Call for Lead Design Team Artist


The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway, in partnership with Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, community leaders, and a range of City agencies, will select a professional artist or artist team to work with a design team of developers, architects, landscape architects, community members, technology artists/consultants, and others to develop, plan, and scope artworks and art concepts for a community-driven memorial project honoring the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Seattle and King County. Through extensive collaboration with the design team, careful consideration of the sites, deep investigation of the history of AIDS and those most impacted by the disease, and thorough engagement of the impacted communities, the design team artist(s) will scope and propose future public art projects at multiple sites in and around Cal Anderson Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the historic and cultural center of the AIDS epidemic in King County. The memorial artworks will be integrated into the Capitol Hill Transit-Oriented Development, a series of residential and commercial buildings, open spaces, and access to Cal Anderson Park.

Each part of The AMP can and should evoke different responses and provide varied experiences, while also acknowledging that they are part of a larger memorial. Art along the pathway will be experienced primarily by pedestrians and cyclists. The works will communicate with and engage diverse visitors – from school children to healthcare workers, from park visitors to area residents, from the LGBTQIA+ community to those outside of it, artists, AIDS survivors, and those whose lives were affected by the crisis. Participants will find themselves in an atmosphere conducive to remembrance and reflection and be led to gain awareness of the varied communities’ responses to AIDS. Through these direct experiences, the art will address social and cultural concerns in which humans face the hardships of fear, discrimination, and the bewildering loss of loved ones. AIDS was and is a crisis that affects all people, and it is a priority that this project be accessible to the widest possible range of communities.

An independent creative digital team, with whom the selected lead design team artist(s) will work, will be contracted separately to construct an integral Augmented/Extended Reality (A/XR) component. The A/XR technology will be instrumental to fulfilling the project goals, and this lead artist position will collaborate with the A/XR digital team to integrate art experiences into this technology platform

Review Capitol Hill TOD developer Gerding Edlen’s original Design Proposal to the Seattle Design Review Commission or learn more about the project’s history, site selection, and current status here.

Please read the full call for more details.

The budget is $40,000 USD, inclusive of all artist fees and expenses, presentations, documentation of the work, travel, and applicable taxes. Payment will be made in installments based on benchmarks established by the Office of Arts & Culture in consultation with the artist(s).

With a separate budget of approximately $1.1 million inclusive of funding for the Augmented/Extended Reality (A/XR) and technology component, the selected design team artist(s) will scope future projects for fabrication/installation, and coordinate with an independent creative digital team who will be contracted to build an A/XR platform.

The call is open to established professional artists living in the United States who are over 18 years of age. We encourage diversity in our collection. Artists whose work is well represented in the city’s collection are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Students are not eligible to apply.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 10:59pm PDT.

Online Workshop (Optional).
The AMP and the Office of Arts & Culture will share additional background information about this project, information about the selection process, and review the steps of the CaFé application on Thursday, May 10, 2018, 12:30pm PDT. If you are interested in participating in this online workshop, RSVP via email with “add me to the online workshop” in the subject line to by May 3, 2018.

Apply on CaFÉ. For assistance with the CaFÉ online application process, email CaFÉ tech support or call them at (888) 562-7232, Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 4:00pm PST.

Rendering by Gerding Edlen, Capitol Hill Housing, Hewitt, Schemata Workshop, Berger Partnership.