The Henry Art Gallery is an art museum of Washington University in Seattle; the art gallery is located in the western boundary of university campus in the University district 15th Avenue N.E. The gallery was found in the year 1927. It was the first public art museum of Washington. Since its founding years the gallery is undergoing several constructional changes. In 1997 the Henry Art Gallery was expanded to forty thousand square feet.
The museum organizes many exhibitions. Most of its exhibition programs are devoted to contemporary art and photographic history. Some of its recently organized exhibitions include solo exhibition by Maya Lin, Lynn Hershman Lesson, Doug Aitken and James Turrell. Various group exhibitions were also organized by this gallery like W.O.W. the (‘Work of the Work’). This art exhibition explored contemporary art appeal to non visual senses and the body of the viewer. The museum’s exhibitions focus on artworks by both national and international emerging and established artists.
The permanent collection of the Henry Art Gallery includes more than 18,000 objects. The art gallery was named after Horace C. Henry, a local businessman whose monetary as well as paintings donation helped its founding. The total collection of the gallery includes photography both ancient and modern. Henry Art Gallery also comprises Light Reign, Turrell skyspace. The permanent collection of this gallery is over 20,500 objects including artworks from late 19th and 20th century comprising paintings, Monsen photography collection, textile and costume collection and burgeoning edge work collection.
The Henry Art Gallery is considered as one of an important cultural resource located in the Washington university campus. The attractive range of art at this art gallery largely draws visitors. It also works as catalyst for creating new work in the visual arts. The gallery remains open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The gallery remains closed on Mondays and some other holidays.