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Henry Art Gallery - University of Washington

15th Avenue N E At N E 41 Street South
Seattle, WA

Phone: 206 543 2280 - Tty: 206.543.2280

Statement of Purpose

The Henry Art Gallery, the art museum of the University of Washington, is a nationally-recognized center for the exploration of visual culture and is the Pacific Northwest’s premier modern and contemporary art museum. The Henry engages visitors in the powerful experience of artistic innovation and serves as a catalyst for the creation of new work in the visual arts. The museum also presents exhibitions and programs that reexamine the art of the modern period through the lens of the present. Photography and digital and projected media are of special interest as the Henry explores the vast realm of technological potential in art in the new millennium. The Henry values and encourages experimentation and collaboration as part of the artistic process and as a vital element of the museum’s mission.

Highlights & Collections

The museum’s exhibitions bring important works of art to Seattle from throughout the world and bring into public view works of art from the Northwest.

These exhibitions and their related programs invite dialogue about contemporary culture, politics, aesthetics and the traditions of visual art and design of the last two centuries.

The Henry organizes thought-provoking exhibitions such as Jacob Lawrence: Painting Life (1998), What It Meant to be Modern, Seattle Art at Mid-Century (1999) and Shifting Ground: Transformed Views of the American Landscape (2000).

Exhibitions at the Henry frequently present recent or newly commissioned work of visually and conceptually challenging artists such as Ann Hamilton (1992), Gary Hill (1994), Kara Walker (1998), Roni Horn (1998), Leone & Macdonald (1999), Josiah McElheny (1998), Jennifer Steinkamp (1999), Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (2000) and Tony Oursler (2000).

The museum also hosts nationally and internationally touring exhibitions such as DEEP STORAGE, The Arsenal of Memory (1998), Thinking Print (1998), Inside Out: New Chinese Art (1999 ­ 2000) and the upcoming Andy Warhol: Drawings, 1942 ­ 1987 (July 20 ­ October 8, 2000).

The Henry has built a reputation for innovative programming, educational opportunities and diverse film and lecture series.

Building on the rich academic culture of the University of Washington and the supportive and highly-involved arts culture of Seattle and the Northwest, the museum fosters collaboration with the public and community groups as well as with students and faculty of the University.

The Henry’s permanent collection of over 20,500 objects includes late 19th and 20th century paintings, the extensive Monsen Collection of Photography, and a textile and costume collection, along with a burgeoning collection of cutting-edge works in new media

Exhibits & Special Events


Admission & Directions:

The Henry Art Gallery is located on the western edge of the University of Washington campus at 15th Avenue NE and NE 41st Street. Parking at the UW is often available in the underground Central Parking garage at NE 41st Street, just north of the Henry. More information on parking can be found on the Parking Services website at or by calling the UW Directions phone service at 685-1553. The Henry Art Gallery is located on over twenty bus routes. Call Metro at 553-3000 or Community Transit at 778-2185 for additional information.

Key Personnel:

Richard Andrews, Director

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