"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

Portraits in Time

Now through 6/30/2018

Wasserman takes all the photographs used in her work and assembles them by hand. The physicality of this …

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Now through 6/30/2018

Combining her love of painting with travel, Elyse Cregar’s oil paintings reflect her love of light – from …

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Painters Who Effing Know How to Paint

Now through 7/14/2018

An invitational painting exhibit with a fresh curatorial eye: painters picking painters. “As curators, we seek to emphasize …

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2018 Best of KAC

Now through 7/7/2018

This annual group exhibition coincides with the Kirkland Art Studio Tour (KAST) and features dozens of works from …

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Alexander Keyes

Now through 7/28/2018

Alexander Keyes’ the unutterable hideousness that can dwell in absolute silence and barren immensity draws inspiration from the …

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Kimberly Clark: A Stop on the Road

Now through 6/30/2018

This show’s title is a reference to the search the artist embarks on to find inspiration for her …

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Louise Britton: Diorama

Now through 6/30/2018

“Removing the object from its original environment puts it into a new context and can generate appreciation for …

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L Koo – to drown

Now through 7/13/2018

L Koo is a graduate student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is …

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Night/Dazed: New Work by Jennifer Merchant

Now through 6/26/2018

Facèré presentsa collection of layered acrylic jewelry and small sculpture by artist Jennifer Merchant. Night/Dazed invites viewers to …

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