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Seattle Art Museum Press Release Announces Closing Dates of the Museum for Rehab as February 26–Last Chance to See

samasianSEATTLE, WA – The Seattle Asian Art Museum’s winter exhibition, Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi, closes Sunday, February 26. The exhibition features new and existing immersive video installations from acclaimed contemporary Japanese artist Tabaimo, alongside historic works from SAM’s Asian art collection chosen by the artist.

This is the final exhibition at the Asian Art Museum before it closes to begin preparations for its upcoming renovation and proposed expansion, pending final approval of the project currently under review by the City of Seattle.

Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi presents eight video installations by Tabaimo, a globally renowned artist who represented Japan at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Four works created specifically for the exhibition and four previously existing works meld traditional imagery and elements with references to contemporary Japanese comics and animation. In adjacent galleries are paintings, prints, and furnishings from SAM’s collection that inspired the artist, including beloved works such as Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock prints and the early 17th-century ink-and-gold Crows screens.

The museum’s other installations, all drawn from SAM’s permanent collection, will also close on February 26. These include Terratopia: The Chinese Landscape in Painting and Film, juxtaposing classical Chinese works with a film by contemporary artist Yang Fudong; Awakened Ones: Buddhas of Asia, with sculptures and paintings spanning 13 centuries from all around Asia; and Ai Weiwei: Colored Vases, works by one of China’s most acclaimed contemporary artists and outspoken dissidents.

While the Seattle Asian Art Museum is closed, visitors will be able to see installations from SAM’s Asian art collection at the downtown museum. Currently on view is Pure Amusements: Wealth, Leisure, and Culture in Late Imperial China, featuring Chinese works including prints, sculpture, furnishings, and ceramics that were created for, and enjoyed during, leisurely pursuits.

Image credits: Installation view of Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. © Seattle Art Museum, Photo: Natali Wiseman.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through November 6

November 4 – 6

"Arts Alive" LaConner’s Annual Weekend Festival and Invitational Art Show. Visit 


First Thursday

Gallery Walks in Pioneer Square and the Seattle Art Museum area, 5 – 8pm.

Downtown Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park are free all day on First

Art in the Park at South Lake Union Park.May through Oct. 11am – 7pm. Free admission at Museum of History and Industry. For more information:

SLU Art Walk from 5 – 8pm Oct. and May. South Lake Union event features temporary art shows in multiple venues run by Shunpike.

Silverdale Artwalk, March – Nov. 5 – 8pm, Meet at Lisa Stirrett Glass Art Studio, 9536 NW Silverdale Way. 360/613-5472


First Friday

Anacortes Galleries are open 6 – 9pm.

Bainbridge Island Galleries are open from 6 – 8pm.

Bellingham Downtown Art Walk is from 6 – 10pm.

Bremerton Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown Bremerton.

Ellensburg Art Walk is from 5 – 7:30pm in historic downtown Ellensburg.

Fremont Art Walk is 6 – 9pm.

Issaquah Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm, May – September in downtown Issaquah.

Sequim Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm in downtown Sequim.

Vashon Island Gallery Cruise is from 6 – 9pm.


First Saturday

La Conner Galleries are open April – Oct. 5 – 8pm as part of the Skagit Valley Art Escape.

Langley on Whidbey Island Art Walk is from 5 – 7pm.

Port Orchard Art Walk April – Oct. from 2 – 5pm.

Port Townsend Art Walk is from 5:30 – 8:30pm.


November 4 – 6

"Arts Alive" LaConner’s Annual Weekend Festival and Invitational Art Show. Visit


November 6

Visit Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) on Sunday, November 6 from 10 am to 4 pm for the colorful and lively Día de los Muertos celebration. The museum’s most popular free festival of the year offers an array of cultural activities including live mariachi music, dancing, hands-on art making, face painting and more.

Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style at the Seattle Art Museum Showing from October 11 Through January 8

samstlaurent“Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style” will be on view at the Seattle Art Museum from October 11 through January 8.  Drawn from the collection of the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, the exhibition highlights the legendary designer’s 44-year career and features new acquisitions by the foundation that have never been shown publicly before.

Besides finished garments, the exhibition presents Saint Laurent’s immersive working process from his first sketch and fabric selection to the various stages of production and fitting before a final garment was realized. The multifaceted exhibition is co-curated by Florence Müller, the Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Curator of Fashion at the Denver Art Museum, in collaboration with Chiyo Ishikawa, SAM’s Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture. The unique installation is designed by architects Nathalie Crinière and  Chloë Degaille of Agence NC, in collaboration with SAM’s exhibition designer Paul Martinez. Shown: "Suzy" doll with eight outfits from her wardrobe, 1953-1955, Paper doll cut out of a magazine and glued onto cardboard, Garments made of paper cut-outs, ink, watercolour and gouache. © Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Paris. Member preview weekend is Oct.8-10.

