Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila. COURTESY PHOTO, Westfield

Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila. COURTESY PHOTO, Westfield

Southcenter Mall invites student artists to show, sell their work

Contest open to high school and college students; $2,000 grant to be awarded

Local high school and college students are invited to enter a Westfield Southcenter Mall art contest with a chance to have their work displayed inside the Tukwila mall.

Interested artists can submit their work, starting March 23 and through April 30, to southcenter@urw.com for consideration. Contact information, art style and links to their social media page(s) or website displaying their art are requested in the submission.

The Southcenter team will select one individual each quarter to display their art and provide them with a grant of up to $2,000 for materials. The artist’s work will be displayed inside the mall on the Sears wall, adjacent to Din Tai Fung & Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya utilizing up to 40 feet of wall space, for a minimum of three months, per artist, according to a Westfield press release.

Southcenter will promote the artist and their work through a press release, in an email newsletter and through social media. Artists will have the opportunity to include a QR code with their installation to provide more information about themselves and their work, as well as sell pieces.

“We’re thrilled to be launching this program that allows us to engage with our community and foster creativity, supporting the growth and gifts of young artists while sharing expressive beauty with our shoppers,” said Saman Kouretchian, Southcenter Mall director of marketing. “We see over 280,000 visitors each week, and saw this as an opportunity to create a connection that would benefit both groups, bolstering the aspirations of young artists and giving shoppers a chance to experience another’s tremendous talent.”

All submitted art will undergo an approval process prior to installation. Nudity, political art, or any art that could be construed as offensive will not be permitted, according to the press release. Mall operations will support installation and taking the work down, handling any necessary wall repairs.

“Our hope is this will be the beginning of a long-standing program that will fuel our community and space with inspiration, warmth, joy, connectedness and imaginative innovation,” Kouretchian said.




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