ARTS at King Street Station Gallery

ARTS at King Street Station is a dynamic space for arts and culture in the heart of the city, dedicated to increasing opportunities for communities of color to generate and present their work.

Location

King Street Station
303 S. Jackson St., Top Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
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Gallery Hours - Limited

Thursday through Saturday, 10am - 6pm

We will return to our regular Tuesday through Saturday schedule on September 6, 2021.

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Close to Home

portrait of a woman and prosthetic legs with photo

July 22 - August 14, 2021

Close to Home challenges audiences to think intentionally about the idea of “home” through the use of paint, sculpture, quilting, and textural arts. The representations of “home” also span depictions of historical artifacts, abstract illustrations, to what home might look like in the future.

While being some of the most vulnerable to forced migration and displacement, the 14 artists in Close to Home actively celebrate the resilience of people of color using nuanced understandings of place.

Close to Home asks viewers to actively engage with questions of what makes our homes distinct. Who gets to define what makes places important or meaningful? Where do we individually fit in to community definitions of belonging? What does it look like to keep records and pay respect to our community members who have stewarded the land for generations? The 14 exhibiting artists’ practices grapple with these questions using ideas and physical objects that represent meaningful parts of their own homes and communities.

The exhibition also displays the range and growth of the City of Seattle's Civic Art Collection, which includes pieces by instrumental Pacific Northwest artists.

Close to Home features artworks from the following artists:

  • Romson Regrade Bustillo
  • Ka'ila Farrell-Smith
  • Jonathan Wakuda Fischer
  • Hongzhe Liang /名媛
  • Micah Mccarty
  • missTANGQ
  • Miya Sukune
  • Earnest Swanson
  • Robert Running Fisher Upham
  • Markel Uriu
  • Gwen Maxwell Williams
  • Jennifer Angaiak Wood
  • Crystal Worl
  • Junko Yamamoto

This exhibition consists of portable artworks in the City of Seattle’s Civic Art Collection, purchased between 2020 and 2021 in partnership with Seattle Together and Seattle City Light. Close to Home is organized and presented by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and is curated by Ricky Reyes in partnership with ARTS at King Street Station Advisors. Support for the installation is provided by Benjamin Gale-Schreck and Blake Haygood.

Image: Metaphor of my mother, missTANGQ, Mixed media, 2018.

Past Exhibitions

2019

Brighter Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free.

Brighter Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free.

November 7, 2019 - January 11, 2020 - "Brighter Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free." is a group exhibition of artworks created by more than 50 local artists of color reflecting on themes of freedom. The exhibition is organized by the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery Board, a collective of City of Seattle employees including people of Black, Latino, Native American, White, Asian, and Indian backgrounds who showcase local artists of color and build appreciation for diversity and social commentary expressed through art. The exhibition features 100 artworks including paintings, photography, sculpture, print, video and four installations. Image: detail from "Dani, Mexico City, MX" by Marilyn Montufar, Chromogenic color print, 2011.

Tagalog sa King Street

Tagalog sa King Street

September 5 - October 5, 2019 - "Tagalog sa King Street" is a collection of one-act plays written and performed in the national language of the Philippines: "Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady" (How I became the Leading Lady), by Carlo Vergara, a story of two sisters, Mely and Viva, who turn a small grudge into a superhero battle between good and evil; and "Hintayan ng Langit" (Heaven’s Waiting Room), by Juan Miguel Severo, about 67-year-old protagonist, Manolo, meeting his unrequited love, 64-year-old Lisang, in purgatory. Their spiritual ascent is delayed until they resolve a lifetime worth of heartaches and regrets. With the creative use of live English surtitles and shadow puppetry, non-Tagalog speaking patrons can enjoy the innovative, brave new playwrights selected from the Virgin Labfest of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

yehaw'

yehaw'

March 23 - August 4, 2019 - yəhaw' is an exhibition by Indigenous creatives, an expansive, multi-city, yearlong project. It includes satellite installations across the Puget Sound region, performances, artist-in-residences, a publication, art markets, culminating in this large-scale exhibition at ARTS at King Street Station. The title yəhaw̓, is drawn from the Coast Salish story of Native people from all tribes uniting around a common cause and lifting up the sky together. The exhibition is a collective portrait of Native America featuring artwork by over 200 creators ranging from master artisans and elders, to gallery-represented and museum-collected artists, to youth and emerging creatives who will be exhibiting in a gallery for the first time. Learn more at https://yehawshow.com/ Image: Detail from Kali Spitzer (Kaska Dena and Jewish), "Awapuhi", Archival pigment print from scanned tintype, 2016, Courtesy of the artist.

2017

BorderLands

BorderLands

"BorderLands" explores the ideas of belonging and resistance. Immersive installations include artworks by Anida Yoeu Ali & Studio Revolt, RYAN! Feddersen, Satpreet Kahlon, Pedro Lasch, Henry Luke, Ries Niemi, Crystal Schenk, Carina A. del Rosario, and Inye Wokoma. In addition 2D- and 3D artworks from the City's collection will be on display in the installation "And She Persisted: Voices of Women Artists", featuring 38 women artists who challenge assumptions, take risks, and break barriers while creating objects of beauty and depth.