SEATTLE — The brand-new physical art publication PublicDisplay.Art aims to put art into the hands of Seattle. The quarterly newspaper is a means of kickstarting mainstream interest in local arts and artists like cover artist, Tariqa Waters of Martyr Sauce, and featured artists Anna Mia Davidson, Anouk Rawkson, Carolyn Hitt, Mari Shibuya, Monyee Chau, Moses Sun, Priyanka Parmanand, Romson Bustillio, and Soo Hong.
“It's what Seattle has been missing for a while, it's very important to have that platform to show their work,” said artist Anouk Rawkson.
The free publication is part of non-profit One Reel’s new ongoing arts-focused programming since bowing out as the producer of Bumbershoot earlier this year. It is also made possible, in part, through funding from the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture.
PublicDisplay.Art allows One Reel to continue serving their mission by reaching a wide audience with an easy and accessible way to discover the work of some well-established and up-and-coming local artists
“It's a chance for us to connect people to the arts,” Marty Griswold Executive Director of One Reel says. “As much as the internet is amazing, it doesn’t allow for that chance encounter.”
“It's not a fancy book publication, it becomes more personal, it goes more deep,” said artist Soo Hong.
More than 15,000 issues of this first-ever published art exhibit were distributed to neighborhood galleries, coffee shops, and retailers around Seattle. Find where you can pick up a copy here.
Despite the project's limited budget, all the artists were compensated. Although, the opportunity to expand their local following far outweighed the financial support received.
“Artists need to maintain and own their space, to make sure that their stories are being told,” said artist Tariqa Waters.
PublicDisplay.Art and its accompanying website (from which it gets its name) provides public accessibility to gallery art, which is essential not only to the livelihoods of thousands of local artists, but to the preservation of society’s ongoing appreciation of arts and culture.