Heaven and Earth Outdoor Art Exhibitions

Heaven & Earth IX (2017): Cultivate/d

Call for Temporary Art Projects at Carkeek Park
Application deadline is June 18, 2017.
The Submission deadline has passed. Thank you to the 29 artists who have submitted proposals.
Thendara Kida Gee and Tim Gee, "SoundPod D2000" 2013

In collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation, ArtSite Ltd., and the Associated Recreation Council, the Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC) invites proposals for up to five temporary outdoor projects for the ongoing environmental art exhibition known as Heaven & Earth. Carkeek Park is located in NW Seattle and features an approximately 190 acre urban forest with fields, wooded trails, and a saltwater beach. The exhibition runs August 5, 2017 – October 15, 2017. The deadline for submissions is June 18, 2017; there is no fee to apply. Emerging and established artists are encouraged to apply.

Artists and artist teams will be offered an honorarium of $1,000 ($500 upon successful installation of accepted projects, and another $500 upon successful de-installation of projects). For the ninth season of the ongoing series, the organizers have selected ArtSite Ltd, a professional sculpture installation team, as curator. The theme for the 2017 Heaven & Earth installation is cultivation:


When we cultivate, we invest our time, energy and resources into an existing environment or relationship (even with ourselves) to foster growth. This may mean working the earth or learning a new skill or reaching out to our neighbors to strengthen our communities. We invite artists to demonstrate what they hope for when they cultivate and/or what they realize as a result of cultivating.

There are five distinct sites at Carkeek Park selected for the Cultivate/d exhibition. Some are open field environments while others are discovered through woodsy paths and lend themselves to more intimate viewing. The park attracts diverse communities for family gatherings, educational opportunities, or social events and is set against a backdrop of the Puget Sound. We invite the artist to contemplate the concept of cultivation as it relates to nature, culture, or personal growth.

We encourage site specific work and will work with chosen artists to find a suitable site and/or you may make a case for a specific site and how it is suitable for your specific artwork.

Sites 7, 9, 11, 12, as well as areas along the Lower Meadow (near end of one-way loop road in field to the south) are available for the 2017 art placements. http://heavenandearth.carkeekpark.org/sites/

The Call is open to artists of all mediums, established or emerging. All work should have a minimal impact on the park and eventually leave “no trace” following removal. Up to five artists and/or artist teams will be selected from the pool of. The submissions will be juried by a committee working closely with Seattle Parks and Recreation, CPAC, and the curator. The Heaven and Earth archive and website, featuring artist statements, biographies, and images will be updated for the project by CPAC. Artists may also be eligible for a Seattle Arts & Culture smART ventures grant.

An estimated 50,000 people will visit Carkeek Park during the display period. The exhibition is made possible by the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and the Associated Recreation Council.

Events and Deadlines:
June 18th:  Deadline for submissions
The week of June 19th:  Jurying
June 25:  Artists contacted and contract agreement sent
June 30:  Signed agreements and W9’s and COI’s returned
July 22-July 29th:  Installation period. Special arrangements on a case by case basis may be made for an extension or early start.
July 30th:  Curatorial tour
August 5th:  Opening ceremony
De-installation period:  October 16-November 1st, 2017

Participating artists will need to sign a W-9 to process payment, as well as sign a liability waiver recognizing the inherent risk of exhibiting unsecured art in a public setting and seeking permission to use any images for promotional purposes. We also encourage individuals to carry insurance. Visit http://heavenandearth.carkeekpark.org/index8.htm (see menu in upper left for previous years) for examples of art that has been showcased during previous Heaven & Earth installations.  

Questions: art@carkeekpark.org

  • Submit project proposal online by June 18, 2017
  • Contact Information
  • Resume
  • Statement
  • Up to 8 images (1820 pix in any dir) followed by description of art work.
  • Description of installation method inclusive of attachment method, materials and equipment needed. This will be verified by a professional installation team for durability, public safety and seismic considerations.


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