Seattle has a rich and varied history. it is a cultural mecca and the city even has buildings that could easily qualify as works of art. The art museums are well worth a trip just to see them.
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle is a major tourist centre in the state of Washington of United States of America. It is the fastest
growing among the cities of Washington and Pacific Northwest region of North America. Seattle is a seat
of king county of Washington State. It is the 8th largest port in the United States which is a major trade
pin between US and Asian countries. The city gets more than a million and half of footfalls of visitors
every year. One of its key attractions is the Seattle Art Museum, commonly known as “SAM”. SAM
always gives accessible, engaging, and timely programs to connect art and people in meaningful ways.
SAM strives to connect audience through exhibitions and award winning displays and programmes. All
of its programmes are oriented global culturally and are the assets of particular geography. Art is a
manner of connecting human tradition and culture and its programmes uphold this core value every
time. This crital significance to culture is successfully filled through this community space of art.
The Seattle Art Museum (SAM) connects art to life. Through art, the Seattle Art Museum enriches lives
and engages diverse communities. As the leading visual art institution in the Pacific Northwest, SAM
draws on its global collections, powerful exhibitions, and dynamic programs to provide unique
educational resources benefiting the Seattle region, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond. SAM is one
museum in three locations: the Seattle Art Museum downtown, the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer
Park, and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the downtown waterfront
SAM features three major facilities- Main museum in downtown Seattle, the Seattle Asian Art Museum
(fondly termed SAAM) in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the central
Seattle waterfront. First Thursday of each month allows everyone for a free entry; entry to sculpture
park is always free. The SAM collection has increased from 1,926 pieces in 1933 to nearly 25,000 by
2008. Sam has a present facility of 312 thousand sq ft excluding a 9 acre park.
Among the displays, works of Jacob Lawrence and Mark Tobey, Leonardo Da Vinci, European paintings
and sculptures from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, exhibits of works of Van Gogh –are some of the
notable exhibitions from past events. Early Italian paintings by Bartolomeo Vivarini, Dalmasio
Scannabecchi, Giovanni di Paolo, Luca Di Tomme, Paolo Uccello and Puccio di Simone are worth
spending time to observe. SAM's collections of ethnic and modern art are note-worthy, but the museum
feeds itself on travelling exhibitions since its collection of more-traditional European sculptures and
paintings are low. These travelling exhibitions fill the existing void. There is an appreciable collection of
Aboriginal Australian Art as well.
Seattle Art Museum receives funding from government (4%), ticket fees and membership fees. It has
two libraries called Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library and the McCaw Foundation Library of Art. Dorothy
Stimson Bullitt Library (1991) contains more than 20 thousand books and been subscribed to more than
100 periodicals mostly concerned with modern art, contemporary art, European art, African art and
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