ARTS at King Street Station Gallery

ARTS at King Street Station is a dynamic space for arts and culture in the heart of the city, dedicated to increasing opportunities for communities of color to generate and present their work.

Like many other arts spaces, we had to close down for most of 2020 and into 2021 because of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Our immediate goals for flexible, temporary and safe usage of the space became:

  • To immortalize local artists' work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To get money and resources into the hands of artists as soon as possible.
  • To give artists and community access to our gallery, meeting rooms and artist residency spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ARTS at King Street Station
303 S. Jackson St., Top Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
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Gallery Hours and Admission

Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 6pm. On First Thursdays, the gallery is open until 8pm.

Admission is FREE.

*ARTS at King Street Station will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.

COVID Safety 

In accordance with King County's vaccination verification guidance, people ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result within the last 72 hours to enter ARTS at King Street Station and Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Masks are required for entry, regardless of vaccination status. Most importantly, be kind.

1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation

Ceremonial Mask, 20th Century, Wood, Beads, Cowrie shells, courtesy of the American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths

November 16, 2021 - January 15, 2022

The history of American chattel slavery, as an institution, had the primary function of feeding the greed of wealth and capitalism by white men of European descent both in Europe and the Americas. The commodification of human beings primarily from the continent of Africa provided a free labor force for over 400 years. There are many histories that are still debated and told through different lenses, but stories that are centered on the attributes, perseverance, and courage, of a great people are rarely shared.

Created and curated by Mr. Delbert Richardson of The Unspoken Truths1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation takes viewers on a chronological journey - from the beginnings of our origins in Africa, American Chattel Slavery, and the Jim Crow Era to modern-day African American originators, inventors, and innovators.

The exhibition is organized into four themes:

  • Mother Africa, which features some of the great contributions that Africans have made throughout the world. This section connects Africa's global impact in the areas of its rich traditions, cultures, rituals, and ceremonies.  Equally as important, are the global contributions in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math)  
  • American Chattel Slavery breaks down the type of slavery where human beings are considered to be property and are bought and sold as such. This section utilizes authentic artifacts, documents, and storyboards, to expose the Impacts on enslaved Africans physically, spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. The theme also exposes the impacts on people of European descent asking community to question the emotional and psychological impacts that must come from inflicting and enforcing these heinous acts of dehumanization. 
  • Jim Crow Era is an explanation of the racial caste system geared around white superiority. Jim Crow was the name of the racial caste system which operated primarily, but not exclusively in southern and border states, between 1877 and the mid-1960s. Under Jim Crow, African Americans were relegated to the status of second-class citizens. Jim Crow represented the legitimization of anti-black racism.
  • Still We Rise highlights African American inventors and inventions. A 40-foot display features everyday items that African Americans have invented or improved upon.

Two additional installations will also be on view in the gallery space: Diversity by Design by AIA Seattle's Diversity Roundtable and Home of Good: A Black Seattle Storyquilt by Storme Webber. 

*Please note: 1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation may contain works that some visitors could find upsetting. Please connect with a visitor services staff member for more information and references.

Learn more about 1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation.


Past Events

Opening Celebration (December 2, 2021)

ARTS at King Street Station invites the community to a special opening celebration to commemorate 1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation, an exhibition by Mr. Delbert Richardson. The opening celebration will feature remarks, tours with Mr. Delbert Richardson, and opportunities to and engage and connect with his work.

Thursday, December 2, 2021
5:30 - 8pm
Free
ARTS at King Street Station

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Exhibition Exploration for Educators with Delbert Richardson (December 11, 2021)

The Creative Advantage invites educators to this special exhibition exploration session to tour the exhibit and think critically together about ways to share this exhibit and its themes with students.

Saturday, December 11, 2021
11am  - 1pm
Free
ARTS at King Street Station

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Virtual Closing Celebration: 1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation (January 6, 2022 - Livestream)

Join us on First Thursday (January 6), for a special livestream closing event of 1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation. The evening will feature reflections from the exhibit's creator and curator, Mr. Delbert Richardson, reflective readings from the African-American Writers' Alliance (AAWA), and remarks from ARTS' Acting Director, royal alley-barnes. 

