Seattle’s Collection: A Different Point of View

On view at the M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery at Seattle Central College

September 26 – October 20, 2016

Opening reception Thursday, September 29, 5-7 p.m.

The M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery and the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture present Seattle’s Collection: A Different Point of View.  The exhibition features a choice selection of 18 artworks from the City’s collection of over 3,000 portable works and include ceramics, paintings, prints, sculpture and tapestries.  The prominent regional artists are highlighted in the exhibition are: Hamaira Abid, Alfredo Arreguin, Diem Chau, Ameen Dhillon, Baba Wague Diakite, Marita Dingus, Scott Fife, Malayka Gormally, Phil Grey, Sohee Kim, Jacob Lawrence, May Nao Ly, Yuki Nakamura, Joseph Park, and Elizabeth Scott.

M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery
Seattle Central College
1701 Broadway #BE2116 free admission

Hours: Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,

Evening Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5 -7 p.m., only

The M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery is located at the north end of Seattle Central’s Atrium Cafeteria, main campus building at the corner of Broadway and Pine. For information, please visit online at or call 206-934-4379 to speak with gallery staff. The gallery is funded by Seattle Central’s Associate Student Council and Student Leadership.

Cultural Perspectives Part III opens October 4, 2016 at the Seattle Municipal Gallery

Cultural Perspectives Part III, October 4 – December 28, 2016

Cultural Perspectives Part III is the third and final installment of a series of exhibitions featuring recent acquisitions for the Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection. The goal of the purchase was to select artworks that represent experiences and social concerns of and from communities of color. The final installation will feature 23 contemporary artworks ranging from carvings, paintings, ceramics, photography and prints.

Part III includes artworks by Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, Romson Bustillo, Ron Carraher, Jo Hamilton, Sabina Haque, Naomi Ishisaka, Dave Kennedy, Hyunju Kim, Yegizaw Michael, Ted Mase, Tivon Rice, Mamoun Sakkal, Jayce Salloum, Naomi Shigeta, Akio Takamori, Maki Tamura, Barbara Earl Thomas, and Tariqa Waters.

The entire acquisition totaled 66 contemporary artworks from 45 artists representing the Pacific Northwest.

Photo credit: Barbara Earl Thomas, Story Before Dreaming II (book of fishing), 2008, Lino cut, 18” x 20”


In memoriam, Rick Bartow

The Northwest lost a great artist with the passing of Native American Artist Rick Bartow on April 2, 2016 at 69 years old. This Oregon artist was known for his transformational artwork: animal spirits and human spirits blended together in a cacophonous display of color and culture. His artwork is vivid and gripping and commands the viewers’ attention. We are very fortunate to have his work in the city’s Portable Works Collection.

Bartow lived and worked on the Oregon coast, where he observed hawk, raven and eagle—the subjects that populate his artwork. Rick was a member of the Wiyot tribe from Northwestern California. In 1969, Rick Bartow earned a Bachelors of Arts in Art Education from Western Oregon State University. He served in the Vietnam War and worked in many fields including fishing, bartending, building maintenance, and teaching. He also became an active blues guitarist before his death.

Bartow was a professional artist, with solo exhibitions at museums, universities, and galleries around the globe and the USA. In 2003 he inaugurated the Continuum 12 series at the National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan. In 2002 the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University organized the traveling exhibit My Eye, that traveled to the University of Notre Dame and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, WA. Some of his prominent group exhibitions include Twentieth Century American Sculpture at the White House, Washington, D.C., organized by the Heard Museum; Indian Reality Today, at Westfaliches Landesmuseum fur Naturkunde, Munster, Germany; Head, Heart and Hands, organized by the Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery in Louisville, KY and traveling to the American Craft Museum, New York, NY; Indian Time at the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe, NM; and the Museum of Art & Design’s Changing Hands 2: Art Without Reservation, New York, NY

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at the Newport Performing Arts Center.

Rick Bartow
Observant, 1999
Acrylic on panel
24” x 24”
Photo courtesy of the Charles Froelick Gallery


Spotlight Art Tours shines a light on City of Seattle artwork

Seattle City Light, the nation’s greenest utility, has been a supporter of the city’s public art program, and its portable artwork collection since the city adopted a 1% for Art ordinance in 1973. The city’s Portable Works Collection is a rotating collection of artworks in all media including sculpture, site-specific commissions, painting, mixed media, prints, photography and textiles that are exhibited throughout city facilities. This fall the city is offering Spotlight Art Tours featuring artwork from City Light’s portable collection. Tours are led by Deborah Paine, Curator and Collections Manager at the Office of Arts & Culture, and will focus on artwork displayed at Seattle Municipal Tower.

If you are interested in attending a tour, please RSVP here, each tour is limited to 12 guests. Gather at the information/guard station inside the Seattle Municipal Tower lobby at 700 5th Avenue. All tours are ADA accessible, if you have specific accommodation requests please email or call (206) 684-7372.


Thursday, November 12th, 10 a.m.
Friday, November 20th, 2 p.m.

Thursday, December 10th, 10 a.m.
Friday, December 18th, 2 p.m.

Thursday, January 14th, 10 a.m.
Friday, January 29th, 2 p.m.

Tour Highlights:

  • Eight City Light office lobbies featuring commissioned site-specific artwork.
  • On view in the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery is Seattle Simplified, featuring Seattle City Light’s recent artwork purchases portraying Seattle and its surrounding landscape a two part installation encompassing 56 contemporary artworks ranging from painting, multi-media, photography and prints by 36 different artists.

After the tour you can also visit these other exhibitions in the Seattle Municipal Tower and City Hall

  • On view in the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery is Origins: An Art Show by an Iñupiat Scandinavian, featuring artist Susan Ringstad Emery’s unique perspective on contemporary Native artwork with her cave art-inspired mixed media works on panel. Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery exhibitions rotate quarterly, artists are chosen from a vetted roster of artists of color.
  • On view in the Seattle Presents Gallery is artist Joseph (Wahalatsu?) Seymour, Jr. Joe studied the Coast Salish form line art, the style of art of the people of Puget Sound. He also participated in indigenous artist gatherings in Hawaii and New Zealand. In addition to using materials such as wood, wool, glass and printmaking, Joe also makes and paints drums. During his residency at The Evergreen State College, Joe is focusing on making and designing drums and yellow cedar paddles. Seattle Presents Gallery is a pop up-like gallery. Every two months the gallery features a static exhibition of artwork in the collection, an artist-in-residence who spends up to six hours a week creating artwork in the space or a guest curator who collects and exhibits artwork based on a specific theme.
  • On view at City Hall beginning November 3, 2015 is Sound Impressions. Home to Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Sub Pop Records, Death Cab for Cutie and Macklemore, Seattle is known for its music, inspiring a thriving scene of poster designers, illustrators and screen-printers. Curated by recognized poster designer Andrew Saeger of Factory 43 Sound Impressions features the artwork of Seattle’s poster scene veterans and newcomers.