ARTOPOLIS

© 2013 Nathan Vass, Long 7. Photo courtesy of the artist
© 2013 Nathan Vass, Long 7. Photo courtesy of the artist

Metro transit operators photograph Seattle and surrounds

© 2013 Nathan Vass, Long 7. Photo courtesy of the artist
© 2013 Nathan Vass, Long 7. Photo courtesy of the artist

4Culture’s Storefront Arcade is proud to display Artopolis, a selection of photographs by King County Metro operators and supervisors. Metro drivers see and experience more of metropolitan Seattle than most people living here, so who’s better equipped to tell the stories? Working mostly in color, in a broad range of styles, the photographers capture unique vignettes from Seattle streets, highways and waterfront. Through the lens, they demonstrate personalized visions and hard-earned insight into the idiosyncrasies of Seattle and its surrounds.

4Culture’s presents a condensed version of the original Artopolis, organized by Seattle University MFA candidate in Arts Leadership, Calley Vandegrift. Artopolis was first presented at King County Metro’s Atlantic/Central Base in June, 2013. By exposing their common interest in photography and interpreting the environment in which they live and work, Artopolis strengthened internal bonds between Metro employees and served as a tool for building community.

Metro operators and supervisors whose work is represented in Artopolis are: Bob Redmond, Bryan Hildebrandt, Darcell Hayes, David Herman, Doug Bligh, Eugene Sarigumba, Gene Bowlby, Jacqueline McNamara, Jay Taylor, Jerry Dunbar, Jessie Sutter, Katherine Cartwright, Nathan Vass, Osman Saclolo, Sam Smith, Theresa McGrath, Tony Hopkins, and Yaakov Medrash. 4Culture thanks these photographers and independent curator Calley Vandegrift for the opportunity to show these extraordinary images.

View all 273 photographs from the original Artopolis.