When the Henry Art Gallery was founded in 1927, the Pacific Northwest was not only a geographic region linked by a distinct climate and terrain, but one whose populace sought to distinguish itself both commercially and culturally on the national and international stage. The Henry played a major role in stoking such ambitions by recognizing and supporting important creative activities in the region.
Today the Henry continues this role through exhibiting and collecting the work of leading artists in the community. The Henry has always prized innovation; its collection traces the history of innovation in our region in work by University of Washington faculty, the Northwest Printmakers, the Northwest Designer Craftsmen, the “Northwest Mystics”, and numerous independent artists. The Henry continues to show and collect contemporary Northwest art from a range of disciplines including through The Brink Award. This is a biennial award for emerging artists in Washington, Oregon, or British Columbia “on the brink” of a professional career. The Brink Award was established with the generous support of longtime Henry benefactor and Seattle Philanthropists John and Shari Behnke.
The digital gallery highlights the work of emerging and established contemporary artists working in this region. The gallery includes video and audio interviews, artwork images, and links to artists’ websites.
Keep discovering more art in the collection by searching the following terms in the online collection database: Northwest art; Northwest art: Washington (or insert Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, or Oregon in place of Washington); Northwest Designer Craftsmen; Northwest Printmaker; University of Washington faculty; University of Washington alumni.