MS Center Art Show

The Multiple Sclerosis Center at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute is proud to present the Annual MS Center Art Show featuring creative works made by those affected by multiple sclerosis. Each year we are humbled by the volume of participation and the creative artworks we receive.

The prevalence of MS in the Pacific Northwest is one of the highest in the world, affecting more than 12,000 individuals in our state alone. Join us for this free art exhibition on July 1 and 2 to learn more about how this neurological disease has touched the lives of those in our community.

We are very excited to partner again with Seattle Center to present your artwork to a large public audience. The Art Show is free and open to the public. Please invite your friends, family, neighbors and loved ones to see the artwork on display. 

The Swedish MS Center Art Show is one of many events the Swedish MS Center hosts to help individuals thrive beyond their disease. The show is not a fundraiser but merely an opportunity to raise awareness about MS.

How to Apply

Artists of all abilities, including children, are encouraged to submit artwork for this annual event to raise community awareness about multiple sclerosis. 

Application forms and artwork must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017. Your application and artwork can be delivered separately, but all materials must be received by the deadline. Download an application online, or contact the MS Center to have a hard copy mailed to you. 

Submitting an application and artwork

Submit your artwork to the Swedish MS Center in person. Do not mail art work. All artwork must be “show-ready.” Follow application guidelines on size, labeling, framing and hardware. 

You can submit your Art Show application three ways:

  • In-person drop off: MS Center at Swedish
  • By Email 
  • Postal mail: 1600 East Jefferson Street, A Level, Seattle, WA 98122

Questions? 

Call 206-991-2099 or send an email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fee to enter? This is a FREE event. There is no fee to enter.

Who can submit work to the art show? Anyone living in the Pacific Northwest who has a connection to multiple sclerosis. For example, a person who has been diagnosed, or a family member, caregiver, partner, child, friend, colleague, etc. of someone who has been diagnosed. All artistic abilities are welcome and all art will be accepted. You do not need to be a patient at Swedish to participate. (Entries must be original work.)

What kind of art is eligible? All visual media are accepted. Examples include paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textile, jewelry, arts and crafts, photography, poetry and graphic design. No candles or flames, music or hanging objects. Select multi-media pieces may be submitted with advanced approval. Artworks with electrical needs and/or audio-visual needs will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. Contact Katie Scaff, patient education program coordinator, as soon as possible.

Can I enter art I’ve already created? Yes, you can enter work created within the last five years.

Are there size limitations to the artwork you will accept? Artworks must be no greater than 36” wide by 36” tall. While we do not want to limit creativity, we want to allow as many artists as possible a chance to display their work. 

How many pieces of art will you accept? Each artist may submit up to three pieces of art. If the number of artworks received for the show exceeds the display capacity, only your piece marked “1st priority” may be displayed.

When are Art Show entries due? Art Show entries (applications and artwork) must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017.

How does artwork need to be delivered to the MS Center? All art must be “show-ready”, including appropriate framing, hanging materials and packaging for safe transportation. Please see your application materials for full information.

Can I sell my art at the show? No. No sales may take place during the show. You may list the price and your contact information on your application and we will display it with your artwork for interested buyers to contact you later. All sales are exclusively between the seller and buyer. 

How much are tickets? There is no cost to visit the Art Show. Everyone is welcome to attend.

I want to donate! How can I help?

You can make a make a tax-deductible donation to support the Art Show through the Swedish Foundation. Contact Samantha Vanover by email or call 206-386-3349.

Art Show Guidelines

  • Artists must have a connection to MS (diagnosis, family members, children, caregivers, friends, colleagues, etc.).
  • Individuals of all ages and artistic abilities are welcome to submit artwork.
  • Artwork may include a variety of visual media, such as paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textile, jewelry, arts/crafts, photography, poetry and graphic design. No candles/flames. 
  • Select multi-media pieces may be submitted with advanced approval. Artworks with electrical needs and/or audio-visual needs will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. Contact the MS Center as soon as possible.
  • Submissions must be original works created within the last five years.
  • Maximum size: 36" W by 36" H. While we do not want to limit creativity, we want to allow as many artists as possible a chance to display their work
  • Limit three art pieces per artist. If the number of art pieces received exceeds the display capacity, only your piece marked “1st priority” may be displayed.
  • Show us what you've got. Please include a photo of each of your artworks with your application.
  • No sales at the Art Show. Any financial transactions must happen after the show and are exclusively between the seller and the buyer.
  • The deadline to submit artwork and applications is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 26. 
  • Have a good time!

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We are very excited to partner again with Seattle Center to present your artwork to a large public audience.