The Storefronts program debuts at Seattle Center!

Shunpike is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership at Seattle Center with the Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Center, and the Office of the Waterfront.

The program debuts October 16 at Seattle Center’s International Fountain Rooms, featuring artist Alexander Keyes and local design team Frankenstein, Inc. Exploring our maritime city through interactive web-based work and installation, both projects offer a meditative view of human activity on and around the sea.

International Fountain Pavilion (west of the International Fountain) (map)
Seattle Center • 7AM – midnight • October 16, 2014 – December 31, 2014

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Local design team Frankenstein Inc. presents Attraction — an interactive video installation exploring the human attraction to life at the water’s edge. This projection of human movement through the city will feature a map of Seattle as reported by visitors to their website, which will go live on October 16, 2014. The dynamic map of reported activity will be rear-projected onto a clear acrylic panel routed with forms inspired by the barnacles, bivalves, and crustaceans that also inhabit these margins.


Alexander Keyes, From the Depths (detail)

Alexander Keyes

From the Depths

From the Depths is a site-specific mixed media and video installation suggesting a fantastical maritime journey seen through the workshop of a restless traveler. The son of a merchant marine, Alexander Keyes seeks to “…(look) to the sea as an infinite space of speculation, revealing my desire to confront the unknown and my daydreams on the possibilities that exist within massiveness.”


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Shunpike is proud to announce a new series of Storefronts art installations at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center, featuring Paul E McKee and K C Madsen.

Originally posted on Storefronts Bellevue:

The Storefronts initiative seeks to create dynamic, walkable cultural environments in our cities and provide opportunities for emerging artists across Washington State by placing art installations in vacant real estate and underutilized spaces. We are delighted continue our vital partnership with the Meydenbauer Center and the City of Bellevue as part of our vibrant Eastside cultural community.

September 26 – December 25, 2014

Meydenbauer Center
11100 NE 6th Street, Bellevue, WA

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K C Madsen, hailing from Vancouver, WA, presents her rich, textural technique of three-dimensional painting in her large works Tide and Elements.  Imbued with the solidity of metal and offering intimate painterly surfaces, her works are in fact created of industrial paper, paint, and encaustic and reward a view with their intimate details.

“Seemingly random juxtapositions of color, texture, movement, space, and structure convey to me Blake’s view of the nature of being and…

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Join us for a guided tour of South Lake Union Storefronts!

Photo courtesy Paul Komada

Going Cascade, By Paul Komada

Shunpike’s Storefronts program returns with a guided walking tour of all 8 current Storefronts installations as part of the August 1 South Lake Union Art Walk. 

Featuring:  Harmony Boom, Celeste Cooning, Bradly Gunn, Julia Haack, Paul Komada, Kelly June Mitchell, Liz Tran, and Anastasia Zielinski.

Come take a walk through the neighborhood with Storefronts manager Anne Blackburn as she introduces the work and the artist to speak about their work and creative process.  Comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate clothing suggested.

South Lake Union Art Walk and guided tour August 1, 2014, 6 – 7PM
(Meet at Boren Ave N and John Street at 6PM)
Look for Program Manager Anne Blackburn in the “I heart Shunpike” t-shirt

South Lake Union Art Walk runs from 5PM – 8PM at over 30 locations around South Lake Union.  More info:

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Art for Food and Our Fabric Stash join the list of Storefronts success stories!

Storefronts is delighted to announce that two more independent pop-up projects have successfully converted to small businesses due to their hard work and the grant of free space provided by Storefronts.

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These two ventures, Imagine Food (formerly Art for Food) and Our Fabric Stash join the Seattle Pinball Museum, Tuesday Scarves, Massive Monkees, and others in successful conversion from Storefronts projects into permanent local businesses, adding richness and diversity to our neighborhood economies.   


Chef Maxime Bilet and friends are now long-term tenants at 1001 Western Avenue, thanks to JSH Properties and Waterfront Place!

Rebranding the Art for Food project as IMAGINE FOOD, this food science kitchen presents a teaching dinner series, themed dinners exploring cuisines and history, and food science play days for kids young and old.


