Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz, MuseAtelier, "bamboo, luminous," 2008, Fire Station 10 and Fire Alarm Center/Emergency Operations Center, photo by Spike Mafford.
Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz, MuseAtelier, "bamboo, luminous," 2008, Fire Station 10 and Fire Alarm Center/Emergency Operations Center, photo by Spike Mafford.

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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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.
In our Galleries
Sound Impressions
November 3, 2015 – January 5, 2016
A group show featuring more than 100 posters from over 20 of the area’s best poster artists past and present.
Seattle Simplified
October 1, 2015 - April 3, 2016
Two part exhibition encompasses Seattle City Light’s recent artwork purchases which portray Seattle and its surrounding landscape.
Disconnected Towers
November 16, 2015 - January 15, 2016
Reimagines temporary power posts used to tie-off electricity in the demolition and construction of homes, as beacons that portend gentrification and scaffolds that uphold societal ideology and duplicity.
Susan Ringstad Emery, <em>Origins: An Art Show by an Iñupiat Scandinavian</em> <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
October 14, 2015 - January 12, 2016
Artist Susan Ringstad Emery brings a unique perspective to contemporary Native artwork with her caveart- inspired mixed media works on panel. Descended from generations of Iñupiat and Scandinavian hunters , fishermen, ship builders and even a shaman, artist Susan Ringstad Emery offers a lighthearted description of herself as a “city Eskimo & a Norwegian who doesn’t look the part”. She is inspired by indigenous artwork from around the world and the Iñupiat Ilitqusiat, or the values system of northwest Alaska.
spotlight | ART TOURS with Deborah Paine <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
This fall the city is offering Spotlight Art Tours featuring artwork from City Light’s portable collection. Tours are led by Deborah Paine, Curator and Collections Manager at the Office of Arts & Culture, and will focus on artwork displayed at Seattle Municipal Tower.

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