"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

Pratt Open House


Pratt’s celebrated annual fall open house! See a live hot bronze pour, and live art demos in all …

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Hart James: ZEN

Now through 9/1/2018

ZEN features Hart James’ work from a December Fellowship Residency at Vermont Studio Center. Fresh and spontaneous in …

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Ryohei Tanaka

Now through 9/1/2018

Ryohei Tanaka is internationally known for his exceedingly fine etchings. He creates rich surfaces that juxtapose various subtle …

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The Presence of Absence

Now through 8/18/2018

Katie Miller’s immersive, site-specific installation of sculptural forms envelop visitors in light and shadow. These large-scale pieces examine …

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Clay? VII

Now through 9/22/2018

This exhibition presents the seventh installment of KAC’s biennial juried contemporary ceramics exhibition, Clay? VII. This exhibition explores the …

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Greg Pierce: Following Footsteps

Now through 9/1/2018

Following Footsteps is an exhibition that explores the felt absence of those before us through the trace presence …

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Centers of Gravity

Now through 9/17/2018

From over 105 artist submissions and more than 500 artworks, jurors David Francis and Jason Huff (Seattle Arts …

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Gary Hill: Linguistic Spill

Now through 9/29/2018

“Spilling” from his current installation in the Boiler Hall at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) …

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