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Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Portable Works Collection Call for Artists

Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic is invites artists to submit images of two-dimensional artworks for purchase for the new Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic at Othello Square.

Maximum measurements for artwork are 48 x 48 x 4 inches and should not weigh more than 50 pounds. Artwork not conforming to these qualifications may be disqualified. The artwork will enter a rotating portable works collection and objects may need to be moved by one person.

Artists working with a colorful palette are encouraged to apply. The artwork must be available for purchase. Purchases will be chosen by a panel who are charged with selecting artwork that reflects diversity of expression and will aid in a comfortable and healing environment for the clinic. The call is open to professional artists residing in Washington state.


Othello Square is Diverse

For over 100 years the Seattle neighborhood of Othello has been a landing place for immigrant and refugee communities, and an “incubator” of small, family-owned businesses, including farms, restaurants, and specialty shops. Alongside long-term residents, new arrivals from around the globe have created a vibrant, progressive community that is unique in its diversity, and ready to take hold of its own strong economic future.

Immigrants from many countries and self-starters began to settle the Rainier Valley in the 1850s. Italians, Irish, Scottish, and Japanese communities sprang up first in response to forestry and farming opportunities, setting an enduring tone for the area as an incubator of small businesses.

Subsequent waves of immigration swept the area, particularly following the Vietnam War and ongoing conflicts in East Africa. Young families, elders, business savvy entrepreneurs, and adventurous youth came to Othello seeking refuge and opportunity. In a new phase of pioneering spirit, shops, restaurants, small businesses, community centers, and nonprofits sprang up along MLK Jr. Way between Othello and Graham. A symbiotic mix of cultures, languages, and religions now distinguish Othello as a community, and serve to both preserve and share the diversity now concentrated at its core.

Today, more than 40 languages are spoken in Othello. Amharic, Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Vietnamese, Cambodian Khmer, Korean, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Tigrinya are among the most common. In 2009, Sound Transit opened a new light rail line running along Martin Luther King Jr. Way, including a station at Othello, bringing new development and a new wave of transit-driven community members, continuing a tradition of optimism for a bright, opportunity-filled future.

About Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic at Othello Square:

To help us meet the growing needs of the community, we are building a second OBCC location – a bigger, new clinic near the Othello Link light rail station in southeast Seattle’s Rainier Valley. The clinic will be approximately 35,000 square feet to meet the wellness needs of the growing pediatric population in south Seattle and south King County and is projected to open in Winter 2022.

Services at the Othello location will include pediatric medical care, mental health, dental services, nutrition, sports medicine, physical therapy and occupational therapy, as well as community and school-based healthcare, early learning, and community resources.

The clinic will also be part of a unique urban community concept called Othello Square, a 3.2-acre site that will provide families with convenient access to services, such as a charter elementary school, an early learning center, affordable retail and commercial spaces for rent, community meeting spaces and mixed-income housing for rent.

The original OBCC, located in the historic Central District, will be renovated to upgrade its clinical facilities and maintain its cultural heritage in the community. The clinic will continue to serve families in the Central District and adjacent neighborhoods, as well as communities to the north and west.

About Seattle Children’s:

This isn't about beating the odds. This is about changing them. We fight relentlessly to make sure there’s no such thing as “out of options” and to make sure kids who “didn't have a chance” can have the childhoods they deserve. At Seattle Children’s, we’re united by a compelling mission: We provide hope, care and cures to help every child live the healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.

Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research and serve as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. In 2020, U.S. News & World Report named Seattle Children’s among the nation’s best children’s hospitals. We are honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s very best places to care for children, out of nearly 200 pediatric hospitals evaluated in 2020. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Seattle Children’s as a top children’s hospital every year since it began ranking medical facilities more than 25 years ago.

The importance of branding:

The Seattle Children’s and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic brand is, at its core, our reputation. It represents who we are as an organization and stands for our aspirational goals and ideals. It embodies our values and reflects our unique identity.

Your diligence in upholding these standards will help reinforce people’s association with Seattle Children’s and Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic will strengthen the ongoing connection between Seattle Children’s, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and our community.

This call is open to artists who are residents of Washington state. Galleries may submit applications on behalf of their artists; please see gallery-specific application instructions below.

Two-dimensional artworks will be considered for purchase. Maximum measurements for artworks are 48 x 48 x 4 inches and should not weigh more than 50 pounds. Artwork not conforming to these dimensions may be disqualified. The artwork will enter a rotating portable works collection and objects may need to be moved by one person. Artists may submit up to two images of available work.

OBCC is looking for colorful artworks that will be interesting for guests of all ages in the clinic to enjoy. Artworks that center joy and healing are encouraged.

Shipping is not available for this purchase and all selected artists are responsible for the delivery of the artwork to OBCC.

OBCC has a separate budget for framing. Artists do not need to frame their work, and unframed works are preferred so we can make sure the work is protected to medical facility standards.

OBCC is purchasing artworks with budgets that range from $100-$1,000. Prints, Giclée’ and other types of reproductions are encouraged.

These artworks will enter the collection of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and will be managed by Seattle Children’s. They will be displayed throughout the Odessa Brown Children’s clinic.

Project Timeline


Monday, July 21st, 2021

Call Opens

Tuesday, August 24th, 2021

Call Closes

Late September 2021

Selection Panel Reviews Applications and Selects Artworks

October 2021

Letters of Agreements sent to artists and artists not selected notified

November 2021

All artworks delivered to art consultant for framing

Winter 2022

Artworks installed in the new OBCC clinic at Othello Square

A total of up to $10,000 for all artworks is available for this direct purchase. Artworks prices over $1,000 will not be considered for purchase.

11:59 p.m. PST, Tuesday, August 24, 2021.


  • Up      to Two Images of Available Work:       Do not submit images of artworks that are not available for direct      purchase. If any submitted artwork is no longer available, please contact Alison      Post, Public Art Assistant, Alisonrpost@gmail.com
  • Image      Descriptions (not to exceed 1,000 characters per image):       Please describe your work samples by including title, year made, medium,      dimensions, and price.

If you are applying on behalf of an artist represented by your gallery, please email our Public Art Assistant, Alison Post, at Alisonrpost@gmail.com.

Artwork will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:  artistic merit, appropriateness for a children’s clinic setting, artistic diversity, and any themes that are joyful and/or talk about healing.

Selection Criteria

Artists will be evaluated based on their artistic expression and appropriateness for the clinic site.

Selection Process

The selection process will take place in Fall 2021. A panel of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic stakeholders, artists, client representatives and community members will review and select artworks for purchase from the submitted applications.

Notification of Results

Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by email by October 31, 2021. Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and Seattle Children’s reserve the right not to select any of the applicants.

Please contact Elisheba Johnson at elishebajohnson@gmail.com any questions.

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