Art on Campus
In addition to the collections of the Henry Art Gallery and the Burke Museum, the University of Washington is home to a collection of artwork sited on the grounds and buildings throughout each of its campuses in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell.
The collection is divided roughly into three groups: works of public art commissioned by the Washington State Arts Commission/UW Public Art Commission; gifts of fine art; and commemorative works.
Funded by the State of Washington’s Art in Public Places Program, the works of public art range from collections of paintings, prints and photographs to large-scale sculpture and sculptural installations. Since 1990 these works have been commissioned at the recommendation of the University of Washington Public Art Commission — a standing body of students, faculty, staff, community representatives, and nationally recognized arts professionals.
Gifts of fine art make up the bulk of the rest of the collection. These generous offerings provide the university collection with a breadth and depth that is not achievable with only state funding. One notable object is Barnett Newman’s Broken Obelisk (1963), generously given by the Virginia Wright Foundation in 1973.
Commemorative works include portraits, portrait busts, statues, class gifts, and other monuments and memorials. In addition to our magnificent statue of George Washington (Loredo Taft, 1907), the campus collection honors students, faculty, staff and distinguished members of the community.
Robert Irwin’s, 9 Spaces 9 Trees, was originally commissioned in 1980 for the rooftop of the Public Safety Building by the Seattle Arts Commission. This work was re-imagined in 2007 and sited on campus at the University of Washington. The newest addition to the collection, Stronghold by Brian Tolle was installed in early 2008.
The Seattle campus also features works by Cris Bruch, Mark Calderon, Mary Miss, Martin Puryear, Erwin Redl, and George Tsukawa.
For more information, images, and a walking map of accessible art on the Seattle campus, download the PDF on this page.