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2+U: 2nd Avenue Lobby

Grant to a Washington, Oregon, or British
Columbia Artist or Team of Artists for Public Artwork

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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4Culture and Skanska

Deadline Date:

01/28/20 4:00 PM PST Receipt


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Grant to a Washington, Oregon, or British Columbia artist or team of artists to create and install artwork in the lobby of a new building. Funding is intended for travel, local sales tax, installation, artist fees, and all fees involved in the actual creation of the artwork.

Skanska seeks an artist or artist-led team to create artwork for a dramatic, highly visible new Class A office, retail and cultural space development in downtown Seattle. At 2+U, commerce and culture blend seamlessly, steps from businesses, arts, and entertainment that make Seattle unique.

The lobby artwork is envisioned as a major piece within a collection of artwork, art experiences and events at 2+U that engage artists with international reputations, emerging local talent, and 2+U’s creative tech tenants. The art collection is intended to reflect a sensibility grounded in the Pacific Northwest, celebrate the creative process that is at the heart of Seattle’s past and its future, and underscore the unique nature of the 2+U development.

Due to the compressed timeline, Skanska is open to commissioning site-specific artwork or purchasing existing artwork.

Finalists will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Quality and strength of past work as demonstrated in the submitted application materials.
  • Perceived ability to create a meaningful and timeless artwork through conceptual content and exceptional craftsmanship.
  • Ability to contribute to the lobby experience as the entry portal to the entire 2+U development.
  • If applying to create a commissioned work: Ability to use materials and scale that is appropriate for the site and project.
  • If submitting existing work for purchase: Materials, scale and concept is appropriate for the site and project.
  • Availability to begin project work immediately.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187887

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $250,000

Term of Contract:

Onsite installation must be completed by February 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This project is open to professional artists and artist-led teams residing in Washington, Oregon or British Columbia.

Skanska employees, selection panel members, and project personnel including design consultants, and immediate family members of all of the above are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

- Call for artists released: Friday, January 3, 2020
- Deadline for applications: Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 4:00 PM PST
- Selection panel meeting #1: Thursday, February 7, 2020 [selection of finalists]
- Finalist orientation: Thursday, February 13, 2020*
- Selection panel meeting #2: Friday, February 14, 2020 [finalists’ interviews]*

*Applicants should be available in this timeframe to participate in an in-person or video conferencing orientation and interview if selected as a finalist. If in-person attendance is required, out-of-town finalists will be reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses to attend both the orientation and interview in Seattle, Washington. If applying as a team, the allowance for travel may not fully reimburse all team members.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For project-related questions:
Cath Brunner

For online application questions:
Andy Le

101 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon;   Washington

Canada: British Columbia

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