November 11 Words, Writers, and Southwest Stories: Decoding Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces


‘Words, Writers & Southwest Stories,’ a speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is excited to announce that it is hosting Jim Rupp for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, November 11 at 6:00 PM. Rupp will deliver a presentation entitled “Decoding Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces.” Registration is required.

No other U.S. city can match the per capita number of artworks in Seattle’s public spaces. How did Seattle amass such a vast collection? Join Jim Rupp, author of Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces, from SoDo to South Lake Union, as he weaves through over 100 years of urban art collecting.

Jim Rupp is the author of Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces, from SoDo to South Lake Union, which was published in 2019 by the University of Washington Press. A Seattle native, long-time lawyer and local historian, Jim has collected information about art in Seattle public spaces for over forty years. His first book, Art in Seattle’s Public Places, an Illustrated Guide, was published by the UW Press in 1992. Jim is now completing Art in Seattle’s Neighborhood Public Spaces, a book that covers over 350 artworks displayed throughout Seattle outside of the downtown area. He is also writing a cultural history of Seattle 1900 to 1910.

Registration is required. Registered participants will be emailed a link to the presentation on the date of the event. Please register for this event by filling out the form below:

This program is made possible by the support of our partner The Seattle Public Library and our sponsors 4Culture, Luna Park Cafe, Alki Beach Academy, and HomeStreet Bank.

The Log House Museum is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4pm. Face coverings are still required in the Log House Museum for all visitors age 5 and older regardless of vaccination status.