Art Call 2018

Applications are now being accepted to participate in The Native Works 2018 Art Call. The announcement is primarily aimed at visual artists and media artists, although creative fashion designs are also welcome. The art call is primarily aimed at adding pieces to the Native Works 2019 collection through collaboration with indigenous artists.

All Indigenous Artists of any tribal affiliation are eligible to submit artworks. We welcome any submissions that are original paintings, drawings, digital works, collage, lino prints and photography including contemporary and traditional works. 

The Theme for all the submissions is

“Our Indigenous Future”

“The traditional Native peoples hold the key to the reversal of the processes in western civilization which hold the promise of unimaginable future suffering and destruction. Spiritualism is the highest form of political consciousness and we the Native peoples of the western hemisphere are among the world’s surviving proprietors of that kind of consciousness we are here to impart that message.”

Basic Call to Consciousness
by Akwesasne Notes

we are looking for submissions that assert an indigenous presence in spaces both familiar and new.

We are asking for artwork that can be used by Native Works in the 2019 collection to convey the message of indigenous sovereignty and what a future built with Native consciousness could/should/will look like. 


Please send us your artist statement + art submissions + contact details via email at nativeworkscsc until November 16th 2018.


Project Timeline

  • “Our Indigenous Future” Call opens! – Oct. 24th 
  • Deadline for submissions – Nov. 16th 
  • Native Works Team Review – Nov. 26th & 27th 
  • Final Review and Selections – Nov. 28th 
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Awards Announced – Nov. 29th 
  • Artist Work and Information Due – Dec. 7th 

Artwork Submissions

All works should be submitted digitally via email. Please submit work with the subject line NW Fall 2018 – First and Last name. 

In body of email, Artists will submit a short bio, including tribal affiliation and any social media outlets. 

Please give the following information for each piece being submitted:

  • Artists Name
  • Title
  • Medium
  • Work Statement (250 words max)

Artists may submit up to five artworks. Each piece should be in either JPEG, TIFF or PDF format no larger than 2mb. 

Please name all of your entry files as follows:

Artist’s last name _ first name, followed by the entry number. Example: johnson_john_1.jpg.

Award Selection

Each piece submitted will be reviewed by the Native Works Team and 10 finalists chosen. The final selection process will take place on November 28th with the help of Chief Seattle Club staff including the Executive Director, Colleen Echohawk and Deputy Director, Derrick Belgarde. We will also have the assistance of Chief Seattle Club board member Tricia Trainer and Retail Consultant, Marjorie Sheldon. Of the 10 finalist artworks, three pieces will be selected as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Award Winners. Winners will be announced and Artists of each winning piece will be notified on November 29th by email. 

Winners Awards and Agreements

1st place Award - $300.00

2nd place Award - $250.00

3rd place Award - $150.00

All Award recipients will also benefit from exposure in a featured artist spot on the Native Works website, as well as promotion on all Native Works social media outlets. 

All winning pieces will be created into prints and made into a collection for the Native Works Apprentices to put together for our product line. 

Recipients will be responsible for sending a higher resolution of winning artwork, reviewing and signing Native Works license agreement, and providing current address for the Native Works Team to remit payment of award. 


If you have any questions about the art call please email 


Vision of Native Works:

Native Works is a workforce development program and social enterprise. We exist to better Seattle’s homeless Native American community by providing guidance and mentorship in relearning employment skills. Native Works honors native tradition while fostering a healthier native future by crafting authentic Native American jewelry and art.

Overview of the Native Works Program

Workforce development is tricky when committed to helping some of the most vulnerable of our community. We’ve created Native Works to be a trauma informed and indigenous aware vocational rehabilitation, meaning our Apprentices benefit from a great deal of compassion and understanding for where they are coming from and experiences they’ve had. Each Apprentice receives support and mentorship through the program and is paid hourly for the beautiful work they do. Product development is on a rotation basis, so there are always new pieces to create and new learning opportunities. Witnessing the transformation our Apprentices experience through art is one of the best parts of this program.