• Public Art and Opportunities

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    Image of artist Alyza DelPan-Monley performing in the Bellevue Arts Museum parking lot for Bellwether. Painted on the wall behind Alyza is Damien Gilley’s “Wayfinder” mural. Image by Jordan Rennick and Brandon Freeman, Front Runner Films.

    We seek to be a vital platform for cultural exchange and creative inspiration. Since 1979, acclaimed artists such as Jaehyo Lee, James Fitzgerald, Albert Paley, John Grade and Judy Onofrio have filled the city with creativity and innovation.

    City Art Collection

    Over 90 permanent and portable artworks document the dynamic moments and complexities of Bellevue’s cultural life, and these pieces serve as an important resource for future generations. A segment of the collection is devoted to artworks that raise the discourse on the defining aspects of Bellevue’s civic life, exploring the diverse identities of our residents, converging cultures, international connections, technological currents, and the interplay between nature and the urban experience that make Bellevue’s environment unique. 

    Portable Art

    In 2020, the Arts Commission purchased 20 new works for the city's portable art collection, diversifying it with a range of visual art mediums and artistic voices. Portable art also increases the number of artworks accessible in city buildings in Bellevue neighborhoods. Prior to this call, the city only had a handful of portable artworks, with one or two being added every few years. Information about the portable art purchased in 2020 and the artists who created the pieces are available in Portable Art Collection 2021

    In 2022, the Bellevue Arts Commission purchased 29 artworks to continue supporting local artists through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The call for artworks garnered over 1,000 available works submitted for purchase. View the purchased artworks here. 

    Opportunities

    The Bellevue Public Art Program seeks to select artists for several opportunities to participate in the 2022 Bellwether Arts Festival’s “digital residency” program. This opportunity is a partnership between the city and selected artists to showcase local arts and experiences on digital platforms as part of Bellwether. Selected artists will work with city staff to present art and digital experiences throughout the week of their residency, which will be featured on arts program social media channels. Artist stipends for the residency are $1,800 (plus 10.1% sales tax). The call is open to all professional and emerging artists living in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The deadline for consideration is now June 6, 2022Learn more here and apply here.

    Artist Opportunities

    We will list current opportunities for Artists here as they become available. Please visit the below pages to find out more about ongoing and past opportunities:

    • Bellwether - Bellwether is an annual fall art and cultural festival offering art and experiences in Bellevue. Learn more and apply for Bellwether's 2022 Digital Residency here. Applications are due June 2nd, 2022. 
    • Arts Grants Program - The City of Bellevue offers annual grants to artists and nonprofits. Applicants can expect to apply every late summer/early fall for the following year's grant cycle. The 2022 cycle is now closed to new applications. 
    • Utility Box Wraps Program - The Arts Program has launched a multi-year project to cover utility and signal boxes around Bellevue. Check the Utility Box Wraps Program tab below to find out more about future calls for artists.
    • Eastside Artist Roster - This roster is open to artists and organizations on the Eastside. Any qualifying artist is eligible and there is no approval process once an application is submitted. See the below tab for more information on the roster and how to apply. 

    Staff Contact: Manette Stamm, mstamm@bellevuewa.gov or (425) 452-4064

    BelRed Mural Program Pilot

    Currently, the BelRed Creative Arts District has very low visibility. Only 26% of respondents to the recent 4Culture Creative Consultancy Report were aware of the Arts District Designation.

    There is also a sense of urgency to do something that fosters the BelRed Arts District identity with one community member describing the pace of City implementation as “Glacial.”

    The BelRed Mural Program Pilot will build off the positive public reception to the recent Box Wrap initiative in BelRed and continue to use Public Art for creative placemaking. Murals are highly visible, relatively low-cost, and can have a fairly quick turnaround.  Murals are an ideal way to show visible progress on the Creative Arts District while other, longer initiatives like Land Use Code Updates work their way through the system. 

    The call for the program has now closed.

    Staff Contact: Manette Stamm, mstamm@bellevuewa.gov or (425) 452-4064

    Utility Box Wraps Program

    The City of Bellevue is wrapping utility boxes around Bellevue in artworks printed on vinyl. The Arts Program will release calls for art for each phase of the project, so stay tuned throughout the coming years as this project unfolds. 

    Phase One

    The first phase of this project covered 15 utility boxes in BelRed. Below is additional information about each box from the artists that created works specifically for this project.

    Box 1: Larine Chung
    NE 10th Street and 116th Avenue NE, southwest corner

    Box 2, 3: Juliana Kang Robinson
    NE Spring Boulevard and 120th Avenue NE, northwest corner; NE Spring Boulevard and 121st Avenue NE, northeast corner 

    Box 4, 5: Marsha Rollinger
    NE Spring Boulevard and 123rd Avenue NE, southeast corner; NE Spring Boulevard and 124th Avenue NE, southwest corner 

    Box 6: Molly Keen
    NE Spring Boulevard and 132nd Avenue NE, southwest corner

    Box 7: Raili Jänese
    NE Spring Boulevard and 136th Avenue NE, southeast corner 

    Box 8: Vikram Madan
    Bel-Red Road and 150th Place NE, south corner

     

    Staff Contact: Manette Stamm, mstamm@bellevuewa.gov or (425) 452-4064

    Phase two

    Now closed for applications. Phase two of this project will cover up to 10 locations in Downtown Bellevue.

    Eastside Artist Roster

    This roster is open to artists living and working in East King County (Bellevue, Bothell, Duvall, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Woodinville) to use for craft, public art, music and performance opportunities. The roster will be used by the City of Bellevue as a resource for selected small public art projects (up to $30,000) geared towards emerging artists seeking to enter or establish themselves in the field of public art, curators working on future Bellwethers (Bellevue’s annual contemporary art event), and an outreach resource about other upcoming opportunities and events, including larger public art projects.

    • The full Eastside Artist Roster call can be accessed here.
    • The Roster application can be accessed here.
    • The roster will open for online applications starting on August 1, 2020. There is no deadline to apply and the application will remain open indefinitely.
    • Artists can elect to have their information available for use by other Eastside Cities. 
    • Information on the Roster application can be updated by contacting publicart@bellevuewa.gov 

    Staff Contact: Manette Stamm, mstamm@bellevuewa.gov or (425) 452-4064

    Eastside Live - Arts and Culture Calendar

    More information coming soon! 

    The City of Bellevue, in partnership with arts non-profit EastHUB, is developing a convenient and comprehensive way to share Eastside arts and culture happenings with the community through a new website, EastsideLive.org. Artists and cultural organizations will soon be able to submit events and activities to be listed on the site, designed to be a central resource to find events, happenings, features and information about the vibrant arts community in Bellevue and the Eastside.

    Artist Po Shu Wang is currently working on developing a final design for the 130th Ave NE streetscape design team to integrate into the broader project. This project will be installed between the future Spring Boulevard and NE 20th Street in BelRed.
     

    Downtown Park - Northeast Entrance

    Artist Marc Fornes is currently preparing for the installation of a signature public art feature for Fall 2021. This artwork is a part of a new entrance into the Downtown Park at Bellevue Way and NE 4th Street. 
     

    Bellwether is Bellevue's semi-annual arts festival. The exhibition typically features over 50 different artists bringing new kinds of art, activation, and expression to Bellevue.

    In 2021, Bellwether was on view at the Bellevue Arts Museum and the Bellevue Botanical Garden during September, with additional workshops, panels, performances and live music downtown. Bellwetherart.org offers more information about the festival and planned events. 

    Staff Contact: Manette Stamm, mstamm@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-4064