Laura Stokes, "David Prunell," 2013, oil on board. Photo by: Jon Williams
Laura Stokes, "David Prunell," 2013, oil on board. Photo by: Jon Williams

Real Change Agents Portrait Project

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Real Change Agents Portrait Project

March 2 — May 2, 2016

The Real Change Agents Portrait Project is a series of portraits of Seattle newspaper vendors, many of whom are either homeless, living in shelters or living in low-income housing. Real Change has been around since 1994, and the vendors have become as much a part of Seattle's landscape as the city's restaurants, buildings and shops. These are portraits of the familiar faces that commuters and Seattle residents see daily. The portrait project was organized by Real Change Art Director Jon Williams. He asked several Puget Sound artists, professionals and students, to create portraits of vendors using any kind of media they wanted. Each portrait includes a bio of the vendor. Image: David Prunell by Laura Stokes.


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Youth in Focus
January 5 - February 28, 2018
Youth in Focus, the exhibition at City Hall includes select works from their Black and White Film and Digital Photography Classes. All photographs were created by their students, ages 13 – 19 years old. They also include student’s artist statement to give the viewer a deeper glimpse inside their meanings.
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.
Coming of Age II
Thru July 5, 2017
Coming of Age II features the 30th anniversary of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association
Into the Pixel
Thru May 16, 2017
Into the Pixel features the art of the video game.
The Artist Within
January 7 - February 26, 2016
The first exhibition of its kind in Seattle; the Art of Alzheimer’s presents "The Artist Within: A Different View of Dementia" features 50 fascinating artworks, by individuals’ ages 60 to 101 years old, living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
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.
Celebrate Public Power
September 1 – October 30, 2015
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.
Sound Impressions
November 3, 2015 – January 5, 2016
A group show featuring more than 100 posters from over 20 of the area’s best poster artists past and present.
Real Change Agents Portrait Project
March 2 – May 2, 2016
Series of portraits of Seattle newspaper vendors, many of whom are either homeless, living in shelters or living in low-income housing.
We Are All Here
May 3 – July 5, 2016
Featuring artwork from all disciplines and mediums created by students in the Path with Art program.
The Yesler Terrace Summer Youth Media Project
July 7, 2016 – September 2, 2016
The exhibition includes 40 photographs documenting the community and redevelopment of Yesler Terrace.
The Eclectic Collection
September 9 – October 28, 2016
The Eclectic Collection: Artwork by former Artists-in-Residence at the James and Janie Washington Foundation
Flight Path
May 5 - June 30, 2015
Features 25 regional artists who created bee-inspired artwork in the form of sculpture, painting and multi-media installation.
Architecture of the Pacific Northwest
January 5 – February 28, 2017
City Hall Gallery currently features Architecture of the Pacific Northwest – a playing card artwork project. The exhibition, running through February 28, showcases the artistry and creativity of Seattle architects who design the Pacific Northwest’s built environment, while bringing together the architecture community in a unique way.
The Vera Project: 14 years of True and Sincere Friends
July 2 - August 28, 2015
An exhibition featuring visuals and stories from The Vera Project community, including posters, photographs and ephemera.

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Current Shows in our Galleries

Someday We'll All Be Free
March 2 - May 1, 2018
The paintings and photos in this exhibit give voice to youth in our communities who want to have a public dialog about mass incarceration and abolition. Their creativity seeks answers to the questions: How can we create a society healthy enough that we do not need prisons? What does it mean to be free?
Danie Allinice
July 12 - October 16, 2017
The Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery features artwork by Danie Allinice.
Winter 2018 The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is opening a new arts and cultural hub on the third floor of King Street Station and the inaugural exhibition will be yəhaw'.
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
Subject Matter: People in Photographs
January 4 – April 4, 2018
A small survey of photographs featuring people from the City’s Portable Works Collection.

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