boot Camp class of 2022-23 and the full list of upcoming workshops!

Upcoming Public Art Boot Camp Online Workshops

Meet the 2022-23 training camp cohort


Starting in December 2022, a series of online workshops will be free and accessible to anyone interested in learning more about public art. Featuring staff, artists and experts in the field, the information shared will highlight the steps needed to successfully navigate the completion of a public art project.

These workshops will be held online and the recordings of each will be posted on our Youtube channel after each event. You can also watch sessions from previous years.

Where to start: developing concepts for public art

Thursday, December 8, 2022
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PST

So you’ve received your first public art commission, now what? This session will explore how to develop concepts for public art using community feedback, project scope, budgets, and site restrictions. Other public artists will share how they overcame the challenges of taking their public artwork from call to concept.

Invited speakers:

  • Damon Brown
  • Erin Shigaki
  • Horatio’s Law

Hiring of subcontractors: engineers, manufacturers and installers of works of art

Thursday, March 9, 2023
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PST

Local engineers, fabricators and installation experts will explain how they’ve worked with artists on projects in the past and the types of information you’ll need to best find and launch your own public art project.

Invited speakers:

  • Marianne Wilson, Associate Director at ZFA Structural Engineers
  • Jeff Hudak, Partner at StudioFifty50
  • Jessica Bender, Operations Manager at Art Work Fine Art Services, Seattle

Life after project completion: rights and responsibilities after installation

Thursday, May 11, 2023
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. PST

Once your artwork is complete, accepted, and installed, you’re done, right? Well… not quite. In this session, we will provide a brief overview of your rights and responsibilities with respect to an artwork once your project is complete. We’ll discuss VARA, copyright, and artwork documentation to help demystify some of these long-term considerations.

Speakers include:

  • Hon. Adam Eisenberg, Seattle City Judge, author, and visiting professor in the University of Washington’s Museology Program (specializing in art and cultural property law)
  • Sandy Esene, Registrar of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Collection

These twelve selected artists will participate in trainings and workshops that will culminate in temporary art projects that will be installed in August 2023. Although the cohort has been selected, much of the content of the workshop is open to anyone interested. learn more about public art. Meet the artists below!

愛淳黃 (Ai-Chun Huang)

愛淳黃 is a digital artist and animation director who travels the world between different media such as hand drawing, installation, digital animation and sculpture. Their works focus on the limits of life and social expectations from the perspective of an Asian immigrant and use metaphors from their Asian cultural icons.

You can find out more about Ai-Chun on their website, Facebookand instagram.

Amiko Matsuo

Amiko Matsuo is an educator, artist and writer. Her writing and art explored how we might learn from the ways people are connected to the plant and animal communities surrounding the places we live. Matsuo is committed to working collectively to learn and teach about the crises and realities unfolding at home. She believes art can be the catalyst to create spaces where we can be vulnerable together in transformative conversations of care and belonging.

You can read more about Amiko on her website.

Aidoo Annmarie / VULGAR DREAMER

VULGAR DREAMER uses old world craftsmanship to connect you to ancient symbols and alternative means of healing. VULGAR DREAMER is black and feminine.

AND Russian

ET RUSSIAN is a multi-sensory artist, cartoonist and healer, living in Seattle – the unceded ancestral homeland of the Duwamish people.

You can read more about ET on their website and instagram.

Hans Love

Hans Amor’s work focuses on sharing the artists’ Filipino culture and history in hopes that people will appreciate its resilience and beauty.

Io Palmer

Io Palmer is a multimedia artist who uses a variety of materials including clay, paper, wood and video. She can’t wait to see how her usual private job translates into the public arena.

You can read more about Io on her website and instagram.

JoEllen Wang

JoEllen Wang is a Seattle-based painter and installation artist. She is a lover of mash-ups and a pursuer of nuance.

You can read more about JoEllen on her website and instagram.

Lee Davignon

Lee Davignon is a multidisciplinary artist working in the Pacific Northwest. Through a combination of traditional textile techniques, sculptural experimentation and play with materials, their work explores themes of waste, value and craftsmanship.

You can find out more about Lee on their website and instagram.

Morgan Madison

Morgan Madison is a Seattle-based artist working in multiple media. His work is inspired by the shapes, materials, colors and other elements that make up the place. He believes the language of place is easily recognizable and contains space for all to creatively engage when used selectively to attend to ideas rather than direct with intention.

You can find out more about Morgan on his website and instagram.

Nahom Ghirmay

Artist Nahom Ghirmay’s work explores identity and emotional experiences through a variety of mediums.

You can find out more about Nahom on their website and instagram.

Renee Adams

Renee Adams creates mixed media sculptures that examine the complex relationships humans have cultivated with the natural world. She is active in the regional art scene as a curator and exhibition coordinator at Gallery One and a founding member of PUNCH Projects, a rural arts collective dedicated to promoting visual dialogue between urban and rural art communities.

You can read more about Renee on her website and instagram.

Sara Dobbs

Sara Dobbs is a visual artist and co-founder of Wilbie Farm. The hands-on work she does at Wilbie Farm to grow food for her local community provides a foundation for her artistic exploration of the impacts of food production, distribution and consumption on the individual, society and society. ‘environment.

You can read more about Sara on her website and instagram.

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