The Henry at University of Washington is the state’s oldest arts center, and it remains one of the most forward thinking. Its lower gallery often hosts immersive installations from leading national artists (in recent years, Gary Hill, Martin Creed, Pae White), while the upper galleries present provocative solo exhibits, tightly curated shows from its permanent collection, and work from emerging artists, including the University’s annual MFA show, a vital opportunity for the next generation of culture-makers in the region.
First runner-up: Vermillion
Second runner-up: Ghost Gallery
Honorable mention: Roq La Rue, Twilight Gallery
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