"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

2018 Best of KAC

5/8/2018 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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Hilda Bordianu and Marius Tunduc

Now through 4/29/2018

Marius Tunduc: “Balance” – Water is Life is Love is Life and is Balance. Sometimes I like to …

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Valerie Collymore

Now through 4/28/2018

Collymore’s Spring collection offers impressions of Provence and the French Riviera through the eyes of a long-term past …

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All Power: Visual Legacies of the Black Panther Party

Now through 6/10/2018

This photographic exhibition is drawn from a book of the same name and showcases a select group of …

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Topophilia, 2018 Emerging Curator Initiative

Now through 4/28/2018

This exhibition explores how artists create a “sense of place” in their work, and how they use their …

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Topophilia: A Sense of Place, A Sense of Feeling

Now through 4/28/2018

Think of your favorite place on Earth: What importance does this place hold for you? Does it remind …

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Michael Spafford: Epic Prints

Now through 4/28/2018

Michael Spafford has been a major force in the Northwest art community as a painter and printmaker since …

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Linoleum Cuts 1957 – 2018

5/3/2018 through 6/2/2018

Joan Kimura has made prints her entire career as an artist. Her first print exhibit in 50 years …

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Kirkland Art Studio Tour

5/12/2018 through 5/13/2018

KAST is Kirkland’s own artist studio tour. Local artists will open their studios on Mother’s Day weekend to …

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