"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

Michele Rushworth: Wings Over Water

Now through 9/29/2018

Explore the myriad forms of bird life in the Puget Sound along with the water’s reflection and transparency …

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Signs of Life

10/3/2018 through 10/23/2018

Facèré presents Signs of Life, a combined contemporary jewelry art exhibition and literary journal featuring the work of …

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Charles Smith: Interface II

Now through 9/29/2018

A developing compilation of interior/landscape structure. These themes present multiple levels of expression in contemporary realism – classically …

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Sister Mary Corita Kent

Now through 9/29/2018

In vibrant color and bold flat shapes, the silkscreen work of activist nun Sister Mary Corita in the …

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Gary Hill: Linguistic Spill

Now through 9/29/2018

“Spilling” from his current installation in the Boiler Hall at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) …

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Eunice Kim

Now through 9/29/2018

Internationally known and celebrated, Seattle artist Eunice Kim’s printmaking practice is marked by a singular commitment to a …

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Priscilla Dobler

Now through 9/27/2018

La Cocina is a large woven installation featuring a kitchen, along with audio interviews that are based on …

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Earth and the Great Weather

10/5/2018 through 10/28/2018

In the BPA Gallery, enjoy landscape and nature paintings, both realistic and abstract. Neil Johannsen and Charles Sharpe, …

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10/2/2018 through 11/21/2018

This group exhibition curated by Kirkland Arts Center Gallery Curator J. Gordon explores the ideas behind supernatural beings …

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