Art Exhibitions

The mission of the City Hall Art Gallery is to provide a platform for local producing artists and promote awareness of the many classes, programs, and events available throughout the City. By promoting local art in a high-traffic area at City Hall, the gallery takes its mission to promote a message of inclusiveness and cultural pride to visitors who may not otherwise know about the diverse creative talent working in the City.

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Currently showing

EIGHT CUPS OF TEA

October 1, 2016 – January 31. 2017 
Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm
Lobby, Redmond City Hall 

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This exhibit explores how the relationship between history, food, and art came together to create one of the most universally celebrated traditions around the world: tea.

From Raku pottery used in Japanese tea ceremonies to the porcelain prized in British high tea, or even the Islamic pottery techniques that crossed borders thousands of years before people commonly did – the afternoon ritual of sharing a pot of tea has been one of the most important records of human civilization. "Eight Cups of Tea" features examples of different tea pots and tea cups, as well as different types of tea, and historic maps showing the dissemination of culture and knowledge.

The exhibit will also have accompanying pop-up tea houses, where the general public is invited to join us for tea and some delicious samples of eight different cultural traditions:

Oct 20      Serene Cups of Tea: Chinese and Japanese Tea Traditions
Nov 10     Lofty Cups of Tea: Indian and Himalayan Butter Tea
Dec 1       Content Cups of Tea: English and Russian Tea
Jan 12     Virtual Cups of Tea: Man vs. Machine

For more information about these special events, please go here.

BLACK & WHITE & IN-BETWEEN: Photography by Marsha Burns and Lorna Simpson

November 6, 2014 – November 6, 2016
Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
Mayor’s Office, Redmond City Hall

Through the use of photography, both Marsha Burns and Lorna Simpson thoughtfully, and at times subtly, address issues of race and societal boundaries within their work. These two groupings of black and white portraits provide an opportunity for dialogue and thought around a more challenging topic – a way for us to continue a much needed conversation about race and equity, particularly within the city of Redmond and our diverse and changing community.

Marsha Burns, a native of Seattle, began making portraits of young adults who chose to set themselves apart from the mainstream, first in Seattle and later in other cities. “The people I choose to photograph are often those for whom negative or tragically simple attitudes have been formed by the majority of society,” she writes. “In an age of technology and urbanization, I am drawn to the boundaries, to people whose existence is self-defined.”

Burns_Rodeo USA    Burns_Shawn & Alex

Lorna Simpson is well-known for her large-scale photograph-and-text works that confront and challenge narrow, conventional views of gender, identity, culture history and memory. While the pieces may appear straightforward, the photographs and accompanying text often confront the viewer with the underlying racism still found in American culture.

Lorna Simpson_Details--co-median    Lorna Simpson_Details--half learned

​On loan from the Microsoft Art Collection

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Past Exhibitions

IN THE PALM OF HER HAND

November 2012 - October 15, 2014
Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
City Hall Lobby and Mayor’s Office 

Venus on the Half Shell, ceramic sculpture, 97 ½” H x 57” W x 34” D, by Patti Warashina


In The Palm Of Her Hand celebrates the work of women artists and features ceramic, glass, wood and mixed media artwork by preeminent national and international artists including Niki de Saint Phalle, Gwen Knight, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Ginny Ruffner, Cappy Thompson, Gail Tremblay, Patti Warashina and Elizabeth Woody.

This exhibition is made possible via a generous loan from the Microsoft Art Collection and partnership of Seattle Art Museum's exhibition, Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Red Plaid Head by Gene Gentry McMahon