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.
Click on the links below to see a sampling of public artworks in the city.
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Temporary Public Art Projects
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In our Galleries
A group show featuring more than 100 posters from over 20 of the area’s best poster artists past and present.
Two part exhibition encompasses Seattle City Light’s recent artwork purchases which portray Seattle and its surrounding landscape.
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.
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.