Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz, MuseAtelier, "bamboo, luminous," 2008
Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz, MuseAtelier, "bamboo, luminous," 2008

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.

Discover Public Art with your smARTphone

The Office of Arts & Culture maintains a public art app for Seattle's permanently installed collection. The app is called STQRY (pronounced "story") and is available on iOS, Android and Windows 8 operating systems for free.

A major benefit to this particular app is that a number of local art organizations and arts agencies are using it including 4Culture, ArtsWA (Washington state's collection), City of Redmond (public art and events), City of Kent (public art), City of Sammamish (public art, parks, facilities), and Renton History Museum (exhibits and City of Renton public art). And there are more agencies and organizations to come.

The app will help you locate new works of art via a GPS system that can tell you what's nearby, and also has a QR (hence the "qr" in STQRY) code scanner, so you can find out more about a work of art that you happen upon. Information includes a history, artist statement, and historic images and video when available.

Public Art Maps

This downloadable series of maps provides the opportunity to explore the artistic wonders of downtown Seattle and its neighborhoods. The maps include public art from city, county and state collections as well as corporate artworks, community gardens, significant architecture and other cultural surprises. Individual sites were chosen for aesthetic significance, cultural interest and variety of routes.

Our city offers so much to see that we can't list every artwork that you will encounter. However, we invite you to click on a tour or neighborhood, print the map and legend, and explore.

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Temporary Projects

Art Interruptions 2017
ARTS in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), commissioned seven emerging public artists to create temporary art installations within the Delridge Neighborhood Greenway and Delridge Connector Trail.
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.

Current Shows in our Galleries

Youth in Focus
January 5 - February 28, 2018
Youth in Focus, the exhibition at City Hall includes select works from their Black and White Film and Digital Photography Classes. All photographs were created by their students, ages 13 – 19 years old. They also include student’s artist statement to give the viewer a deeper glimpse inside their meanings.
Danie Allinice
July 12 - October 16, 2017
The Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery features artwork by Danie Allinice.
BorderLands
August 3 – October 29, 2017
This summer the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture will enliven the third floor of King Street Station with 2D- and 3D works from the City’s collection and site-specific installations.
Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Homelessness
Thru December 14, 2017
A four-exhibition series in which artists and artist teams develop artistic projects on the topic of homelessness. Each two-month exhibition in the city’s Seattle Presents Gallery will demonstrate artists thinking expansively about what shelter and stability mean to diverse populations, and examining the systemic causes of homelessness
Subject Matter: People in Photographs
January 4 – April 4, 2018
A small survey of photographs featuring people from the City’s Portable Works Collection.

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