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ARTS at King Street Station

About ARTS at King Street Station

ARTS at King Street Station, which incorporates a new 7,500-square-foot cultural space available to the general public, a studio for artists-in-residence, and offices for the staff of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, was conceived to increase opportunities for people of color to generate and present their work and to reflect and foster the creativity and talents of people that continue to create the fabric of Seattle.

Over the past several years, we've listened to community feedback and continue to gather research on best practices in how to make this space welcoming.

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Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions: Happy Room — Mosaic Collage and digital indigiqueer: a showcase of trans transmedia

Details from two artworks; Left: A colorful wooden chair made of colorful cubes in front of a mosaic background; Right: Red hues with black marker drawings of flowers on top of a black and white photo of a building.

February 2 – April 6, 2023 

Happy Room — Mosaic Collage features everyday objects through the artistry and colorful lens of artist Naoko Morisawa. Juxtaposed with Morisawa’s mosaic collages is a collection of multi-media artworks from five multi-disciplinary, award-winning Indigenous artists in digital indigiqueer: a showcase of trans transmedia

Happy Room — Mosaic Collage 
Naoko Morisawa / Morisawa Studio 

Specializing in intricate natural and oil-dyed wooden and paper mosaics, artist Naoko Morisawa invites viewers to experience Happy Room — Mosaic Collage, a collection of over 50 small, mid, and large-scale works that evoke a sense of joy and draw from the Hygge lifestyle. The artwork selection is divided into four rooms Shoes/Closet, Kitchen/Living Room, Theater Japonism/Living Room, and Heart Room. Each room and piece transforms everyday objects like a dependable pair of shoes or a pastry from a café into ornate, dynamic mosaics that invite viewers to find beauty in the details. Happy Room — Mosaic Collage features pieces from various bodies of work from the past 15 years including pieces from My Collection Shoes, Mosaic Café, Japanese Opera - Noh Mask, and newer abstract works. 

digital indigiqueer: a showcase of trans transmedia 
Hexe Fey 

A showcase of transgender and sacred gender indigenous artists working in digital media, transmedia, film, 360 video, glitch art, contemporary interpretations of traditional forms, and future mediums. digital indigiqueer: a showcase of trans transmedia includes 11 individual pieces exploring the diversity of contemporary indigenous creativity and touching their futures and pasts. Work from Raven TwoFeathers, Ty Defoe, Raven Kameʻenui-Becker, Communidad Catrileo+Carrion, Elijah Forbes, and organizer Hexe Fey.

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Images:
Left Image: Foreground: Happy Chair, Naoko Morisawa/Morisawa Studio, 20 x 13 x11 in., handcrafted, oil-stained wood, 2022. Background: Invisible world - on the way to the Shangri-La, Naoko Morisawa/Morisawa Studio, 30 x 40 in., handcrafted, oil stained wood/ paper mosaic, acrylic and Japanese paper, 2022.
Right Image: 227 Indigenous Children, Elijah Forbes, digital illustration print, 2022 

Upcoming Exhibitions Calendar

February 2 – April 6, 2023

digital indigiqueer: a showcase of trans transmedia

Hexe Fey

A showcase of trans Indigenous artists working in digital media curated by Hexe Fey and featuring art by Raven TwoFeathers, Ty Defore, Raven Kameʻenui-Becker, Catrileo Communidad, and Elijah Forbes. 

Happy Room - Mosaic Collage

Naoko Morisawa 

Specializing in intricate natural and oil-dyed wooden and paper mosaics, artist Naoko Morisawa invites viewers to experience Happy Room – Mosaic Collage, a collection of over 35 medium-scale works that evoke a sense of joy and draw from the Hygge lifestyle. Each piece transforms everyday objects like a dependable pair of shoes or a pastry from a café into ornate, dynamic mosaics that invite viewers to look a little closer and find beauty in the details. Happy Room – Mosaic Collage features pieces from various bodies of work from the past 15 years including pieces from My Collection Shoes, Mosaic Café, Japanese Opera - Noh Mask, and newer abstract works.  

Visit ARTS at King Street Station

Hours

Wednesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On First Thursdays, the gallery is open until 8 p.m.

COVID Safety

In accordance with King County Public Health guidelines, ARTS at King Street Station will no longer require visitors to show proof of vaccination or wear face masks when visiting.  We ask that you stay home if you feel sick and remain mindful of our community’s varying levels of comfort as we go through this transition.

ARTS Administrative Office Hours

Monday -  Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Getting Here

Plan your trip and don't forget to check the traffic conditions at Seattle Traffic

King Street Station is located at 303 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104. The station is conveniently located where the Downtown Central Business District, Pioneer Square, and the Chinatown / International District all meet (on Jackson Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues South).

There are multiple options for reaching the station using public transit:

  • The Sounder regional commuter train stops at the station, as do all of Amtrak's national and international lines.
  • The Link Light Rail stops at the International District Station, one block east of the station.
  • Many King County Metro Bus lines pass within a block of the station, including 1, 7, 36, 14.

Where do I park? There are multiple paid garages and parking lots in the neighborhood, as well as street parking. You can view the Seattle Parking Map here.

Accessibility

King Street Station has an ADA-compliant elevator that services every level of the station. Access it via the Amtrak level (1st Floor), which is on King Street. The plaze entrance is on Jackson Street and is the 2nd Floor.

ARTS at King Street Station also has ADA-compliant, all-gender restrooms. We have two wheelchairs available in the gallery, and folding stools you can use if you'd like to sit in front of an artwork.

