Seattle has a thriving visual arts scene with galleries to be found in almost every neighborhood. The city's main art district is in historic Pioneer Square, about a half-mile south of downtown's center. The turn-of-the century brick buildings of the neighborhood provide a unique setting for cafes, shops and nightclubs in addition to no fewer than 20 art galleries and studios. A selection of Seattle galleries:
530 1st Ave S, 206-622-5599
Specializing in contemporary Japanese art, the Azuma gallery includes prints and paintings, ceramics, baskets and screens. Azuma offers a rare mix of talents, media and styles.
Read more: http://www.azumagallery.com
155 S Main St, 206-667-9572
One of the city's premier art locales, the Bryan Ohno Gallery has been showcasing contemporary works since 1996. The gallery features sculpture, Asian art and artists of the Northwest.
Read more: http://www.bryanohnogallery.com
301 S Occidental Ave, 206-447-5677
Owner and founder Ali Valdez uses an interior design perspective to select a different focus for the gallery each year. 2004 centered on American pop art, with some attention given to contemporary Spanish and French artists as well.
Read more: http://www.calixfineart.com
313 Occidental Ave S, 206-624-7684
Davidson Galleries is divided into three departments-Contemporary Painting and Sculpture; Contemporary Prints and Drawings; and Antique Prints. New exhibitions are mounted each month in every department, with a strong focus on regional artists.
Read more: http://www.davidsongalleries.com
123 S Jackson St 206-622-2833 (Rainier Square location: 1331 5th Ave, 206-622-7606)
The Foster/White Gallery is centered on modern painting and sculpture, and includes a permanent collection of Dale Chihuly's Studio Editions.
Read more: http://www.fosterwhite.com
704 Terry Ave, 206-622-9250
Meatpacking magnate Charles Frye and his wife Emma began collecting European paintings in 1893, and over the next 40-odd years their collection grew to more than 230 works of fine art. In his will Charles Frye provided for the creation of a free public art museum, and today his beloved collection is housed in a stunningly redesigned space on Seattle's First Hill. In addition to the permanent founding collections, the Fry exhibits a number of contemporary collections each year.
Read more: http://www.fryeart.org
212 Third Ave S, 206-624-0770
Opened in 1983, the Greg Kucera Gallery has been focused on up and coming artists as well as artists with national reputations. The gallery is not afraid to take on politically themed exhibitions, and routinely contributes to causes that fight censorship.
Read more: http://www.gregkucera.com
309 Occidental Ave S, 206-223-0816
This elegant, historic space specializes in Northwest figurative and narrative painters and sculptures. The gallery presents ten solo and group shows annually.
Read more: http://www.groverthurston.com
604 Second Ave, 206-256-6399
This progressive gallery is dedicated to exploring the great artists of the 21st century. Under the direction of owner and founder Billy Howard, the works shown at this avant-garde art gallery are always provocative and relevant.
Read more: http://www.howardhouse.net
316 First Ave S, 206-624-3034
The Linda Hodges gallery has been recognized for Northwest contemporary art, having been in the business since 1983. The gallery welcomes corporate and private collectors, from the experienced to the beginner.
Read more: http://www.lindahodgesgallery.com
110 Union St Suite 200, 206-587-6501
Rather than focus on media type or commercial success, when selecting artists the William Traver Gallery looks for passion and a commitment to creating compelling, innovative art. The gallery hosts a free public reception each month for their artist's exhibitions.
Read more: http://www.travergallery.com
For information on the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, or the University of Washington's Henry Art Gallery visit our Museums page.