Seattle Art Fair Year Two — More Art, More Events, More Fun

Last summer, no one knew quite what to expect from the inaugural Seattle Art Fair. Sure, we recognized that event producers Paul G. Allen/Vulcan and Art Market Productions were putting their considerable resources and expertise behind it, but still, a new event is always a bit of a question mark.

Seattle Art Fair, 2015

Seattle Art Fair, 2015 Courtesy of Seattle Art Fair

Seeing the huge lines (which moved cordially and quickly, much to everyone’s relief) stretching down the block on opening night allayed any fear that this event wouldn’t soar. With more than 60 top international, national and local galleries showcasing the best in modern and contemporary art, the fair drew collectors, admirers, and all kinds of art lovers.  Success!

So we’re delighted to welcome back an even bigger and better year two of Seattle Art Fair, August 4-7. Held at CenturyLink Field Event Center, the fair opens on August 4 with a Beneficiary Preview with proceeds supporting Seattle Art Museum, then continues Friday through Sunday.

More than 80 galleries will exhibit, including some of the most prestigious in the world. U.S. galleries from Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and of course, Seattle, will be joined by international galleries from Paris, France; Cologne, Germany; Seoul, South Korea; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Tokyo, Japan.

Addie Wagenknecht performs Black Hawk Powder at the 2015 Seattle Art Fair, presented by bitforms gallery.

Addie Wagenknecht performs Black Hawk Powder at the 2015 Seattle Art Fair, presented by bitforms gallery. Courtesy of Seattle Art Fair

Both on- and off-site, fair events include talks, performances and special installations, spotlighting Seattle’s position as a vital cultural capital.

And throughout the city, a host of other arts and cultural programming will showcase local art in conjunction with the Art Fair.  Chief among them, Out of Sight at the nearby historic King Street Station offers an annual survey of contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest, reflecting the diversity and breadth of creativity that activates this region. The Satellite Seattle website also offers a wealth of information about other Art Fair week events.

Tickets to the Seattle Art Fair are now available online. For more information, and a full list of participating galleries, visit It’s a popular weekend in Seattle, so a word to the wise: book your hotel soon!  And join the conversation on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook by following @SeattleArtFair and @VisitSeattle.

See you at the Fair!


About the Author

Tracey Wickersham

Tracey Wickersham is the Director of Cultural Tourism at Visit Seattle. In her off hours she’s the host of a weekly music program on KBCS 91.3 FM and a board member at 4Culture, supporting arts, heritage, public art and historic preservation in King County. She lives in West Seattle with her husband, one headstrong elderly Australian Cattle Dog, heaps of books and music, and an unwieldy garden.

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