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.

Right now you'll find 50 works of art from Seattle's collection, including nearly 25 at Seattle Center, and the rest along the central Seattle and waterfront neighborhoods. We will continue to add works as we go, and grow the online collection.

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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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.
Temporary Public Art 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.
Art Interruptions 2016
“Art Interruptions” makes its way to the Rainer Valley East-West Neighborhood Greenway with whimsical temporary installations. Beginning September, seven temporary installations on view in the greenway from through January 2, 2017, will inspire and enliven the route with an element of the unexpected.
Seattle Center Sculpture Walk
This fall the 2016 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk will transform the Seattle Center Campus with eight art spectacles that will change the way visitors experience the Center grounds. Artworks range from sculptural and conceptual, to comical and surprising with an element of grandeur.
In our Galleries
The Eclectic Collection
September 9 – October 28, 2016
The Eclectic Collection: Artwork by former Artists-in-Residence at the James and Janie Washington Foundation
Cultural Perspectives Part 1 & 2
April 7 - September 30, 2016
Featuring 66 recently purchased artworks from 45 artists by Seattle Public Utilities.
Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Racial Injustice
January - December 2016
A yearlong series of exhibitions that explore artists’ and curators’ interpretations of racial injustice and systemic racism impacting Black and African-American people throughout America.
Brenetta Ward, <em>Quilted Legacies</em> <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
July 12 - October 14, 2016
Brenetta Ward is a Seattle-based fiber artist and third generation quilter. Her work has been exhibited at the Tacoma Art Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Spellman College Museum of Fine Art; published in Spirits of the Cloth, and included in public and private collections.

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