New acquisitions on view in the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery

Cultural Perspectives: Recent acquisitions featuring 45 Pacific Northwest artists
in a three part exhibition at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery

Part 1: April 8 – June 29, 2016
Part 2: July 1 – September 30, 2016
Part 3: October 4 – December 29, 2016
Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, 3rd Floor; Reception for Part 1, April 12, 4 to 6 p.m. 

SEATTLE (April 4, 2016) — Cultural Perspectives is a series of exhibitions featuring recent acquisitions for Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection and will be on view in three separate installments beginning April 8, 2016. The three installations will encompass 66 contemporary artworks in a variety of mediums including carvings, paintings, ceramics, photography, and prints from 45 Pacific Northwest artists.

The artwork in the exhibitions portray social concerns, cultural heritage and experiences within communities of color, and immigrant and refugee communities. They also illustrate and reflect environmental, ecological, and economic issues and concerns of these marginalized communities.

Part 1, on view from April 8 to June 29, 2016, will feature artistic expressions from a range of artists including Humaira Abid, Hugo Ludena, Yuki Nakamura, Akio Takamori, and Thuy-Van Vu. A reception for Part 1 will be held on April 12, 2016 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The SPU Portable Works Collection includes paintings, photography, works on paper, textiles, sculpture and carvings and is exhibited throughout the utilities’ offices. SPU collects artwork to increase public awareness of and support for the arts by displaying a wide array of artistic and cultural expression in the working environment of public buildings. The purchase is made possible with SPU 1% for Art funds.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is a municipal utility owned by the city of Seattle and funded entirely by the rates paid for its services. SPU provides drinking water to 1.45 million people in the Puget Sound region, including Seattle residents and the customers of other water districts and cities in King County and parts of Snohomish County. In addition SPU manages the conservation and restoration of high-quality habitat for fish and wildlife, and the conservation of cultural resources. SPU also provides drainage services within the Seattle city limits to prevent flooding, reduce contamination of surface water, and protect and restore habitat in the urban creeks that serve as part of the city’s natural drainage system.

Photo caption: Yuki Nakamura. Meanings, 2014. Clay, glaze. 28” x 26” x 2”. Photo courtesy of the artist


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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