"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

Philip Govedare: Sky Paintings

11/7/2015 through 12/19/2015

A solo show of new work by Philip Govedare, familiar to Seattle viewers as a painter who finds …

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36th Annual Box and Container Show

Northwest Woodworkers Gallery
11/29/2015 through 12/31/2015

Each year this highly anticipated show features some of the most creative work from artists throughout the nation …

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Chihuly Through the Lens

Chihuly Garden and Glass
11/11/2015 through 12/19/2015

The most comprehensive collection of Chihuly’s artwork on public view. A visit to Chihuly Garden and Glass often …

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Pratt Holiday Art Sale

Pratt Fine Arts Center
10/2/2015 through 11/30/2015

Pratt Fine Arts Center’s annual Holiday Art Sale showcases an exceptional selection of art and unique gifts made …

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Body Parts

Henry Art Gallery
10/17/2015 through 2/7/2016

This exhibition spotlights works of art from the Henry’s holdings and private, local collections that apply collage methods …

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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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Pae White: Command-Shift-4

Henry Art Gallery
10/24/2015 through 1/24/2016

A new installation by Pae White that reimagines the open volume of the large Gwathmey-Siegel designed gallery. Painted …

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Extraordinary Ordinary People

Jack Straw Productions and New Media Gallery
10/9/2015 through 11/30/2015

American Masters of Traditional Arts Presented by Jack Straw Cultural Center and Northwest Heritage Resources.

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The Usual Shenanigans and Other Hooplas

Bainbridge Performing Arts – Playhouse and Gallery
12/4/2015 through 12/31/2015

Christopher Kroehler’s show is a series of oil paintings on glass depicting urban life full of his cast …

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