Wendy Red Star Winner of the 2016 Betty Bowen Award

Press release just in from the Seattle Art Museum: “The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Betty Bowen Committee, chaired by Gary Glant, announced today that Wendy Red Star is the winner of the 2016 Betty Bowen Award. The award comes with an unrestricted cash award of $15,000. Founded in 1977 to continue the legacy of local arts advocate and supporter Betty Bowen, the annual award honors a Northwest artist for their original, exceptional, and compelling work. Red Star’s work operates at the intersections of traditional Native American culture and colonialist histories and modes of representation; her work will be featured in an installation at the Seattle Art Museum beginning November 10.

In addition, Dawn Cerny was selected to receive the Special Recognition Award in the amount of $2,500, and Mark Mitchell was awarded the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award in the amount of $2,500. Five finalists, including Evan Baden and Sadie Wechsler, were chosen from a pool of 446 applicants from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to compete for the $20,000 in awards.

The award ceremony honoring Red Star, Cerny, and Mitchell will take place on Thursday, November 10 at 5:30 pm at the Seattle Art Museum. The ceremony and reception following the artists’ remarks are free and open to the public.”

SAM Lights Tonight at the Olympic Sculpture Park

samolyFrom 6-9pm tonight at the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, experience an evening of art, music and lights. Make art, listen to music, sip a hot drink, grab a sweet bite, and take in the sights. Come wearing your best light-inspired ensemble and become a part of the art. Free and open to the public.

Intimate Impressionism at Sam from October 1 thru January 10

samFrom October 1 through January 10, the Seattle Art Museum   is showing  “Intimate Impressionism” an exhibit from the National Gallery of Art (in Washington, D.C.). The collection is comprised of extraordinary paintings considered to be the jewels of one of the finest collections of French Impressionism in the world. This exhibition features 68 intimately scaled paintings by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters, including Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Eugène Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, among others. These works, which are prominently presented in the East Building of the National Gallery, have long been treasured by the museum’s visitors and prized by art historians. Image credit: Madame Monet and Her Son, 1874, Auguste Renoir, French, 1841-1919, oil on canvas, 19 13/16 x 26 3/4 in., National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection.

Masks and African Art at SAM June 18-September 7

samafricanDisguise: Masks and Global African Art,” on view at the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle from June 18- September 7, is a groundbreaking exhibition that celebrates 21st-century evolutions of the mask and explores contemporary forms of disguise. Lenu Naagbiwa of Boue, One of the Last Active Carvers in Ogoniland, 2014. Zina Saro-Wiwa, USA/UK/Nigeria, born 1976. Shown: he Invisible Man series, 2015, Zina Saro-Wiwa, USA/UK/Nigeria, b. 1976, exhibition print, 30 x 50 in., Seattle Art Museum, Commission, 2015. © Zina Saro-Wiwa, Photo courtesy of the artist.

First Saturday happenings around Puget Sound

brackenwoodOn display through the month of May at the Brackenwood Gallery, 302 First Street in Langley, are works by gallery artists Pete Jordan, Francy Blumhagen, Rene Flynn-Federspiel, and Craig Kosak . The show reflects new directions as they explore both interior and exterior spaces.  The artist’s reception Saturday, May 2nd from 5-7 PM. Shown: Craig Kosak, Lord Tristan.


frederickFrederick Holmes and Company, 309 Occidental Avenue S., is holding a private reception from 6-9pm featuring a discussion with Travis Wilson, researcher & exhibition curator, and other special guests in conjunction with “Revolutions  Unseen.” The exhibition, on view through May 31, includes work from the estate of Walter Quirt (1902 – 1968) who is seen as one of America’s seminal modernist painters. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres as well as music by cellist Mannfried Funk. For More Information, call (206) 682-0166 or Shown: Natures Children – c.1942 Oil on Canvas 40"x48".


Pacific Galleries, 241 S. Lander Street in Seattle,  holds a "NW Art & Modern" auction at noon including works by Chuck Close and Dale Chihuly.



saamThe Seattle Art Museum  (SAM) presents “Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World,” a fantasy reality created by the Japanese artist Chiho Aoshima. Opening at SAM’s Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, the exhibition features colorful large-scale dreamscapes printed on plexiglass, 35 drawings on paper, and an animation that will be shown in public for the first time. Meet Chiho at Free First Saturday. Shown: City Glow, 2005, Chiho Aoshima, Japanese, b. 1974, chromogenic print, 66 15/16 x 66 15/16 in., Courtesy Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/Galerie Perrotin, © 2005 Chiho Aoshima/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.



Smith & Vallee Gallery, 5742 Gilkey Avenue in Edison, opens “Homage,” work by Sharon Kingston and Eric Eschenback, in a reception from 5-8pm. The show runs through May 31.

