Upcoming exhibits

Frame by Frame: Celebrating Northwest Art and Artists

Sunday, Feb. 2 – Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020
 

Frame by Frame: Celebrating Northwest Art and Artists

This exhibit showcases art from the The Seattle Public Library Northwest Arts Collection. Collected over 100 years, the collection is a testament to the rich tradition of art-making from Northwest Indian arts to contemporary artists in the region.

Past exhibits

We’re Still Here

We’re Still Here

The Native community is resilient—made up of survivors. One of the best survival strategies has been art-making. Communities use art as survival, sharing traditional knowledge, preserving culture, celebrating our people, enriching daily life, and uplifting the human spirit. Whether from the city or reservation, Native art continues to thrive and broadcast the message "We're Still Here." The exhibit ran from November 7 to December 15, 2019. 

We’re Still Here

The Space Needle: A 21st Century View

The Space Needle:  A 21st Century View

The exhibit The Space Needle:  A 21st Century View highlighted the history, impact and symbolism of an iconic structure that shaped the identity of Seattle during the 1962 World’s Fair and beyond. This exhibit highlighted the history of the Space Needle through images, artifacts, memorabilia and interactive displays. The exhibit ran from October 7 to October 27, 2019. 

The Space Needle: A 21st Century View

The Evolution of the Duwamish River in Virtual Reality

The Evolution of the Duwamish River

The Evolution of the Duwamish River was an exhibit exploring the history of the Duwamish River. Through Virtual Reality and Special Collections items, the user experienced the river’s past, its use by the community surrounding it, and its evolution. As Seattle grew, the city prioritized the river as a vehicle for industrial and commercial use at the expense of ecological impact. The exhibit ran from September 9 to September 28, 2019.

The Evolution of the Duwamish River in Virtual Reality

From the Archives of ZAPP

From the Archives of ZAPP

Showcasing highlights from the ZAPP zine collection, 'From the Archives of ZAPP' explored zines as tools of personal expression, engagement and representation for voices often excluded from mainstream media. The exhibit ran from July 15 to August 31, 2019.

From the Archives of ZAPP

Experience The Great Seattle Fire in Virtual Reality

Experience the Great Seattle Fire in Virtual Reality

We presented a virtual reality (VR) experience of what it might have been like to fight the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 as a volunteer firefighter. The exhibit was on view at Central Library from February 11 to March 1, 2019.

Experience the Great Seattle Fire in Virtual Reality

yəhaw̓

Yehaw

In the fall of 2018, we partnered with yəhaw̓ (pronunciation: yahowt), an Indigenous-led arts project, to celebrate Indigenous creativity and environmental equity. The exhibit was on view at Central Library from October 4 to December 9, 2018.

Yehaw

Sketches from Outside the Margins

Rick by David Lasky

Sketches from Outside the Margins: Stories from the Seattle/King County Clinic is an exhibit of comics that tell the stories of patients at the Seattle/King County Clinic.
The exhibit was on view at Central Library from August 20 to September 24, 2018.

Sketches from Outside the Margins

Indigenous Stewardship of the Salish Sea

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Protecting the x̌ʷəlč: Indigenous Stewardship of the Salish Sea exhibit illuminates how water is intertwined in every aspect of living.
The exhibit was on view at Central Library from June 15 to August 30, 2018.

Indigenous Stewardship

Graphic Medicine

Graphic Medicine

Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived & Well-Drawn! is a traveling banner exhibit that explores how the increasingly popular field of graphic medicine uses comics to tell personal stories of illness and health.
The exhibit was on view at Central Library from May 21 to June 30, 2018.

Graphic Medicine

Beyond the Frame

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Beyond the Frame is a community-wide initiative revisiting the photographs of Edward S. Curtis and sparking conversations on Native identity, race and resilience, art and culture.
The exhibit was on view at Central Library from January 16 to April 30, 2018.

Beyond the Frame

Upcoming Arts & Culture Programs

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