MadArt

Bringing art into our lives in unexpected ways.

MadArt’s mission is to support emerging artists in our community, to bring art into our lives in unexpected ways, and to create community involvement in the arts.

Open by appointment or during exhibitions. Check the website. 

Since 2009, MadArt has served as a catalyst for new and unexpected artworks in Seattle by providing artists with opportunities to create large-scale installations, such as Mad Homes (2011), Mad Campus (2015), and Middle Fork (2015). Through both on-site and off-site exhibits, MadArt gives artists an avenue to the public and the public access to art. MadArt’s mission is to support artists in our community, to bring art into our lives in unexpected ways, and to create community involvement in the arts.

MadArt Studio is a large-scale artists’ workspace and private event venue located in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood, just north of downtown. As a contemporary art space, large-scale sculptures and installations are periodically in-progress or on display, and can add a unique bit of character to your affair. Featuring the building’s original brick facade and walls alongside exposed beams and floor-to-ceiling windows, MadArt Studio provides a distinctive yet versatile space for a variety of gatherings, including corporate meetings, intimate dinners, and cocktail soirees.

Constructed in the 1920s, the original brick storefront was once a car dealership and later a DMV where the first driving tests were conducted. Nearly a decade later, this historic building has once again been re-imagined with the help of celebrated Seattle design firm, Graham Baba Architects, this time as a hub for unique events and artistic innovation. Nearly 3800 square feet, a full kitchen, and high ceilings make MadArt Studio the ideal location for a reception of up to 225 guests (150 seated), or a celebratory meal with your closest friends and family.

Upcoming Events

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September 24 - December 7

Lure

MadArt presents Lure, a site-specific installation by artists/architects Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream the Combine, in collaboration with Seattle-based artist/engineer Clayton Binkley. Inspired by the interplay of light, people, and the architectural environment of MadArt Studio, Lure explores how the gallery engages with public space. The structure—both object and environment, lure and trap—consists of hovering pathways formed by steel supports and sliding opacities of mesh and plaster. Visitors step from the sidewalk directly into the artwork, instantly becoming immersed in a looping circulatory system that encourages exploration, curiosity, and reciprocal engagement between the form and its audiences.

Open Studio (open during construction/installation):

September 24 – October 17

Tues-Fri 12-5pm

Opening Reception:

October 17 @ 6pm

Exhibition Period:

October 18 – December 7

Tues-Fri 10am – 5pm, Sat 12-5pm

Artist Talk:

Wednesday, October 30 @ 6pm

UW Architecture Hall Room 147

Photo credit: Pablo Enriquez courtesy of MoMA PS1, and the work is titled “Hide and Seek”

January 26 - March 28

Ian McMahon Exhibit

Ian McMahon received his MFA in Sculpture and Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University and his BFA in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship; a New York Foundation of the Arts Artist Fellowship; and the Virginia Groot Foundation Fellowship. From mobile tractor-trailers to abandoned warehouses and galleries, McMahon’s work confronts and transforms both unconventional and conventional spaces. His sculptures challenge the permanence of art and place through performative and material-focused temporal constructions. Currently living in Newburgh, New York he is also the co-founder and co-director of the Belfry, an artist-run exhibition venue. McMahon’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally at venues including Crane Arts, Philadelphia; The Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland; Pierogi Boiler Room, New York; G-Fine Arts, Washington, D.C.; Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, Omaha; Suyama Space, Seattle; T & H Gallery, Boston, Tang Contemporary, Beijing, China; Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; among others.

May 11 - August 1

Casey Curran Exhibit

Casey Curran received his BFA in painting and sculpture from Cornish College of the arts in 2006. He has completed several large-scale public works in partnership with Skanska Architects, MadArt, Facebook, Oculus Rift, and Security Properties. In 2010 and 2013, Curran was awarded the NY Sculpture Space residency twice, and has received multiple awards in artistic merit since. In 2008, Curran become a key collaborator in the internationally recognized performance art group Saint Genet developing large-scale interactive sets, which have been exhibited at The Guggenheim Museum in NY, The Kunsthalle Museum in Krems, Austria, Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, and Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA. Curran is currently developing a series of works which explore our psychological relationship with nature.

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