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Discovery lies at the heart of our enterprise. Our faculty collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, catalyze creativity in the classroom, cultivate artistic excellence in the studio, illuminate in their writings how art makes meaning, and contribute to the cultural vitality of our world. Arts faculty, with the active participation of our graduate and undergraduate students, continuously expand the frontiers of knowledge through their creative productions and scholarly research. Nationally and internationally acclaimed, our award-winning faculty also collaborate with local and regional artists and cultural organizations, helping to make Seattle a place where the arts are widely practiced. With over a hundred distinguished artists and scholars, the Arts’ faculty possesses a remarkable range of expertise, connections, and experiences, collectively offering students exceptional access to the breadth, depth, and dynamism of the arts.

Highlighted Faculty


Ted Poor


Sonal Khullar


Mark Zirpel


Juan Pampin


Huck Hodge


Doug Jeck


Cristina Valdés


Claire Kenney

ArtsUW Roundup: Last week to see MFA + MDes exhibition at the Henry, opening of Beverly Semmes, concert at the library, and more

This week in the arts, visit an exhibition at the Henry Art Gallery or the Center for Urban Horticulture, attend a concert at the library, attend a…


First book published on fishes of the Salish Sea

“Fishes of the Salish Sea” is a three-volume book and is the culmination of more than 40 years of research.


This three-decade mission to catalog local fish turned into a literary work of art

These Washington researchers have made sure that the identities — and vivid colors — of the fish that live beneath the surface in our waters is known.


Our Stories


Joseph Anderson's Mpingo at Park Sounds


Kevin Lam Awarded Fulbright Fellowship 


Songwriting win for Music Ed grad students

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Promotional image of Garrick Ohlsson showing person playing a piano

Oct. 1, 2019

Garrick Ohlsson

Seattle favorite Garrick Ohlsson returns to Meany Center with a program of Brahms and Chopin. In the decades since his legendary win at the International Chopin Competition,…

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Oct. 10 - Oct. 13, 2019

Chamber Dance Company

The Chamber Dance Company’s 2019 concert, Falling, investigates the nature of descending––from both literal and metaphoric perspectives. After exclusively performing and touring…

Promo image for Sankai Juku showing dancers.

Oct. 17 - Oct. 19, 2019

Sankai Juku

Declared “one of the most original and startling dance theater groups to be seen” by The New York Times, Sankai Juku is renowned as Japan’s finest example of contemporary Butoh…

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