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Best Contemporary Art in Seattle

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Seattle Art Museum

The Seattle Art Museum is internationally recognized for its excellent collection of Asian, African and Native American art and for its fine collection of modern art produced by Pacific Northwest artists. The permanent collection includes 21,000 pieces and while it doesn't have huge collections of European art, it does have plentiful local art and wonderful visiting exhibits. The museum is centrally located downtown near the waterfront and Pike Place Market.

Seattle, WA, United States
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SOIL Art Gallery

Another feather in the hat for the artsy neighborhood of Pioneer Square, just South of downtown, this gallery explores the culminating local art culture. Showcasing contemporary works in form of paintings, drawings, sculptures, light based works, wax art, chocolate art, interactive media and sound installations, this gallery has already created a name for itself locally and nationally. And the fact that this non-profit organization is owned and operated by a group of local artists (members) shows how progressive the burgeoning art is today.

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William Traver Gallery

A stone's throw from the Seattle Art Museum, this bright gallery displays a little bit of everything in its theatrical space, vivid paintings, sculptures, photographs, pottery and mixed-media works. Opened in 1977, William Traver Gallery has good collections of glass from the Pilchuck School, the glassmaking institution made famous by the colorful swirls of Dale Chihuly. Solo shows, such as Ann Gardiner's scintillating mosaic exhibition, are certain to impress viewers.

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Foster/White Gallery

Since its conception in 1968 by Richard White, this acclaimed contemporary art gallery has changed hands as well as locations quite a few times. Currently located in the historic Pioneer Square and under the direction of Phen Huang from the Huang family of the Canadian Bau Xi Gallery, Foster/White is nestled in a century old building. The gallery has large ceilings, authentic wood beams and a huge space for exhibition. Foster/White Gallery is a member of the Seattle Art Dealers Association (SADA). Featuring over 40 local artists such as Will Robinson, Dale Chihuly, Eva Isaksen, Bobbie Burgers, Benjamin Moore, and Alden Mason who are known for their glass, sculpture and painting works. The gallery's austere white walls makes sure that your eyes will be drawn to the artworks and nowhere else.

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Davidson Galleries

Devout art-lovers participating in the First Thursday Art Walk must stop by this gallery to witness some of the most remarkable contemporary artworks. The gallery is committed to bringing forth the the local artist community while also being involved with nationally renowned artists. The focus is mainly on three faculties- painting and sculpture, contemporary print and drawing, and antique prints. The gallery adheres to high ethical standards when it comes to original print dealings. For information about current and upcoming exhibitions check out the website.

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Chihuly Garden and Glass

Chihuly Garden Glass amazes visitors with displays of color and fine artistry. With the iconic Space Needle serving as its backdrop, this unique exhibit – conceived by artist Dale Chihuly – features glass sculptures that have to be seen to be believed. The splendor of lush gardens showcasing Chihuly's signature glass creations is truly a serene experience. Easily accessible via the Seattle Monorail, there is no excuse for not experiencing this incomparable display of nature and glass.

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Henry Art Gallery

Henry Art Gallery is located on the University of Washington campus.This museum stands as one of the Northwest's leading centers of modern and contemporary art. Its location makes it convenient to a nice mix of cultural and educational facilities in the University District. Along with its collection and exhibits, the museum also hosts frequent lectures, readings and other events.

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Equinox Studios

This is a place that is very difficult to define and categorize. Artists, who have different areas of specialization, all come together here and share their creativity. Housed in an industrial building dating back to the World War II era, this is a place where visitors can freely interact with the artists, who range from blacksmiths to photographers. This is more of an artistic community than a studio, one which encourages people to come and experience art first-hand. Do make an appointment with either the founder, Samuel Farrazaino, or with the specific artist you wish to meet, before dropping by.

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