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Cover Art

Each year, two artists are selected (one for each Arts Walk event) to have their artwork featured on the Arts Walk poster and in event related publications. These artists are commissioned by the City to create a new, original work of art for either the spring or fall Arts Walk event.

How to Apply

Selected artists each receive $750 to create a new work, and have been featured in multiple ways including:

  • Highlighted through exclusive in-studio interviews,
  • On the City's website & social media platforms,
  • In press interviews,
  • And their work has been promoted with event marketing and publications.
Applications now open for 2022 Cover Art Search
Apply by November 1, 2021.

The City of Olympia is committed to being an inclusive, affirming, and equitable place where community members and staff can live, play, and work. We adhere to the non-discriminatory treatment of all persons in employment, calls for art, and in the delivery of services and resources. We strongly encourage people who are Black or Indigenous, people of color, transgender, non-binary, LGBTQ, immigrants, people with disabilities, and women to apply.


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Fall 2021 Cover Artist Chiyo Sanada

As an artist, Chiyo’s passion has always been Japanese Calligraphy (Shodo). Shodo is essentially an art of movement, using ink, brush and paper to express thoughts and emotions in characters.

With complete focus, Chiyo imbues each brushstroke of the Japanese characters or “kanji” with meaning, power and rhythm. Chiyo’s goal is to make connections with people from all over the world through her art. Though her primary audience is unfamiliar with Japanese characters, she is known for using color, texture and line to successfully convey emotions and concepts through her art so others can intuitively sense its meaning. Chiyo uses acrylics, watercolor, mixed media collage and 3D techniques to create her own unique style.

Originally from Hiroshima, Japan, Chiyo began training in Japanese calligraphy at age seven. She started teaching Japanese calligraphy after graduating from Hiroshima Bunkyo Women’s University in 1995 with a teaching certificate and a degree in Japanese calligraphy. Since coming to the U.S. in 2000, Chiyo has made her home in Olympia/Lacey Washington. She regularly shows her work in art exhibitions throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Visit the cover piece at Arts Walk on October 1st at Aikido Olympia located at 506 Columbia St SW in Olympia.

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