Set in Motion, Public Art Exhibition / Calls & Submissions

November 2, 2020

Organization Name: Henry Art Gallery

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


Set in Motion
Public Art Exhibition (Seattle Bus Billboards)

About the Project

The Henry Art Gallery invites all artists living and working in the Pacific Northwest to propose inspiring images to be installed as public art on bus boards through the exhibition, Set in Motion. Selected artworks will be exhibited throughout the Seattle area from December 2020 through February 2021.

The title, Set in Motion, while in part referring literally to the mobile and transitory aspect of the exhibition format, also provides a loose thematic framework for artists to consider. To set in motion, by synonym: to activate, to initiate, to get under way, to instate, to usher in, to open—there are myriad ways to interpret the phrase, and how movement might be considered in this moment. We look forward to seeing yours.

We invite all artists in the Pacific Northwest community to consider this invitation. We particularly encourage BIPOC artists and those belonging to underrepresented groups to apply. 10 artists’ work will be presented as part of Set in Motion; they will be selected both through this open call and by curatorial invitation.

There is a fast turnaround, but we hope to provide an opportunity for artists to respond to the rapidly changing social, political, economic, and environmental climates in which we find ourselves, interpreted through their different perspectives and personal narratives. The 10 artworks in Set in Motion will form a decentralized group exhibition on the city’s public transportation and communication infrastructure.

Images will be installed prominently on a minimum of 20 buses (2 buses for each artwork) and will remain on view for up to 3 months. We are able to work with the artist showcase work in defined areas of the city. The Henry’s website will host the exhibition information including artwork description and artists bios.

Application Deadline

Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:59PM PST


This call is open to professional artists at all stages of their careers in the Pacific Northwest. Artists may submit up to works of art for consideration.


Selected artists will receive an artist honorarium of $500. All print costs and bus board space costs will be paid for by the Henry Art Gallery.

Artwork Guidelines

Minimum resolution: 150 dpi. Print area is 141 inches wide x 27 inches high; submitted artwork must fit within that size and may be cropped, with artist’s permission.

Image themes and subjects should be appropriate for all age groups. All selected images will be subject to approval.

Application Requirements

Provide images of new or existing work that is proposed for installation on bus boards as a printed graphic. Artists must submit their proposals via Submittable.

Applications must include the following to be considered:

  • Contact information: name, address, email address, and preferred phone number.
  • Artist Statement: Briefly describe the work submitted, style, your creative interests, and inspiration (100-word limit).
  • Resume/Bio: Artistic resume or statement summarizing artist’s qualifications and relevant past experience (two-page limit).
  • Proposed artwork image files (up to 3). Each file must be titled with the artist’s name, and the title of the image. (Example: FirstName_LastName.Untitled.jpg)
  • Supporting Image Samples: Up to 10 images of other work may be submitted for context. Each file must be titled with the artist’s name, and the title of the image. (Example: FirstName_LastName.Untitled.jpg)


Thursday, September 24, 2020: call to artists opens

Monday, November 2, 2020: application deadline

Week of November 7th, 2020: artists notified

Selection Process

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of jurors from the Henry Art Gallery Curatorial team. The Henry Art Gallery reserves the right to not select any artist from this call or to select one artist for more than one bus board. We may also re-initiate the call at a later time.


Selected and non-selected artists will be notified in early November by email or phone.

Accepted Work

Henry Art Gallery reserves the right to refuse accepted work that is perceived to be inappropriate, vulgar, or discriminatory. Selected images may be used for promotion by the Henry Art Gallery.




Mission: The Henry’s mission is to engage all people in the transformative power of contemporary art and ideas.

Vision: The Henry envisions a world where art leads everyone to discover new possibilities in themselves, others, and the world around them.

Values: At the Henry, we value collaboration across departments, across campus, and with peers and community partners. We are committed to taking risks with our programming and to a high level of accountability with our finances and operations. We believe that openness to uncertain outcomes provides a supportive place for artists, and leads to innovation and discovery. We are actively committed to racial equity and social justice, and to building a strong foundation of inclusivity and awareness in all we do.


The Henry acknowledges the historical structures and social dynamics that have continuously oppressed communities of color and we acknowledge our part in institutional racism. We also acknowledge that we are situated on the land of the Coast Salish peoples.

We are actively committed to racial equity and to building a strong foundation of inclusivity and awareness in all we do. We value discourse that brings forward voices and positions that have been – and continue to be – oppressed. We do not tolerate hate speech or actions.

We recognize that we are in the process of embodying these values across our exhibitions, programs, and operations; this is our ongoing work.

The Henry Art Gallery is a part of the University of Washington. For more information about race and equity at the UW, see

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