"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

Georgetown Art Walk


The historic Georgetown neighborhood hosts a neighborhood art walk on the second Saturday of every month. Enjoy art, …

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PhinneyWood Art Walk


Art Up PhinneyWood is a monthly artwalk that promotes over 40 participating venues in the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood of …

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Bloodlines Group Exhibition

Now through 11/25/2017

Bloodlines showcases nine artists who create artwork as a method of reclaiming, preserving and transforming the role of …

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Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk


Did you know First Thursday in Pioneer Square was the first Art Walk in the USA? In 1981, …

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I am not the only one

Now through 10/28/2017

Artist Paula Maratea describes her exhibition: “Living – as I do – in a sliver of space, I …

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Fremont Art Walk


Fremont First Friday Art Walk brings together artists, galleries and local businesses for three hours each month to …

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Signs of Life

Now through 10/24/2017

A combined literary journal and jewelry art exhibition featuring the work of nine artists. The journal pairs these …

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Queen Anne Art Walk


The Queen Anne Art Walk features local artists in uptown Seattle at a variety of participating venues.

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Chinatown-International District Art Walk


The Seattle Chinatown International District Art Walk takes place every third Saturday. Enjoy work by local and international …

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