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Vaughn Bell selected as Seattle Public Utilities artist-in-residence

The Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has commissioned Seattle artist Vaughn Bell to be the Green Infrastructure and Waterways artist-in-residence at SPU for a six month period starting in January 2016. Bell will work closely with SPU staff to develop an art master plan to guide future public […]


A new life for cloud haiku

At a pedestrian triangle bordered by Westlake, Seventh and Virginia Avenue, passersby will be surprised by an unexpected series of sculptures that resemble pillows.  The sculptures, titled cloud haiku, (2011) are the work of artist Squeak Meisel. Meisel explains that the artwork was inspired by Zen gardens and cloud watching.  “These bronze pillows imply motion […]


Arts Partner Spotlight

ARTS is spotlighting the incredible members of our Community Arts Partner Roster. This month the spotlight is on Totem Star. Housed at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in Delridge, Totem Star empowers youth with life skills through music production, performance, and business experience to increase leadership, civic engagement, and community building. Using the model of a […]


Two new poems from Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna

Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna has penned two more poems this fall to add to the city’s growing collection. Poem read for live interview on KUOW – September 2015 – the day my appointment as Civic Poet was made. A Corner to Love Maps of this city number in the thousands unique and folded neatly […]


Fall 2015 Public Art Conservation Highlights

Whether you live, work or play in the city, chances are good that you’ve run into construction resulting from the Mercer Corridor Project, an improvement project stretching along Mercer Street from I-5 to 5th Avenue West. Portions of the project included sidewalk renovations in front of the Phelps Center, where two Chinese Guardian Lion sculptures […]


ARTS commissions Wayne Chabre for artwork at SPU’s Cedar Falls Administration Building

The Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and the Department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) will commission artist Wayne Chabre to design and install a new site specific artwork for the new Cedar Falls Administration Building at the Cedar River Watershed. Chabre will work collaboratively with Cedar Falls […]


ARTS Welcomes new intern Christina Nguyen

Christina is in her senior year of college at Seattle University where she is double majoring in strategic communications and public affairs with a concentration in nonprofit leadership. Originally from the suburbs of Portland, she previously interned at numerous nonprofits including The Mockingbird Society and Schoolhouse Supplies. Most recently, Christina was the Communications and Marketing intern […]


ARTS Presents: Lunch + Learn

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month Friday, November 6 | 12-1 p.m. Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 Please join us for a special Lunch + Learn, celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Several artists from local tribes including Joseph (wahalatsu?) Seymour, Jr, who are engaged in public art projects for the city will […]


ARTS Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Last year Seattle began celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day to celebrate the cultures and values of Indigenous Peoples in our region. In addition to celebrating this day, ARTS is highlighting three public artworks in our collection that honor our region’s rich culture and history. Seattle’s public art program expands the public experience with visual art and […]


Spotlight Art Tours shines a light on City of Seattle artwork

Seattle City Light, the nation’s greenest utility, has been a supporter of the city’s public art program, and its portable artwork collection since the city adopted a 1% for Art ordinance in 1973. The city’s Portable Works Collection is a rotating collection of artworks in all media including sculpture, site-specific commissions, painting, mixed media, prints, […]