Gloria Bornstein, "Neototems," 1995, Seattle Center, photo by Spike Mafford.
Gloria Bornstein, "Neototems," 1995, Seattle Center, photo by Spike Mafford.

Permanently Sited

The mission of Seattle's public art program is to integrate artworks and the ideas of artists into a variety of public settings. Artworks commissioned through the program should be an expression of our time, displayed in spaces accessible to community members and employees as they participate in city-related activity and engage in public life.

Major indoor and outdoor permanently sited and integrated artworks are found in prominent locations across the city. Supported by 1% of city construction budgets, public art appears in streets, parks, community centers, libraries, utility facilities and municipal offices.

Collection Highlights

Click on the links below to see a sampling of public artworks in the city.

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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.

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Current Shows in our Galleries

Cityscape
September 19 - October 27, 2017
Features artwork inspired by Seattle's skyline and rapidly changing shape culled from Geometica, an artist collective from Seattle with a common aesthetic of geometric abstraction, inspired by architecture, nature, physics, design and technology.
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
Your Body of Water, Part II
April 5 – July 3, 2017
"Your Body of Water," Seattle Public Utilities’ (SPU) newest additions to their portable works collection, are a visual exploration of our connections to water and how it is protected and cared for by SPU.

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