Artist Call Details

Artist Call Details

Calling all LGBTQ+ visual artists! Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is continuing its public art program that celebrates and highlights the work of diverse artists in our community across our campus and in our research. The program’s purpose is to connect artists from underrepresented and minoritized communities in the Pacific Northwest with leaders in public health to open dialogues and promote active change. The selected artist will also receive $5,000 for their commission and participation in the program.

LGBTQ+ visual artist submissions close Friday, February 10, 2023 at 5 p.m. PT. There is no fee for entry. 

Please Note:

For this engagement, we are accepting applications from visual artists that identify with the LGBTQIA+ communities. Future calls will be held for artists of other backgrounds.

Eligibility

This call is open to LGBTQ+ visual artists, or artist teams, who are 18 years of age or older and are residents of Washington state, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Wyoming. For payment purposes, the selected artists must be able to provide a tax identification number or social security number.

Artists who work in a variety of visual media will be considered. Examples of media include, but are not limited to, traditional art, digital art, collage, graphic art, mixed media and textiles.

Fred Hutch employees and staff are not eligible to apply at this time.
 

How to Apply

There is no fee for entry. Eligible artists interested in this program must submit the following:

  1.  Statement of interest
    Please explain your interest in the program and, if relevant, your connection to Fred Hutch and our mission. Please limit your response to 2500 characters.
  2.  Artist statement
    Please share a brief artist bio, including your personal commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Please limit your response to 1500 characters.
  3.  3-5 pieces of work
    These pieces can be submitted in these formats: .jpg, .pdf, .png. The size of the files should not exceed 25MB.
    Please label your files in this format: lastname-firstname-title-medium-yearcreated.
     

Timeline

  • Friday, February 10, 5 p.m. PT: Artist call closes.
  • Late February: Finalists are notified and interview with selection committee.
  • Early March: Final artist is notified.
  • March - April: Artist develops commissioned piece and engages in the dialogue portion of the program. 
  • May 2023: On-campus signage is unveiled.
  • October 2023: Commissioned piece is archived for future rotation.

Artists are encouraged, but not required, to participate in dialogue with the Hutch until the program’s anticipated close in 2024.
 

Final Artwork Criteria

Artists are encouraged to consider the criteria for the final commissioned artwork as they prepare their artist submission:

  1. Relevant to your community
    The final artwork will visually convey the themes, emotions, expressions, history, culture, and aspirations of your community as represented through your experience and the dialogues held throughout this program. 
  2. Relevant to the themes of this program
    The final artwork will honor and affirm the humanity and equal human dignity of people who have been marginalized and excluded.
  3. Suitable for large public display
    The final artwork will work well at a large scale and be suitable for all ages.

Final Exhibit Format

One piece will be commissioned by the selected artist (or artist team) and will be translated into a high-quality digital file and featured in various print and digital forms. Additionally, the artist and artwork will be featured on fredhutch.org and across our various social platforms. The final forms of the artwork include:

  • A large 18-by-14-foot vinyl banner on top of the Fred Hutch Yale building. This location faces a high-traffic roadway at Valley St and N. Yale Ave. in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle
  • A 6-by-10-foot flag flown on campus
  • Digital and print signage across our campus
  • In educational materials the Hutch shares with the community

Selection Process

The artist selection panel consists of representatives from Fred Hutch who identify with LGBTQ+ community. The Fred Hutch Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Core has intentionally created selection committees who will:

  • Advise on requirements of the artist submission process
  • Review application submissions
  • Select the final artist, or artist team, and guide the final creative pieces of art to be displayed on the Fred Hutch campus and shared with our broader community

The selected artist will receive $5,000 for their work and participation in the program. Artists are expected to cover the cost of materials associated with the creation of the piece. Fred Hutch will cover the cost of final production.

 

Submissions are due Friday, February 10, 2023 at 5 p.m. PDT.

Photo of Danté Morehead

You can’t achieve equity without going to the community and engaging them in dialogue, getting their perspective and including them in future solutions and ideas.

Danté Morehead, M.P.H.
Public Art and Community Dialogue Committee Member
 

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the purpose of this program?

The Public Art and Community Dialogue program, led by the Fred Hutch Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Core, provides an opportunity for artists, employees and the broader community to be in dialogue about community solidarity and our pursuit of equity in research and healthcare. 

The program explores a new way to foster connections between science and underrepresented communities through both dialogue and art.

How long will this program run?

The Public Art and Community Dialogue Program began in 2022 and will end in 2024. Following the completion of their commission, artists are encouraged, but not required, to participate in dialogue with the Hutch until the program’s anticipated close.

One artist from each community group will be selected to create a commissioned piece and will be invited to engage in dialogue with the Hutch and our broader community during the development of their piece. 

Timeline for the Program

  • June 2022: Commissioned artwork by Black/African artist is unveiled
  • October 2022: Commissioned artwork by Indigenous artist is unveiled
  • February 2023: Commissione artwork by AAANHPI artist is unveiled
  • June 2023: Commissioned artwork by LGBTQ+ artist is unveiled
  • October 2022: Commissioned artwork by Latinx/a/o artist is unveiled
  • January 2023: Commissioned artwork by Jewish artist is unveiled
Why is this call only open to residents of Washington State, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming?

To keep our dialogue relevant to the direct communities with which we work, we have chosen to limit our call to regions that Fred Hutch directly works within. We appreciate the interest of artists who do not live in these regions, but we are not accepting applications outside of these areas at this current time. 

Can I apply for multiple calls?

Yes, applicants are allowed multiple submissions according to their intersecting backgrounds and identities. 

What will you do with the final pieces of art?

Because we are opening this call to artists who work in a variety of media, we do not know what form or size the final commissioned pieces will be. While the final forms to be displayed on campus will be high quality digital versions of the commissioned work in print and digital media, the final commissioned piece will be the size and scale and medium that works best for the selected artist.

Once complete, Fred Hutch will take ownership over the final artwork, or art file, and work with the chosen artist to thoughfully exhibit, or respectfully archive, the commissioned piece on our campus. The artist will retain all copyright in the final piece created.

What if I do not have access to technological resources to submit work?

Many public libraries provide Wi-Fi and free access to computers. Additionally, our artist call submission form has been developed for both desktop and mobile devices so as to reduce barrier for entry. 

If you are in need of submission support, please contact communications@fredhutch.org

I am not an LGBTQ+ artist but I am interested in applying.

We appreciate your interest in the program! For this engagement, we are intentionally asking for applications only from artists who identify with the LGBTQ+ community. Future calls will be held for artists of other backgrounds. Check back for more information later this Summer. 

Why are Fred Hutch employees not allowed to apply?

While we are supportive of the artistic pursuits of our colleagues, the purpose of this program is to engage our internal community with the external communities we serve. To this end, we are limiting applications to artists who are not currently employed at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. 

What if my question isn't answered here?

All additional questions can be directed to diversity@fredhutch.org.

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