You can tune in to the livestream at https://youtu.be/sIdjgQPKeIc

Thursday, January 6, 2021
5:30 - 8pm
Free
Virtual Livestream on YouTube

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ARTS at King Street Station is free and open Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 6pm. In accordance with King County's vaccination verification guidance, people ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status. 

1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation is organized and presented by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and is curated by Ricky Reyes in partnership with the ARTS at King Street Station Advisors. Support for the installation is provided by Benjamin Gale-Schreck and Blake Haygood. 

Image: Ceremonial Mask, 20th Century, Wood, Beads, Cowrie shells, courtesy of the American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths

Past Exhibitions

1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation

Ceremonial Mask, 20th Century, Wood, Beads, Cowrie shells, courtesy of the American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths

The history of American chattel slavery, as an institution, had the primary function of feeding the greed of wealth and capitalism by white men of European descent both in Europe and the Americas. The commodification of human beings primarily from the continent of Africa provided a free labor force for over 400 years. There are many histories that are still debated and told through different lenses, but stories that are centered on the attributes, perseverance, and courage, of a great people are rarely shared.

Created and curated by Mr. Delbert Richardson of The Unspoken Truths, 1619: Resistance/Resilience/Remembrance/Liberation takes viewers on a chronological journey - from the beginnings of our origins in Africa, American Chattel Slavery, and the Jim Crow Era to modern-day African American originators, inventors, and innovators. 

Two additional installations will also be on view in the gallery space: Diversity by Design by AIA Seattle's Diversity Roundtable and Home of Good: A Black Seattle Storyquilt by Storme Webber.

Learn more about the exhibition.

Image: Ceremonial Mask, 20th Century, Wood, Beads, Cowrie shells, courtesy of the American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths

Two Different Somali Perspectives: Hawo Ali and Abdi Ibrahim

Composite of both artists' work: pink flowers on the left, photo of a Somali woman pushing up her cheeks in an exaggerated smile on the right.

Soomaali

September 7 - October 23, 2021 - Hawo Ali is a Seattle-based Somali-American artist and community activist. Centering on the flowers and scenery of her home country Somalia, her art is inspired by her arrival to the United States and the new flora of the land. Hawo’s paintings often include abstraction and strong colors to accentuate her portrayal of traditional Somali practices, artifacts, and narratives on Somali culture. These diverse narratives represent vivid depictions ranging from the resourcefulness of the native nomadic people to the native lions, tigers, and hyenas that make up the land.

Abdi Ibrahim is a Somali-American photographer based in Los Angeles. Raised in Seattle, Abdi is the son of two immigrants. Since his start in film photography at the age of 17, his work has been featured in numerous publications including New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Billboard Magazine. Abdi also works as a film and commercial director, where he has worked on campaigns for Apple Music, REI, Subaru, and The Fader. Abdi photographs his subjects in what feels like abstract worlds — creating an image that tells a story and a surreal aesthetic that is meant to be imaginative but rooted in reality; a cross between documentary and conceptual.

Learn more about the exhibition.

Image: Details from Spring Flower in Somalia, by Hawo Ali, and Happy Sad, by Abdi Ibrahim.


Noogu imow kulankeena Labo Ra'yi ee kala duwan oo Soomaali ah: Hawo Ali iyo Abdi Ibrahim, Kulanku wuxuu dhaciyaa September 7 ilaa October 23, 2021 Waxaana lagu qabaiyaa ARTS at King Street Station.

Xaawo Cali waa farshaxanley Somali-American ah oo joogta Seattle, bulshadana way u doodaa. Farshaxankeedu wuxuu u badanyahay ubaxyada iyo muuqaalka dalkeeda hooyo, Imaanashaha maraykankana iyo dhirta cusub ee dhulka ayaa dhiirrigeliyay inay sii wado.

Cabdi Ibraahim waa sawir qaade Soomaali-Mareykan ah oo deggan Los Angeles. Wuxuu ku soo barbaaray magaalada Seattle waxaana dhalay labo somaali ee soo -galooti ahaa. Cabdi wuxuu dadka ku sawiraa adduunyo qurxoon - wuxuu qaadaa sawiro ka sheekeynaya sheeko iyo bilicsanaan dhab ah oo loola jeedo inay noqoto riyo ku jirta xaqiiqda hada; Tani waa talaabo u dhaxaysa dokumenteriga iyo fikirka guud.

