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  • Venue: KAC Gallery, 620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033


Despite big flashy headlines about expensive sales of art and news about billionaire collectors and dealers, collecting art is not just for the very rich. There are a myriad of small collections in private homes, by individuals with different means, who do not collect for the investment but for how it touches their soul, what pleasure the piece brings: for their love of art. Among those smaller collectors are artists, whose collections may be seen as an expression of their aesthetics and of their intellectual exploration.

As makers, artists have a critical eye and learned knowledge. For many artists, their collection represents a deep perspective and understanding, not of its investment value, but of its place in the culture and world of art.

This show is an exploration of artists’ collections and how these pieces may inform or be informed by their personal aesthetics. By exhibiting selected pieces from each artist’s collection and shown side by side with their own work we can discover the dialog between the two and perhaps understand better the difference between collecting and acquiring art. View gallery open hours.


Participating Artists

Collected Artists

  • Jay Backstrand
  • Jim Dine
  • George Dugan
  • Joe Max Emminger
  • Howard Finster
  • John Grade
  • Francisco Goya
  • Gaylen Hansen
  • Robert Hardgrave
  • Sean Hurley
  • Fay Jones
  • Alden Mason
  • Stephen McClelland
  • Nepal Mask
  • Julie Paschkis
  • Michael Spafford
  • Liz Tran
  • Terry Turrel
  • Deloss Webber
  • Grace Weston
  • Wanxin Zhang


  • The Furious Folly by Francisco Goya - from the Collection of Carole d’Inverno
  • Artwork by Joe Max Emminger - from the Collection of Betz Bernhard
  • Winter Thaw by Grace Weston - from the Collection of David French
  • Angel by Jay Backstrand - from the Collection of Michael Dickter
  • Jim Dine, Eiffel Tower, Etching, Collection of Michael Dickter and Nancy Whittaker
    Eiffel Tower, Etching by Jim Dine - from the Collection of Michael Dickter and Nancy Whittaker
  • Howard Finster, Angel, Collection of David French and Christine Waresak
    Angel by Howard Finster - from the Collection of David French and Christine Waresak
Original artwork displayed is for sale as marked by the Kirkland Arts Center. Collected artwork is displayed courtesy of the owners.




Free to the public. Meet some of the artists and enjoy complimentary appetizers. $3 wine and beer. Free parking is available.