Art walks and events through April 26

Fourth Saturday

Bremerton Charleston Arts District Artwalk,noon – 8pm


Thru April

32nd Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibits. Visit


April 3 – 26

Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery, Mt.


April 22

On Earth Day, join a discussion at the Seattle Art Museum from 7-8pm with National Museum of the American Indian architect Johnpaul Jones on the relationships between native culture, the built environment, land use, and environmental activism.


April 25

Pratt’s 33rd Annual Fine Art Auction, Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66. Visit This year’s auction theme, Pratt Studio 54, draws inspiration from the disco days of Andy Warhol. Featuring over 150 unique works of art by emerging and established artists this much-anticipated event is known throughout the Seattle arts community for its exceptional selection of artwork, as well as its eclectic style and colorful spirit. 


April 25 – 26

Art in Bloom, Seattle’s new garden art studio tour happens April 25-26 from 10 am to 5 pm, rain or shine. A group of north Seattle artists and their friends have put together a self-guided tour which gives visitors a chance see outdoor art in the artist’s own garden. For more information, email  Terri Lemmen, 206- 778-9073, or Karen Seymour 206-789-7095,

Calendar of art walks and events through April 19

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 –

Seattle Design Center Art Walk is from 5 – 9pm. at 5701 Sixth Ave. South.

Tacoma Art Walk. Tacoma’s galleries, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, and the Washington State History Museum are open from 5 – 8pm. All three museums are

Upper Queen Anne Art Walk is from 3 – 9pm and takes place between the 1500 and 2400 blocks on Queen Anne Ave. N.


Third Friday

Port Orchard Art Walk is from 4 – 7pm, May through


Thru April

32nd Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibits. Visit


April 3 – 26

Art in the Schoolhouse at Christianson’s Nursery, Mt.


April 17

samdanceSeattle Art Museum Hoop Dancing World Champion Nakota Larance from 7-8pm. In addition to his world-champion titles, LaRance performs globally at tribal gatherings, museums, cultural institutions, and has toured with Cirque du Soleil. The galleries will be open until 9 pm so you can view Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection after the performance. Tickets include admission to the exhibition.

Student artists show their stuff through March 29

path“I am from: The Faces of the Path with Art,” an exhibition featuring 150 portraits reflecting the lives, struggles, hopes and dreams of Path with Art student artists, is showing through March 29 at the Washington State Convention Center, located at 800 Convention Way. A community reception and tour is scheduled for March 5 from 5:30-7pm. Curator  Maria Phillips is a Seattle based artist, instructor and lecturer throughout the United States. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC and the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington.

A correlating exhibition of Path with Art student portraits, “i am here: The Faces of Path with Art” will be on view at the Seattle Art Museum from February 5th – March 3.

Give the gift of art

samThe Seattle Art Museum, as well as other area museums, encourage you to give museum memberships as Christmas gifts. It’s a great idea they can enjoy all the year. SAM has a 20% off membership special on Cyber Monday.

Seattle Art Museum downtown showing American Masterpieces, 1771-1917 through December 7

sammorningOn view through December 7 at the Seattle Art Museum  is “American Masterpieces, 1771-1917.”    The installation includes landmark works by renowned American artists from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, some from SAM’s collection and many on loan. This special display marks the public announcement of a major new acquisition for the museum, Raphaelle Peale’s Still Life with Strawberries and Ostrich Egg Cup, 1814 painted in Philadelphia in the great age of Enlightenment. It is an exquisite painting, small in size but great in its beauty and rich in history. Shown:   A Morning Walk, 1888, John Singer Sargent, American, (born Florence, Italy), 1856-1925, Oil on canvas, 26 3/8 × 19 1/2in. (67 × 49.5cm), Private Collection, T2014.33.10

Brenna Youngblood recipient of prestigious SAM award

The Seattle Art Museum  announced today that  artist Brenna Youngblood is the recipient of the 2015 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize. Youngblood lives in Los Angeles and her work has been shown in museums and galleries across the country. Engaging and significant, Brenna’s extraordinary photography will be featured in a solo exhibition in SAM’s Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Gallery in 2015.

Pop Art comes to SAM October 9 through January 11

sampopOpening October 9 and  running through January 11 at the Seattle Art Museum downtown, is “Pop Departures.” More than 50 years after American pop art made its debut in the early 1960s, the provocative ideas that Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Edward Ruscha, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, and their peers first introduced are still reverberating in contemporary art and culture. This exhibition investigates how artists in subsequent decades have continued to critically engage with and redefine consumer culture and the cult of celebrity.Image credits: Marilyn, 1967, Andy Warhol, American, 1928 – 1987, Screenprint on paper, 36 x 36in. (91.4 x 91.4cm), Bequest of Kathryn L. Skinner, 2004.119