Sustainable fabric consignment and upcycling boutique Our Fabric Stash has converted to a commercial tenant at 666 South Jackson street courtesy of SCIDpda’s tireless efforts with the landlord and proprietor Deborah Boone’s business savvy.  Featured guest speakers include Stacey Harvey-Brown from the UK on Sunday, July 13, 2014, exploring the role of color in textiles.

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Eight vibrant new Storefronts installations come to shore in South Lake Union!

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Shunpike is very proud to announce our new series of Storefronts installations in South Lake Union, featuring Harmony Boom, Celeste Cooning, Bradly Gunn, Julia Haack, Paul Komada, Kelly June Mitchell, Liz Tran, and Anastasia Zielinski.

From a series of reflective urban erasures from Bradly Gunn, a giant knitted map of the US by Paul Komada, and the donut-loving soft sculpture characters of Olympia duo Harmony Boom, these installations are by turns festive and contemplative, turning the focus to our city, our histories (both personal and cultural), and the landscapes we inhabit.

Through October 15, 2014 in South Lake Union

Mercer, Republican, Harrison, Thomas, and John Streets between Boren Ave N and Westlake Ave N
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South Lake Union Art Walk and guided tour with Storefront Program Manager Anne Blackburn August 1, 2014, 6PM
(Meet at Boren Ave N and John Street)


Mercer Street at Terry Ave N

Kelly June Mitchell

Hollow Home 

Reaching into our past, longing for the comfort and structure of the ideal childhood home, Kelly June Mitchell has created a series of suspended sculptural houses and cast plaster forms suggesting a longing for a nostalgic, beautiful past just out of reach.

Paul Komada

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Going Cascade

Local artist Paul Komada explores the breakneck pace of transformation in South Lake Union via his large-scale knitted map of the US.   Each knitted square is placed to express the energy of the population moving to the Pacific Northwest and the echoes of an earlier migration to the area around the turn of the 19th Century, whose remnants are in turn being replaced by today’s boom.   


Republican Street at Terry Ave N

Liz Tran

Endless Wave

Symbolizing change and growth, Liz Tran’s Endless Wave installation features layers of colorful cut paper, dynamic lighting, and a collection of salvaged fishing floats echoing the changing moods of maritime landscapes both day and night.


Harrison Street at Boren Ave N

Julia Haack

Arboreal Amulets

Blending many influences, Julia Haack’s vibrant geometric patterns and color combinations combine in a series of wall-mounted constructions made of salvaged and painted lath.  Layered and complex, these words individually suggest quilt patterns, typography, weaving patterns and coalesce as a whole to suggest a dialogue between forms.

Celeste Cooning

When You Wish…

Rooted in the tradition of figurative painting, Celeste Cooning’s distinctive white cut-paper installations are an elegant exploration of decorative pattern and light. The artist’s interest in how pattern and ornament interacts with light has led her to site-specific and environmental works seeking to cultivate wonder, awe, and nurture our sense of joy and mindfulness in our daily lives.


Thomas Street at Boren Ave N

Bradly Gunn

Reflections of Future’s Past

Seeking to link Seattle’s past to its present, artist/architect Bradly Gunn’s constructions are a series of visual erasures related to the buildings that no longer stand in the South Lake Union neighborhood.  Working with historical photos, Gunn has abstracted the historical landscape into a compelling reflection of the current life and vitality of the neighborhood even as it continues to change.

Harmony Boom Island

Up a Tree

A collaboration between Christine Malek and P. Calavara, Harmony Boom Island is a multi-media project including books, stuffed animals, comics and paintings exploring this idea of a living island and inhabitants playing out a morality tale of redemption, community, and donuts.


John Street at Boren Ave N

Anastasia Zielinski


It Begins

Seeking to create a moment of pause, Anastasia Zielinski’s constructed landscapes are fabricated from paper, fabric, sequins, mirror and other materials.  Layered and manipulated in with a painterly touch, these elements coalesce into the shimmering landscape of a starry night, and then fragment into their individual elements.