Close to Home

Collage of a black and white archival photo of a Chinese woman in traditional clothes, her lower body is a colorful tentacle and the background is a traditional painting.

July 22 - August 14, 2021 - Close to Home challenges audiences to think intentionally about the idea of “home” through the use of paint, sculpture, quilting, and textural arts. The representations of “home” also span depictions of historical artifacts, abstract illustrations, to what home might look like in the future.

While being some of the most vulnerable to forced migration and displacement, the 14 artists in Close to Home actively celebrate the resilience of people of color using nuanced understandings of place.

Learn more about the exhibition.

Image: Metaphor of my mother, missTANGQ, Mixed media, 2018.

Artists of Color Expo & Symposium In-Person Gallery

ACES logo

May 4-21, 2021 - Artists of Color Expo & Symposium (ACES) is a BIPOC-centered and -led art conference. Its vision is to establish a space for artists of color to celebrate and center ourselves. ACES, partnering with ARTS at King Street Station, will feature performances, presentations, workshops, artist talks, films, discussions, and opportunities to meet local arts organizations. All programming will be offered online, with an in-person gallery to visit at ARTS at King Street Station.

Learn more about the exhibition.

The American War

Artificial legs and suitcases arranged into a pyriamid shape against a blue wall.

February 6 - March 20, 2020 - The American War is an exhibition featuring photographic and video works, both created and found, by artists Pao Houa Her and Sadie Wechsler, that expose the legacy and residue that remains in Southeast Asia and the United States in the aftermath of what is known stateside as The Vietnam War.

Image: Detail from Legs for display,Sadies Wechsler, 2018.

Brighter Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free.

A young Latina lays across a single bed, staring straight at the viewer. Her long hair dangles off the edge of the mattress.

November 7, 2019 - January 11, 2020 - Brighter Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free. is a group exhibition of artworks created by more than 50 local artists of color reflecting on themes of freedom.

The exhibition is organized by the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery Board, a collective of City of Seattle employees including people of Black, Latino, Native American, White, Asian, and Indian backgrounds who showcase local artists of color and build appreciation for diversity and social commentary expressed through art. The exhibition features 100 artworks including paintings, photography, sculpture, print, video and four installations.

Learn more about the exhibition.

Image: Detail from Dani, Mexico City, MX by Marilyn Montufar, Chromogenic color print, 2011.

Tagalog sa King Street

Watercolor painting of a Filipino woman with an old-fashioned hairstyle.

September 5 - October 5, 2019 - Tagalog sa King Street is a collection of one-act plays written and performed in the national language of the Philippines. With the creative use of live English surtitles and shadow puppetry, non-Tagalog speaking patrons can enjoy the innovative, brave new playwrights selected from the Virgin Labfest of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

yəhaw'

Detail from Kali Spitzer's "Awapuhi"

Inaugural exhibition by Indigenous Creatives

March 23 - August 4, 2019 - In recognition of the Coast Salisha peoples on whose land the City of Seattle is built, the Office of Arts & Culture is honored to open ARTS at King Street Station with yəhaw̓, an Indigenous-centered exhibition.

yəhaw̓ is an expansive multi-city, yearlong project. It includes satellite installations across the Puget Sound region, performances, artist-in-residence, a publication, art markets, and culminates in a large-scale exhibition at King Street Station. The title yəhaw̓, is drawn from the Coast Salish story of Native people from all tribes uniting around a common cause and lifting up the sky together.

Image: Detail from Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena and Jewish), Awapuhi, Archival pigment print from scanned tintype, 2016, Courtesy of the artist.

Borderlands

A Muslim woman in full red sparkly chador stands in front of rows of American flags.

August 3 - October 29, 2017 - "BorderLands" explores the ideas of belonging and resistance. Immersive installations include artworks by Anida Yoeu Ali & Studio Revolt, RYAN! Feddersen, Satpreet Kahlon, Pedro Lasch, Henry Luke, Ries Niemi, Crystal Schenk, Carina A. del Rosario, and Inye Wokoma. In addition 2D- and 3D artworks from the City's collection will be on display in the installation "And She Persisted: Voices of Women Artists", featuring 38 women artists who challenge assumptions, take risks, and break barriers while creating objects of beauty and depth.