"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 EMP Museum, 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

Buildings in Watercolors

Bainbridge Performing Arts – Playhouse and Gallery
6/3/2016 through 6/3/2016

Cindy Heine’s watercolors have been characterized as “whimsical” and “light-hearted.” This special showing includes recent watercolors of missions …

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24th Annual Best of Gage: Opening Reception

Gage Academy of Art
6/17/2016 through 6/17/2016

The 2016 Best of Gage features a wide range of sizes, styles, and mediums as students vie for …

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Catch that Light!

Henry Art Gallery
6/12/2016 through 6/12/2016

What if we could hold light in our hands? What would we do with it? Experiment with shadows, …

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Meeting of the Henry Gallery Aasociation

Henry Art Gallery
6/2/2016 through 6/2/2016

The Henry looks forward to sharing what we have accomplished over the past year with our valued members, …

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Counterculture Comics and Disney Icons

Henry Art Gallery
6/5/2016 through 6/5/2016

Join in for an afternoon of cartooning and conversation led by Shary Flenniken, a longtime member of the …

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