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.
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.
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.
There is no fee for entry. Eligible artists interested in this program must submit the following:
Artists are encouraged, but not required, to participate in dialogue with the Hutch until the program’s anticipated close in 2024.
Artists are encouraged to consider the criteria for the final commissioned artwork as they prepare their artist submission:
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:
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:
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.
Danté Morehead, M.P.H.
Public Art and Community Dialogue Committee Member
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.
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
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.
Yes, applicants are allowed multiple submissions according to their intersecting backgrounds and identities.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.