Public Art

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 help document the dynamic moments and complexities of Bellevue’s cultural life and is 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 interplay between nature and the urban experience that make Bellevue’s environment unique. 

Current and Upcoming Projects

Lattawood Public Art and Lighting

Deadline to apply: 5:00 PM, July 12, 2017

Budget: $80,000

The City of Bellevue seeks an artist, or artist team, to create a public artwork that will provide lighting to a portion, or all, of a roughly 270’-long pedestrian path in Lattawood Park. Click here for the Artist Call. This opportunity is open to all artists residing in the United States. Previous experience using powered light as a medium or integral to artworks is required. For questions about the call, please contact Scott MacDonald, smacdonald@bellevuewa.gov, 425-452-4852.

Grand Connection Art and Cultural Element

Currently being developed as a component of the planning stages of the Grand Connection, 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 elements into the overall design as it develops. More information regarding the Grand Connection can be found at bellevuegrandconnection.com. Staff contact: Josh Heim, jheim@bellevuewa.gov, 425-452-4105 

Night Blooming

by artist Taiji Miyasaka, in collaboration with artist David Drake, was donated to Bellevue following a two year stay at the Bellevue Arts Museum. Originally created for BAM's Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood, this artwork will be moved to a more permanent home along the Tateuchi Trail in the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Installation of the artwork should be completed in the summer of 2017. Staff contact: Scott MacDonald, smacdonald@bellevuewa.gov, 425-452-4852

Meydenbauer Bay Park

is planned to begin construction in 2017. Artists Laura Brodax, Stuart Nakamura, and Adam McIsaac are creating artworks that will be integrated into the design of the park. Themes for the artwork draw off of Bellevue's history and environment. Staff contact: Josh Heim, jheim@bellevuewa.gov, 425-452-4105 

Bellwether

brings new kinds of art, activation, and expression to Bellevue. In 2016, Bellwether continued to evolve incorporating performance art into the program with a series of monthly art walks featuring literary, music, and performance art in Downtown Bellevue. Check back as Bellwether’s future artistic interventions are planned. Staff contact: Josh Heim, jheim@bellevuewa.gov, 425-452-4105 

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