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12424 42nd Avenue South
Tukwila, WA 98168

Phone: 206 768-2822
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Arts in Tukwila

Welcome to “Arts in Tukwila,” brought to you by the Tukwila Arts Commission.  The Tukwila Arts Commission encourages citizen participation in the arts, promotes arts in the Tukwila community and advises City officials on arts matters.  The Arts Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month beginning at 5:00 pm at the Tukwila Community Center. For more information, check out Arts Commission Meeting Agendas & Minutes

Rotating Art Display at the Tukwila Community Center:   The Tukwila Arts Commission is working to increase public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of arts through exhibits of emerging and professional local resident artists.  The Commission recently launched the Tukwila Rotating Art Display at the Tukwila Community Center.  Professional or amateur artists living in Washington who work in two-dimensional media are invited to display their work.  As Parks and Recreation Manager Dave Johnson describes, “The rotating art program seeks to present visual works by local artists of all cultures, techniques, and styles.  We have a lot of great artists in this area and we are excited to be able to showcase and share their talents with the community. “  Artists may apply to display work, applications are reviewed by the Tukwila Arts Commission.

Artist Kelly Rae Cunningham is being showcased through April 30, 2017.  Arts Commission Chairperson Trisha Gilmore notes that, “We really wanted a terrific artist to kick us off, and Kelly Rae certainly is that.  It’s wonderful to have her art here in Tukwila.”  Kelly Rae’s paintings began as slabs of clay, ceramic glazes, and the same tools that she uses today to apply, layer,
and scrape away paint.  During her last semester in college she fell in love with mixing colors and the smell of oil paint and turpentine, so she turned from clay to canvas.  Kelly Rae is a self-taught painter who paints with many different mediums as they lend different qualities to the process: oil for the saturation of color and patience, acrylic for speed, collage and layering for depth, and encaustics (oil and wax) as it is tactile and most like working with clay.  Her paintings employ layers of color, worked with palette knives and brushes, whimsical use of dot and line, energetic brush strokes, and bold colors.

Kelly Rae has been painting and exhibiting in Seattle for over ten years.  Her work is part of private and corporate collections, including a series of 13 paintings for Mural Apartments in West Seattle. A 144” x 120” piece entitled “fantango” is the focus of the building’s entrance. A large painting entitled “middle school 6/7” can be seen in the November/December 2010 issue of Seattle Homes and Lifestyle.  Most recently she was featured in the 2015 premiere issue of the journal Lucia.  For more information go to her website,

Art Show:  The 21st Annual Tukwila Fine Arts Show will be held in conjunction with the annual Backyard Wildlife Festival on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10 am – 3 pm.  A guest juror will select artworks and prizes will be awarded to the top two pieces in each category.                                                                       For more show specifications and how to enter, click HERE.

Rainier Symphony: The Tukwila Arts Commission is pleased to sponsor and support Rainier Symphony. The symphony is an artistically distinguished, 75-member community orchestra founded in 1981. The orchestra is composed of talented musicians ranging in skill from well-qualified students and amateur players, to internationally-renowned professionals. Each season includes five pairs of concerts plus an annual holiday concert performed at venues in Tukwila and other area locations. The orchestra rehearses Tuesday nights from September through May on stage at the Foster Performing Arts Center in Tukwila.  Print the 2016-17 concert schedule HERE.

Foster Performing Arts Center (FPAC):  The Foster Performing Arts Center is located within Foster High School at 4242 S. 144th St. in Tukwila, WA.  Tukwila School District students utilize the arts center for classes, rehearsals, concerts, and special presentations.  The center is available to rent and several organizations utilize the space for various performances.

Public Art Collection: The City of Tukwila’s Public Art Collection is currently made up of several pieces on display throughout Tukwila’s parks and city facilities.  Additionally, the Arts Commission maintains over 40 portable works such as paintings, sculptures, and prints. The collection can be found carefully displayed within municipal buildings and facilities throughout the city

4Culture: Generous support through 4Culture, the cultural services agency for King County, provides funding for musical, dance, and creative arts performances throughout Tukwila each year.