"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

Maximalist in Motion

3/7/2019 through 3/30/2019

ZINC Contemporary Presents Maximalist in Motion.

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States of Becoming

Now through 3/2/2019

Gallery 110 presents its Ninth Annual International Juried Exhibition, States of Becoming. Gallery 110 is honored to have …

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Juried Exhibition

Now through 3/14/2019

Photographic Center Northwest is proud to present the 22nd Juried Exhibition, one of the most anticipated shows in …

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Life in Stone 2019

Now through 3/2/2019

This sixth installation of our annual stone show is a collection of delightful sculptures created by the Inuit …

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Uyen Tran Gjerde and Frank Renlie

Now through 2/23/2019

Artists’ statements: Fairy tales are more than stories for children. The images exist because they are too difficult …

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Observing Nature

Now through 3/3/2019

Observing Nature showcases the different ways that nature can be appreciated, admired and looked to for inspiration. Artists …

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Piano Drop

Now through 3/15/2019

50 years ago the Jack Straw Foundation, in the form of KRAB Radio, dropped an upright piano from …

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