Seattle is widely regarded as a hub for artistic expression and the performing arts. Creators from all across the world flock to the city to contribute their talents and join the community of visionaries whose creativity has helped to make Seattle what it is today. The fall season is typically slated as the time of year for film festivals and premieres, debut art exhibitions, and stunning performances from local theater productions and dance companies, alike. While it might look a little different this year, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the talents of the city’s artistic community. Here’s a glimpse of the fall arts preview for Seattle.
Art Galleries & Exhibitions
Seattle Art Museum
The downtown location of the Seattle Art Museum reopens Sept. 4 through Sept. 20, 2020. Tickets for the general public go on sale Sept. 11, 2020. Photographer Sharon H. Chang began a portrait campaign “#SafetyNotStigma” which worked to provide an anti-racist counter narrative during the pandemic. The virtual conversation with Chang and SAM’s Priya Frank will be broadcast on Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.seattleartmuseum.org.
Sherry Ying Ruden’s show entitled “X-paper Neoteric” features delicate abstractions on Chinese rice paper. The exhibit is on display through Sept. 26, 2020. For more information, visit www.gallery110.com.
A group show entitled “Around The Northwest School” is on view through Sept. 26, 2020. The work of Jueun Shin and Yerin Yang appears in a group show entitled “Contemporary Northwest Print Invitational 2020.” For more information, visit www.davidsongalleries.com.
Foster White Gallery
Sculptor Calvin Ma’s collection of work is included in a large group exhibition entitled “Elements: Earth,” which is on view through the end of September. For more information, email [email protected].
“Anatomy of a Collection” is a group show that features more than 80 works of art from the permanent collection. The exhibition is on view through Jan. 3, 2021. For more information, visit www.whatcommuseum.org.
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet has announced an all new virtual lineup for its 2020-2021 season. Some of the highlights from the virtual experience include an excerpt of “The Trees” with choreography from Robyn Mineko Williams set for Oct. 8, 2020 and a world premiere by choreographer Edwaard Liang on June 20, 2021. For more information, visit www.PNB.org.
Chapel Performance Space
While the Wayward Music Series is currently closed, its website offers free links by local musicians performing original music. For more information, visit www.gscchapel.com.
Film & Media
Local Sighting Film Festival
This annual festival of films made possible by the Northwest filmmakers returns virtually to the Northwest Film Forum from Sept. 18 through Sept. 27, 2020. Over 135 short and feature films from the region will be screened, and all programs will be available on demand anytime through the month of September. For more information, visit www.nwfilmforum.org.
Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals (CoSAFF)
Seven well-established South Asian film institutions are collaborating to produce the Coalition of South Asian Film Festivals (CoSAFF). This virtual festival will run for free for 15 days from Oct. 3 through Oct.17, with online screenings of the latest films and virtual Q&As with filmmakers. CoSAFF is being produced by Seattle-based Tasveer. For more information, visit www.cosaff.org.