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

Banner image: defy, Barry Johnson.

A young person lays on a bed, long hair draped off the edge, staring into the camera.

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

November 7, 2019 - January 11, 2020

Reception: November 7, 2019

Brighter Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free. is an exhibition featuring artworks created by more than 50 local artists of color reflecting on freedom. The exhibition is organized by the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery (EHAG) Board, a collective of City of Seattle employees including people who are of Black, Latinx, Native, 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. Artists on display include:

  • Aaliyah Gupta
  • Adam Collet
  • Addison Karl
  • Andrea Razook
  • Angie Hinojos Yusuf
  • Anouk Rawkson
  • Barry Johnson
  • Blanca Santander
  • Carina A. del Rosario
  • Carol Rashawnna Williams
  • Catherine Cross Uehara
  • Cheryl Fujii Zahniser
  • Cheryll Leo-Gwin
  • Damiano Austin
  • D33LIGHT
  • Eliaichi Kimaro
  • Erin Shigaki
  • Evan Chau
  • Fiona K. Lau
  • Hanako O'Leary
  • Hawo Ali
  • Hugo Moro
  • Jessica Ghyvoronsky
  • Judith Rayl
  • Julia Tatiyatrairong
  • Juliana Kang Robinson
  • Junko Yamamoto
  • JW Harrington
  • Kamla Kakaria
  • Lauren Iida
  • Lawrence Pitre
  • Lihong Yang
  • Marilyn Montufar
  • May Kytonen
  • Mohamed Abdullahi
  • Monica Lisette-Sanchez
  • Naoko Morisawa
  • Naomi Ishisaka
  • Nasrin Afrouz
  • Nathan Shultz
  • Norman E. Riley
  • Robert L. Horton
  • Sara Osebold
  • Susan Ringstad Emery
  • Tamar Alsberg
  • Tanya K. Langford
  • Tatiana Garmendia
  • Tatyana Ostapenko
  • Trung Pham
  • Vikram Madan
  • Xavier Lopez
  • Yoona Lee
  • Young Hee Lee

Brighter Future: To be heard. To be seen. To be free. was organized through an open call, asking artists of color what it means to be heard, to be seen, and to be free. The call was open to the Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery artist roster, the Office of Arts & Culture Ethnic Artist Roster, and artists of color from the general public. All artists who submitted work were accepted in the exhibition.

Image: detail from Marilyn Montufar's Dani, Mexico City, MX, Chromogenic color print, 2011.

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The Office of Arts & Culture promotes the value of arts and culture in, and of, communities throughout Seattle. It strives to ensure that a wide range of high-quality artistic experiences are available to everyone, encourage artist-friendly arts and cultural policy.