"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

20-Year Members’ Retrospective

Now through 6/23/2019

Columbia City Gallery provides wide-ranging arts exhibits and experiences and has presented more than 300 exhibits over the …

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Psychic Landscapes

Now through 7/13/2019

This exhibition features vivid habitats with richly layered textures and fine details. Betsy Walton’s imagery is inspired by …

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Old is Not a Dirty Word

Now through 7/20/2019

There is a widespread belief that older women, especially lesbians, have had their day and are now up …

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HanSan by Juliana Kang Robinson

Now through 7/13/2019

Juliana Kang Robinson presents HanSan, Korean for “One Mountain,” an installation of colorful silk fabric domes reflecting on …

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Each and Every by Beili Liu

7/12/2019 through 8/31/2019

MadArt Studio proudly presents Each and Every, an installation and performance by Austin-based artist Beili Liu. Through her …

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Now through 6/29/2019

An exhibition highlighting two artists exploring space and color through meditations on nature, Carole Barrer and Mark Butler. …

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