Tuesday, February 27, 2024

McMenamins and Bothell Historical Society present

Decoding Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces

Presented by Jim Rupp

History Pub

Anderson School - Haynes' Hall

6pm doors, 7pm program


All ages welcome

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About Decoding Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces

Decoding Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces

Walk down any street in Seattle, turn the corner, and you are likely to discover art enhancing the city's public spaces. With over 400 permanent pieces throughout the city, Seattle has the highest number of public artworks in the US per capita. How did Seattle amass such a vast collection? Join Jim Rupp, author of Art in Seattle's Public Spaces: From SoDo to South Lake Union, as he weaves through over 100 years of urban art collecting. 

About Jim Rupp 

Jim Rupp is an author, local historian, Seattle native, and long-time lawyer. He has collected information about art in Seattle public spaces for over forty years. His first book, Art in Seattle's Public Places: An Illustrated Guide, was published by the University of Washington Press in 1992. 

Jim is now completing his book, Art in Seattle's Neighborhood Public Spaces, which covers over 320 artworks displayed outside of Seattle's downtown area. He is also working on a fourth book which is currently titled, The Great Decade: Developing Seattle 1900-1910

Jim is president of the Pacific Northwest Historians Guild. Before serving as a guild trustee, Jim served three terms as a trustee of the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) and was president and board member of the UW Friends of the Libraries. He's also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Laurelhurst Community Council and is that neighborhood's resident historian.

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These events are open to everyone interested in Pacific Northwest history, and beyond! Often co-sponsored by local or state historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers, historians and documentaries expounding on topics from indigenous history to the birth of Portland, early explorers to hop growing, and on and on! It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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