A work of art


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A work of art

From installations to galleries, the UW offers art in every nook and cranny


15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 41st Street

The Henry Art Gallery is much bigger than it appears at first glance. The gallery has three floors and three main showrooms, a sculpture court, a café, and conference rooms. The focus of the Henry Art Gallery is contemporary modern art, accessible to the general public.

The Henry changes its exhibits about every three months. The museum features a few permanent pieces such as “Light Reign” by James Turrell. “Light Reign” is a skyspace, or a suspended structure built for reflection and meditation. The skyspace offers a different experience depending on the day; it has a retractable hydraulic roof that is removed on good-weather days.

Upcoming 2018 exhibits include Martha Friedman: Castoffs (June 15 to Feb. 10).

Large bags, umbrellas, and food or drink are not allowed; there is a complimentary locker system set up in the lobby. Photography is permitted in certain exhibits but prohibited in others. No flash photography, no video recording; only personal photography permitted.


Art Building, Room 132, Northeast Stevens Way

Jacob Lawrence Gallery, or “The Jake,” is the place to experience the work of up-and-coming artists and designers studying at the UW. The Jake features work from current students, including those receiving bachelor’s degrees in design and fine art. The Jake is free to visit. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Most exhibits feature contemporary art and use various mediums including film, audio, and photography.


The second floor of MGH features various paintings gifted from prior art students. The paintings range from the abstract to the meticulously real. Some particularly stunning pieces include various oil-on-canvas paintings, such as Dwight Jonsson’s “Untitled” and Christopher Roberts’ “Untitled.” Both are vivid, oversized paintings that play with themes of light and color.

The building is open during the academic year Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. In the summer, Mary Gates is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is closed on the weekends.


Located next to William H. Gates Hall on Memorial Way Northeast, at the end of Parrington Lawn, “Department of Forensic Morphology Annex” is a striking metallic structure amid the surrounding greenery. The piece resembles a space-tent or a small planetarium. The sculpture was commissioned from artist Cris Bruch in 2004 by the UW’s Art in Public Places Program.

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