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New acquisitions on view in the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery

Cultural Perspectives: Recent acquisitions featuring 45 Pacific Northwest artists
in a three part exhibition at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery

Part 1: April 8 – June 29, 2016
Part 2: July 1 – September 30, 2016
Part 3: October 4 – December 29, 2016
Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, 3rd Floor; Reception for Part 1, April 12, 4 to 6 p.m. 

Nakamura SPU15.122SEATTLE (April 4, 2016) — Cultural Perspectives is a series of exhibitions featuring recent acquisitions for Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection and will be on view in three separate installments beginning April 8, 2016. The three installations will encompass 66 contemporary artworks in a variety of mediums including carvings, paintings, ceramics, photography, and prints from 45 Pacific Northwest artists.

The artwork in the exhibitions portray social concerns, cultural heritage and experiences within communities of color, and immigrant and refugee communities. They also illustrate and reflect environmental, ecological, and economic issues and concerns of these marginalized communities.

Part 1, on view from April 8 to June 29, 2016, will feature artistic expressions from a range of artists including Humaira Abid, Hugo Ludena, Yuki Nakamura, Akio Takamori, and Thuy-Van Vu. A reception for Part 1 will be held on April 12, 2016 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The SPU Portable Works Collection includes paintings, photography, works on paper, textiles, sculpture and carvings and is exhibited throughout the utilities’ offices. SPU collects artwork to increase public awareness of and support for the arts by displaying a wide array of artistic and cultural expression in the working environment of public buildings. The purchase is made possible with SPU 1% for Art funds.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a municipal utility owned by the city of Seattle and funded entirely by the rates paid for its services. SPU provides drinking water to 1.45 million people in the Puget Sound region, including Seattle residents and the customers of other water districts and cities in King County and parts of Snohomish County. In addition SPU manages the conservation and restoration of high-quality habitat for fish and wildlife, and the conservation of cultural resources. SPU also provides drainage services within the Seattle city limits to prevent flooding, reduce contamination of surface water, and protect and restore habitat in the urban creeks that serve as part of the city’s natural drainage system.

Photo caption: Yuki Nakamura. Meanings, 2014. Clay, glaze. 28” x 26” x 2”. Photo courtesy of the artist


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