Honors

The Honors Program recognizes visual artists who have made significant contributions to our region through the sustained production of high-quality artwork.

George Tsutakawa. Sandworm, 1986. Stainless steel. 58 x 96 x 120 inches. King County Administration Building, Seattle. Photo: Joe Freeman

In 1976, the King County Arts Commission instituted the Honors Program to recognize, promote and support mid-career visual artists who have made significant contributions to the region through sustained production of high-quality artwork and to provide access to their masterworks in public buildings and spaces throughout King County. As budget allows, new pieces are purchased for the King County Public Art Collection. To date, the Honors Program boasts more than 70 works by preeminent artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Guy Anderson, Patti Warashina, and more.
 
 
Mary Henry. The Palace of Darius, 1987. Acrylic on canvas. 72 x 96 inches. Maleng Regional Justice Center, Kent. Photo: Joe Freeman
Guy Anderson. Sisyphus, 1987. Oil on paper on panel. 96 x 288 inches. Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. Photo: Joe Freeman
Jacob Lawrence. Games, 1979. Vitreous enamel on steel. 108 x 216 inches. Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. Photo: Joe Freeman
George Tsutakawa. Sandworm, 1986. Stainless steel. 58 x 96 x 120 inches. King County Administration Building, Seattle. Photo: Joe Freeman
Robert Sperry. Untitled #625, 1985. Ceramic tile. 132 x 360 inches. King County Administration Building, Seattle. Photo: Joe Freeman
Patti Warashina. Mercurial Miss, 1994. Porcelain, earthenware, and glaze. 156 x 118 x 28 inches. Meydenbauer Center, Bellevue. Photo: Joe Freeman