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

Bellwether - coming September 14-23 with a whole new look!

Check out the Bellwether link to the left for more information about this exciting project. This exhibition will feature over 50 different artists bringing new kinds of art, activation, and expression to Bellevue, and condensed into a ten-day span. 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 or 425-452-4105).

BelRed Streetscape Plan - Planning Artist and Public Art

The City of Bellevue is working to select an artist or artist team to join the consultant team 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. The selected artist or team will also be tasked with coming up with a minimum of three concepts for early implementation of the plan. 

The application period has closed. For questions, contact Scott MacDonald (smacdonald@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-4852).

Downtown Park Northeast Entrance Public Art

This project is currently in design. An artist will be working with the Bellevue Downtown Park design team to integrate a signature public art feature into a new park entrance. Staff contact Josh Heim (jheim@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-4105).

130th Streetscape Public Art

This project is currently in design. An artist will be working with the 130th Streetscape design team to integrate a series of public art features into the design of 130th Avenue NE from the future Spring Boulevard to NE 20th Street in BelRed. Staff contact Scott MacDonald (smacdonald@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-4852).

Lattawood Public Art and Lighting

This project is currently in design. Artists Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii will be developing designs for a public art project that will provide lighting to a pedestrian path in Lattawood Park. The selected artist team will work with the surrounding community to develop themes for the artwork. For more information about this project, please visit the Lattawood Park link to the left. Staff contact: Scott MacDonald (smacdonald@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-4852).

Grand Connection Art and Cultural Element

On December 11th, City Council adopted the Grand Connection Framework Plan which includes the arts and cultural element. 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. Staff contact: Josh Heim (jheim@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-4105).

Meydenbauer Bay Park

The park is currently being constructed. Artists Laura Brodax, Stuart Nakamura, and Adam McIsaac are creating artworks that will be integrated into the park. Themes for the artwork draw off of Bellevue's history and environment. Staff contact: Josh Heim (jheim@bellevuewa.gov or 425-452-4105).

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