Do Something at ARTS at King Street Station - apply for exhibitions and events

King Street Station call for art and events

Gallery inside ARTS at King Street Station
ARTS at King Street Station gallery, photo by Benjamin Benschneider

Applications for ARTS at King Street Station are currently on pause.

Please follow us on social (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or sign up for email updates and announcements of the reopening of the application and ARTS at King Street Station.

Studio Residency Award

Artist studio at ARTS at King Street Station

ARTS at King Street Station Studio Residency, photo by Benjamin Benschneider

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), is offering a Studio Residency at ARTS at King Street Station. The Studio Residency offers creatives of all disciplines, at all stages in their careers, time and space in the onsite studio to encourage growth in their practices.

ARTS is looking for up to six artists/artist teams for the residency award. Each residency period is approximately two months long and will take place March 2020 - March 2021. Each residency will received a $2,000 stipend. Artists from historically under-represented communities, including communities of color, immigrant, and refugee communities are encouraged to apply. 

Eligibility

This call is open to individuals or groups. Creatives working in any medium and at any stage of their career are welcome. Applicants must be 15 and over, but youth under 18 must include an adult contact. Applicants should be interested in working in a public setting.

Budget

Each selected Studio Residency will receive a $2,000 stipend.

Deadline

6 p.m. Pacific, Friday, November 15, 2019. Please allow ample time to complete your application. Do not wait until the last minute. Applications submitted after the 6 p.m. deadline will not be accepted. 

Office Hours

For more information or help on your application please contact or drop in during ARTS at King Street Station programming office hours, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on the Third Wednesday and Third Saturday of each month EXCEPT December.

Info

Contact us at arts.culture@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-7171.

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2020 Studio Residency Award Guidelines

2020 Studio Residency Application

2020 Studio Residency Award Work Sample document

ARTS at King Street Station Studio Facility Information

Rental and Meeting Space

Outside rentals and meeting space booking is not currently available for ARTS at King Street Station.

Special Exhibition and Event Calls

Special opportunties for ARTS at King Street Station coming soon!

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ARTS at King Street Station Advisors

About ARTS at King Street Station Advisors

ARTS at King Street Station Advisors is a newly formed group of community leaders and arts/culture enthusiasts who will work with ARTS staff to ensure that the programming at ARTS at King Street Station centers racial equity, represents and welcomes diverse communities, and showcases many creative disciplines. Advisors will serve a two-year term beginning November 2018 and ending October 2020.

ARTS at King Street Station Advisors

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Resources

ARTS engaged in an inclusive, city-wide outreach effort in order to hear from the community about their needs (check the #ARTSaboard hashtag on Twitter). Below are reports that capture the feedback and the plans created to address community needs.

ARTS' intention with the new space is to increase opportunities for communities of color to present their work. The dedicated cultural space will provide public access to presentation and creative spaces, ARTS staff and resources, space for city convenings, and professional development and other services that were requested through the outreach process. This is an innovative plan that utilizes an underused city resource to address issues of affordability and livability while preserving the unique creative economy that drives Seattle.

AFrican performers at King Street Station during Create City 2016. Photo by Sunita Martini.

King Street Station Programming Plan (pdf)

ARTS staff worked with the University of Washington Evans School Consulting Lab to produce a research report, "Reimagining King Street Station through a Racial Equity Lens" (May 2018), which is an aspirational document about best practices in cultural space programming.  

Watercolor of King Street Station by Tina Kayoma.

Reimagining King Street Station through a Racial Equity and Social Justice Lens, UW Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
PDF

 2018 King Street Station Community Feedback Report 

King Street Station Community Feedback Report 
PDF (5 MB)

About King Street Station

Historic image of King Street Station

King Street Station is a public asset that is an important part of Seattle's history. For over one hundred years it has improved connections, serving as a gateway for millions of travelers coming into Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. The station has spurred economic growth and helped establish Seattle as a major metropolitan city.

King Street Station first opened to the public in May 1906. Reed and Stem, the architectural firm responsible for New York City's historic Grand Central Terminal, designed the station. The San Marco bell tower of Venice, Italy, served as the model for the building's familiar clock tower. The structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Interior King Street StationKing Street Station, located on Jackson Street between Third and Fourth Avenue S., is a brick and granite three-story building with a twelve-story clock tower. The ground floor, accessed from King Street, is clad in granite. The walls of the second and third floors, as well as the clock tower, are faced in pressed brick with decorative terra cotta elements such as cornices and window lintels.

While much of the exterior of King Street Station has remained intact since the building was constructed in 1906, parts of the interior have been substantially altered and others have suffered neglect. Similarly, while nearly half of the facility's original finishes remain intact, most of the significant finishes in the lower portion of the station have been removed. In March 2008 the City of Seattle purchased the landmark building from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Company.

Under city ownership, King Street Station underwent a $50 million renovation that achieved the following goals:

Exterior King Steet Station

  • Restore the building's historic character and grandeur
  • Upgrade facilities to meet present and future needs of rail and transit users
  • Enhance passenger safety and security
  • Promote sustainable design with a LEED building certification
  • Support efforts to transform the station into a modern transit hub
  • The station is served by Amtrak Cascades, Coast Starlight and Empire Builder long distance rail lines and Amtrak intercity buses. It includes convenient connections to Sound Transit commuter rail, local and regional buses, Sound Transit Link light rail, and the First Hill Seattle Streetcar.
  • The restoration of King Street Station ensures it remains a critical transportation hub and gateway into Seattle for the next hundred years.

Arts & Culture

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Address: 303 S. Jackson Street, Top Floor, Seattle, WA , 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94748, Seattle, WA , 98124-4748
Phone: (206) 684-7171
Fax: (206) 684-7172
arts.culture@seattle.gov

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