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 visuals and stories from The Vera Project community, including posters, photographs and ephemera.
Highlighting 25 works from Native American artists acquired for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Portable Artworks Collection.
An installation project featuring handmade beads that will transform the gallery through color from Seattle artist Carolina Silva
Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery presents Jazz Brown, "the sea stands for clarity."