Capitol Hill Community Post | First Hill Improvement Association seeks artists for painting columns under I-5

i5-columns-2From the First Hill Improvement Association (FHIA)

Call for Artists

Request for Qualifications

Painting Columns on Cherry and James Streets I5 Underpass


The First Hill Improvement Association (FHIA), in partnership with the Seattle Office of Economic Development, seeks an artist or artist team to develop an art concept to be painted on the columns below Interstate 5 between Cherry and James Street.


The artist will work with project managers, a steering committee and the public to develop a design to be painted on  the columns underneath Interstate 5 between Cherry Street and James Street in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. Urban Artworks will be responsible for painting and installation of the art design. The final deliverable is a full design and site plan that is approved by WSDOT, adopted by the community, and executable by the installation team.


FHIA received funding from the Seattle Office of Economic Development’s Infrastructural Improvement Program to improve and signal and important and prominent vehicular and pedestrian entry into First Hill, beautify the streets near coming redevelopment projects and organizations, enhance place-making and identity for First Hill, create opportunities for art in our community. and make significant visual and safety improvements to a harsh edge where First Hill meets Downtown.

This project will be a highly visible and prominent series of paintings on the columns for a busy junction in Seattle. The design will need to be approved by WSDOT based on their evaluation criteria.


  • January 23rd – Applications Due
  • January 30th – Interviewees Notified
  • February 17th – Proposals Due
  • March 3rd – Artist or team selected
  • March – April- Design iterations with WSDOT, and other stakeholders
  • April  – Design completion
  • Spring 2017 – Art work painted and installed

More information and application details at

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