"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

Signs of Life

Now through 10/23/2018

Facèré presents Signs of Life, a combined contemporary jewelry art exhibition and literary journal featuring the work of …

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Susan Christensen

Now through 10/27/2018

Christensen’s colorful imagination is joyfully enshrined in tiny mixed-media paintings evoking the fantastic creatures inhabiting fairy tales and …

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Water, Water Everywhere

11/1/2018 through 12/1/2018

Expressionist Artist Mimi Cernyar Fox’s paintings explode from her canvases with an intense energy, like the experience of …

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Susan Gans

Now through 10/27/2018

Street Photography gives value to everyday life coming from chance public encounters. The focus on people observed in …

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Now through 11/21/2018

This group exhibition curated by Kirkland Arts Center Gallery Curator J. Gordon explores the ideas behind supernatural beings …

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We Are All Made of Light

Now through 12/1/2018

An immersive art exhibition about our interconnectedness, created by Seattle-based artist Maja Petric. The installation utilizes interactive light, …

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Gary Groves

Now through 10/27/2018

Woodblock printing, which incorporates skills I have acquired over a lifetime of working with my hands-mainly finish carpentry, …

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Jenny Schmid – Wildness Lost

Now through 10/27/2018

This newest body of work, Wildness Lost, takes a new turn to connect with environmental themes through the …

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Observations From the Lost and Found

Now through 11/24/2018

Martha Shade’s solo exhibition presents a cast of characters that are both enchanting and melancholy, blending global mythology …

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