Arts & Culture

Art Initiatives

Whether unique public art, new cultural spaces, travelling collections or world-class events —Vulcan and Paul Allen believe the greatest value of art is created when it is shared widely. Art helps us see the world a little differently, and can provide a fresh sense of possibility, and even purpose. Vulcan is working to share great art with communities in unique ways and to build the Pacific Northwest into a hub of world-class collections, museums and art programs.

Paul G. Allen on Art

 Paul G. Allen on Art

Seeing Nature

 

Seeing Nature video

From the quiet solitude of a forest to the sweeping majesty of the Grand Canyon, the Seeing Nature exhibition features 39 landscape masterpieces selected from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection that record, explore and understand the natural and man-made world. These works explore the depth and breadth of artistic landscapes; taking you back to previous eras, transporting you to distant lands and pulling you into the eye and perspective of the artist. Seeing Nature has been a travelling exhibition winding across the American landscape. It debuted at the Portland Art Museum in October 2015 and made stops in Washington D.C., Minneapolis, New Orleans, before completing its two-year journey in Seattle.  Learn More >>

Pivot Art + Culture

Pivot Art + Culture is a concept space by Paul G. Allen and Vulcan. It opened in December 2015 with the exhibition, The Figure in Process: de Kooning to Kapoor 1955-2015. Currently, A Closer Look: Portraits from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection is on view featuring artwork spanning continents, cultures and centuries. It runs through March 26, 2017. Coming soon: Color & Pattern. Learn More >>
 

Seattle Art Fair

The Seattle Art Fair is a one-of-a-kind destination for the best in modern and contemporary art and a showcase for the vibrant arts community of the Pacific Northwest. The fair brings together the region’s strong collector base; local, national, and international galleries; area museums and institutions; and an array of innovative public programming. Founded in 2015 by Paul G. Allen, over 18,000 people attended last year's fair. Vulcan and Art Market Productions have announced the third edition will occur in August 2017.  Learn More >>

Public Art

Paul Allen believes art should be accessible to all, and public art pieces have tremendous benefit not only for the individual, but for the community. Paul and Vulcan have supported more than 15 public art installations in neighborhoods around the city because of a genuine desire to make public spaces more interesting and offer a sense of place to those who live and work there. You can view Dan Coulson’s incredible sculpture of suspended glass in South Lake Union or experience a glass forest canopy in the middle of a vibrant innovation district with Spencer Finch’s “There Is Another Sky.” All around the city, public art helps residents pause and appreciate the beauty of their surroundings and illustrates to visitors that Seattle is a city that celebrates its rich artistic and cultural heritage.  Learn More >>