** The Call for artists is now closed. **


Application Deadline: April 1, 2018

Show Dates: April 28 & 29, 2018

Please note: There are significant changes in the show format this year, including application process, jurying and fee structure. Please read all sections below.


The Bemis Building is a 100 yr old industrial building that was converted in 1995 to house four floors of artists and artisans of all mediums and professions. The first and second floors house work-only artist studios and business. The top two floors are a mix of live/work lofts. Each space is as unique as the individual, and show patrons love getting an inside view of these eclectic dwellings and witnessing the artists' work process.

The building also features expansive hallways with high ceilings (each floor is over 30,000 sq ft) perfect for exhibiting artwork.


Each Spring the residents and tenants of the Bemis building open their doors to the public for a weekend of open studios, visual art show, live performances, and more. A juried group art show is hosted in the large gallery-like hallways of the third and fourth floors featuring over 30 local artists, many exhibiting their work to the public for the first time.

Bemis Arts

Bemis Arts is an organization comprised of volunteer Bemis Building artists and residents. We are dedicated to fostering a community of talented local artists in Seattle. Bemis Arts is powered by Shunpike

Jurying, FEES & Commission

**Please note, this has changed from previous shows.

Submissions will be juried by individual piece. Works submitted must be available to exhibit at the April 28 & 29 show. 

  1. Application Fee:  $30 for first 3 artwork pieces submitted, $5 for each additional submission
  2. Commission on sales: Artist gets 70%, Bemis Arts/Shunpike retains 30% (All sales will be handled through Shunpike.)


*Approx timeline, dates may change

  • April 1 - Application deadline
  • April 2 - 6 - Jurying
  • April 8 - Acceptance notification
  • April 12 - Required Show Artist Orientation Meeting & Mixer, 7:30 - 9pm at the Bemis Building. Show contracts due.
  • April 16 -20 - Artwork drop-off
  • April 28 - 29  - Show dates. Sat. noon - 8pm, Sun. noon - 6pm
  • April 30 - May 4 - Artwork pickup, if needed



  • Application fees are NON-REFUNDABLE, and must be submitted via Shunpike (see form below).
  • NEW Submitted artworks are juried on a piece by piece basis. Only pieces accepted will be exhibited.
  • NEW Artwork image submission guidelines: must be at least 1000 px on the the longest side, jpg file format, file name format LastName_FirstName_ArtworkTitle.jpg, (ex: Organa_Leia_DeathStarDestruction.jpg)
  • Artists are strongly encouraged to attend the show. Your sales and contacts for future opportunities depend heavily on meeting and interacting with patrons. And it's fun!
  • NEW Artists get 70% of the proceeds from the sale of their work. Bemis Arts/Shunpike retains 30%.
  • NEW Bemis Arts will be responsible for hanging art work unless special hanging requirements are needed.
  • NEW All show sales transactions must go through the Bemis Arts/Shunpike cashier. Artists will be paid their 70% of proceeds within 4 weeks of the show.
  • All artwork must remain installed until 6pm Sunday, at the close of the show, including sold artwork.


  • Do I need to be present during the show?
    • No, but it is strongly encouraged that you attend and/or be present for the majority of the show hours. A representative is welcome. Patrons enjoy interacting with the artists and learning about their work. This interaction is a large factor in producing sales of your work as well as making contacts for future opportunities to show and sell your work.
  • I don't live in Seattle, can I still participate?
    • You may use a proxy in your place to attend the mandatory Show Artist Orientation Meeting & Mixer on April 12th, and to drop off your work, however we do not accept shipped artwork. We can aid with travel planning and recommend nearby accommodations if needed.
  • I am a student, do you offer a discount/scholarship?
    • Yes, in some cases. Please contact us directly.
  • Is it safe to leave my work installed in the building prior and during the show?
    • The building is secure with private access, however we do not insure or guarantee the safety of your work once installed. There have only been one or two minor incidents over the last decade of shows, but we suggest that guest artists insure their own work if concerned.
  • How is my application fee and Bemis Arts/Shunpike sales commission used?
    • Bemis Arts works in association with Shunpike, a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that helps arts organizations forge their own paths to sustainable success. All fees and sales commissions are transacted through Shunpike. Shunpike keeps 10% of application fees and sales commissions to support their mission. Bemis Arts receives 90% of application fees and 20% of sales commissions to be entirely used towards current and future arts event production and marketing. Artists will receive 70% of proceeds from their sold works from Shunpike. 
  • How does Bemis Arts promote the show and show artists?
    • Bemis Arts prints posters and postcards that are distributed throughout the Seattle area. Show posters and postcards will be available to accepted artists at the Show Artist Orientation Meeting & Mixer on April 12th. Show artists will be listed on the Bemis Arts website with a sample artwork image and url link. The show is also promoted through our email list, social media accounts and social media ads. Show artwork may be used in social media promotional postings and ads crediting artists where possible. In addition, the show is promoted through print ads and media outreach. We encourage all show artists to share the event on their own social networks. #BemisArts
  • Who do I contact if there's an issue with my application or I have additional questions?

Be sure and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Share our Call for Artists and Spring Show event info on your social networks using the hashtag #BemisArts. 

** The Call for artists is now closed. **


$30 application fee for first 3 artwork submissions • $5 for each additional submission


**Please DO NOT use the Chrome browser to upload this form. We have reported problems with it sometimes not completing the submitting process. Please use another browser. After hitting the "Submit" button, your application will upload. This process can take a few minutes but should not take more than 10 minutes. When the submitting process is complete you will be redirected to a page that says "Thank you. Your submission has been received." If you don't get redirected to the confirmation page after 10 minutes, change browsers and re-submit the application, (skipping the payment part if you have already paid). If you still have problems, contact us at bemisartinfo@gmail.com.