Bridge Artist-in-Residence: Graphic Novel Artists / Residencies

May 28, 2020

Organization Name: Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Residencies

Fee: Free


The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will select two graphic novel creators for a unique project-based residency within two of Seattle’s iconic bridges. The northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge and the southeastern tower of the University Bridge will become a working studio/office for the artists to use the historic bridge and location as inspiration for their work.

If the residency locations are inaccessible in response to the COVID-19 Public Health guidelines, a remote residency will be agreed upon.

Two artists will be selected for two separate residencies that occur in the same approximate timeframe from August – November 2020. Each artist will determine a schedule of when they are “in residence” and the project will include public sharing the artwork they create as part of this project. New work created as part of this residency shall represent or illuminate some aspect of the bridge and the bridge’s history, be it real or metaphorical.

Copyright of the material created during the residency remains with the artist.


This call is open to graphic novel creators that live within commuting distance of Seattle for the residency requirement of this project. This opportunity is for an individual. Writer/artist, teams are not eligible to apply. Students over 18 years of age are eligible to apply.


Each of the two selected artists will receive $10,000 USD ($5,000 for residency, $5,000 for project, presentation, documentation), inclusive of all residency costs, project, presentation, documentation of the work, and applicable taxes. Payment will be made in installments based on benchmarks established by ARTS in consultation with the artist.


Thursday, May 28, 2020, 11:59pm Pacific.Please allow ample time to complete your application; applications submitted after the 11:59pm deadline will not be accepted.


Thursday, May  7
1:00pm Pacific
Please email Maija McKnight for an invitation to the virtual workshop.


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For questions about the call or for help with the online application, please contact Project Manager, Maija McKnight, at or 206-684-7311.

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