Call for Cubby Content

The Frye Art Museum is seeking proposals from individuals and organizations to propose content for one or more 14” x 14” cubby in conjunction with the exhibition BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR. Your cubby can act as a resource center, present challenges, solutions, products, take-a-ways, and interactives that engage museum visitors of all ages on the themes outlined below. We want to stimulate dialogue, create a place of exchange, reflection, and action. Proposals that add a distinctive voice to the ecological dialogue in BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR will be especially considered.

Examples of possible themes:

  • Conservation of resources, environmental health, over-population, resource depletion, pollution, recycling, up-cycling, composting, protecting, foraging, and promoting “eco” or “green” movements.
  • Proposals to further the well-being and sustainability of our communities.
  • Ideas to explore the links between natural ecology and social ecology.

Proposal should include the following:

  • Individual, group and/or organization name.
  • Main contact information, phone, and email.
  • Your cubby should include a theme that relates to the exhibition. Describe the content of your cubby. Be specific. Let us know if your cubby content includes any organic materials and how the materials will be contained. Outline or sketch the materials and how they will fit into one or more 14” x 14” cubby. Please, no more than 500 words.
  • Please confirm your commitment to replenish all materials for the duration of the exhibition.

Submission due to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by Monday, July 22 (5:00pm PST). Proposals are reviewed on a first come, first served basis until cubbies are filled. Please include Cubby_Content_Proposal_[Name] in the subject line.

Accepted proposal will receive $150/cubby.

Exhibition Description
June 15–October 13, 2013

The Frye Art Museum is proud to present BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR, the first retrospective survey of work by Seattle artist Buster Simpson, a pioneer in the field of urban environmentalism and art in public spaces.

For more than four decades, Simpson has been the ecological and social conscience for neighborhoods and cities in constant states of transition and renewal. His site-specific, agitprop, and process-driven art has surveyed the problems, scrutinized the context, and presented new frames of reference to provide local solutions for global issues.

Since the late 1960s and early 1970s, Simpson has been dedicated to working in the public realm; his method is grounded in a farsighted contract between the artist and where he lives. His career parallels the rise of public art in the Pacific Northwest and he has played a crucial role in establishing Seattle as a significant center for community-minded artistic practice. By acting locally while thinking globally, Simpson has contributed greatly to the national and international debate on what constitutes responsible public art programs.

At a time when Seattle is reimagining its waterfront and its identity, BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR reframes Buster Simpson’s vision of the city and presents his groundbreaking contribution to dialogues about the health of communities and the societal obligations of the artist striving to affect real change in public life. The exhibition documents and articulates for the first time the breadth, depth, and influence of Simpson’s body of work, staking a claim for his artistic legacy and defining how his methodology and regional aesthetic applies to global systems and ideologies.

BUSTER SIMPSON // SURVEYOR is organized by the Frye Art Museum and curated by Scott Lawrimore. The exhibition is funded by the Frye Foundation with the generous support of Frye Art Museum members and donors. It is supported by Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Washington State Arts Commission, 4Culture, and Riddell Williams P.S. Seasonal support is provided by ArtsFund. Media sponsorship is provided by The Stranger, KUOW, and City Arts Magazine.