Amazon Artist in Residence2020-11-24T12:48:21-08:00

Amazon Artist in Residence

Shunpike coordinates the Amazon Artist in Residence Program, placing artists annually for ten-week residencies at Amazon’s South Lake Union and Bellevue campuses. The application period for the Amazon Artist in Residence Program has now closed. Please check back in Summer 2021.

2020 Resident Artists


Selected artists work at one of two spaces on the Seattle/Bellevue Campus. The Seattle studio offers 400 square feet and the Bellevue studio offers 800 square feet.

Artist Grant: $15,000, inclusive of artist expenses and one mutually agreed upon artwork.

Eligibility: Residents of Washington State over 18 years of age, creating original works. Artists may NOT be enrolled in a program of study within an academic institution during the time of the residency. No housing will be provided for this residency.


Program Requirements

  • Artists are required to work in the on-site art studio for a minimum of 16 hours per week during business hours for the duration of the ten week residency. Artists will be available for questions by studio visitors about their process while they work.
  • Artists will offer two employee engagement events. In the past, events have consisted of artist lecture, practice based workshop or open studio event for Amazon employees to learn more about their art during the residency.
  • Artists will create one artwork, at the artist’s selection, which be displayed on the Amazon Campus upon completion of the residency.
  • Artists will provide their own art supplies.
  • Artists are encouraged to create additional work and install for public display within the art studio for the duration of the residency.
  • Amazon reserves the right to photograph the artist at work and all works created and installed in the art studio for promotional purposes.

Materials Required for Submission

  • Artist Bio, 400 words or less
  • Artist Statement, 400 words or less
  • 4-6 representative work samples with related work list
  • Project Proposal, including:
    • Conceptual statement of intended project for the residency, 500 words or less
    • Example content for educational event, 200 words or less
    • Any relevant experience as a teaching artist
    • Total word count for this section: 800 words

Panel Review

All applications to this program are reviewed by an independent panel based on relevance, viability, community engagement, and creative merit. The panel is made up of art curators, professional artists, Amazonians, and arts administrators.

The selection committee may interview final candidates during the period of December 9, 2020 – January 29, 2021.


It is highly recommended that the proposal be concise, written in direct language, and specifically detail the project proposal for the artist studio and how it engages the audience. Highly conceptual art jargon and overlong descriptions are best avoided. It is recommended to compose your application in a Word document, check the word count, and copy/paste your responses into the application form. Shunpike is not able to offer technical support for the online application system.


How large are the studios, and what tools are available?

Seattle Studio: 300 square feet. Bellevue Studio: 800 square feet. There are no power tools except drills provided.

How tall is the studio?

The ceilings in both studios are 10 feet below the pipes and ducts, they are industrial spaces.

What lighting is available in the studio?

Seattle Studio: There is a bank of windows across the hall from the studio facing east. Track lights can be adjusted to meet lighting needs. Bellevue Studio: Two sides of the studio are lined with floor to ceiling windows. Track lights can be adjusted to meet lighting needs.

What is the floor surface/covering?

The floors are polished concrete.

Is the residency only available to individual artists?

Collaboration is great, but the stipend is split between the participants.

What about a dance/performance or audio/video residency?

The current spaces are not well suited for most dance/performance work.

How ventilated is the studio?

The ventilation is limited. Fume hoods are not available, so fumes must be kept to a minimum.

Are the studio and the corporate facilities wheelchair and otherwise ADA accessible?


Is parking available?

Parking is available for loading materials in or out, but not for day to day studio use.

How will I be notified of the of the application status?

There will be two rounds of panel reviews.  Applicants will be notified of status in late December 2020 and with final status to be determined in February 2021.



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