Arts at Seattle U

Seattle University is part of the thriving Capitol Hill Arts District, the first arts district named by the City of Seattle and the densest arts neighborhood in the State of Washington! There are over 40 arts organizations in the district including the Photographic Center Northwest, 12th Ave Arts, Neumos, Velocity Dance Center, Northwest Film Forum, the Frye Art Museum, Artist Trust, Hugo House, New Century Theatre Company, Washington Ensemble Theatre, and Strawberry Theatre Workshop.

On campus, the Lee Center for the Arts is where the university theatre program performs on Eshelman Stage and artwork is exhibited year-around in the Hedreen Gallery (pictured above). Across the street is the Kinsey Gallery, the location for smaller, more intimate shows. Visual art students also exhibit in the Vachon Gallery located within the Fine Arts Building. Choir and instrumental music programming happens in the Lee Center, SU’s Pigott Auditorium, and in the beautiful St. Joseph Church, also located on Capitol Hill. Check out the Seattle U Arts Calendar for information about exhibitions, performances, and other events happening on campus.

Nearby the SU campus is the Seattle Center, home to the Space Needle and several arts organizations including the EMP Museum, The Vera Project, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Shakespeare Company and the Seattle Children’s Theatre. The Seattle Art Museum and Benaroya Hall, home to the Seattle symphony, are located downtown. This is just a sampling of the hundreds of arts organizations all over the Seattle area, providing Seattle U students many internship opportunities in the visual and performing arts.


A collection of student made posters from screen-printing exhibition

A collection of student-made posters created during the run of the 2019 Sanctuary City Project, Vachon Gallery.

Contact Us

Byron Au Yong, MFA
Director & Professor, Arts Leadership Programs
HUNT 214

Shemya Dang, MFA
Program Coordinator
HUNT 208

Office Information

Hunthausen Hall, 2nd Floor
E Madison St, Between E Seneca St and 11th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Mondays - Fridays
9:00am - 4:30pm