Past Exhibitions

Botanical Exuberance: Trees and Flowers in Northwest Art

There is a good reason why Washington has been referred to as the Evergreen State. One of the outstanding features of our region lies in…

Northwest Social Realism and the American Scene: 1930 – 1950

Northwest Social Realism and the American Scene is an exhibition focused on Northwest artists and their depictions of scenes of everyday life in the Northwest…

A Spirit Unbound – The Art of Peggy Strong

Peggy Strong (1912-1956) was one of the leading regional artists of the mid-20th century. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Strong studied at the Annie Wright Seminary,…

Against the Moon: The Art of John Matsudaira

Born Takehisa Matsudaira in Seattle, he was educated in Kanazawa, Japan and returned to Seattle in 1935. While he and his family were detained in…

Northwest Photography at Mid-Century

Washington State has been the home for many artistic photographers who achieved national and international recognition during their lifetimes. This exhibition reintroduced the public to…

Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Centennial Tribute to Nellie Cornish & the Cornish College of the Arts

“She was a small, round, plump little lady with the dynamism of a rocket, and we were all terrified of her, terrified of her tongue…

Pioneers and Prophets: Northwest Modern Art Reconsidered

This one year exhibition presented an overview of key figures in our regional art history beginning in the mid-19th century and leading into the modern…

Christmas Cards by Northwest Artists: 1909-1990

For most of the 20th century, many regional artists created original works of art to send to their fellow artists, friends and families to celebrate…

A Fluid Tradition- Northwest Watercolor Society at 75

Our inaugural exhibition presented many of the original paintings included in the 2015 University of Washington Press publication documenting the history of this important and…

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