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South County Recycling & Transfer Station (SCRTS): Site-Based, Generative Artist Residency

Opportunity for an Oregon, Washington, or British Columbia Artist to
Participate in a Residency Program for Environmental Sustainability

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4Culture, King County Solid Waste Division (SWD)

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05/30/20 4:00 PM PDT Receipt


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Opportunity for an Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia artist or artist team to participate in a residency program relating to the environment and sustainability. The successful resident artist will spend a 3-year residency at a sustainable garbage processing facility, host community events, and produce artwork for public display. The goal of the program is to achieve sustainability certification for the facility.

This program is intended to create site-based artworks during a 3-year residency at the new South County Recycling + Transfer Station in the city of Algona, Washington.


4Culture and King County’s Solid Waste Division (SWD) seek an artist or artist team for a site-based, generative residency at the new South County Recycling & Transfer Station (SCRTS). The selected artist(s) will have a relationship with the site and surrounding community over the span of the project duration and will create work that embodies or is imbued with a sense of this site and place.

Applicant artists may work in a variety of media including (but not limited to) two-dimensional analog, direct digital, or print media such as photography or illustration, filmmaking or other moving image methodologies, sound, and social practice.

The selected artist will spend time at the site and in the surrounding community on a regular, defined basis over the course of the project timeline. The resident artist may host a number of community events or engagements and will generate a body of work that will be produced and ready to display, install or exhibit upon completion of the residency at a proximal and appropriate community space. Resulting artwork(s) may become part of the King County Art Collection and/or may be permanently-sited within the new facility or another King County Solid Waste Division facility as determined by 4Culture and SWD staff.

SCRTS will not only provide garbage disposal as the current station does, but also the addition of recycling and yard waste services and hazardous waste disposal for residents and small quantity commercial generators. The site will include a scale house and may include a public facility building (restroom, conference room) and an employee office building with additional opportunity for public art.

The South County Recycling & Transfer Station project will help meet green building goals in the County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan as one of 10 Living Building Challenge (LBC) projects initiated in King County by 2020. The LBC is a certification program that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability—providing a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment.

SWD’s goal is to achieve LBC Certification for the SCRTS project and all artworks should align with this goal. The LBC is comprised of seven performance areas, or “Petals”—Materials, Site, Water, Energy, Health, Equity, and Beauty. The South County Recycling & Transfer Station project is pursuing three “petals” – Beauty Energy, and Place, but an artist can find inspiration in any of the Petals.  

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GrantWatch ID#: 188580

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- Total budget*: $90,000
- Artist fee: $60,000
- Purchase of produced artworks: Up to $30,000

*Total budget is inclusive of artist fee, production costs for a body of work that should be ready to display, install or exhibit upon completion of the residency, and applicable taxes and travel for the entirety of the three-year term. Artwork(s) produced through the residency may become part of the King County Public Art Collection, with specifics determined at a later date.

Term of Contract:

The project duration will be approximately 3 years, as follows:

- Duration of residency: 2020–2023
- Delivery of final artwork(s): Third quarter, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


Open to professional artists and artist-led teams residing in Washington, Oregon or British Columbia. Artists whose work is focused on sustainability and the environment, reuse of materials, and/or naturally-sourced materials are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants with cultural connections to The Muckleshoot Tribe of Indians and those who identify as Indigenous or underrepresented as well as artists who have an interest or history in education or mentorship of emerging artists are also strongly encouraged to apply.

4Culture and SWD employees, selection panel members, PAAC members, project personnel including design consultants, and immediate family members of all the above are not eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

4Culture Public Art will hold an open informational session for applicants interested in this opportunity. This will be offered via remote video/phone conference.

Public Art 4Culture Informational Session
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 5:00–6:30 PM

Please visit to access the informational session on the scheduled date and time. You will be allowed the option to phone in or participate via video on your computer.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline is May 30, 2020 4 pm PDT.

Timeline for Selection:

- Call for Artists released: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
- Deadline for entry: April 30, 2020
- Selection panel meeting #1: Week of May 11, 2020 [selection of finalists]
- Finalist orientation and selection panel meeting #2: Week of May 26, 2020 [finalists’ interviews] *
- Contract issued: June 2020

*Applicants should be available in this timeframe to participate in an in-person interview, orientation and possible site visit if selected as a finalist. Out-of-town finalists will be reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses to attend both the orientation and interview in Seattle, Washington. If applying as a team, the allowance for travel and lodging will be determined by 4Culture staff in consultation with the applicants. If one of the selected finalists is unable to attend an interview in-person, reasonable accommodations will be made to arrange for the interviews to take place through video-conferencing.

The selected artist must commit to the 3-year project duration. This opportunity is considered a low-residency because the artist will not hold any physical space at the site.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

If you have questions regarding the application, please contact:

Andy Le

If you have questions related to the project, please contact:

Laura Becker

101 Prefontaine Pl S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 296-7580

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon;   Washington

Canada: British Columbia

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