"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

Art Visiting Artist: Caroline Kapp

3/9/2018

Caroline Kapp is a Seattle-based visual artist best known for her quietly surreal photographic compositions that combine traditional …

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Teresa Getty and Jeremy Wineberg

Now through 2/24/2018

Here is an extension of a past collaboration that began when both artists lived in Wisconsin, and continued, …

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Janis Kerman

3/15/2018 through 4/3/2018

A practicing jeweler for over forty-five years, Janis Kerman is notable for her subtle mastery of asymmetry, balance, …

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Material Morphologies

Now through 3/30/2018

For the past 35 years, Seattle artist Alan Fulle has explored the limits of painting, sculpture, public art, …

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Seattle Design Center Sample Sale

3/15/2018 through 3/16/2018

Visit Seattle Design Center for a unique opportunity to purchase items directly from their showrooms’ floors—and at unparalleled …

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Topophilia, 2018 Emerging Curator Initiative

3/16/2018 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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ARTifACTs: We Almost Didn’t Make It

Now through 2/24/2018

Join Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), featuring the activist art collective, ARTifACTs, with their interactive and generative gallery …

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The Great Basin: Two Views

Now through 2/28/2018

This photographic exhibition – investigating the landscape of the Great Basin stretching from SE Oregon to Nevada, Utah …

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Art Visiting Artist: Natalie Krick

3/2/2018

Natalie Krick (b. 1986) lives and works in Seattle, Washington. She received her BFA in Photography from the …

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