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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Storefronts now has an app for self-guided tours!

Our new Storefronts App is live, thanks to our partnership with fellow 220 & Change members Code For Seattle! It currently highlights the installations at South Lake Union and gives users the ability to do a self-guided tour of Storefronts installations in the neighborhood.

Check it out at and take a tour of the current installations, up through June 5, featuring Sarah Jones, Cheyl Zahniser, Kathleen Skeels, Natasha Bacca, Alison Foshee, Evan Blackwell, Jacob Foran, and Paul Kuniholm Pauper!

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Our next Call for Artists opens June 5, 2014!

Alison Foshee, Motherboard, 2014 (Photo courtesy Andrew Pogue)

The next Storefronts Call for Artists opens for Washington State artists in a few short weeks, on June 5, 2014!

Have an installation idea? Need a space to test out a pop-up shop? See our Opportunities page for more details on the program and how to apply.  

The CaFE link will go live on June 5, 2014, and close on July 5, 2014

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Join us May 2 for a guided Storefronts tour as part of the South Lake Union Art Walk

FosheeBacca_StoreFrontsSeattle_AndrewPogue-01 copyAs part of the South Lake Union Art Walk, Storefronts will be offering a guided tour of all 8 Storefronts installations with the artists in attendance to discuss their work. 

Tour Guide (look for the I Heart Shunpike T-Shirt!): 
Anne Blackburn, Storefronts Manager 

Meet at 6PM at the intersection of Boren Ave N and John Street, just north of 13 Coins. Free and open to all ages!

The art walk runs from 5 – 8PM with over 30 neighborhood venues, and concludes with a happy hour at 8PM at the Row House Cafe!

Artists represented:
Natasha Bacca
Evan Blackwell (Courtesy of Foster / White)
Jacob Foran
Alison Foshee
Sarah Jones
Paul Kuniholm Pauper
Kathleen Skeels
Cheryl Zahniser

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April Events at the Art for Food project on Western!

April is shaping up to be a great month at the Art for Food project on Western! Check out everything that’s going on:

Cooking Class: Creating the Pièce de Résistance
April 10-12
The Flavor Intensive Series this month features a selection of dishes that have received the highest raves from our pop-up dinner series.

In “Creating the Pièce de Résistance,” Maxime Bilet–coauthor of Modernist Cuisine–and Andy Nhan will teach you the secrets to creating intense flavor using modern techniques for the home kitchen.

Participants will enjoy a full meal that they will have a hand in helping create, while Maxime and Andy demonstrate methods new to most students.

The Iconic Dinner
April 17-19
Our team will take you on a journey through our interpretations of iconic dishes from the world’s best chefs.This special dinner will feature the nouvelle cuisine of Paul Bocuse, the haute cuisine of Joel Robuchon, unconventional flavors from Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck kitchen, the avant garde cuisine from Ferran Adria, the Nordic vision of Rene Redzepi from Noma, and more. The meal served will be an homage to all of these masters who have shaped food culture as we know it.

A Grand Tea Party
April 25
We are throwing a sumptuous tea party with the help of our friends: Chefs Maria Hines (Tilth, Golden Beetle, Agrodolce), Jason Franey (Canlis), and Garrett Melkonian (Mamnoon); Nic Virrey and Brandon Paul Weaver from Matte and Gloss, as well as several performers and artists.

The fête will include five different interactive spaces featuring the history, ceremony, and our modern interpretation of:

~An elegant and whimsical Japanese Tea Ceremony
~The highest British High Tea
~An Indulgent French Salon
~A lavish Middle Eastern Lounge
~The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

April Play Day
April 27, 12-5

This afternoon of engaging culinary activities is free to the public and aimed to engage all age groups. Everyone will be treated on the same level. Visitors are encouraged to donate whatever they wish to help us cover costs, but there is no obligation or pressure.

