Artist Update

Unfortunately the artist for our first exhibit, Jonathan Womack, has had to cancel his exhibit due to a family emergency.

But we’re happy and honored to announce that the artist team, SIGNALS, will be exhibiting 3 night of projected art in his place.


Nicolas Sassoon; Vancouver BC Canada

Rick Silva; Eugene, Oregon


SIGNALS is a collaborative project by artists Nicolas Sassoon (Vancouver, BC) and Rick Silva (Eugene, OR) focusing on immersive audio-visual renderings of altered seascapes.

Rick Silva was born in 1977 in Brazil and lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he is an Associate Professor of Art & Technology at the University of Oregon.
Nicolas Sassoon is an artist based in Vancouver BC Canada that makes use of early computer imaging techniques to render visions of architectures, landscapes and natural forces.

Sassoon and Silva share an ongoing theme in their individual practices; the depiction of wilderness and natural forms through computer imaging. Created by merging their respective fields of visual research, SIGNALS features oceanic panoramas inhabited by unnatural substances and enigmatic structures. The project draws from sources such as oceanographic surveys, climate studies and science-fiction to create 3D generated video works and installations that reflect on contamination, mutation and future ecologies.

For Let There Be Light, SIGNALS is presenting a series of five simulated seascapes projected at a monumental scale.
Each animation features an ocean view set at a different time of day, where the water surface has been infused with an artificial substance, both reminiscent of contamination (oil spills) and natural occurrences (bioluminescence). The animations operate as seamless loops, giving the impression of looking at an environment rather than a video work.

The project re-examines components of the landscape such as scale, immersiveness and duration to create an open-ended experience: evoking the presence and impact of the Pacific Ocean in Seattle and inviting the viewer to contemplate on their relationship with this natural setting that is so vital to the past, present and future of the Pacific Northwest .


Chosen Artists for Let There Be Light Program

Friends of Art on Pier 86 are proud to announce the chosen artists for the 2018 Let There Be Light Program!

The Let There Be Light program will feature two, multi day exhibits of projected mapped video art created by local video artists onto the 222 ft tall headhouse (south facing wall) of the Terminal 86 Grain Elevator during the month of December.

The projected art will be celebrating the “Past, Present and Future” of our waterfront, Winter Solstice, and all peoples of the PNW.  The art will be viewable from many neighborhoods including but not limited to; downtown Seattle, West Seattle, Queen Anne, SODO, Myrtle Edwards Park, Centennial Park, and from the water.


Dec 7th-9th, 2018

Showing nightly 6pm-10pm

Artists - SIGNALS
Nicolas Sassoon; Vancouver BC Canada
Rick Silva; Eugene, Oregon

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SIGNALS is a collaborative project by artists Nicolas Sassoon (Vancouver, BC) and Rick Silva (Eugene, OR) focusing on immersive audio-visual renderings of altered seascapes.

Sassoon and Silva share an ongoing theme in their individual practices; the depiction of wilderness and natural forms through computer imaging. Created by merging their respective fields of visual research, SIGNALS features oceanic panoramas inhabited by unnatural substances and enigmatic structures. The project draws from sources such as oceanographic surveys, climate studies and science-fiction to create 3D generated video works and installations that reflect on contamination, mutation and future ecologies.

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Craig Winslow and Chris Rojas
Portland & Seattle

2nd Exhibit / 7 days in duration
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Craig Winslow and Chris Rojas at the Let There Be Light Workshop.  Photo credit: Brian Chu Photography

Craig Winslow and Chris Rojas at the Let There Be Light Workshop.
Photo credit: Brian Chu Photography

Chris Rojas and Craig Winslow make up “Hexagone Misfit”, a visual arts team based out of Seattle and Portland. Together, they bring skills in 3D imaging, projection mapping,
photography, videography, and interactive installation design. Their visual experience includes
Intel, Microsoft, NikeLab, Portland Parks & Rec, Portland Trail Blazers, and The Neon Museum of Las Vegas.

Craig Winslow exhibit

Craig Winslow exhibit

  • Artist Jonathon Womack was chosen for the first exhibit and presented at the workshop, but had to decline due to family emergency. We hope to work with him again in the future.


