PRESS RELEASE | JUNE 2022
XO Seattle is an art exhibition and love letter to the creative community of the Pacific Northwest.
Continuing along the trajectory of Out Of Sight, an established exhibition of Pacific Northwest art introduced alongside the early days of the Seattle Art Fair, XO Seattle will open in tandem with the 2022 Seattle Art Fair in July 2022, and feature a substantial roster of emerging and established contemporary artists working in a range of media. XO Seattle will be open Friday through Sunday from July 22 to August 21.
XO Seattle is designed and curated by Austin Bellamy Hicks and Julianne Johnson, with co-curation by Erik Molano of Photon Factory and Moses Sun of Vivid Matter Collective. Together as a collective of artists, builders, and community organizers, XO Seattle is focused on short-term cultural programming that activates spaces in transition. The majority of works on view will be available for sale, with a commission structure which favors artists.
XO Seattle is opening for Forest for the Trees, an exhibition taking place at 419 Occidental Avenue, one of three historic buildings and activated alleyways that comprise RailSpur. RailSpur is one of the country’s most significant adaptive reuse developments by real estate developer Urban Villages. 419 Occidental is a newly-completed LEED Platinum brick and timber office building, which will house the exhibit across its seven floors and 77,000 square feet prior to tenant move-ins.
XO Seattle’s temporary home is on the top two floors of the RailSpur building – a sprawling 14,000 square foot space inside a historic 1906 brick building, just one block North from the Seattle Art Fair at Lumen Field Event Center. There is wheelchair access throughout the building. RailSpur is readily accessible via public transportation—Metro bus lines, Light Rail, and the First Hill Streetcar. Garage and street parking are also available in the area.
General admission to the art exhibition is $11, Friday evening programming is $22 and includes immersive art experiences, live music, DJs, and a pop-up bar by La Dive. Admission is channeled directly to local artists, performers, musicians & organizers.
More information, art for purchase, and tickets can be found at www.xoseattle.com.