Our mission is to ensure that King County buildings, public places and infrastructure include the work and thinking of artists. These shared public spaces present unique opportunities for free and unlimited access to contemporary art. We serve the great diversity of County residents and visitors with a wide range of art experiences. Through the work we do with County partners, community stakeholders and artists we contribute to a cultural legacy for the region and its citizens.
Find our collection where people gather, work, and conduct King County's business. The collection contains portable, permanently sited and architecturally integrated artworks that help define County buildings as cultural spaces. Using percent for art funds from County construction projects, artwork is commissioned to tell the story of place, create engaging public spaces, and bring forward important issues of ecology, site use and history
Our portable artwork collection circulates throughout County facilities and includes special collections at Harborview Medical Center and the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center. Temporary projects allow the public to experience audio, video, performance and installation artwork online and on site for distinct periods of time.
Resources we offer to the community include innovative monthly exhibitions through Gallery 4Culture, support to Local Arts Organizations and online resources found in Threads. We also run a vibrant Consulting practice, where we serve the region with the same expertise we bring to the County's projects.
All artwork is selected through a public process that is carried out by a Selection Panel and managed with the oversight of a Citizens Advisory Committee.
Our audio library may be found in Threads along with video, slide shows, and resources for artists and educators.
Cris Bruch: Excerpt from 2007 Henry Art Gallery Lecture. Take a look at his award winning Mt. Si Bridge project.
Our video and slideshow library may be found in Threads, along with audio, and resources for artists and educators.
produced by Sammamish High School students, 20095 - 4:04 min.
Watch an interview with Carol DePelecyn, produced by Sammamish High School students, speaking on the Shoreline Recycle
and Transfer Station Project, Terra Firma.
Learn more about this project.