Art lovers living in Seattle are fortunate to have so many galleries and museums dedicated to the craft of creativity. From pencil drawing to oil paintings, from glasswork to pop culture, whatever art form you fancy, you can find it here. Here are only five of the best events coming soon to location near you worth catching.
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 654-3100

June 9 – Aug. 28, 2016

Located in the Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries, Seattle Art Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “Graphic Masters: Dürer, Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, Matisse, R. Crumb” will show the SAM’s largest exhibition centered on graphic arts. The showing will feature over 400 works for master artists that you have heard of but never seen their graphic design work up close. Of the works presented, 200 drawings come from R. Crumb’s “The Book of Genesis” project which gives a contemporary (and controversial) look to historical printed book illustrations.

Schack Art Center
2921 Hoyt Ave.
Everett, WA 98201
(425) 259-5050

May 12 – Sept. 5, 2016

The Schack Art Center up north will present “Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration” which will show this artist’s many works of the human face from different points of view. Up close, they appear to be rows and rows of abstract designs but when one stands back, it all becomes clear. What makes Close’s work that much more spectacular is his use of different materials and techniques including etching, aquatint, lithography, handmade paper, direct gravure, silkscreen, traditional Japanese woodcut, and reduction linocut.

Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-9250

Through June 19, 2016

The Frye Art Museum will present “Young Blood” from contemporary artists Noah Davis and his brother Kahlil Joseph. The focus is mostly on Davis who passed away in 2015 and, as the museum puts it, “places it in the contest of, and in conversation with, that of his [artist and filmmaker] brother.” The exhibit features sample art in the form of paintings, sculpture, film and installation.

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512 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 839-0377

July 21 – Aug. 2, 2016

ArtXchange will present “20 Years of Cultural Exchange: A Contemporary Showcase of Pacific NW Global Artwork” this summer. The two-week presentation will highlight various Pacific Northwest artists with diverse viewpoints on subjects like culture, traditions, personal identity, history and more. The artists featured include Humaira Abid, Laura Castellanos, Donald Cole, Marcio Diaz, Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, Elaine Hanowell, Yuko Ishii, Deborah Kapoor, Alan Chong Lau, June Sekiguchi, Ann Leda Shapiro, William Song, Carletta Carrington Wilson, and Joan Wortis.

325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 770-2700

Opening May 21, 2016

Trekies will enjoy the upcoming “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds” exhibit coming this spring. It’s been 50 years since Star Trek first aired on TV. Since that time, the franchise has grown with several TV show spin-offs and movie releases. This exhibit will feature over 100 artifacts and original prop pieces including Captain Kirk’s command chair and navigation console, which is a big deal as this will be the first time that it has been on display for the public to see close up. Admission includes access to all other EMP galleries.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at