Spring 2015 Exhibitions at Seattle City Public Galleries

Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, City Hall Gallery, Ethnic Heritage Gallery and Seattle Presents Gallery

Seattle Downtown Historic Theater District
City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke Gallery
March 3 – April 30, 2015

The exhibition includes over 60 images, text and objects from the Seattle Downtown Historic Theater District, comprised of ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre, the Moore Theatre, the Paramount theatre, and Town Hall. This exhibition illustrates the history of our performing arts venues from their beginnings in the early 1900’s up to the present day.


Woven Woods
Naoko Morisawa
Ethnic Heritage Gallery
April 30 – July 14, 2015

Artist’s Reception May 7th Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Woven Woods features artwork from Naoko Morisawa. Her pieces are made of hundreds of very small slices of natural/oil-dyed woodchips on board. She received a BA in Design from Tama Art University, Tokyo.

Artist Statement: My artwork is hand-made of thousands of very small slices of oil-dyed wood chips on board. I like to incorporate the patterns in the wood and enhance them with oil-stain. The variety of wood grain is very beautiful and the pattern is never the same. The combinations of natural and oil-stained grains create interesting shadows and impressions. My imagery comes from common items: a cupcake, shoes, a wave, and waterfalls etc. This mosaic wood art-form innovation comes from a traditional Japanese style of art, though here I have improvised the shaped cuts (both lined and curved) into a woven arrangement and have added more color elements.

Image caption: Naoko Morisawa, Jellyfish in Treasure Island EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone), 2014, Handcrafted oil-stained wood mosaic, acrylic, oil, Japanese paper and sumi. 36” x 24”, Photo credit: Ken Morisawa

Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
April 2 – June 30, 2015

Play features a number of works that inspire and delight visitors with images featuring play and recreation. In an ode to the transition from spring to summer, the gallery will remind its audience of the joys of summer in the great Pacific Northwest.

Image caption: Jacob Lawrence, Play, 1999, Silk screen on Rising Two Ply Rag paper, 23” x 32”, Photo credit: Spike Mafford

Seattle Presents: Low Res
Seattle Presents Gallery
March 23 – May 15, 2015

Waterfront Seattle and the Office of Arts & Culture present work from Low Res: artists respond to the waterfront. As part of the Waterfront Art Program, artists working in various art forms, media and genres have been asked to conduct short residencies on the waterfront, producing works that will be digitally archived and distributed through the city as posters, performances, or other ephemeral forms. The first Low Res program features photographers Eirik Johnson, Canh Nguyen, and Alice Wheeler. Each photographer produced a portfolio of digital images and a single print for the City of Seattle’s portable works collection. Their full portfolios will be presented alongside the individual prints.

Image caption: Alice Wheeler, Low Res Photo 2, 2014, Archival inkjet print, Photo courtesy of the artist

Love & Art, the perfect combination for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Really, how is it February already? Whether you’re in a relationship, single or “it’s complicated”, we have the ultimate arts-filled event guide for you.

Go on an art walk! Three neighborhoods will be showcasing art this February 14th:

Ballard Art Walk, Central District Art Walk, or Georgetown Art Attack!





Take in a performance, or go to a museum:

Carousel at 5th Avenue Theatre//Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet at Seattle Symphony //Dear Elizabeth at Seattle Repertory Theatre// The Dog of the South at Book-it Theatre//Valentine’s Concert a Northwest Symphony Orchestra//4000 Miles at ArtsWest//Comedy of Love at Theatre Sports // Dinner, Jazz & Chihuly // Kurios Cirque de Soleil // The Atomic Bombshells: J’ADORE at The Triple Door

(Also, if you’re feeling really romantic, plan a staycation at a hotel downtown, and enjoy 50% off admission at museums for Seattle Museum Month!)

For the whole family:

Watch animals eat heart-shaped foods at Woodland Park Zoo// Valentine’s activities at Seattle Children’s Museum//Octopus Week at Seattle Aquarium// Workshops at The Museum of Flight


Celebrate your love of nature:

Enjoy free admission to National Parks// Northwest Flower and Garden Show // 10th Annual Valentine’s Day Dash at Greenlake




And last but not least, planning on eating out? Check out Seattle Magazine’s recommendations at these romantic restaurants.

Don’t forget the presents! Great gifts, including local chocolate & flowers: SAM Shop // Frye Art Museum Store

We hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day this year!

Artist Cedric Bomford selected for Waterfront Seattle commission

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture is pleased to announce the selection of Cedric Bomford for a major commission as part of Waterfront Seattle. A Canadian artist working in photography and installation, Bomford is currently based in Winnipeg, where he is an assistant professor in the University of Manitoba School of Art. This project is Bomford’s first in the U.S.

Building on a conference on “Art, Design and Play” organized by Waterfront Seattle and the Office of Arts & Culture last March, the call’s focus was to bring an artist into the process of designing play areas or equipment for Waterfront Seattle. Bomford will join a team of architects, planners and city designers to create the project over the next several years.

Waterfront Seattle is the large-scale project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with 26 acres of new public space, streets, parks, and buildings. Arts and culture will play a central role on the Waterfront, through permanent commissions, live arts and entertainment, and the creation of new cultural spaces for artistic production and presentation. Responding to the history of the site, its ecology, economy, and communities, the art program will help to create a sense of place on the renewed waterfront that will act as an invitation to residents and visitors alike.

As outlined in the Working Plan for Art on the Central Seattle Waterfront, commissions and ongoing cultural programming are part of the construction process for the waterfront. Major commissions, such as this one, will engage residents and visitors and make the Waterfront an active cultural center for the city. The art plan advocates for “cultural connections between the city and the rest of the world.” The pier site for this commission links to Seattle’s history as a port, and to connections between the local and the global on the waterfront.

About Cedric Bomford

Born in 1975, Cedric Bomford lives and works in Winnipeg, where he is assistant professor in the University of Manitoba School of Art. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, and an MFA from the Malmö Art Academy, Sweden. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally.

Photo caption: Cedric Bomford, Das Amt, 2001



Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture’s Elisheba Johnson Elected to Americans for the Arts’ Advisory Council

Elisheba Johnson, executive and commission liaison, was elected to the Emerging Leaders Network advisory council of Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. She will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.

In the Emerging Leaders Network, Johnson will work with fellow arts leaders to assist in developing programs and resources to promote professional development and networking opportunities for emerging arts professionals nationwide. In addition to Johnson the city is also represented by Ruri Yampolsky, Seattle’s Public Art Director, who is a member of the Public Art Network Council for Americans for the Arts.

“One word describes how I feel about this opportunity: sponge,” enthused Johnson. “I want to learn as much as I can from my peers while building bridges to the Seattle arts community. Seattle is doing dynamic and responsive work in arts and I am honored to be able to share that with the greater arts community.”

“The success of our organization is dependent on leaders in the arts and culture industries, such as Elisheba Johnson, who are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across our country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities and local organizations,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “We are grateful for Ms. Johnson’s dedication to promoting and cultivating arts and arts education nationwide.”

Johnson will serve a three-year term, from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2017.