Susan Point, "Symphony of Butterflies," 2008, serigraph, 37"h x 30"w x 1/16"d. Photo by Spike Mafford.
Susan Point, "Symphony of Butterflies," 2008, serigraph, 37"h x 30"w x 1/16"d. Photo by Spike Mafford.

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.

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.

Collection Highlights

View a sampling of featured portable artworks.

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Public Art

Experience

Find Art in your Neighborhood
Art Walks
Every month, local artists and merchants offer a free and easy opportunity to enjoy art in neighborhoods across the city.
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.
Browse the Collection

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.
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
Super Cooper 10
November 1 – December 21, 2016
Super Cooper 10 will feature the work of more than 20 artists past and current tenants of Cooper Artist Housing and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.
Cultural Perspectives, Part III
October 4 – December 28, 2016
The focus of the purchase was to select artworks that represent experiences and social concerns of and from communities of color.
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.
Monica Lisette-Sanchez, <em>Explorations From an In-Between Place</em> <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
October 18, 2016 - January 13, 2017
Monica Lisette-Sanchez traces roots and influences back to New Jersey, and further back, to Mexico and Germany. With a father who entered the US in his twenties and a mother who emerged from Europe in the wake of World War II, Neither of whom were eager to impress their cultural heritage upon their young daughter, she grew up inhabiting an in-between place.

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