Call for Art is now open for the  “Let There Be Light” program which will feature two exhibits of projected art onto the working grain terminal on Pier 86 down on the waterfront of Seattle. The art will be projected onto the headhouse which is the south facing wall of the working grain terminal on Pier 86 in two installations set for October and December. Call is open to artists or artist groups in the PNW region with experience in projected art. Theme of the exhibits are “Past, Present and Future” as well as celebrating all peoples of the region. Call is open until August 11th and free to apply.



Friends of Art on Pier 86 are accepting applications from professional artists and professional artist teams for multiple original and site-specific art commissions as part of the “Let There Be Light” program.

The program will feature two, multi day exhibits of projected art onto the headhouse (south facing wall) of the Terminal 86 Grain Elevator during the months of October and December. The projected art will be celebrating the “Past, Present and Future” of our waterfront and all peoples of the PNW.  



Call for art is open now until Aug 18th, 2018 at 11:59pm for two installations.
October will feature a three day projected installation Oct 12th - 14th coordinating with the fall Borealis Festival at MOHAI.  The December event will feature a seven day projected installation ending on Solstice - Dec 14th-21st.


Five years ago local volunteers decided to explore the possibility of bringing art to the iconic grain silos and elevator located at Pier 86 on the Seattle waterfront, north of Myrtle Edwards Park. A steering committee was formed called the Friends of Art on Pier 86 (FAP86).

In 2016 FAP86’s Feasibility Study determined that light art would be optimal on the 24/7 working site; thus, the idea of “illuminated art”. Since then they’ve worked closely with the Port of Seattle, the City of Seattle and surrounding neighborhoods to raise the necessary funds and permissions to move forward with the project. By 2018, FAP86 raised funds through grants and private donations to produce two exhibits with accompanying workshops and opening events.

The Terminal 86 Grain Elevator is one of the most prominent landmarks north on Seattle’s Elliott Bay.  Grain Ships anchored two even three at a time wait to fill up–signs of a strong Midwestern harvest of corn and soybeans and the heavy international demand for U.S. commodities. The terminal occupies 17 acres (7 hectares) and have 68 working silos.
As a first step, these installations will be projected onto the south side of the grain terminal headhouse which is 222’ x 77’.

Pier 86 is a testimony to both land and sea; grains collected from the interior continent are then shipped to distant peoples. The symbolism of using Pier 86 roots Seattle’s connection to Elliot Bay, the ancestral home of the Native peoples, the cities original industrial development and more recently, tech and tourism commerce. “Let There Be Light” will be a celebration of the Seattle waterfront, it’s history, it’s people, and light shining the way into the future.

The vision of the “Let There Be Light” project will also showcase the great impact projection art can have while leaving no footprint or waste and hopefully encourage a great exhibit in the future on the entire external silos site.

  • The imagery should be representative of Seattle and the waterfront.
    Keywords; “Port of Seattle, Native Americans, Waterfront, Nature, Sea, Earth to Sea, First Peoples, Pacific Northwest, Chief Seattle, Pacific Ocean, Seattle’s Multi-Ethnic Population, Diverse History and Future of Seattle”

  • “Past, present and future” of the waterfront and celebrating all peoples of the region are themes FAP86 would like to see for the exhibits.

  • Since the imagery will be seen from the waterfront, Queen Anne, Hwy 99, Belltown, downtown and West Seattle, FAP86 is looking for videos or imagery that is engaging and promotes a sense of place, elation, and community.

  • Each exhibit will hold an accompanying workshop with the selected artists(s) and an opening event.

  • The video exhibit should also be engaging but not intrusive to the surrounding neighborhoods, family friendly, and created specifically for this exhibit.

Call is open to artists and/or artist teams located in the Pacific Northwest region that can demonstrate the ability to produce video for a multi- day video installation, have the technical experience and knowledge to understand the scope of the project, and are able to produce content that is in line with the vision of “Let There Be Light” focus.  

Artist(s) will be chosen on their technical prowess, previous work, artistic vision, professional experience, and ability to tell a story of Seattle within their work.

  • Projection Mapping is part of the exhibit since there are windows in the working silo that need to be worked with. If you are not familiar with projection mapping, you may be paired with an artist or artist team skilled in that area to complete the exhibit as needed.

  • Video can be a premade loop, 10-30 mins in duration, that can be played on a loop from a media player during the exhibition times.

  • One artist/artist team or 2 artist/artist teams may be chosen. You will have the opportunity to choose which exhibit you preferred, or both, on the application.

  • Artists “may” have the option to be paired with a Native storyteller from a local tribe to help produce a story of the first peoples.

  • Each exhibit will feature an accompanying workshop led by the Artist(s) and the Program Coordinator.

“Let There Be Light” is offering a stipend of at least $4,500. for the October three day exhibit + workshop, Oct. 12th - 14th.

“Let There Be Light” is offering a stipend of at least $10,500. for the December 14-21 Winter Solstice exhibit + workshop.

Artists will be required to submit the following

  • Artist’s Statement (not to exceed 2,000-characters). Please write a brief description of your artistic intent for this project. Please include any workshop or experience working with teams.

  • Résumé (not to exceed two pages)

  • At least 4 video samples of your previous video or projection work. This can be in the form of links or .mov files. (links are preferred)

  • 1 short (under 1 min) loop or clip made specific for this application and project.

  • 3 professional references

The applications will go through a multi juried process with the Project Coordinator, FAP86, and Port of Seattle before the final selection.

Selected Artist(s) will be notified mid-late August. Artists may be asked for more information or examples of work during the selection process stage.

Apply on the linked form below. 

Please contact Mollie Bryan at with any questions about your application.