Here Come the 2017 Summer Art Walk Awards

It’s almost time for the next round of Art Walk Awards! Mark your calendars for Thursday, Aug. 10 for another night of art, drinks, music and cash prizes at Sole Repair. The party starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Winners are announced at 9:30 p.m.

Not familiar with the AWA? Each quarter three guest judges explore Seattle’s neighborhood art walks and select nine exhibited artworks as finalists. The night of the Art Walk Awards, attendees at the event (aka you) will vote for the winners. The top three artworks will receive cash prizes and the first-place artwork will be featured in City Arts magazine. RSVP here.

Here are this quarter’s guest judges. Take a minute to get to know them, and look forward to the unveiling of their nominations in the coming days! 

Mary Anne Carter is a Seattle-based visual artist and designer. If you didn’t have the opportunity to gaze at her glitter-encrusted chest on the cover of City Arts’ February 2017 issue, you’ve likely spied her award-winning screen print “This Bitch Face Does Not Rest” adorning the chest (or handbag) of a passerby.

Carter’s body of work is diverse. In the last year alone, she launched her aforementioned collection of screen-printed apparel; performed in City Arts’ Genre Bender; illustrated a weekly column for Jetspace Magazine; screen printed a series of unique broadsides for the NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1; and showed her first full-scale installation, Nacho Bell.

Outside of the studio, she teaches at Pratt Fine Arts Center, serves as a contributing editor for Gramma Poetry, and curates a popular market series that hosts over 150 artists annually. 

A transplant from Taiwan, Justen Waterhouse is an arts organizer and writer interested in the history of displacement. She has worked as a project manager and graphic designer at Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Frye Art Museum and Vital 5 Productions. She is currently assisting at INCA Seattle. She is also a member of This Might Not Work, an artist collective in Helsinki and Seattle. 

Waterhouse earned a BFA in Painting + Drawing from the University of Washington in 2014 but, honestly, has not painted since she graduated.


Paul D. McKee is an artist, curator and co-founder of METHOD Gallery. McKee earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Wichita State University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts and has amassed an extensive exhibition record.

His sculpture and installations strike a balance between traditional romantic tropes—utilizing brocaded wallpapers and fabrics, stuffed deer heads and atmospheres of elegant dereliction—with a sense of the predatory. The gendering of activities and objects, like hunting and trophies, is turned on its head, toying with fetishization and the feminization of traditionally masculine signifiers.

McKee has received recognition, grants, awards and residencies from institutions including Visual Overture Magazine, the James Washington Foundation, The UW Henry Art Gallery and 4Culture. His work can be found in numerous private collections in Europe and the United States. McKee’s curatorial experience includes curating at METHOD Gallery, 4Culture E4C Gallery, the EB White Gallery and the Tashiro Kaplan Building, as well as with multiple local and regional exhibitions.