"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 Art Events

Franz Erhard Walther: The Body Draws

Henry Art Gallery
10/31/2015 through 3/6/2016

The Body Draws, the first major United States exhibition of work by Franz Erhard Walther premieres October 31 …

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Figure in Process: de Kooning to Kapoor, 1955-2015

Pivot Art + Culture
12/5/2015 through 2/28/2016

The first exhibition in the new Paul Allen-owned Pivot Art + Culture space, The Figure in Process features …

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Colleen Rjc Bratton and Polina Tereshina: Real Time

ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery
12/16/2015 through 2/14/2016

Using organic forms, Polina Tereshina and Colleen RJC Bratton seek to manifest the intangible. Real Time brings into …

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Bling It On!

Center On Contemporary Art (COCA)
1/13/2016 through 2/20/2016

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) is delighted to present Bling it On! an exhibition of wearable contemporary art …

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luminous soundscape

Jack Straw Productions and New Media Gallery
1/14/2016 through 3/11/2016

Since relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2012, artist Andy Behrle has been developing ways to visualize sound …

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The Great Northern

MadArt Space
1/17/2016 through 2/27/2016

Local artist and current Guggenheim fellow Rick Araluce is on hand building a large replica of Seattle’s Great …

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Real Time

ACT Theatre
1/21/2016 through 2/19/2016

Real Time is an art installation that brings together four artists who are career theatrical artisans, contributing to …

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Elegy and White Wash

Pratt Fine Arts Center
1/26/2016 through 2/29/2016

A new exhibit in the Pratt Hallway Gallery featuring work by Christina Carlyle. She has two new bodies …

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Re:definition Gallery Launch

Paramount Theatre
1/29/2016 through 5/31/2016

Inaugural gallery launch of a new project in The Paramount Theatre Lobby Bar. Re:definition aims to redefine historic …

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