"Short Cut," by artist Dan Webb; Photo: David Newman

Visual Arts

Art is everywhere!

Nearly 200 galleries and five excellent art museums in the Seattle area allow you access to exhibits of every kind. However, you need not enter a gallery to experience great art. Seattle was one of the first cities in the nation to enact a program to integrate art in public projects and you’ll find art in unexpected places throughout the city. Find your way with these excellent maps & apps.

Seattle is widely known as a center for glass art, and our legendary natural beauty is enhanced by spectacular public displays. World-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly’s work is on full glorious view at Chihuly Garden and Glass, but also graces public areas from the stunning chandeliers at Benaroya Hall to the Seaforms at the Seattle Aquarium.  Many other top artists in the region are setting new standards for this historic and popular art form.

When it comes to architecture, Seattle is again showing an innovative edge. The eye-popping Central Library, the psychedelic Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), and the contemplative St. Ignatius Chapel are just a few of the better known examples.

From historic Pioneer Square to the funky Fremont district, art is all around.

Upcoming Visual Arts Events

2018 Best of KAC

Now through 7/7/2018

This annual group exhibition coincides with the Kirkland Art Studio Tour (KAST) and features dozens of works from …

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Portraits in Time

Now through 6/30/2018

Wasserman takes all the photographs used in her work and assembles them by hand. The physicality of this …

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Now through 6/30/2018

Combining her love of painting with travel, Elyse Cregar’s oil paintings reflect her love of light – from …

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Alexander Keyes

Now through 7/28/2018

Alexander Keyes’ the unutterable hideousness that can dwell in absolute silence and barren immensity draws inspiration from the …

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Judy Nimtz: Littoral

Now through 6/30/2018

Nimtz is known stylistically for paintings of solitary, contemplative figures often set in outdoor environs. Aiming to achieve …

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Louise Britton: Diorama

Now through 6/30/2018

“Removing the object from its original environment puts it into a new context and can generate appreciation for …

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Something Wild This Way Comes

7/18/2018 through 8/7/2018

Nine jewelry artists were invited to let their imaginations run free and to explore things of an animal …

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Anne Hayden Stevens

Now through 6/30/2018

“Currently I am exploring the myth of Narcissus in my work, re-imagining Narcissus as a woman. Caravaggio’s ‘Narcissus …

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Kimberly Clark: A Stop on the Road

Now through 6/30/2018

This show’s title is a reference to the search the artist embarks on to find inspiration for her …

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