The Art Walk Awards—Revamped and Back on the Hill

Ready to party? Starting Thursday, Oct. 10, the City Arts Art Walk Awards are moving back to Capitol Hill, at Sole RepairWe’re also changing things up a bit for the awards. We’ve invited three guest judges to nominate a total of six works of art they loved most during the September art walks. (Nominees will be announced in the next couple of days—so be sure to check back.)

Pop-up Gallery from 5-8 p.m.
On Oct. 10 at Sole Repair, the six nominated works will be on view as a pop-up gallery from 5-8 p.m. So while you’re gallery-hopping during the Blitz! Capitol Hill Art Walk, drop in for a preview and grab a drink.

Art Walk After-party from 8–11 p.m.
Join us for the after-party from 8-11 p.m. with music provided by DJ J-Justice and libations provided by our awesome sponsor Blue Moon. Voting begins at 8 p.m. and we'll award cash prizes to three artists at 10 p.m. Please RSVP here. See you there!

About the Guest Judges for the Fall Art Walk Awards

Beth Sellars has been at the helm of countless museums, organizations and exhibits over the years. She is the curator and co-founder of Suyama Space in Belltown, and formerly served as curator of the Portable Collection for the City of Seattle, curator of art at Cheney Cowles (State) Museum in Spokane, visiting director of University Gallery at University of Idaho and assistant director/curator at Boise Art Museum. She has curated exhibits at The Henry, Open Satelite, Bumbershoot, Cornish College of the Arts and Wright Exhibition Space, among a long list of others.

What will you be looking for? Innovation, originality, consistency and competence. All the subjective stuff.

Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian-born artist and curator based in Seattle. He holds a B.F.A. in Photography and Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Rafael's work has been published and exhibited internationally at venues including the American University Museum, Frye Art Museum, Connersmith, SAM Gallery, Greg Kucera Gallery, G. Gibson Gallery, Gallery 339, Emory University, and Galeria Vertice, among others. He has a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography in 2014. He is currently the Marketing Director at the Photo Center Northwest, Seattle.

What will you be looking for? I really love it when art proves me wrong, I like being surprised. Lately I've been pushing myself to go see things I would normally skip—this has made the experience 100 times more interesting and enlightening. What have I been looking at lately? Anything that is just a little fucked up. Dark works—in their subject matter, and formally speaking. Works that explore heartbreak, death and disappearance. Black objects, paintings and photographs.

Cable Griffith is an artist, curator and educator living and working in Seattle. After receiving an MFA in painting from the University of Washington in 2002, he served as Kirkland Arts Center’s Exhibitions Director from 2007-2010. Currently, Griffith is Exhibitions Curator and Adjunct Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts. He is also the Associate Director of the Neddy at Cornish award program and a member of the artist-run gallery SOIL.

What will you be looking for?  Hard to say if I'm ever looking for something specific. Often the most exciting work is something I wouldn't even know to look for. But who doesn't like a combination of honesty, smarts and a strong sense of awareness?

Photo credits: (top) Nate Watters, portrait of Cable Griffith by Daniel Carillo.

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