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Welcome to the Arts at the University of Washington!

We take pride in being the front porch of the University of Washington. Here you can partake in a wide range of rich artistic experiences side-by-side with students, faculty, and staff -- every single day.

Resources for Visitors

Visit Museums and Galleries:

    Artists rendition of updated (2019) facade of Burke museum

    Burke Museum

    The Burke is a research- and collections-based museum with over 16 million objects. Opening in fall 2019, the New Burke will be a flagship facility for the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture. With 12 visible labs and an artists’ workshop, the New Burke will turn the museum “inside-out,” breaking down traditional museum barriers and inviting visitors to be part of a working research facility. Explore the Burke

    Exterior of Henry Art Gallery

    Henry Art Gallery

    The Henry is internationally-recognized for bold and challenging exhibitions, for pushing the boundaries of contemporary art and culture, and for being the first to premiere new works by established and emerging artists. Visit Henry Art Gallery

    Interior of Jacob Lawrence Gallery

    Jacob Lawrence Gallery

    The Jacob Lawrence Gallery isan exhibition space within the UW School of Art + Art History + Design, committed to education, social justice, and experimentation. Visit the Jacob Lawrence Gallery

    Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center - Exterior View

    Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center

    Founded upon student activism and empowerment, ECC is the largest and longest-standing cultural center on a college campus in the nation. Visit ECC

    View of Meany Hall seating from stage

    Meany Center for the Performing Arts

    Through innovative performances, Meany Center advances public engagement, cultural exchange, creative research, and learning through the arts. Visit Meany Center

Upcoming Events


"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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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