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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: Low Brow/High Culture exhibit opens in the Allen Library, guest pianist Conor Hanick performs, and more

This winter offers a multitude of opportunities to see art at the UW, such as at the Henry Art Gallery and the Burke Museum.

UW News

The 2020 Critical Issues Lecture Series begins this winter quarter

The Henry Art Gallery will be hosting the "Critical Issues" lecture series, which "'creates space for people to be inspired collectively.'"

The Daily

Henry Art Gallery exhibition shows why its senior curator is kind of a big deal in the contemporary art world

The Henry Art Gallery's new exhibition, "In Plain Sight," highlights the work of senior curator Shamim Momin and her approach to storytelling through…

Seattle Times

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"Edo Avant Garde" poster

Jan. 20

Film: "Edo Avant Garde: How Japan Invented Modern Art"

Join the Seattle Art Museum for a screening of this documentary film with director Linda Hoaglund. Edo Avant Garde: How Japan Invented Modern Art (Linda Hoaglund, Japan/USA, 2019)

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Close up of cherry blossom

Jan. 21, 2020

Exhibition Reception – Things Behind the Sun

Except for the reception, this exhibition will be viewable by appointment only from January 16–30, 2020. Contact one of the exhibiting students to…

Jacob Lawrence Gallery More Info RSVP
Close up of petals on partially open flower

Jan. 22, 2020

Colloquia Series – Gloria de Liberali

Title Virtue and Fortune: The Triumph of a Christian Prince and the Rise of the Modern Artist in Bentivoglio Bologna Description In 1490, the…

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