Shunpike: The Business of Art

Home  |  Member Login  |  Board Login  |  Contact

Programs & Services 









Visual artist and an Amazon artist-in-residence Markel Uriu within the Amazon Expressions lab at Amazon Headquarters in Seattle, June 18, 2018 (Photo by Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut)

The 2019 resident artists have been selected.

After a year of planning, we were able to launch this new residency program that places 4 artists annually in dedicated studio space on the Amazon campus. Each residency is 3 months long, and requires that the artists provide minimum 8 hours per week in residence, a master class, an artist lecture, and one work of art to the Amazon collection. The stipend for each artist is $10,000.

The first call for applicants received 155 proposals from both emerging and well-established artists alike. A panel comprised of representatives from Shunpike and Storefronts, Amazon, and Seattle’s visual art community, were charged with creating a short list, and 4 finalists (2018) : Celeste Cooning, Markel Uriu, Clyde Petersen, and Henry Luke.

Program Requirements:

  • Artists are required to work in the on-site art studio for a minimum of 16 hours per week during business hours for the duration of the ten week residency. Artists will be available for questions by employees about their process while they work.
  • Artists will provide one Artist Lecture and host one Workshop during the residency.
  • Artists will create one Artwork, at the artist’s selection, which will be included in the corporate campus art collection upon completion of the residency. Artists will reserve rights to be acknowledged as the author of the Artwork.
  • Artists will provide their own art supplies.
  • Artists are encouraged to create additional work and install for public display within the art studio for the duration of the residency.
  • Amazon reserves the right to photograph the artist at work and all works created and installed in the art studio for promotional purposes.

Artist Fee: $10,000, inclusive of artist expenses and one mutually agreed upon artwork.

Eligibility: Greater Pacific Northwest residents over 18 years of age, creating original works. Artists may NOT be enrolled in a program of study within an academic institution during the time of the residency..

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS ARE: Compelling– artistically strong in concept and execution, compelling to a diverse audience, and actively seeking to engage employees. Relevant– responsive to, and engaging with, diverse audiences, themes, and ideas. Process and engagement are central considerations for all proposals, so please make sure to demonstrate how your project engages a diverse audience.



All applications to this program are reviewed by an independent panel based on relevance, viability, community engagement, and creative merit. The panel is made up of art curators, professional artists, and arts administrators. Materials required for submission include:

  • Artist Bio, 400 words or less
  • Artist Statement, 400 words or less
  • 4-6 representative work samples with related work list
  • Project Proposal, including:
    • Brief conceptual statement, 500 words or less
    • Proposed content for Workshop and Artist Lecture
    • Any relevant experience as a teaching artist
    • Total word count for this section: 800 words

The selection committee may interview final candidates during the period of 9/27/18 – 10/9/18.

TIPS and TROUBLESHOOTING It is highly recommended that the proposal be concise, written in direct language, and specifically detail what will be experienced for the client’s employees and whoever will participate in Workshop and Artist Lecture. Highly conceptual art jargon and overlong descriptions are best avoided. It is highly recommended to compose your application in a Word document, check the word count, and copy/paste your responses into the application form. Shunpike is not able to offer technical support for the online application system. 


How large is the studio, and what tools are available? There is about 450 square feet of usable space in the Studio. There are work tables and stools as well. There are no power tools except drills.

How tall is the studio? The ceilings are 10 feet below the pipes and ducts, it is an industrial space. What lighting is available in the studio? There is a bank of windows across the hall from the studio facing East. The general lighting is industrial, but there are clamp lights that can be set up with balanced lighting.

What is the floor surface/covering? The floors are polished concrete.

Is the residency only available to individual artists? Collaboration is great, but the stipend is split between the participants.

What about a dance/performance or audio/video residency? The current space is not well suited for most dance/performance/installation.

How ventilated is the studio? The ventilation limited. No fume hoods, so fumes must be kept to a minimum.

Are the studio and the corporate facilities wheelchair and otherwise ADA accessible? Yes.

Is parking and a loading area available? Yes.