Call for Artists

New MadArt Residency


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MadArt invites artists to apply for a project-based residency that focuses on large-scale sculpture or installation. The selected artist will receive a $15,000 honorarium to create a site-specific installation at MadArt Studio during their residency. MadArt encourages the public to witness the making of the artwork, both through its large street-front windows and designated open studio hours. Artists should be ready to work in this setting and interact with the public.

The residency period is May – July, 2018. The resulting installation will be exhibited from August – September, 2018, coinciding with the Seattle Art Fair. Other mutually agreeable residency dates (after September, 2018) may be arranged if there is a conflict with the above schedule.

MadArt offers a flexible 3,500 square-foot studio with basic tools (list available), scissor lift, full kitchen, WiFi, 220 power and floor-to-ceiling windows connecting the artist to a bustling, tech-savvy Seattle neighborhood. If necessary, a furnished apartment will be provided during the residency period. The MadArt staff is available to assist with interacting with visitors, occasional hands-on needs, public relations, and local connections to volunteers/interns. Artists should bring their own safety equipment, hand tools, and specialized equipment.

MadArt Studio in 2014, with John Grade and assistants. Photo by James Harnois

Since 2009, MadArt has served as a catalyst for new and unexpected artworks in Seattle by providing artists with opportunities to create large-scale installations. Through both on-site and off-site exhibits, MadArt gives artists an avenue to the public and the public access to art. MadArt’s mission is to support artists in our community, to bring art into our lives in unexpected ways, and to create community involvement in the arts. MadArt Studio is located in Seattle, Washington, close to downtown in the quickly-growing South Lake Union neighborhood.


Primary criteria for selection are the strength of the proposal, how well the artwork uses the space, and how it engages visitors during creation and after completion.

We require all of the following to consider an application complete:

  • Initial rendering of the finished piece
  • Plan showing how the piece will be situated in the studio (studio floor plan will be provided with the application)
  • A paragraph about the project
  • Artist Statement
  • Up to SIX examples of creative work
  • CV/Resume

A personal visit to MadArt Studio is welcomed. Please call to make an appointment.


Applications for the 2018 residency will be accepted online from April 1 to July 1, 2017. Please check back on April 1 for a link to the application form.

After the initial applications are received, a smaller group of artists will be selected to continue with the application process. They will each be given an honorarium of $500 for refining their proposal during the second round. These artists will be notified by August 22, 2017.

The final artist will be selected by October 6, 2017.

Additional Requirements:

During the residency, the artist is required to give at least one artist talk to the public.

Artists must work in the studio a minimum of 15 hours per week during public hours.

The artist is required to acknowledge MadArt when works made while in residence are subsequently exhibited or published. Artists must also provide MadArt with high-quality images of these works for the website, archives, and publications.

The artist shall donate to the MadArt Collection a small, mutually agreed upon piece of artwork related to their MadArt Studio installation.

For more about MadArt, current artists, and alumni, explore the links below:

Photos of MadArt Studio
Photos of select past installations:
Middle Fork, The Great NorthernWe Are a Crowd of Others


Tim Detweiler, MadArt Director
325 Westlake Ave N, #101
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 623-1180