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Mission Statement

The Henry Art Gallery delivers a direct experience of the art of our time.

The Henry Art Gallery engages diverse audiences in the powerful experience of artistic invention and serves as a catalyst for the creation of new work that inspires and challenges. Exhibitions, collections, and public programs stimulate research and teaching at the University of Washington, provide a creative wellspring for artists, and reveal a record of modern artistic inquiry from the advent of photography in the mid-19th century to the multidisciplinary art and design of the 21st.


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. 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), IƱigo 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 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.



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