The Henry Art Gallery was officially opened in 1927, which makes it the oldest public art gallery in Washington state.
Located on the University of Washington’s campus in Seattle, the Henry Art Gallery was originally designed by dynamic architectural team of Carl Frelinghuysen Gould and Charles Herbert Bebb. The museum then went through a major expansion project in the 1990s. As of 1997, the museum is and astonishing 40,000 square feet and includes a large auditorium. In case you were wondering, this museum was named after Horace C. Henry, a successful Seattle businessman also responsible for founding the Firland Tuberculosis Hospital. Henry donated a great deal of his fortune as well as his own painting collection to this art museum in the late 1800s.
There are around 25,000 permanent works stored in the Henry Art Gallery. As you might expect, the museum tends to highlight artists from the Northwest region of the USA. Some other collections the Henry Art Gallery loves to share with visitors include works of photography, embroidery, costumes, and videos. Most of the special exhibits held at the Henry Art Gallery deal with contemporary photography or video art. Just a few recent exhibitions include the works of Maya Lin, Doug Aitken, and James Turrell.
Contemporary art lovers will really appreciate a visit to the Henry Art Gallery. There’s always something special going on at this unique art center. Whether it’s a special exhibit, show, or educational demonstration, you can find something interesting to do and see in this fabulously modern art gallery. Even if you don’t enjoy contemporary art, you can certainly admire the wonderful architecture of the Henry Art Gallery.