During the Play Day, The Art for Food space will be filled with 12 different interactive installations that will range from urban agriculture demonstrations, guest chef classes, a variety of tasting stations, cool food experiments, short film/documentary screenings, food-related art workshops, and sensory interplay stations that explore taste, aroma, texture, temperature and sound: a culinary curriculum in

The Play Day events at the storefront are the culmination of our food education outreach to youth and to the greater community. Local chefs, artists, producers and educators will join us in bringing the complete story of our vision to light: empowering through direct experience, which is the most effective vehicle for creating positive and lasting change in our broken food system.

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Shunpike announces seventeen brand-new Storefronts projects for the January 2014 roster.

100 Senators, by Paul Komada

100 Senators, by Paul Komada


Seventeen brand new projects arrive on the Storefronts roster, with everything from motion activated bubble machines, a pop-up store dedicated to all things felt, and experimental sound laboratories.  

These installations and projects will be placed as sites are found over the next 18 months, adding to the breadth and depth of our urban culture, providing young artists with a chance to have a dedicated space for a longer period than a gallery show, and putting light and creativity back out into our dark storefronts and out into our streets for everyone.

Please join us in congratulating these artists and welcoming them to the Storefronts roster!


Framework will bring their interactive, 24/7 interactive photo booth Neighborhood Yearbook to the streets as a way to document all the faces in our neighborhoods and provide opportunities to engage with strangers.

Seattle design collective Frankenstein, Inc. will engage with the transformation of the Seattle waterfront with an interactive sculpture utilizing digitally cut forms and responsive projection mapping, exploring the world beneath the waves in Puget Sound.

Local artist Dakota Gearhart will create a site-specific installation featuring an all –white landscape, projection through crystal lenses, and manipulated video from Google Earth for distinct daytime and nighttime environments.

Artist and architect Anjali Grant brings a flock of cutout, counterweighted birds sitting on a wire, subtly and surprisingly animated by clock motors throughout the day.

As Paul Komada so elegantly states, “I think about knitting when I paint.  I think about painting when I knit.”   His large-scale knitted modernist constructions offer bold and modular abstracted “paintings” in the urban landscape.

Inspired by the brook stickleback fish that inhabit Lake Washington, Eric Ostrowski’s looped sound and video animation brings the region’s history as a fishing town into meditative, glowing form.

Media artist Tivon Rice and poet Hannah Sanghee Park seek to site poetry in space via animated text and multiple video projections, incorporating the logic of poetry into the language of video.

First exhibited in Beijing, Black Bubble Calligraphy by Chip Rountree and Bradford Kessler features motion sensitive fans, a bubble machine, and an accumulation of soap bubbles mixed with calligraphy ink; building up subtle ink drawings over time.

Anastasia Zielinski, working primarily in fibers and mixed media, envisions an immersive painterly nighttime landscape in a storefront, fracturing the images into materials and then reforming into landscape at a distance.

Tape Painting 1405, by Foster Scott (Courtesy of Place Contemporary [Art] )

Tape Painting 1405, by Foster Scott (Courtesy of Place Contemporary [Art] )

Creative Enterprises:

PLACE Contemporary [ Art ]  brings a new contemporary art gallery pop-up to Storefronts, focused on affordable art and works on paper from West Coast emerging and mid-career artists; including Nathaniel Gibson of Portland, Timothy Reed of Los Angeles, and Seattle artists such as Julia Haack, Nina Tichava, and Dante Brebner.

Old Growth Northwest Writers Space adds to Seattle’s reputation as a literary town with another dedicated space for writers and readers in the Pacific Northwest, featuring an active drop-in writing lab open to the public, readings, one-on-one consultations, and ongoing workshops for writers and non-writers alike.

Collective Art Relay by Path With Art will present a series of ongoing workshops for students of the Path for Art program, supporting adults in recovery from homelessness and trauma.  Instructors Rachel Kessler, Kristen Ramirez, Pamm Hanson, and Jennifer Dixon will present a series of open-ended art experiences which will then be passed along as a prompt to succeeding groups of students.

