Public Art

The Seattle Convention Center’s public art program, one of the first of its kind in the nation, was established to provide an environment that enriches the experience of all who visit the meeting facility. Founded by Phyllis Lamphere, the art program has been a popular feature since the Center opened in 1988 and features over 100 works. Initially, art was incorporated into the building design as part of the State’s Percent for the Arts program. Since then, SCC has developed an ever-changing collection, readily accessible in the Arch building at no charge to the public.


Our notable permanent collection in the Arch building consists of gifts and long-term loans from artists, galleries, other governmental entities, corporations, foundations and private collectors. Well-known artists represented include Alfredo Arreguin, Hilda Morris, Alden Mason, Jenny Holzer, James Washington, Jr., Tony Angell, Margaret Tomkins, Kenneth Callahan, Michael Spafford, Richard Gilkey, Guy Anderson, Ron Hilbert, Paul Horiuchi and Nancy Mee.  Some of the most popular works include Lebeg (Ann Gardner), Games (Jacob Lawrence), The Spirits Within (Alfredo Arreguin) and “A” Procession (Patty Warashina). 


Rotating exhibitions provide a diverse array of local artists’ works, creating an ever-changing tapestry of talent. These shows are booked approximately two years in advance, following a screening process with the SCC’s Art Advisors. Since 1991, nearly 200 exhibitions have been featured in the Phyllis Lamphere Gallery on Level 2 of the Arch building.

Now Exhibiting: Youth in Focus
June 30, 2023 - March, 2024

About Youth in Focus: We believe in the power of photography. But even more than that, we believe in youth. That's why we approach photography as a means of curiosity, exploration, and self-discovery. We create a safe, inclusive community, teach photography at no cost (or pay-what-you-can), and provide mentorship for South Seattle teens.

Youth in Focus


Now Exhibiting: Fogue Studios & Gallery
July 19 - December 12, 2023

Fogue Studios & Gallery in Georgetown represents the creative works of artists aged 50 and over exclusively. The works range in styles and media from sculpture and collage, acrylic and multimedia, to found object and even paper mâché, all of which consciously push back on ageism in the art community. Fogue ennobles the strong, creative voices that come from a (long) lived life. 

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