"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, and you can experience it up close at the annual Refract glass art festival.

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

Embodiment

Now through 6/30/2024

The works in Embodiment contend with personal and collective histories, relationships, and memory. Through varying media, the six …

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Olympic Sculpture Park

Ongoing

Covered in monumental artworks, this award-winning nine-acre sculpture park on the waterfront is Seattle’s largest downtown green space …

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Art Walk Edmonds | Every Third Thursday

Ongoing

Every third Thursday from 5-8 pm, galleries, businesses, and restaurants join in celebrating the arts & cultivating local …

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Elegy for a White, Black, and Red Butterfly

Now through 6/1/2024

Through Julian Pena’s vibrant, immersive visual narratives, viewers are invited to question reality, consciousness, and our role in …

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Jeremy G. Bell – Cosmic Tapestry

Now through 6/22/2024

Jeremy G. Bell’s captivating portraits of contemporary Black subjects blend realism with abstraction, inviting viewers to explore the …

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The Inner Child

Now through 6/1/2024

This exhibition is an exploration centered around the notion of inner child, releasing the serene, unburdened core that …

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The Golden Hour

Now through 6/1/2024

“The Golden Hour” is a window into the heart and mind of Shruti Ghatak, whose work is inspired …

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SAM Gallery Presents: Emerald Descent

Now through 6/2/2024

Emerald Descent delves into deep waters with new artworks by Jasmine Novack. Inviting the viewer into the underwater …

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Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk

Ongoing

Pioneer Square is the center of Seattle’s art scene, exhibiting the depth and range of the vibrant Pacific …

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