Grain Open Studio has been featured in national and international design publications, and will feature emerging Pacific Northwest designers and craftspeople in a gallery and demonstration space as part of their dedication to social and environmental responsibility in design.

In Search of Lost Time is a site-specific gallery of 6 young artists exploring 6 different disciplines in relationship to architecture and history.  Engaged with the transitions taking place in Seattle’s urban fabric, this gallery will function as an long-term, site-specific studio, installation and performance space, culminating in a month-long show upon completion of the collaborative landscape.

Felt That brings a pop-up workshop space, gallery, and community hub to artists and craftspeople dedicated to working in wool and wool felting, including a connection to local wool suppliers in the Pacific Northwest.

FeedBack Sound Laboratory from Robb Kunz, an open studio lab featuring over 20 synchronized kinetic sound installations, some of which are in the production and testing process.  Visitors will be invited to assist with testing the sound sculptures if they desire, or simply listen.  At the end of the lab, the artist will coordinate a 40 minute showing of the works, open to the public during open hours, and by appointment.

Grey Matter  is an experimental sound pop-up featuring local composers John TeskeJames Holt, and Nat Evans,featuring workshops, instrument-building sessions, concerts, open rehearsal sessions, and site-specific performances in the surrounding neighborhood.  Open to the public, accessible to both trained and untrained musicians, this project seeks to provide a hub for the experimental sound community in the Pacific Northwest.

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 Foran Jester Install 2Guardian, by Jacob Foran    Photo courtesy Anne Blackburn.

 March 5 – June 5, 2014
Art Walk, May 2, 6 – 9PM
South Lake Union:  Mercer, Republican, Harrison, Thomas, and John Streets, between Boren and Westlake
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Free and open to the public 8AM – midnight

 Storefronts is proud to present our next series of artists in South Lake Union, featuring 8 artists from Seattle and Portland:  Natasha Bacca, Evan Blackwell, Jacob Foran, Alison Foshee, Sarah Jones, Paul Kuniholm Pauper, Kathleen Skeels, and Cheryl Zahniser.

We are also delighted to be participating in a new quarterly art walk in South Lake Union on May 2, 2014, from 5-8 PM in conjunction with a number of local businesses.  Please join us!

Natasha Bacca
Memento Mori, 2012
Unique chromogenic photogram

 Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that translates to “Remember your mortality.” Referencing the tree of life, this Memento Mori acts as a catalyst for the human imagination to engage with questions surrounding the nature of life and death; on the mortal constraints of all people, and the finite, fragile boundaries of the human body.

Memento Mori acquires a moralizing purpose—the prospect of death serves to emphasize the emptiness and fleetingness of earthly pleasures, luxuries, and achievements, and thus serves as an invitation to focus one’s thoughts on the fragility of existence and the prospect of the afterlife. Memento Mori reveals the multifaceted nature of the death-rebirth mystery and serves to illuminate the human life cycle.

 Evan Blackwell
Complex, 2013
Galvanized and stainless steel

Complex is an assemblage of salvaged structural connectors and stainless steel hardware. Arranged in a pattern inspired by the infrastructure and the physical operating systems of the built environment, Complex responds to the visible and hidden architectural spaces of South Lake Union. Guided by interests in ecology and sustainable urban design, this work is an invitation to engage and participate in the transformation of public spaces into thriving examples of human ecology.

 Complex is courtesy of Foster / White Gallery.

Jacob Foran
(L to R) Pawn, Dancer, King, Guardian, Jester, 2010 – 2013
Glazed ceramic, gold leaf

This series presents an imagined reality grounded in the notion of the royal courts and their characters, including Kings, Queens, Jesters, and others.  Influenced by historical statuary from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, African, and Venetian cultures, the figures range from appearing regal or majestic to impish and bizarre.

