Spaceworks Seeks Artscapes Applications

Spaceworks Tacoma is accepting Artscapes applications through October 21, 2013 from artists and artist teams to energize empty spaces in Tacoma. Applications will be reviewed and projects will be identified to fill vacant spaces throughout 2014.

A track of Spaceworks Tacoma, Artscapes temporarily places 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional or new media art installations in interior window storefronts as well as outdoor spaces. The program offers an artist stipend of up to $500 to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects, or the installation of existing work.

SELECTION CRITERIA: All applicants will be selected based on the following criteria. The review process is competitive and the review panel will be looking for a diversity of offerings.
Quality of work as exhibited in the work samples
Feasibility and ability to execute proposal
Ability of the project to engage passers-by 24/7
Ingenuity and strength of concept/proposal
Appropriateness for the public realm

ELIGIBILITY: Any individual artist or artist team in the Pacific Northwest may apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Eligible artists must complete an online application by Monday, October 21, 2013, 5pm PST to be considered. The application involves submitting the following items: personal contact information, a narrative proposal, work samples with descriptions, a resume, and a proposal drawing (optional). Application is available at Applicants will be notified by mid-November 2013.

ABOUT THE SPACES: A variety of locations are available including storefront windows, lobby display cases, or exterior murals (a list is posted on the application). If you propose a project for a location other than already secured spaces, think broadly about your work and about the potential spaces in which it could be installed. Spaceworks is constantly working to identify more spaces, so we are also accepting proposals for potential project sites, such as vacant storefronts and open spaces like Tollefson Plaza.

Spaces will vary in size and amenities; selected artists will be paired with an appropriate space for their proposal. Spaceworks reserves the right to pair selected artists with spaces at its discretion. Keep in mind that some spaces can be raw and windows may have active “For Lease” signs, which cannot be moved.

For more information, contact Spaceworks Manager Heather Joy, (253) 682-1722 or