SuttonBeresCuller is a trio of artists (John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler) who have worked collaboratively since 1999, when they met as students at Cornish College of the Arts. Over the past decade, they have created ways to engage viewers through sculpture, performance, public art and site-specific installation that often attract (sometimes unsuspecting) audiences to new readings of and approaches to political, social, cultural, and artistic issues. They are dedicated to a form of “public art” that is generous in nature, participatory for the willing and refreshingly free of dogma for the uninitiated.
One of these projects was the Mini Mart City Park, which was initially funded with support from the Creative Capital Foundation. In June of 2008, they entered into a lease for the former gas station site in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. As this project continued to grow, SBC sought a partnership with the Georgetown Community Council, a local non-profit so as to be eligible for funding specific to the project. In October of 2008, the Community Council voted to extend fiscal sponsorship to SuttonBeresCuller for the Mini Mart City Park project. After four years of environmental assessments and strategic planning they made an offer to purchase the property that was accepted in December of 2012. Due to the nature of the GCC and the future issues surrounding the cleanup and liability with the site SBC needed to form a new separate entity to purchase the property and develop the project. In January of 2013 they formed a new Washington State Non-profit entity, Mini Mart CIty Park, and have filed for Federal tax exempt status.
For more information on SBC and other projects visit suttonberesculler.com