Seattle Art Galleries

(Seattle, Washington - WA, USA)

Seattle's multitude of art galleries are involved in the 'First Thursday' gallery walk, where hours are extended and admission is waived. Featuring a wide range of art styles and mediums, many of the works displayed are by contemporary local artists from the Seattle area, although internationally renowned artists remain well represented. There are also displays of historical photography and an impressive selection of glass arts.

A number of the leading gallery spaces are located in the downtown district of Seattle, along 1st Avenue, and around Pike Place Market and Pioneer Square, together with a host of informal art galleries in the bohemian districts of Capitol Hill, Freemont, Ballard and Wallingford. The University of Washington also has a variety of student and local artist exhibitions.

Well worth investigating is the Seattle Art Museum - or 'SAM' as it is often known, which can be traced as far back as 1905 and today contains approximately 25,000 exhibits. Visitors should expect to find many striking modern pieces, by artists such as Mark Tobey and Jacob Lawrence, as well as an extensive collection of early, traditional Italian paintings.

Seattle Art Museum (SAM)

Address: 1300 1st Avenue, Seattle, Washington WA, 98101, USA
Tel: +1 206 654 3100
With a permanent collection boasting over 21,000 items covering Asia, Africa, Northwest Coast Native America, modern and European painting and decorative arts, the Seattle Art Museum is a renowned art center. SAM also features rotating exhibits of international stature, free tours and lectures and the huge sculpture by Jonathan Borogsky, 'Hammering Man'.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00, Thursday - 10:00 to 21:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for children, students and seniors, children under 12 free. First Thursday of each month free

Azuma Gallery

Address: 530 1st Avenue South, Seattle, Washington WA, 98104, USA
Tel: +1 206 622 5599
Specializing in Japanese contemporary art, the Azuma Gallery has been featuring Japanese and American artists working in varied styles and mediums for nearly 30 years. This venue showcases prints, paintings, screens, ceramics, basketry and jewelry of both traditional and contemporary influence. Of note, the Qwest Field is located close by and regularly hosts National Football League games.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 11:00 to 18:00
Admission: free

Art Forte Gallery

Address: 213 1st Avenue South, Seattle, Washington WA, 98101, USA
Tel: +1 206 748 0187
Art Forte Gallery hosts rotating monthly exhibits displaying contemporary paintings, sculpture and glass by both local and international artists. Nearby attractions include Mahler Fine Arts, the Occidental Park and numerous shops.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:30 to 18:00, Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Admission: free

Benham Gallery

Address: 1216 1st Avenue South, Seattle, Washington WA, 98101, USA
Tel: +1 206 622 2480
Situated close to the Benaroya Hall, the Benham Gallery features a sizeable selection of fine art photography from emerging and established northwest and international artists.
Open hours: Wednesday to Saturday - 11:00 to 18:00, first Thursdays - 11:00 to 20:00
Admission: free

Bluebottle Art Gallery and Store

Address: 415 East Pine Street, Seattle, Washington WA, 98122, USA
Tel: +1 206 325 1592
Bluebottle Art Gallery, located in the Capitol Hill, showcases an eclectic blend of local and national talent set in a friendly and accessible environment. The store features handcrafted functional art works ranging from T-shirts to journals, prints, stickers and magnets.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 13:00 to 19:00, Saturday and Sunday - 12:00 to 18:00
Admission: free

Davidson Galleries

Address: 313 Occidental Avenue South (Pioneer Square), Seattle, Washington WA, 98104, USA
Tel: +1 206 624 7684
Representing emerging northwest artists, as well as internationally recognized artists since 1973, the Davidson Galleries feature both rotating exhibits and an appealing permanent collection of antique prints dating from 1500 to 1950. The gallery also has departments for contemporary painting and sculpture, and contemporary prints and drawings offering full portfolios by print artists.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:30
Admission: free

Gallery Mack's Art Connection

Address: 2003 Western Avenue, Seattle, Washington WA, 98121, USA
Tel: +1 206 448 1616
Handling contemporary art works in Seattle since 1977, Gallery Mack features paintings, a notable collection of stone and bronze indoor and outdoor sculptures, fantastic glass art and delicately handcrafted jewelry.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:30, Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Admission: free

Henry Art Gallery

Address: 15th Avenue and Northeast 41st Street, Seattle, Washington WA, 98195, USA
Tel: +1 206 543 2280
Affiliated with the University of Washington, the Henry Art Gallery is a renowned museum for modern and contemporary arts. Featuring rotating exhibits, a film series and community based education programs, the gallery offers inspiration to students and staff, as well as Seattle residents year round.
Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00, Thursday - 11:00 to 20:00
Admission: charge, first Thursday of each month free

William Traver Gallery

Address: 110 Union Street 2nd Floor, Seattle, Washington WA, 98101, USA
Tel:+1 206 587 6501
Open since 1977, the William Traver Gallery is one of the premier glass galleries in the USA, with a wide variety and style of glass arts. The street level gallery, Vetri, displays a unique range of art from portrait paintings to painted steel.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00 to 18:00, Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 12:00 to 17:00
Admission: free

Edward South Curtis Gallery

Address: 322 1st Avenue South, Seattle, Washington WA, 98101, USA
Tel: +1 206 587 0260
The Edward South Curtis Gallery resides within the historic Jackson Building, where it features a sampling of the extensive late 1800s collection of photographs by Northwest native Edward Sheriff Curtis. Located just a few blocks from Curtis' first photographic studio, the gallery is divided into four sections differentiated by regions of the USA where Curtis photographed.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 11:00 to 18:00
Admission: free