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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: OUTstanding features artworks by 16 LGBTQ artists

10/1/2012  3:00:00 PM

OUTstanding features artworks by 16 LGBTQ artists
Reception sponsored by Seattle's LGBTQ Employees for Equality, 4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 11
at Seattle Municipal Tower

SEATTLE — The exhibition OUTstanding at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery features the artwork of artists who identify with the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning) community. The show, on view Oct. 2, 2012 through Jan. 4, 2013, provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and encourage dialogue that reinforces support for diversity. A reception sponsored by SEqual (Seattle's LGBTQ employees for Equality) will be held 4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 11 at Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave.

OUTstanding highlights 22 artworks by 16 artists including Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, Dan Corson, Michael Ehle, Victor Gardaya, Richard Hutter, John Jenkins III, Ken Kelly, Rachel Maxi, Lyn McCracken, Jeffry Mitchell, Brian Murphy, Julia Ricketts, Sally Schuh, Carl Smool, Darren Waterston and Robert Yoder.

“The city's collection is quite diverse in its holdings and this small sampling is no different. The triptych of photographs titled Immuno-Environmental Corollary Part II from 1993 by Dan Corson visually consists of neon coils wrapped around dancing men in a darkened backdrop. The figures appear to float magically within an outdoor environment,” explains Deborah Paine, city curator and collections manager. “Balance that against the hard-edged shapes of Robert Yoder's artwork Hickory from 2002, a black and white abstract painting inspired by overhead views, city designs and maps in architectural drawings.”

Paine selected the artworks from the city's Portable Works Collection, a rotating collection of more than 2,800 artworks—collected by the city since 1973—in all media representing hundreds of artists. The collection includes sculpture, painting, mixed media, prints, photography and textiles. The artworks are exhibited primarily in public areas of municipal buildings.

The Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, 700 5th Ave., is located on the third-floor concourse and is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (206) 684-7171 or visit

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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