The project is on it's way to the final few steps!
Over the summer our Project Coordinator put out a Call for Art resulting in an abundance of stellar and intriguing applications from artists across the PNW. The first round of finalists have been interviewed and the FAP86 committee will be selecting/announcing the artist(s) chosen for the exhibits in the next week and a half. 

As part of the Let There Be Light we're hosting a Community Workshop on Sept 30th, 2018. 

The workshop will include an introduction & presentation of the program by Program Coordinator Mollie Bryan and Chairperson Betty Winfield. 
The selected artists for the exhibits will be providing a short presentation of their work as well as talk about their vision for their exhibits for the program. 
A short Q&A will follow allowing the public to ask questions about the program. 
Following the presentations will be an lantern making workshop that will allow the public to write or draw their solstice rituals on the lanterns that will be used as inspiration for the December exhibit. Workshop is FREE & open to the public. 

RSVP on Facebook for updates and more information on the Community Workshop. 



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JULY 2018

FAP86 New Coordinator; Mollie Bryan

Local Mokedo Gallery Owner Mollie Bryan is the new Project Coordinator of the upcoming  "Let There Be Light" project for the north waterfront at the Pier 86 Grain Elevator, announced the Friends of Art on Pier 86 (FAP86), a neighborhood volunteer group dedicated to bringing illuminated art to the grain terminal structures along the waterfront north of Myrtle Edwards Park.

Ms. Bryan will be responsible for coordinating the call for art, acquiring the specialized projectors required for such a large exhibit, hiring artists familiar with projected art projects; facilitating the community workshops led by the selected artists, and managing projected art installations.

Bryan stresses that the canvas of the Pier 86 grain terminal structures will serve as a beacon for  the Port of Seattle and the Seattle waterfront. The theme of illuminated art to be on the rectangle headhouse of the grain elevator is to "Celebrate the Seattle Waterfront: Past, Present and Future,"  including the various cultures of the Pacific Northwest form Native to immigrant peoples.

As Project Coordinator Bryan brings to the project an impressive resume, having been centrally involved in several community-based illuminated art and audio installations, said Friends of Art on Pier 86 (FAP86). In addition to her work with the Decibel Festival, the Fremont Art Walk, the Best of the Northwest festival and the 25th annual Artist Trust Gala, Ms. Bryan has been actively curating and producing a series of illuminated art installations in Volunteer Park and this summer, Georgetown called "Lusio Lights.". Ms. Bryan has also spent the last few years curating light art and art events at her gallery in SODO called Mokedo, which will be closing this fall due to the sale of the property.

The original "Lusio: A Night to Awaken" festival in July, 2016, featured 28 lighting exhibits throughout Volunteer Park and brought in thousands of spectators. This year Lusio celebrates it's 3rd annual festival of light on Aug 10th, 2018  with 30 light installations, live sound performances and a community parade of light. Since the kick off event in 2016, Bryan has been busy helping fundraise for the Friends of the Conservatory with a series of Lusio Lights events in the Volunteer Park Conservatory. She has also been involved as an exhibitor for the Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Lights project and recently the Seattle Times did a front page video feature about her work in the community, which is still featured on their site. Bryan sees the Let There Be Light project as an extension of her personal mission to promote light art in accessible spaces for the community of Seattle to experience and enjoy.

The inaugural art on the Pier 86 Grain Terminal is the culmination of five years of work by Friends of Art on Pier 86 for a feasibility study and with grants from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and coordination from the Port of Seattle and the financial partnership of the Seattle Parks Foundation.

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Mollie Bryan - Project Coordinator,


JUNE 2018

Mollie Bryan, owner/curator of Mokedo Gallery and the Lusio Light Installations, is FAP86 project coordinator. She will soon have a call for light artists for fall and winter light installations on Pier 86 Grain Terminal "Head House."


FAP86 will put up projection art this fall and winter on the Pier 86 Grain Terminal "Head House," with the support of the Port of Seattle.  Financially, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods awarded FAP86 a grant of $78,000 for the initial project.  FAP86 members raised another $63,000 for the equipment and artists.   As fiscal sponsor the Seattle Parks Foundation partners with FAP86 as a 501 (c) 3.


