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We seek to be a vital platform for cultural exchange and creative inspiration. Since 1979, acclaimed artists such as Jaehyo Lee, James Fitzgerald, Albert Paley, John Grade and Judy Onofrio have filled the city with creativity and innovation.

Bellevue Art Collection

Over 70 permanent and portable artworks document the dynamic moments and complexities of Bellevue’s cultural life, and these pieces serve as an important resource for future generations. A segment of the collection is devoted to artworks that raise the discourse on the defining aspects of Bellevue’s civic life, exploring the diverse identities of our residents, converging cultures, international connections, technological currents, and the interplay between nature and the urban experience that make Bellevue’s environment unique.

Current and Upcoming Projects

Explore upcoming Bellevue public art projects below.

This roster is open to artists living and working in East King County (Bellevue, Bothell, Duvall, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Newcastle, North Bend, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, Snoqualmie and Woodinville) to use for craft, public art, music and performance opportunities. The roster will be used by the City of Bellevue as a resource for selected small public art projects (up to $30,000) geared towards emerging artists seeking to enter or establish themselves in the field of public art, curators working on future Bellwethers (Bellevue’s annual contemporary art event), and an outreach resource about other upcoming opportunities and events, including larger public art projects.

  • The full Eastside Artist Roster call can be accessed here.
  • The Roster application can be accessed here.
  • The roster will open for online applications starting on August 1, 2020. There is no deadline to apply and the application will remain open indefinitely.
  • Artists can elect to have their information available for use by other Eastside Cities. 
  • Information on the Roster application can be updated by contacting publicart@bellevuewa.gov 

For any questions or concerns, please contact Manette Stamm mstamm@bellevuewa.gov 

This exhibition featured over 50 different artists bringing new kinds of art, activation, and expression to Bellevue, and condensed into a ten-day span. Our planned 2020 festival has been moved to 2021, which means next year will be two big years in one. As a way to celebrate our growing roster of artists and curators, this holiday season we have compiled a Gift Guide and Artist Directory. Please visit bellwetherart.org for more.

The City of Bellevue has selected artist Jill Anholt to lead the art and cultural planning of public art and other integrated creative features and cultural programs for the update of the BelRed Streetscape Plan. As part of this work, Jill will be developing two public art concepts for early implementation of the plan.
 

Artist Marc Fornes is currently working to finalize artwork design for a signature public art feature into a new entrance into the Downtown Park at Bellevue Way and NE 4th Street. 
 

Artist Po Shu Wang is currently working on developing a final design for the 130th Ave NE streetscape design team to integrate into the broader project. This project will be installed between the future Spring Boulevard and NE 20th Street in BelRed.
 

Artists Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii have developed a public art concept for Lattawood Park. The artwork has been installed and the final wiring and completion of the artwork are expected in early January.
Lattawood Park Art + Lighting Survey Results
Lattawood Park Art + Lighting Artwork Proposal

The Grand Connection is a proposed pedestrian and bicycle corridor that spans from the future Meydenbauer Bay Park through Downtown, crossing I-405 and connecting to the Eastside Rail Corridor. The artists collective, SuttonBeresCuller, was selected to integrate arts and cultural components into the overall framework as it developed.

More information regarding the Grand Connection can be found at
bellevuegrandconnection.com.
 

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