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.


King Street Station
303 S. Jackson St., Top Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
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Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 6pm
First Thursdays, 10am - 8pm



March 23, 2019 - August 4, 2019

Reception: March 23, 2019

In recognition of the Coast Salish peoples on whose land the City of Seattle is built, the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is honored to open ARTS at King Street Station with yəhaw̓, an exhibition by Indigenous creatives.

yəhaw̓ is an expansive multi-city, yearlong project. It includes satellite installations across the Puget Sound region, performances, artist-in-residences, 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. yəhaw̓ reflects a nuanced, inclusive narrative that firmly establishes Native creatives as belonging in the here and now. yəhaw̓ is an open call project; all Indigenous creatives living in the region were invited to participate and everyone who applied has work represented in the programming. The project was conceived and curated by Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee Nation), and Satpreet Kahlon.

This exhibition is the centerpiece of the yəhaw̓ project. In the spirit of the yəhaw̓ story, the exhibition is a collective portrait of Native America featuring artwork by over 200 creators ranging from master artisans and elders, to gallery-represented and museum-collected artists, to youth and emerging creatives who will be exhibiting in a gallery for the first time. The exhibition challenges divisions between craft and fine art, as well as traditional and contemporary practices, by equally valuing all artforms as integral to the cultural continuum. Artworks include sculpture, photography, design, printmaking, woodworking, film, metalwork, glass, and textiles, encompassing an astonishing breadth of creative practices. Site-specific artworks have been commissioned for the exhibition by Chai Adera, Natalie Ball, Demian DinéYazhi´, Malynn Foster, Sara Siestreem, Adam Sings in the Timber, Timothy White Eagle, Christine Babic, and more. In addition, 10 emerging artists including Priscilla Dobler, Randi Purser, and Asa Wright have been selected to participate in a mentorship program, receiving artistic guidance from established Native artists.

yəhaw̓ is made possible through the financial support of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Na'ah Ilahee Fund, Muckleshoot Tribe, 4Culture, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and ArtsFund, via fiscal sponsorship by Na'ah Illahee Fund. It is grounded in partnerships throughout the region with Alma Mater Tacoma, Artist Trust, Bellevue College, Centrum, Chief Seattle Club, Cowlitz Tribal Health, Feast Arts Center, Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington, LANGSTON, Lettuce 253, Northwest Film Forum, Pratt Fine Arts, Race and Pedagogy Conference at UPS, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Public Library, Hedreen Gallery in the Lee Center for the Arts at Seattle University, Suquamish Museum, Teens in Tacoma, United Indians of All Tribes, The Vera Project and Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar.

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

Past Exhibitions




"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.