Acclimatized: Heaven and ...

"Acclimatized: Heaven & Earth 5"


In collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) will orchestrate an exhibition of temporary artwork in the forest of Carkeek Park for the fifth consecutive year, from July 13, 2013 - October 20. "Acclimatized" will differ from its predecessors by encouraging a wider range of media for a variety of display periods, from a few weeks to the full three-months. The 2013 exhibition will be guest-juried by David Francis, Curator at Museum of Glass, and Paula Hoff, Strategic Advisor, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent's Office.

Spread throughout Carkeek Park's 200-plus acres of urban forest in a series of clusters linked by trails, "Acclimatized" affords a prime opportunity to explore a broad range of contemporary interpretations of art and nature, including performance, new media, landscape interventions, experimental geography, biomimicry, ephemeral work, and other interdisciplinary perspectives, including collaborations with partner organizations such as Friends of Piper's Orchard ( or Streams, Trails, and Reforestation Stewards (STARS). In addition to the obvious reference to the climate, the title this year offers a metaphor of adjustment, adaptation, and resolve following last year's dramatic interaction with many of the artworks. Depending on proposals, the general placement strategy in 2013 will focus on the more public areas in the park. Remote placements, if desired, must be well designed to resist the full spectrum of public interface, including potential vandalism. Artworks are identified by QR code readers on adjacent blocks or posts rather than gallery or museum-style labels. Descriptions of the artwork, including brief biographies and statements by artists, appear on the art-hike trail guide (1,000 copies of print version distributed on site; print-on-demand through website).

CoCA is currently accepting proposals for a wide variety of media for placement in a series of suggested locations viewable online ( Applicants may also propose additional sites. All work should have a minimal impact on the park and eventually leave "no trace" following removal. Acclimatized is open to all artists (whether established or emerging), and local, regional, national, or international. Working in conjunction with its partners, CoCA will select up to 12 artists and/or artist's teams from the pool of applicants and offer an honorarium of $500. CoCA will also publish a map and catalog of the exhibition and offer participating artists a 1-year membership in CoCA.

Carkeek Park visitorship during the display period is estimated at 100,000. In addition, hiking groups from Mountaineers, Seattle Plein-Air Painters, and other organizations actively offer programming that centers on the art-hike. Generous funding for the exhibit is provided by Carkeek Park Advisory Council and Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, as well as vital in-kind support from Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Associated Recreation Council. 

Deadline is midnight Saturday, May 11, 2013. Notification by May 24. Artists' Orientation in park, June 1, 11-2. Install begins July 5. Opening reception Saturday July 13 at Carkeek's Environmental Learning Center, 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd, Seattle, 91877, 2-5pm. 

"Acclimatized" is one of the region's only venues for site-specific artwork in an urban forest setting where part of the exhibit includes a walking tour of an hour or more. The work will be archived on CoCA's Heaven and Earth website (, and the exhibition will also include production of a catalog, a trail map, and (pending funding) postcards, and print ads. Previous press coverage has included pieces by KOMO TV, Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, City Arts, REI Blog, Art and Science Blog, and 7,000 Articulations (France). Participating artists have leveraged their work in Heaven and Earth to expand their careers in public art, receiving commissions, residencies, grants, and additional press.

Please send submissions to Be sure to select "Heaven and Earth 5" when prompted for what exhibit you are submitting for. Please call 206-851-9641 (David Francis, Curator) for more information.

CoCA will ask participating artists to sign a W-9 to receive the stipend, and a liability waiver ("Artist's Loan Agreement") recognizing the inherent risk of exhibiting unsecured art in a public setting and seeking permission to use any images for promotional purposes. 

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