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.
The artworks are exhibited primarily in public areas of municipal buildings. Using 1%-for-Art funds from city construction budgets, the portable collection includes the work of emerging and established artists.
The purpose of the Portable Works Collection is to increase public awareness of and support for the arts by displaying works in the working environment of public buildings. Here, the employees are able to experience a wide array of artistic and cultural expression.
View a sampling of featured portable artworks.
Find Art in your Neighborhood
Temporary Public Art Projects
In our Galleries
An exhibition featuring historical photos from the archives of City Light as well as photographs by the Artist in Residence Lyn McCracken completed in 2001.
Two part exhibition encompasses Seattle City Light’s recent artwork purchases which portray Seattle and its surrounding landscape.
An exhibition of works by Joseph (wahalatsu?) Seymour, Jr. in the Coast Salish form, the style of art of the people of Puget Sound.
Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery presents Jazz Brown, "the sea stands for clarity."