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Public Art Feature | Abraham Awalom

We spoke with artist Abraham Awalom about his experience being on the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Artist Roster! An Eritrean-born artist, Abraham came to the U.S. in 2014 as an asylee; an experience that informs much of his work. He maintains a connection through his work… [ Keep reading ]

Public Art Feature | Angie Hinojos

We spoke with artist Angie Hinojos about her experience being on the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Artist Roster! Angie is a Mexican American painter and sculptor. She is a public artist, the co-founder and Executive Director of Centro Cultural Mexicano, and serves on the Board of… [ Keep reading ]

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Gülgün Kayim Sworn In as Director of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Seattle, WA – Today, Gülgün Kayim was sworn in as the Director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS). ARTS staff, wearing Director Kayim’s favorite color as a surprise, crowded the chamber in shades of red, joking that they should arrange themselves from cool to warm tones. This… [ Keep reading ]

Fire Station 31 Groundbreaking & Upcoming Public Art

On Feb. 5, our Public Art Program Manager, Jason Huff, and Director Gülgün Kayim joined Mayor Bruce Harrell, Fire Chief Harold Scoggins, Acting Director Kiersten Grove of Finance and Administrative Services, and City and community leaders for a groundbreaking on the future site of Fire Station 31. Mayor Harrell said… [ Keep reading ]

2023 Year in Review

As we pause to reflect on the events and work of the last year, I am incredibly grateful to be directing Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and to be surrounded by a dynamic and inspiring team. Despite many challenges and a tremendous amount of change, I’m proud of the… [ Keep reading ]

Opening Reception | SDOT Bridge Artists In Residence Showcase

Thank you for joining us on First Thursday! We were thrilled to bring over 250 community members together to celebrate the 2023 SDOT Bridge Artists In Residence Showcase. Artists Vivian Li and Mariah Vicary shared their data visualization work produced during their unique project-based residencies in the Fremont and University… [ Keep reading ]

SDOT Bridge Artists in Residence Showcase Exhibition open First Thursday through Feb. 10, 2024

Data visualization artists share their work from the Fremont and University Bridges.

Perspective on Public Arts by Toka Valu

Toka Valu, an artist currently on the existing Public Art Artist Roster, shares some encouraging words for fellow artists to apply.

Bridge Artists in Residence Showcase – ARTS at King Street Station Gallery

Come celebrate and view the culminating work of Vivian Li and Mariah Vicary, the 2023 SDOT Bridge Artists in Residence, this First Thursday, February 1, 2024, in the Gallery space at King Street Station! The Pacific Northwest-based artists will be showcasing their data visualization work produced during their unique project-based residencies in the University and Fremont bridges, respectively.

Public Artist Roster Application Now Open

The Public Art Artist Roster is the primary method in which ARTS select artists for public art commissions with budgets of up to $500,000. Artists are invited to submit an application for upcoming public art projects with the City of Seattle.  The Office of Arts & Culture maintains a public art roster that selects and places artists for each new project.  All experience levels welcome and deadline to apply is March 6, 2023 (5pm PST).