Spring Art Call 2019


“We are all tied to a lineage of love that has existed since time immemorial. Even if we haven't had a direct experience of that love, we know that it exists and has made an indelible imprint on our souls. It's remarkable to think that the entire span of human life exists within each one of us, going all the way back to the hands of the Creator. In our bodies we carry the blood of our ancestors and the seeds of the future generations. We are a living conduit to all life. When we contemplate the vastness of the interwoven network that we are tied to, our individual threads of life seem far less fragile. We are strengthened by who we come from and inspired by the those who will follow."

― Sherri Mitchell Weh'na Ha'mu Kwasset
Sacred Instructions; Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change.” 



Applications are now being accepted to participate in The Native Works 2019 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 "Seeds for the Future Generations" 

Call opens – March 29th

* Deadline for submissions – May 3rd

* Final Review and Selections – May 14th

* 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Awards Announced – May 15th

* Artist Work and Information Due – May 29th

Artwork Submissions

Works may be made of any medium but should be physical in nature and able to be incorporated into the Native Works product line.

All images of works should be submitted digitally via email. Please submit work with the subject line NW Spring 2019 – First and Last name.

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

Please give the following information for each indivual 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 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 May 14th 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 May 15th 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 before May 29th.

If you have any questions about the art call please email lacey@chiefseattleclub.org.

We are asking for artwork that can be used by Native Works in the 2019 collection to convey the message of how the work we make now becomes seeds for the future generations.


The 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 of our Apprentices experience through art is one of the best parts of this program.