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Practice arts where arts are practiced.

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

Native American Food Truck Off the Rez Plans Permanent Outpost at New Burke Museum

Off the Rez food truck — which has been serving acclaimed Native American cuisine around the city since 2011 — will open a permanent location at the…


Mayor's Arts Awards

Department of Dance Professor Dani Tirrell receives the 2019 Mayor's Arts Award from the Office of Arts & Culture Seattle.

City of Seattle

New Burke Museum will have a striking and symbolic work of art

As the grand opening of the new Burke Museum gets closer, workers have been busy installing a large mural in the new natural-history museum.

The Seattle Times

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Upcoming Events

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

José Limón based his technique on the natural rhythms of and dynamism between fall and recovery, underlining the idea that movement itself can create emotion and meaning. This season’s repertoire…

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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…

Meany Hall—Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater Learn More Buy Tickets