Shoreline’s Public Art Program announces six purchases for new Portable Works Collection

Friday, August 3, 2018

Weldon Butler, Saddle, 2005

With the addition of six new artworks, Shoreline’s permanent art collection expands from outdoor public art to encompass paintings and small sculptures.

Over100 artists from around the region submitted works for consideration in May, with 30 chosen by jurors Jason Huff (Shoreline resident and Public Art Program Manager for Seattle Arts and Culture) and David Francis (Shoreline Public Art Coordinator).

 Justin Gibbens, Birds and Bees (Stellar's Jays), 2006  

“Given the city's commitment to equity and inclusion,” writes Huff, “it was important to make sure that the artists whose works are part of this selection reflected diversity of people and communities that make up Shoreline.”

After a two-week vote by staff and the public, Megan Reisinger was named “People’s Choice Artist” for two pieces in the exhibition.

BethAnn Lawson, Lost at Sea, 2017

In addition to artistic excellence, criteria for the choices included equitable representation among artists. Themes vary from Pop Surrealism to abstraction, with media from acrylic, watercolor and ink, collage, wood, and cardboard mosaic.

   Naoko Morisawa, Wave Diamond II, 2016

The total cost of the art had been approved in advance at $10,000, funded by the city’s 1% for Art Ordinance which in turn derives from eligible capital improvement projects. Future additions to the Portable Works Collection are anticipated every 2 – 3 years as funds become available. Shoreline joins the cities of Kent, Tukwila, Bellevue, Seattle, and others, in creating such collections in King County.

Megan Reisinger, Monkey Beetle, 2013

The exhibition, titled Centers of Gravity, occupies the 3rd and 4th floors of Shoreline City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133 and is on view M-F, 9:00am - 5:00pm, closing Monday, September 17, 2018.

Angie Hinojos Yusuf, Leaving Aztlan, 2018


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