Fred Hutch – Call for AANHPI Artists

Artist Call Details

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is continuing its public art program that celebrates and highlights the work of diverse artists in our community across our campus and in our research. The program’s purpose is to connect artists from underrepresented and minoritized communities in the Pacific Northwest with leaders in public health to open dialogues and promote active change. Selected artists will also receive $5,000 for their commission and participation in the program.

There is no fee for entry. The selection phase for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) visual artists is open until Friday, August 5, 2022 at 5 p.m. PT.

Please Note:

For this engagement, we are accepting applications from visual artists that identify with the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. Future calls will be held for artists of other backgrounds including: LGBTQIA+, Hispanic, Latinx and Jewish communities.


This call is open to AANHPI visual artists, or artist teams, who are 18 years of age or older and are residents of Washington state, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Wyoming. The selected artists must be able to provide a tax identification number or social security number.

Artists who work in a variety of visual media will be considered. Examples of media include, but are not limited to, traditional art, digital art, collage, graphic art, mixed media and textiles.

Fred Hutch and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance employees and staff are not eligible to apply at this time.

How to Apply

There is no fee for entry. Eligible artists interested in this program must submit the following:

  1.  Statement of interest
    Please explain your interest in the program and, if relevant, your connection to Fred Hutch and our mission. Please limit your response to 2500 characters.
  2.  Artist statement
    Please share a brief artist bio, including your personal commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Please limit your response to 1500 characters.
  3.  3-5 pieces of work
    These pieces can be submitted in these formats: .jpg, .pdf, .png. The size of the files should not exceed 25MB.
    Please label your files in this format: lastname-firstname-title-medium-yearcreated.


  • Friday, August 5, 11:59 p.m. PDT: Artist call closes.
  • Mid-August: Finalists are notified and interview with selection committee.
  • Late August: Final artist is notified.
  • October – November: Artist develops commissioned piece and engages in the dialogue portion of the program. Note: Artists are encouraged but not required to engage in the Dialogue portion of the program leading up to their commission period.
  • February 2023: On-campus signage is unveiled.
  • June 2023: Commissioned piece is archived for future rotation.

Artists are encouraged, but not required, to participate in dialogue with the Hutch until the program’s anticipated close in 2024.

Final Artwork Criteria

Artists are encouraged to consider the criteria for the final commissioned artwork as they prepare their artist submission:

  1. Relevant to your community
    The final artwork will visually convey the themes, emotions, expressions, history, culture, and aspirations of your community as represented through your experience and the dialogues held throughout this program.
  2. Relevant to the themes of this program
    The final artwork will honor and affirm the humanity and equal human dignity of people who have been marginalized and excluded.
  3. Suitable for large public display
    The final artwork will work well at a large scale and be suitable for all ages.

Final Exhibit Format

One piece will be commissioned by the selected artist (or artist team) and will be translated into a high-quality digital file and featured in various print and digital forms. Additionally, the artist and artwork will be featured on and across our various social platforms. The final forms of the artwork include:

  • A large 18-by-14-foot vinyl banner on top of the Fred Hutch Yale building. This location faces a high-traffic roadway at Valley St and N. Yale Ave. in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle
  • A 6-by-10-foot flag flown on campus
  • Digital and print signage across our campus
  • In educational materials the Hutch shares with the community

Selection Process

The artist selection panel consists of representatives from the Fred Hutch who identify with AANHPI communities. The Fred Hutch Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has intentionally created selection committees who will:

  • Advise on requirements of the artist submission process
  • Review application submissions
  • Select the final artist, or artist team, and guide the final creative pieces of art to be displayed on the Fred Hutch campus and shared with our broader community

The selected artist or artist team will receive $5,000 for their work and participation in the program. Artists are expected to cover the cost of materials associated with the creation of the piece. Fred Hutch will cover the cost of final production.

Submissions for AANHPI artists are due Friday, August 5, 2022 at 5 p.m. PDT.