Northwest Folklife Festival


Visual Arts at the Festival


Call for Art

Northwest Folklife & The Vera Project 

As part of the 49th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival and the 2020 Cultural Focus, Living Legacies,  The Ver(a)rt Gallery and Northwest Folklife are looking to showcase the talent of regional youth and young-adult artists. Living Legacies is a yearlong program focusing on stories and traditions of the region, and we want to showcase how you see your legacy. How do you interpret the term Legacy, and how does it fit into your art and your story?

Join Northwest Folklife and the Ver(a)rt Gallery in preserving, supporting, and cultivating our community’s cultural climate.

The Folklife Committee and Ver(a)rt Gallery Committee will select artwork based on skill, composition, and overall talent. Guidelines are outlined below.

Who: Northwest Folklife & The Vera Project
What: Arts Exhibition: LIVING LEGACIES
Where: Vera Project Art Gallery
When: May 22-25, 2020 during the 49th annual Northwest Folklife Festival
Why: An opportunity to showcase your interests and abilities, and showcase the concept of Legacy as it relates to you and your story.
Cost: Free to enter! 

Submission Guidelines

  • Thematic content should focus on what the concept of legacy means to you as an artist; Get creative!  

(Content may not go against values of Northwest Folklife and Vera Project.) 

    • Artwork must be submitted ready to hang (including framing, if necessary)
    • All artwork must have name, phone number and/or email, and title on back. 
    • 2D artwork encouraged; 3D artwork will be considered on a case by case basis. 
    • 40” x 60” and under encouraged; Larger work will be considered on a case by case basis. Flat/thin artwork preferred. (Recommended: Artwork that is less than a foot deep.)
    • Artwork produced within the last few years  
    • The public, as well as Northwest Folklife and The Vera Project can photograph and/or record all submitted artwork in relation to the promotion of the festival. 
    • Note: General festival security will present over the weekend, but there will be no special security for the art gallery. By submitting to this exhibition, artists (and/or their parent’s as applicable) acknowledge that artwork will not be insured while in the possession of Northwest Folklife and The Vera Project.  


    • Call is open until April 10, 2020; 
    • Artists will be notified by April 25, 2020;
    • Artwork must be dropped off between May 4-18 in Seattle Center, exact location to be determined.
    • Artwork will be on display from May 22-25 during festival hours  
    • Artwork must be picked up between May 26-June 7th. Location TBD. 
    • Special exceptions may be made if coordinated with Anna Buxton and Andrew Walsh in advance. 

    Submittal Process: 

    Please include the following in an email to: 

      • Artist: Full Name, age, location; 
      • Contact details: email, phone number 
      • Artwork: Title, year, medium 
      • Artist Statement, artwork statement, biography, etc. as applicable to submitted artwork.
      • Several sentences about the concept of legacy.
      • Two artwork submissions allowed per artist; 
      • Please submit one image (JPEG, TIFF) per artwork; 
      • Note: All artwork should be ready to hang; this means framed, if applicable. 

About Northwest Folklife:
Northwest Folklife is an independent 501(c)(3) arts organization that celebrates the multigenerational arts, cultures, and traditions of a global Pacific Northwest. For over 48 years, Northwest Folklife has been deeply committed to celebrating the diversity of our Northwest communities and de-mystifying our differences together, under one roof. Northwest Folklife believes that arts and culture strengthen communities and should be accessible for all. Our year-round programming is produced in collaboration with over 130 different cultural partners and powered by contributions from the community, corporations, foundations, and the public sector. We are for the people, by the people.  

About the Vera Project:
VERA is an all-ages volunteer-fueled music and arts venue. By engaging participants at all levels of music production and community organizing, Vera fulfills its mission to foster a participatory creative culture through popular music concerts, arts programs, experiential learning and volunteer opportunities for all ages, especially young people. Vera’s programs are always all ages, with a focus on young people ages 14 to 24. Most Vera programs are in our venue at the Seattle Center.