New Year, New Art: Announcing Our Recent Portable Purchase

DebiLynn Fendley. Almost Legend, 2016. Graphite and ink on paper. 16 x 20 inches. King County Public Art Collection.

Did you know that King County has an art collection? We’re proud to be its caretakers, and thrilled to announce that it just got bigger!

Of the more than 2,300 works in the collection, about 1,700 are considered “portable.” This means they can be easily moved and installed in publicly accessible areas of county facilities. Last summer, we put out a call for photographs and works on paper—drawings, paintings, prints, mixed media, and more. It was our first opportunity to purchase new portable art for the collection since 2013, and over 300 artists responded. A panel of arts professionals and county representatives reviewed the submissions, and in late 2018 we acquired 82 original artworks by the following artists:

Humaira AbidLinda EmmermanJanet Marcavage
Michael AckerDebiLynn FendleyKelda Martensen
David AdamsNatalie FobesDorothy McGuinness
John ArmstrongJoseph Freeman, Jr.Leleita Mckill
Cynthia BackKaren HackenbergKatie Miller
Jessixa BagleySharon Lee HartMarilyn Montufar
Sean BartonColleen HaywardSaya Moriyasu
Deanne BelinoffDavid HytonePaul Newman
Louisiana BendolphEtsuko IchikawaCory Peeke
Mary Lee BendolphEirik JohnsonMary Ann Peters
Elizabeth BennettIskra JohnsonPeter Rand
Gala BentCaroline KappAnn Chadwick Reid
Amanda L. BurnhamMichael  KennaGlenn Rudolph
Romson Regarde BustilloDave KennedyJuliet Shen
Dawn CernyThendara Kida-GeeAkio Takamori
MalPina ChanAmanda KnowlesJennifer Timmer Trail
Timothy CrossPaul KomadaKimberly Trowbridge
Pat De CaroDianne KornbergThuy-Van Vu
Peter de LoryNancy Goodman LawrenceSadie Wechsler
Cecelia DeLeonFulgencio LazoJingzi Zhao
Michele DomingoHung LiuJennifer Zwick
Tallmadge DoyleAlejandro Macias
Phil Eidenberg-NoppeVictor Maldonado


Formally accessioned, framed, and accompanied by interpretive text, the pieces are now ready to install. Collection Curator Jordan Howland and Preparator Guy Merrill are busy helping King County staff select new work to enliven their spaces.

We thank everyone who applied for this opportunity, and welcome these incredible artists into the King County Public Art Collection!