Past Exhibitions


Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 11:00am to Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 6:00pm

Attempting to make sense of the world around us is in our nature. We venture out into the deepest oceans and climb the tallest mountains to take notes, make maps and collect data. The marks we accumulate from these pursuits and discoveries are not without their own implications; we also leave marks of ourselves in nature’s landscapes. From the minuscule to the extreme, we leave behind everything from unobtrusive ski tracks to devastating oil spills. Human+Nature is an exploration of how artists have captured these themes in their work.

2013 KAC Artists’ Exhibition

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 11:00am to Friday, August 30, 2013 - 6:00pm

The Kirkland Arts Center Artists’ Exhibit is an annual show in the KAC Gallery that features the work from our talented community of artists.  This year’s exhibition was juried by Linda Hodges, owner of the Linda Hodges Gallery located in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. This year’s selection features 40 pieces by 40 different artists in a variety of media.

Gone to the Dogs

Saturday, November 9, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, January 11, 2014 (All day)

The Kirkland Arts Center Gallery is going to the dogs- literally! In an exhibition dedicated to the other community members of our town, artists explore the relationship with human’s best friend, as well as the political, social, and sometimes comical undertones of “going to the dogs”.
Join us at the Opening Reception on November 8th, 6 - 8:30pm to view work from over 40 artists, enjoy food and drinks, and meet some special guests in the Seattle Humane Society’s MaxMobile!

All Nine Legs

Saturday, January 18, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, March 15, 2014 (All day)

All Nine Legs brings together seven artists from around the country, over several generations, and across diverse media. These painters, sculptors, writers, and composers first met in snow-covered Wyoming and found, as they watched the world turn white through the windows, that they all shared an interest in storytelling. In their own way, each artist tells a story that becomes part of a larger narrative for how we all cross paths, spend time together, and time apart—but are all, as we are telling our own tales, also telling part of a much grander story.

Clay? V

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 11:00am to Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

Kirkland Arts Center is proud to present the fifth installment of its biennial contemporary ceramics exhibition, Clay? V, juried by University of Washington, School of Art Professors Doug Jeck, Jamie Walker, and Akio Takamori. This international exhibition explores the versatility of clay as a medium of artistic expression. Showcasing a range of sizes, scales, subject matter, and techniques, the artwork of Clay? V is both a testament to the enduring legacy of clay and future of the field. Come see the show and marvel with us: could that really be clay?


Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 11:00am to Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 5:00pm

Ted Hiebert: Excerpts from the Library of Babel

Saturday, September 24, 2011 (All day) to Saturday, December 3, 2011 (All day)

Ted Hiebert has been collecting used copies of books that contain Jorge Luis Borge’s short story “The Library of Babel.”


Friday, January 13, 2012 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Replicas is a light installation that utilizes the entire ceiling space of the Kirkland Art Center’s main staircase entrance.


Saturday, February 18, 2012 (All day) to Thursday, March 22, 2012 (All day)

Contained looks at the containers in our lives and examines the ways that objects shape us, and how we use them to ground our ideas and memories.

Clay? IV

Monday, March 26, 2012 (All day) to Saturday, May 19, 2012 (All day)

This biennial contemporary ceramics exhibition is presented during the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts' (NCECA) conference.