Position Announcement - Project Coordinator

FAP86 seeks to hire a Project Coordinator to oversee the implementation of illuminated art on the Pier 86 grain elevator.

The Coordinator’s responsibilities include acquiring specialized projector/s for the illuminated art and overseeing their operation; and managing the two art installations planned for 2018. The Coordinator will assist in hiring two artists and facilitating community workshops to gather public input on the images to be projected.

In addition, the Coordinator will interact with the Port of Seattle; supervise a Webmaster who will update the FAP86 website to assure optimal community outreach and public awareness of the project; develop and execute a marketing plan to promote and organize the art opening events. The project-based position continues through 2018 and pays $7800.

Qualifications include strong administrative skills and experience working with government agencies and community organizations in developing and executing public art.  All applicants will be considered, regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

To apply, submit a letter of interest with related experience, vita,  and three references to David S. Levinson, 2801 First Ave., #1108, Seattle, WA 98121. Review will begin February 7.  

Additional contact information for Mr. Levinson: or (206) 441-2942


November 2017

COMMUNITY ART WORKSHOP - SAVE THE DATE! - WORKSHOP POSTPONED! Stay tuned to our Facebook page or website for more details. 

An upcoming January art workshop seeks public input for a proposed art installation on the Pier 86 Terminal.

This community involvement will be held on Saturday, January 13, 10 a.m. – noon, at the SAM Olympic Sculpture Garden PACCAR Pavilion at the corner of Western Ave. and Broad Street.

The theme of the projection art will center on Seattle’s past, present and future, drawing on the region’s rich natural environment, history and cultural traditions. The first art will go from the past to an envisioned future.

Workshop facilitators’ artist Nicole Kistler and Salish storyteller Paul Wagner will seek the community’s symbols of the future.  Those symbols will be featured in the inaugural art to be projected on Pier 86’s rectangle grain elevator.   

Kistler’s “previous Illuminated Ghosts” as part of the “Duwamish Revealed” project, 2015-2016, featured images of the old growth cedars along the Duwamish River.   Wagner of the Vancouver Island Saanich tribe will share his costal knowledge with traditional stories. 

Kistler’s plan is to project images of the 300 foot firs that once rimmed Elliott Bay and then fade into smaller trees with symbols of the of the future.   This inaugural project will be a pilot test of projection art on the Pier 86 structures.

Funded by the City of Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fun, the event is sponsored by Friends of Art on Pier 86 (FAP86), a group of local volunteers who had determined the project’s feasibility and who will be present at the workshop and available to answer questions.

For more information, visit FAP86 at   or


January 2017 UPDATES

“A Projector, a Projector! My Kingdom for a projector!”

FAP86 seeks a 12,000 lumens LED projector, either by loan or donation or by funds for the $20,000 cost.  This specific LED projector must have wireless upload of image & remote control for the first illuminated art installation on the Pier 86 grain terminal and silos.

 The initial artist, Nicole Kistler, has a King County 4Culture $10,000 grant as seed money for the Pier 86 project, which will cost three times as much.  Individual donors and Local 19, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, raised almost $5,000 additional funds.  Thus, the projector is all that is needed.

 Kistler, whose “Illuminated Ghosts," was the luminaire art on the Lafarge silos that represented the 300 foot cedars once surrounding Elliott Bay.  For Pier 86 she plans an additional "Illuminated Ghosts" version of the mammoth firs that once sustained native peoples prior to the Euro-Americans’ arrival.

 Luminaire art was found to be the most feasible medium for the Pier 86 working facility after a 2016 feasibility study funded by a Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods 2016 grant and now found on FAP86’s website and facebook page. The prominent site is seen by much of Seattle.

 FAP86’s overall goal is to present curated, rotating illumination plan and set up rotating illuminate projects to highlight Seattle’s working waterfront: past, present and future. The first installation on Pier 86 highlights the past of the original Elliott Bay area.

 FAP86 has the endorsement of the Seattle Art Museum and the partnership of the Seattle Parks Foundation and the Port of Seattle.  

