Dylan Neuwirth, "JUST BE YOUR SELFIE," 2014, temporary installation in Occidental Park. Photo by Robert Wade.
Dylan Neuwirth, "JUST BE YOUR SELFIE," 2014, temporary installation in Occidental Park. Photo by Robert Wade.

Experience Art & Culture

Seattle is one of the most vibrant cities in the U.S., boasting thriving music, theatre and visual arts scenes. Along with supporting flourishing arts experiences, the Office of Arts & Culture has invested in more than 400 permanently sited and integrated public artworks and a collection of nearly 3,000 portable works, most of which are on view throughout the city's municipal buildings, library, parks, community centers and streets.

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Find Art in your Neighborhood
Art Walks
Every month, local artists and merchants offer a free and easy opportunity to enjoy art in neighborhoods across the city.
Maps & Apps
We invite you to chart your own course through the city keeping an eye out for art in unexpected places. Art gives shape to Seattleʼs urban fabric. Since 1973, Seattle has proudly supported this endeavor with its 1% for Art program. Venture into Seattleʼs many neighborhoods and find other engaging works of art. The cityʼs collection includes more than 400 permanent public artworks. Enjoy your journey. We hope you are inspired, delighted and challenged along the way.
Upcoming Events
#TalkTheArts
#TalkTheArts is the Office of Arts & Culture’s bimonthly Twitter party, centering on a curated topic with a panel of guests from Seattle’s diverse arts community.
Temporary Projects
Civic Square Fence
Three mural artists and artist-teams have created 200-foot long murals now on view on the Civic Square construction fence in downtown Seattle.
Poetry Garden Art Series
Four artists have been commissioned to create temporary interventions in the Seattle Center Poetry Garden to call attention to the unique character of the site, a space designed to ask visual artists to draw inspiration from the written word.

In our Galleries

Architecture of the Pacific Northwest
January 5 – February 28, 2017
City Hall Gallery currently features Architecture of the Pacific Northwest – a playing card artwork project. The exhibition, running through February 28, showcases the artistry and creativity of Seattle architects who design the Pacific Northwest’s built environment, while bringing together the architecture community in a unique way.
Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk
Thru February 10, 2017
Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk: A Quantum Leap, Starting From The Top…!!!Thru February 10, 2017 at Seattle Presents Gallery in the Seattle Municipal TowerOpen Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 – 2 p.m. and by appointment
Vikram Madan, <em>An Utterance Ineffable</em> <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
January 17 – April 10, 2017
The Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery features the exhibition An Utterance Ineffable by Seattle-area artist Vikram Madan. The exhibition features 15 acrylic paintings that are influenced by narrative folk and expressionist art that Madan encountered while growing up in India.
Your Body of Water, Part I
January 11 – April 4, 2017
The Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery now features Your Body of Water Part I, an exhibition drawn from a recent purchase of 33 artworks by 31 artists from the Pacific Northwest for the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) portable works collection. The exhibition aims to visually explore our connections to water and how it is protected and cared for by SPU.

Browse the Collection

Permanently Sited
The collection includes more than 400 permanently sited and integrated works. Artworks are commissioned through a public process. Panels comprised of professional visual artists along with community and city representatives evaluate the artist applicants. The city stewards and maintains its artworks through an ongoing program of coordinated conservation activities, which include inspections, major restorative work and routine maintenance.
Portable Works
The city's Portable Works Collection is a rotating collection of nearly 3,000 artworks in all media, representing hundreds of artists collected by the city since 1973. The collection includes sculpture, painting, mixed media, prints, photography and textiles.

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