About Shunpike:

Founded in 2001 and based in Seattle, Shunpike is a non-profit organization that provides independent, Washington-based artists with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.  Shunpike’s fiscal sponsorship services and capacity-building initiatives strengthen the independent arts sector and its Storefronts program activates neighborhoods and streets by matching artists and pop-up creative enterprises with vacant retail space.

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STOREFRONTS CALL FOR ARTISTS – JUNE 2014 Now accepting applications! Deadline July 5, 2014

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DEADLINE:  JULY 5, 2014, 10:00 PM Pacific Standard Time


Storefronts activates vacant storefronts, underutilized urban spaces, and blank windows by placing art installations and creative pop ups in these spaces; creating light, vitality and neighborhood engagement in otherwise overlooked areas of our streetscapes.

Interactive kinetic new media works, drawings directly on window glass, installations made of adhesive vinyl, projected video animations, ceramic sculptures, a 26’ sailplane, and suspended illuminated works have all been showcased in temporary storefront exhibitions.

All visual and sound-based media are accepted.  Flexible, dynamic installations that utilize display windows to the fullest and are active or interactive both day and night are preferred.  We encourage diverse media and diverse artists from the traditional to the experimental, with a commitment to public engagement.

The Creative Enterprise Roster

PLEASE NOTE:  We will not be accepting Creative Enterprise applications at this time. The next application cycle for Creative Enterprises will open in January 2015. due to fewer retail-type spaces becoming available.

The Installation Roster

The Installation Roster provides temporary no-cost storefront space for installation of 2-D or 3-D artwork in a locked storefront for a period of up to three months.

  • $500 stipend, 75% payable upon installation, 25% payable upon deinstallation, with no additional funding for travel or accommodation.
  • The storefront remains locked and viewable only through the windows for the duration of the installation (i.e. no public access for openings inside the space).
  • All materials and consumables for installation are the responsibility of the artist.  This includes hanging hardware, temporary walls, and other fixtures and materials that may be required to show work in the windows.
  • Shunpike pays for reasonable utilities and general liability insurance and serves as liaison with the property owner.
  • Shunpike provides guidance about insurance, municipal code, and installation support as needed.


As Shunpike partners with a wide range of properties, available storefronts are incredibly diverse; and we cannot guarantee any specific property, neighborhood, or location.  Shunpike does not guarantee placement during the course of the roster period.

All projects will be subtenants of Shunpike, and all subleases will be subject to the terms and conditions of Shunpike’s master lease with the applicable property owner.

At this time, about 70% of our current sites are shallow display vitrines.


  • Residents of Washington State over 18 years of age
  • Artists and creatives creating original works
  • Proposals must be G-rated and suitable for all audiences
  • Proposals must be in accordance with State and local laws
  • One application per artist or artist group


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

Viable – agile, adaptive, innovative, and achievable with the resources, funds, and spaces available.

Relevant – responsive to and engaging with diverse audiences, themes, neighborhoods, and landscapes.  Public engagement is a central consideration for all proposals.


Please complete the online application via the CaFE system.  If you need accommodation, please call 206-905-1026 x 104.

Materials required for submission:

  • $25 application fee
  • Artist Bio, 400 words or less
  • Artist Statement, 400 words or less
  • 4-6 work samples with related work list
  • Project Proposal, including:
  • Brief conceptual statement, 400 words or less
  • Specific technical and space requirements
  • Budget and source of funding (proposals may be self-funded)
  • Timeline required to prepare your project– 2 months or less is suggested
  • Mock-up, sketch, or detailed written description of the project in a hypothetical space

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

Troubleshooting Tips:

  • Save your work in an unformatted word document and paste it into the fields so you don’t lose your work.
  • If you are experiencing issues with CaFE, try using another browser.
  • Save your work often.  If CaFE times out, it does not automatically save your work since the last save was completed.
  • Start early to allow for technical issues.
  • Format your photos correctly.


QUESTIONS?  •  Contact:  •  206-905-1026 x104

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