Public Art in Kirkland
Kirkland is a distinguished art and cultural destination that features celebrated galleries, art and cultural organizations, individual artist and events. It’s not by accident that those who live, work, and play here have become art enthusiasts in some way. Public art greets and intrigues you throughout the City, performances happen year round and art galleries showcase traditional and new art forms. Visit the City’s tourism website to explore Kirkland’s diverse art scene.
The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission (KCAC) is a volunteer board that works to help arts, culture and heritage grow and thrive in the City of Kirkland. Along with supporting art and cultural initiatives throughout the year the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission advises the City Council on art acquisition and promotes strategic arts planning in Kirkland. The KCAC is charged with managing and curating the City's public art collection, including a 1 Percent for Art mandate for City projects over a certain threshold. In addition, the Cultural Arts Commission has partnered with neighborhood associations and private developers to expand the public art offerings, and curates art for the City using grant funding from 4Culture.
Ongoing Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission (KCAC) projects include:
Park Lane Sculpture Gallery
The KCAC is excited to announce the 2021 Park Lane Outdoor Sculpture Gallery Call for Artists!
This call seeks a vibrant series of three-dimensional artworks to occupy an outdoor sculpture gallery right in the heart of downtown Kirkland! The exhibition is titled “Intersectional Voices” and is located on Kirkland’s Park Lane, a destination street known for its bustling nightlife, unique boutique shopping, decadent desserts, and award-winning restaurants. Park Lane is a dynamic roadway that opens to people walking and wheeling during summer evenings, for a pedestrian-friendly environment that welcomes wandering, shopping and dining.
Selected artists will receive a $1,000 stipend with the understanding that the art will be showcased for roughly a year. During its time on Park Lane, the art is for sale to prospective buyers.
The theme, “Intersectional Voices,” has been chosen to reflect the City of Kirkland’s ongoing efforts to dismantle structural racism. The artwork should invigorate, inspire and energize the Kirkland community, communicate Kirkland as a safe, inclusive and welcoming place, celebrate diversity, and honor social and racial justice. For more information on this exciting opportunity, visit our Park Lane Call for Artists webpage.
Neighborhood Greenways Project
The North and South Rose Hill Greenways Project is currently underway and is being facilitated by the North and South Rose Hill Greenways Project Art Committee. The North and South Rose Hill Greenways are City’s first two neighborhood greenways. Greenways are transportation corridors where walking and bicycling are the primary modes of travel, and driving is the alternative form. These first two walking and bicycling meccas are slated for South Rose Hill's Northeast 75th Street corridor and North Rose Hill's 128th Avenue Northeast corridor. Construction is underway with an anticipated completion of fall 2021.
In October of 2020, community members were invited to provide feedback about potential public art on the North and South Rose Hill Greenways through a brief survey. The greenways art committee – made up of City staff, members of the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission and artist Kristi M. Park of BioDesign Studio – produced the video below to provide the public with some additional context during the administration of the survey. Please feel free to watch the video for additional information about this ongoing project!
For some basic information on Greenways, visit: Neighborhood Greenways One Sheet(PDF, 423KB).