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Gallery 4Culture

Gallery 4Culture has a thirty-nine year history of exhibiting innovative and underrepresented art forms. Each season, we feature a dynamic range of King County artists—including early career artists—presenting solo and small-group shows.

1 What is Gallery 4Culture?

1 What is Gallery 4Culture?

Gallery 4Culture showcases contemporary art, presenting the work of outstanding independent artists living in King County. Our 1,000-square-foot exhibition space is located on the street level of the 4Culture administrative offices in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood and is open weekdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Opening receptions take place on First Thursday, as part of the ever-popular Pioneer Square art walk. For more information about the gallery program and past exhibitions, visit our main gallery page.


Gallery 4Culture seeks solo, collaborative and group exhibition proposals in a broad range of media for our next season, which runs from September 2019 through July 2020. Ten (10) month-long shows by King County artists will ultimately be presented. The gallery is dark in December and August. Emerging artists and those whose approach to studio practice is underrepresented in commercial venues are encouraged to apply.

Selected artists, teams and groups receive curatorial direction, communications/PR support, and a $500 honorarium to help defray expenses. Artists are responsible for the delivery, installation and de-installation of their work, and for supplying and insuring all electronic equipment used in their show. The gallery space is adjacent to a busy conference room and open office; consequently, the sound levels of audio components will be restricted. While Gallery 4Culture is not a commercial venue, exhibiting artists are welcome to offer their works for sale. Any sale of art is handled directly between the artist and collector; 4Culture takes no commission.

2 Are You Eligible?

2 Are You Eligible?


  • Visual artists, collaborative teams and artist groups working in all media and genres (except performance art) are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants, including all group or team members, must reside in King County, WA.
  • Applicants may not be represented by a commercial art gallery at the time of submission. Members of artist run collectives and cooperative galleries are welcome to apply.
  • Artists who have exhibited at Gallery 4Culture in solo or 2-person shows are ineligible to reapply for a period of three years.
  • Current 4Culture Board members, Advisory Committee members, employees, and the business partners and immediate family members of all of the above are not eligible to apply.

3 How to Apply

3 How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following materials via online application.

New For 2019 – Demographic Information

Your profile in our portal must provide demographic information for the current year. We use this information to help us understand how well we are doing in our efforts to reach all communities in King County.


Applicant contact information.


Two (2) page maximum artist résumé as a PDF. Text (.txt) files will also be accepted. Keep the formatting simple. Team and group applicants must submit a cover sheet listing all members and include contact information and a résumé for each. Please upload multiple résumés as one continuous document. Files must be less than 2MB in size.

Some suggested items to include in your artist résumé include:

  • Contact information: At the top of each page, include your name, address, phone number, email address and web URL.
  • Education: List all academic degrees earned. Also include periods of study at schools or universities attended without completing a degree.
  • Professional experience:
    Exhibitions: List the title of the exhibition, the exhibition venue, and the city/state where the exhibition was presented. Please indicate if it was a solo, two-person, or group exhibition.
    Experience: You may also consider listing experience that is relevant to your art practice such as teaching, lectures and artist residencies.
  • Honors and awards: List awards, grants, fellowships or other recognitions of merit.
  • Bibliography: List books, magazines, newspapers, and catalogues that reference your work.

Proposal Statement

A written statement (up to 300 words) that includes an overview of your art practice and describes the content and scope of your proposed exhibition. Please be explicit about medium and method and expand on the concept behind the exhibition. Also, clarify if your submitted work samples represent the proposed exhibition or vary significantly from it (if so, explain). In the case of collaborative teams or artist groups, be specific about your objectives for exhibiting together.

Work Samples

Ten (10) total work samples. Artists whose primary practice includes time-based media may submit up to three (3) of the ten samples as video files, with a cumulative run-time of up to three (3) minutes.

  • Digital images: Submit up to ten (10) digital images of recent work that best illustrate your qualifications to exhibit. If applying as a collaborative team or group, include an example of each member’s work. Upload JPGs only; images must be 1920 pixels on the longest side and at least 72 dpi. Files must be less than 2MB in size. Images will be projected one at a time during the panel review session.
  • Videos: Submit up to three (3) video files of recent work that best illustrate your qualifications via Vimeo. All submissions must be publicly accessible (password protected files will not be accepted). Indicate the URLs (e.g. vimeo.com/2992575) on the Work Sample Upload page of the application. Video files will be viewed for a cumulative total of three (3) minutes and must be edited to conform to this time limitation or include a notation in the Work Sample Description (see below) that indicates start and stop time for each piece.
  • Work sample descriptions: List the title, date of completion, medium, and dimensions (H” x W” x D”) or duration, along with descriptive text (up to 75 words) for each work sample. Please include the start and stop times for excerpted video samples at the beginning of the descriptive text. We encourage you to fill-in the optional photo credit field as well.

Note: A total of ten (10) work samples are required. Applicants submitting videos must also submit digital images for a combined total of ten work samples. Submissions in excess of 10 work samples will not be reviewed. Videos in excess of 3 cumulative minutes will not be reviewed, so please consider your start and stop times accordingly. Work samples can be edited or deleted by clicking on the file name in the left hand progress navigation of the application. If needed, work samples can be reordered when the Application Preview step is reached.

Application Preview

Save the entire application as a draft or submit it for consideration. By selecting “Save as Draft” you can continue to access and edit content through the “My Applications” tab until the deadline for submissions. Once you select “Save and Submit” you will no longer be able to make changes. All applications must be submitted to be considered.


Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Monday, January 14, 2019. Do not wait until the last minute! We urge you to submit your application early.

4 After You Submit

4 After You Submit

Selection Process and Criteria

A selection panel of three independent arts professionals will review submitted applications and recommend artists for the upcoming season based on the conceptual quality of their proposals as well as the demonstrated strength of their work. Résumés and work samples must clearly demonstrate the candidate’s capacity to successfully execute the proposed exhibition. The panel will strive to highlight a range of media and approaches to contemporary art making. Cultural and geographic diversity (within King County) will also be considered. The composition of the panel changes every year; thus, applicants whose proposals were reviewed but not selected in previous years are encouraged to reapply.


Submission deadline: January 14, 2019, 5:00 pm PST
Selection panel review: mid-February 2019
Notification of results: late-February 2019

5 Helping You Succeed

5 Helping You Succeed

Please contact Jordan Howland with questions about Gallery 4Culture:

Jordan Howland

Please contact Andy Le with questions about the application process:

Andy Le

The gallery floor plan is available by request.