I have some great news to share: My collaborative art quilt, Abandoned Water Structure has been selected for purchase by the City of Seattle for the Seattle Public Utilities’ Portable Works Collection. This collection is part of the City of Seattle’s Public Art Collection.
Abandoned Water Structure was designed and pieced by myself using recycled silk and linen garment manufacturing scraps and samples; then it was brilliantly quilted by Betty Anne Guadalupe.
The story behind the development of this piece can be found on the post: What’s on the Design Wall: Working Through A New Art Quilt Piece. There is also a post on The Wardrobe Meets the Wall’s website about this piece: New Piece Added to Collection: Abandoned Water Structure (2015)
THE CALL FOR ENTRY
I subscribe to CAFE for Artists – callforentry.org, an online resource for locating “calls for entry” for juried shows; a portal for entering shows; and a platform to store your and art portfolio.
After entering a couple shows over the past year and being rejected (after previous success of being selected), I had stopped entering shows due to the costs. Entering juried shows can run $25 – $45 or more per show (I did have a limit of no more than $35 to enter a show).
After deciding to take a hiatus from entering shows, I continued to read the Call for Entries e-mail that came from CAFE every couple of weeks, just for fun (and daydreaming).
A couple of months ago I saw a Call for Entry from the City of Seattle for the Seattle Public Utilities’ Portable Works Collection. They wanted submissions (for consideration for purchase) of art related to water. If you read the post about the creation of Abandoned Water Structure (which was originally titled “Abandoned Structure”) you will see the piece is all about water!
Also the entry fee was only $10. I figured for $10 I could take a chance.
I had to complete quite the entry/application and basically write an essay. Of course I like writing, so that was okay.
I was notified a couple of weeks ago but needed to wait until their Public Art Advisory Committee met to finalize the decision. (I have been sitting on this exciting news!)
Their selection panel included three arts professionals from Washington State, and an advisor from Seattle Public Utilities. The panel reviewed the artworks from 307 applicants and selected 36 artworks by 34 artists. I am very honored that Abandoned Water Structure was selected.
Here is a link to the City of Seattle Portable Works Collection, which includes works by many renown artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Mary Iverson, Gwendolyn Knight, George Tsutakawa, and Dale Chihuly.
Although I doubt Abandoned Water Structure would ever be featured on the main page, I am honored to know it is part of a collection with the works of these real artists! Additionally, as a former Seattle, Washington resident, this honor gives me a special connection to the city I used to call home!
I will be sharing part of the proceeds from the sale with my collaborative partner on the piece, Betty Anne. Her spectacular quilting helped bring this piece to life. She intuitively quilted the piece based on the actual photograph of the decaying structure and the water flowing around it.
I will post further updates if I find out where the piece will be displayed in Seattle.
Currently I am waiting for the purchase order from the City of Seattle and then I have many, many, many forms to complete (including one on how they need to care and maintain the piece) before the purchase is finalized.
I am living the fantasy, just for a moment, of being a “Professional Artist” (smile)!
The process is complete and I sent the piece to the City of Seattle’s framer. I hope someday I can see a photo of it framed.
In my final communication with the City of Seattle’s Public Art Project Manager I received a formal synopsis of the program and what will happen to the artwork:
The artworks will be exhibitioned throughout the public spaces of Seattle Public Utilities in Seattle. These public spaces include lobbies, entry hallways, reception areas and conference rooms. In order to encourage involvement and understanding of the diversity of artwork in the collection, employees participate in the selection of artwork for their own areas. The artwork moves throughout the offices on a rotation basis, thereby increasing viewing opportunities of the art by employees and the general public. The collection is also occasionally borrowed by museums and galleries for exhibitions.