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Introducing Kate Clark, City Light’s new Artist-in-Residence

Above, left: City Light’s 2021-2022 Artist-in-Residence, Kate Clark (photo by Katie Benz)

Seattle City Light, in partnership with the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), has commissioned Kate Clark to be the utility’s Artist-in-Residence for approximately one year, starting in September 2021. Clark will work closely with City Light staff to learn about the utility’s operations and facilities, enabling her to create an art master plan that will guide and inform City Light’s future public art programming. This plan will be a robust, cohesive long-range vision for how City Light can leverage our 1% for Art Fund resources to connect with community members, provide support to the arts community, and reflect the mission, vision, values, and Race and Social Justice goals of City Light and the City.

As the creator and director of the art program Parkeology, Kate Clark has extensive experience navigating and shaping one-on-one experiences, meaningful community collaborations, and the ebb and flow of city energy and resources. Clark was selected as the City Light Artist-in-Residence by a panel of artists, community members, and City Light staff.

The City of Seattle has one of the oldest percent-for-art programs in the country, established in 1973. City Light’s 1% for Art Fund allocates up to 1% of eligible capital construction funds for the inclusion of art. Over the years, City Light has built a robust collection of over 400 permanently sited artworks and over 3,000 portable artworks. To learn more about City Light’s 1% for Art program, visit our website.