The Art in Public Places program is excited to share the list of artists accepted to the 2021 Public Artist Roster. We share Roster portfolios with local art selection committees at K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies throughout Washington.
At its August meeting, the ArtsWA board unanimously approved 476 artists and artist teams for the Roster. They will serve four-year terms.
We worked hard to make this Roster our most diverse and inclusive ever. Nearly half of the accepted artists were first-time applicants, and many are experienced studio artists new to public art. Washington artists hail from rural and urban locations in 22 counties statewide. The number of artists of color, female, non-binary, disabled, and Central and Eastern Washington artists have all more than doubled from the 2018 Roster. We see this as a great starting point to center equity in our program and to reflect and celebrate Washington’s diverse communities. We can’t wait to start new projects with the 2021 Public Artist Roster.