And Shunpike, Sandsmark added, is "happy to be able to do at least just a tiny little bit to keeping artists visually represented in the city."
Amazon's Hirschfield hopes that this program will continue the relationship between the arts and tech sectors.
"This gives the artist community and Amazon an opportunity to continue the dialogue that's been happening back and forth. Arts and technology are really intertwined," said Hirschfield.
Uriu, for one, believes that big companies in Seattle have a moral responsibility to support the arts.
"If you're a corporation in the Seattle community, why wouldn't you do this?" asked Uriu. "It's the least they can do." Amazon's artist-in-residence program: shunpike.org/programs-services/artist-in-residence/ ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.