About Shunpike: Established by artists in 2001, Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive, creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Washington State. To achieve this vision, we provide artists with the services, resources and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. Based on our key organizational values of inclusivity, relevance and accessibility, Shunpike strives to serve a diversity of independent artists and arts groups across Washington State, embracing artists working in all art-forms, as well as those identifying as emerging and/or established. 

Our Commitment to Racial Equity:  According to an article in The Seattle Times (Census: Washington getting less white, older; Asians growing fastest in state, June 12, 2013), people of color represent over 30 percent of Washington residents and this proportion is growing rapidly across all major racial and ethnic groups. Despite this, the percentage of independent artists and arts groups of color served by Shunpike does not reflect Washington's current demographic reality, and we are committed to doing what we can, within our sphere of influence, to achieve greater racial equity.

The Storefronts Program:  In 2010, an innovative consortium of city and neighborhood organizations inaugurated the Storefronts program in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and International District neighborhoods by activating empty storefronts with vibrant local art and creative projects. At the time, the initiative sought to address high retail vacancy rates that were symptomatic of the economic downturn. Though Seattle's economic climate is now stronger, Shunpike continues to support our creative community and urban neighborhoods by providing opportunities for artists to showcase dynamic, engaging works that reach out to passersby, humanize our built environment, and support urban revitalization.

Ends on August 15, 2017$15.00


This is a new artist-in-residence program presented by Amazon. Selected artists will work in the Expressions Lab inside the Doppler Building at 2021 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121.

There are a total of 4 residencies available in 3 month increments, with the first residency starting October 1, 2017.

Program Requirements:
  • Artists are required to work in the Expressions Lab for a minimum of 8 hours per week for the duration of the 3 month residency.
  • Artists will provide 1 Artist Lecture and host 1 Workshop during the residency.
  • Artists will create 1 Artwork, at the artist's selection, which will be given to Amazon upon completion of the residency. Artists will reserve rights to be acknowledged as the author of the Artwork.
  • Artists will provide their own art supplies.
  • Artists are allowed and encouraged to create additional work and install for public display within Expressions Gallery for the duration of the residency.
  • Amazon reserves the right to photograph all works created and installed in Expression Lab residency.
The selection panel is seeking high quality, flexible, and dynamic installations that utilize display windows to their fullest potential and engage with the general public both day and night. In support of Shunpike's commitment to achieving greater Racial Equity across the independent arts sector, submissions from artists of color are particularly encouraged.

Artist Fee: $10,000, inclusive of artist expenses.
Eligibility: Greater Pacific Northwest residents over 18 years of age, creating original works.
Deadline:  August 15, 2017.


Compelling– artistically strong in concept and execution, compelling to a diverse audience, and actively seeking to engage the public.

Relevant– responsive to, and engaging with, diverse audiences, themes, and ideas. Public engagement is a central consideration for all proposals, so please make sure to demonstrate how your project engages a diverse audience.


All applications to the Expressions program are reviewed by an independent panel based on relevance, viability, community engagement, and creative merit.

Expressions panelists is made up of art curators, professional artists, and arts administrators, as well as representatives from Amazon's art programs.

Materials required for submission include:
  • Artist Bio, 400 words or less
  • Artist Statement, 400 words or less
  • 4-6 representative work samples with related work list
  • Project Proposal, including:
    • Brief conceptual statement, 400 words or less
    • Proposed content for Workshop and Artist Lecture
    • Any relevant experience as a teaching artist
The selection committee may interview final candidates during the period of 8/15/17 - 9/30/17.


It is highly recommended that the proposal be concise, written in direct language, and specifically detail what will be experienced in the Expressions Lab for Amazon employees and whoever will participate in Workshop and Artist Lecture. Highly conceptual art jargon and overlong descriptions are best avoided.

It is highly recommended to compose your application in a Word document, check the word count, and copy/paste your responses into the application form.

Shunpike is not able to offer technical support for the online application system.



Contact: info@shunpike.org