Artists wanted for Sound Transit projects

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With several exciting new public art opportunities, Sound Transit is encouraging artists who haven't done so already to apply for the agency's artist roster.

Among the opportunities coming up is the chance for artists to work with architects and engineers in designing major transit facilities, including the Central Link light rail station serving SeaTac International Airport and the SeaTac city center, as well as the recently added Stadium Station, serving Safeco and Qwest fields.

Sound Transit's public art program — STart — has developed a roster of approximately 500 qualified artists as a resource to the selection process. Applications to the roster are accepted on an ongoing basis.  Those wishing to be considered for the two light rail stations mentioned above should submit applications no later than April 29.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and up to 20 slides of previous work to:  STart, 401 S. Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104-2826.  The letter of interest may include a statement about your body of work, why you'd like to be considered, highlights of applicable experience, and ideas about how your art or your process could translate into public art in an outdoor transit facility.

Sound Transit allocates 1 percent of construction costs, excluding tunneling, to art.  Art and designs for agency projects are developed collaboratively through a process involving artists, communities, engineers, architects, landscape architects, and staff working together. STart works with local arts commissions and community representatives to select artists appropriate for projects within their jurisdictions.

STart is visible up and down the Puget Sound region. In Tacoma, public art enhances every one of the Tacoma Link light rail stations.  Sounder commuter rail stations in Puyallup, Sumner, Auburn, and Kent include artworks that reflect the history and culture of those communities.  Large-scale sculptures mark the entrances to the DuPont Park & Ride and Lynnwood Transit Center/Park & Ride. Later this year, the first artwork for the Central Link light rail line will be installed at the future SODO Station at South Lander Street.

Follow these links for more information:
Sound Transit Art Program -- STart
How to Apply for a STart Commission  

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