The artist started with a general conceptual framework for each character, the personas that emerged came through an intense engagement with each object during the making, using the coil technique.  The expressive eyes and discernible internal gaze say more than the unsounding lips, frontal postures, and stoic anatomy.   Ultimately, the artist’s intention with this body of work was to craft sculptural artifacts that, through figuration, represent an inner world—one that is expressive of the complexities of the human psyche.

Alison Foshee
The Motherboard, 2014
Mixed Media

 Clusters of flowers and solitary blooms composed of pushpins and stickers emerge from surfaces laminated with used maps, music scores, card stock, and graph paper.

Using recycled and repurposed materials, The Motherboard is an exploration of systems. These systems, whether biological or technological, provide structure and a foundation for adaptation.  The title, The Motherboard most obviously references the main circuit boards found in computers, but it is also intended to reference Mother Nature and lower tech devices for memory, such as bulletin boards.

The theme of ecology and mindfulness is present, as are certain aspects of the aesthetic concept of Wabi-sabi, which celebrates transience and finds the beauty in the old and imperfect. Just as yesterday’s newspaper can be made into mulch for our gardens, the functionality of these scraps and stained bits of paper find new life as art. 

Sarah Jones
Botanicals, 2013
Mixed Media

Botanicals is an installation of botanical specimens inspired by the real anatomy of plants.

Each day for one year, the artist collected a botanical specimen from the out-of-doors, whether traveling or on her home turf.  The artist strung each of these botanical specimens from the ceiling of her studio, and then began the process of replicating the botanical specimens in a variety of ephemeral materials including: lace, fibers, papers, textiles, hair, rice grains, pussy willows, shells, toilet paper, and threads. The intimate scale, fine detail, and white tone of the botanicals summon the viewer to move in close to examine what is hard to see, and reveal the architecture and beauty of each form.

Special thanks to Haystack Mountain School of Craft and the Ucross Foundation for their support.

Paul Kuniholm Pauper

Time-Based Artwork, Gift 1, Materially Fiber Art (TBAG/MFA), 2014

Video, mixed media

TBAG/MFA distills parameters drawn by architecture, fiber arts, sculpture and time-based artworks down to essential elements, then puts them back together in a way that suggests organic accumulation,
such as a beaver dam or spider web.  Narratively, TBAG/MFA discusses time and community using fiber arts materials such as vellum over aircraft-grade spruce to suggest high-rise hardscapes.  Quotidian cardboard stands in for a luxury motorcar, a symbol of contemporary abundance.  Wicker and vellum relate to social codes of dress and identity.

Kathleen Skeels
Albatross, 2013
Glazed ceramic

The albatross egg sits on a remote island.  That is its only defense.  On land the parents are nearly as vulnerable as the egg.  They are built for life at sea.  They only return to land every couple of years to lay the egg.  Once the albatross chick is big enough to stay warm, the parents return to the ocean to hunt for food, leaving the chick for longer and longer intervals, a week and more.

Will the parents survive to come back and feed their chick?  Fish lines can be a problem.  Will the chick survive or die of starvation, its crop full of plastic garbage the parents mistook for squid and fish?

Cheryl Zahniser
Tamiyasu Family Series, 2010
Charcoal and Conté crayon on paper

As an oil painter focused primarily on portraits, Cheryl Zahniser is thrilled to present these portraits of my her family and their place in the history of the Pacific Northwest.

Three years ago my  the artist’s mother gave her a bag full of family letters and photos. It contained many profound images, meaningful to the artist personally, but also a record of an important episode of Asian Northwest history. Included were photos of her mother’s parents from the 40’s and 50’s. They owned a prominent Japanese restaurant, called the New Tokyo, which was one of the first Japanese food establishments in Portland.

Inspired by these stories, the artist created large charcoal and conte drawings from these photographs, including images of her grandmother in her Kimono, cooking in the kitchen, a friend sitting in the tatami room, and other reflections from before she arrived to the US. Upon showing some of the artwork with her aunt, the emotion in her aunt’s voice and the expression on her face reinforced the emotion resonant in these simple and deeply personal drawings.


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