The Best Arts Programs to Catch in Seattle in 2022

Looking for the best arts programs to catch in Seattle in 2022? You’ve come to the right place! Seattle is a city that is constantly buzzing with energy and creativity, and Seattle’s arts scene is no exception. From world-renowned museums to intimate theater performances, there’s something for everyone when it comes to arts and culture in Seattle.

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If you’re looking for a dose of the arts, be sure to check out some of the following programs and venues:

Frye Art Museum

The Frye Art Museum was founded by Charles and Emma Frye in 1952 and is now run by their granddaughter, Emily Frye. The Frye Collection, one of the largest private art collections in the country, is housed in the museum. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 7,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures. The Frye family’s personal art collection forms the nucleus of the museum’s holdings, which include significant Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and American paintings and sculptures. The Frye Art Museum is the place to be for art lovers in the Seattle area. With exciting events happening all the time, there is always something new to see and do at this museum.

Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA
February 12 – June 5, 2022
  • Christina Quarles
September 18, 2021 – January 16, 2022
  • Duane Linklater: mymothersside
September 11, 2021 – January 23, 2022
  • Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art

Christina Quarles’ exhibition celebrates the artist’s five-decade career and features a range of her seminal paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Born in Seattle in 1936, Quarles has been a vital part of the city’s art scene since the 1950s. 

Christina  Quarles mines American history and mythology to create paintings that are both visually stunning and thought-provoking. In this exhibition, she focuses on the myth of the American West, exploring the ways in which it has been romanticized and distorted over time.

The Frye Art Museum presents mymothersside, an exhibition by Duane Linklater featuring new and recent works by the artist. 

The exhibition title refers to a Cree phrase that Linklater’s mother used to describe the traditional territory of her people in Saskatchewan. mymothersside includes video, sculpture, and painting, and is organized by themes that explore the artist’s relationship to land, family history, and Indigenous identity. 

Henry Art Gallery is a world-renowned art museum and center for contemporary art located on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Founded in 1927, the Gallery’s collection of more than 15,000 objects includes works of art from the Pacific Northwest, Asia, and Europe. 

Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA
October 2, 2021 – February 6, 2022
  • Diana Al-Hadid: Archive of Longings
October 10, 2021 – March 6, 2022
  • Math Bass: a picture stuck in the mirror
October 2, 2021 – May 1, 2022
  • Packaged Black: Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas

Henry Art Gallery in Seattle is hosting an event called the “Archive of Longings”. This event will showcase the work of artist Diana Al-Hadid. This is Al-Hadid’s first solo museum exhibition and features new and recent work. The title of the exhibition, Archive of Longings, comes from a phrase used by the artist to describe her creative process.

The Henry Art Gallery has a new exhibition that is sure to tickle your fancy. “Math Bass: A Picture Stuck in the Mirror” is a multimedia show that explores the intersection of mathematics and art. Math Bass’ installation at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle is a provocative and compelling look at the way we see ourselves. Looking at Math Bass’s “picture stuck in the mirror,” it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s reflected. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a large mirror, covered in pictures of Bass herself. The pictures are arranged in a way that makes it look like the viewer is looking at a reflection of themselves, but with Bass’ features superimposed. The work is a meticulously crafted illusion, the product of a painstaking process that took the artist more than two years to complete.

Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA

“Packaged Black” is an exhibition by Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas at Henry Art Gallery in Seattle. Derrick Adams and Barbara Earl Thomas explore the packaging of blackness in the American landscape. Adams’s appropriation of advertising and commercial art highlights the often-overlooked ways blackness is packaged and sold to the American public. Thomas’s paintings and installations reference the history of black Americans, from the Middle Passage to the present day. Together, their work casts a critical eye on the construction of Afro-American identity in the United States.

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle is the largest museum in the Pacific Northwest dedicated to local history and industry. Founded in 1952, MOHAI, Its mission is to inspire people to explore the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest and to engage with the industrial and technological achievements that have shaped our region and our world. MOHAI also offers educational programs for all ages, and hosts special events throughout the year.

Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle, WA. Photo by Alabastro Photography. Visit Seattle
July 31, 2021 – January 3, 2022
  • Da Vinci – Inventions

The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle is home to the world’s largest collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions, models, and drawings. Da Vinci was a genius inventor who designed everything from helicopters and submarines to bridges and musical instruments. MOHAI’s collection includes working models of da Vinci’s most famous inventions, such as the flying machine, the parachute, and the hydraulic car.  This exhibit is a collection of da Vinci’s drawings and notes about his inventions, accompanied by modern recreations and explanations.

The Olympic Sculpture Park

The Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle is a 9 acre park located on the Elliott Bay waterfront. The park is home to a variety of sculptures from well-known artists. The park also offers a variety of programs and events for visitors of all ages, including art classes, guided tours, and festivals. The park’s sculptures were designed by artists from the United States, Canada, and Europe, and include both permanent and temporary works. The park features a variety of large, modern sculptures, as well as a few pieces from the Seattle Art Museum’s collection.

The Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA. Photo by Alabastro Photography. Visit Seattle
November 18, 2021 – February 6, 2022
  • Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective

“Imogen Cunningham: A Retrospective” will showcase approximately 60 prints from the artist’s career, including some of her most famous images. From the delicate and ephemeral works of her early career to the monumental public sculptures for which she is best known, Imogen Cunningham’s photography encompassed a wide range of subjects and techniques. This retrospective, the first major museum exhibition of her work in more than 25 years, offers a fresh look at the artist’s influential career.

The exhibition features over 200 prints, including the artist’s iconic images of plants, flowers, and botanical specimens.

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Art Museum is a world-renowned museum located in Seattle, Washington. The museum offers something for everyone, with a diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, installations, and other types of art from all around the world.

SAM’s collection includes more than 23,000 pieces of art from around the world. The museum is also home to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which is the largest collection of Asian art in the Pacific Northwest. SAM also showcases the work of local artists, making it the perfect place to learn about the art scene in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, WA
November 20, 2021 – January 2, 2022
  • Barbara Earl Thomas: The Geography of Innocence

“Barbara Earl Thomas: The Geography of Innocence” is a solo exhibition of new paintings by Seattle artist Barbara Earl Thomas. The title of the exhibition, “The Geography of Innocence,” refers to a series of paintings Thomas began in 2012 in which she explores the relationship between personal memory and the American landscape. Experience the paintings of Barbara Earl Thomas, which explore the innocence and vulnerability of childhood. Barbara Earl Thomas paints scenes from her childhood, exploring innocence and vulnerability. With an eye for the beauty in everyday moments, her paintings invite us to reflect on our own memories and experiences.

Wa Na Wari

If you’re looking for a unique and unforgettable Seattle dining experience, Wa Na Wari in Seattle is the place for you! ​The gallery’s name, Wa Na Wari, means “two rivers coming together” in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Ojibwe people. This name reflects the gallery’s mission to bring together Indigenous art from all over the world. The gallery aims to promote understanding and appreciation of Indigenous cultures and artforms.The art at Wa Na Wari is inspired by the natural world and the people who have lived here for centuries.

April 15, 2022
  • Intertwined

The Intertwined event is a great opportunity to get to know more about the local indigenous community in Seattle. During the event, you will have a chance to learn about the culture and history of the indigenous people of the area.

The Seattle Art World

This city is home to a wealth of art galleries, theaters, museums and other cultural institutions. If you’re looking for a place to start, the Seattle Art Museum is a must-visit. With a world-renowned collection of art, this museum is a true gem of the Pacific Northwest. There’s always something interesting happening.

If you’re a fan of classical music, you can check out one of the city’s many orchestras. Or, if you’re more of a contemporary music fan, there are plenty of venues showcasing up-and-coming artists. There’s always something new and exciting happening here, so be sure to check out the Encore Spotlight – a curated guide to all things arts and culture! From the latest theater productions to the newest exhibits at the art museum, we’ve got you covered. Our website is constantly updated with the latest news and events, so you can always find something interesting to check out. Plus, our handy calendar makes it easy to plan your next outing. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring today!

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