 We’ve added these Seattle Artists and Community Advisory Members:

 Addie Dunlap  Seattle Central Area Photographer & Activist

 Nathan Germain:  Steinbrueck Native Galley Curator

 Yoko Mureo :   Capitol Hill Artist & Choreographer

 Ernie Thomas :   Seward Park area Artist

 Daniel Winterbottom :   UW Professor of Landscape Architecture


Artist Nicole Kistler just received a King County 4Culture $10,000. grant for the 2017 first luminaire installation on the Pier 86 site.  Kistler's previous"Illuminated Ghosts," represented the 300 foot cedars that once ringed Eilliott Bay and the Duwamish River, and was shown on the Lafarge Silos as part of the 2015 Duwamish Revealed Project.  In 2016 her "Outburst, Pike Street Hillclimb" is part of the Pike Street Hillclimb, as part of the Seattle Waterfront art.  

 Outburst, Pike Street Hillclimb

Nicole Kistler unleashed a sleeping goddess and transformed the west side of the elevator tower of Pike Street Hillclimb. The artwork portrayed the arms of a once-sleeping goddess emerging from an abundance of vines and growth, reaching to the sky and stars.



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Save the date: #GivingTuesday 2016 is November 29th. Help bring illumination art to Seattle’s waterfront by giving to Friends of Art on Pier 86. It’s easy. Give online at:

Our goal for Giving Tuesday is $10,000. With your contribution and grants, we hope to bring local artist Nicole Kistler’s “Trees” to the waterfront early in 2017.



Moving Forward!

With a newly completed feasibility study we are now focusing on fundraising to install luminaire art on the Pier 86 grain elevator and silo structures.

To fulfill the theme of "Seattle's Waterfront Heritage: Past, Present, Future," the initial objective is to place Nicole Kistler's "Illuminated Ghosts" on the south terminal wall during the winter of 2017.
This projected art, depicting the forested Seattle area before settlement, will demonstrate the power of illumination art and will offer the community a chance to respond to this light art.
If the public response is positive, the follow-up plan is to partner with Seattle institutions and create a five-year curated, rotating episodic illuminated art installation on the North, South and Western seaward faces of the Pier 86 structures. 

This proposal would honor the site's past and current working industrial site, highlight Seattle's new Elliott Bay waterfront improvements, build community with a notable icon, and revel in Seattle's rich diverse bay and shoreline area.

To help with the expenses of a projector, the artist and technician,  please donate to our FAP86 501(c)(3) link with the Seattle Parks Foundation.

View the most recent draft of the Feasibility Study.

FRIENDS OF Art on Pier 86




·       Public Art is possible on the Pier 86 Grain Elevator & Silos

·       Work could be done without interference with Pier 86 operations & security


What art is possible


·       Paint, Banners, Lights, Video Loops, Stencil Art & even Reverse Graffiti

·       Temporary or permanent installations;  large scale or small adjacent to path

·       Not practical nor suitable: Plant growth  or plant sculptures on the silos 



·       Recommendation preference:  “Celebrate Seattle’s Waterfront Heritage”


·       Upon  approval of the Port of Seattle and sufficient funds available

·       Installation would occur during the slowest time of the year for the operator, June-September, which coincides with the best weather for outdoor work


·       Silos, any or all sides, & grain elevator

·       It would be difficult to put art on the chutes & conveyor belt over the water

·       Easiest side would be on the waterfront side

Estimated costs

·       Range: $126,000 to $3.1 million on other silo sites 

·       Encompass finalist awards, artist fees, travel, accommodation, administrative costs, materials, insurance, installation, curation, maintenance

·       Range depends upon number of structures & type of art


·       Maintenance & curatorial fees will depend on art type selected   

Funding Sources

·       Private fundraising, local & national philanthropists & businesses

·       Public: Grants & Competitions

Public Support

·       Steering Committee: Representatives from neighboring community councils & alliance, unions, businesses 

·       Letters of support from neighboring groups for a Feasibility Study

·       Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Small & Simple Grant Award

·       Community survey shows over 60 % favor public art on site

·       Continual communication via two all community meetings & monthly updates to community groups

Next steps

·       With approval of the final Feasibility Study, the Port of Seattle will decide whether and how to move forward. 

·       They might keep the FAP86 Steering Committee or assemble a new cross-functional community/stakeholder committee to oversee a selected project manager to finalize a theme, issue a Call for Artists and raise funds.