Connecting Artists + Community

MadArt is a contemporary arts organization located in Seattle, WA. We serve as a catalyst for making new installation-based works by supporting artists and encouraging them to experiment with materials and ideas that expand their professional practices. At MadArt Studio, we invite visitors to engage in conversation with working artists around the creative process, while remaining free and open to the public during all stages of exhibition development.



325 Westlake Ave N, #101
Seattle, WA 98109

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Host your next event at MadArt Studio

During and between exhibitions, we host events from 10-300 guests. Allow us to make your next meeting, dinner, or celebration a memorable one.

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23 Top Corporate Event Venues in Seattle, WA

Corporate venues in Seattle are locations for hosting company events for workers, clients, or potential customers. The venue sets the tone for your event from the outset and significantly impacts the outcome. These spaces are ideal for retreats and corporate events, including company holiday parties, conference breakout sessions, and team building days.

Located in the city’s South Lake Union district, a short distance from downtown, MadArt Studio is one of the most imaginatively stimulating event locations in Seattle. Aside from hosting private events, the venue serves as a studio and a gallery for local artists. This elegant and versatile edifice dates back to the 1920s and is perfect for various events. The venue spans 3800 sf, with a complete kitchen, and lofty ceilings to accommodate up to 175 guests seated or 275 standing.

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Cornish College Dance in Collaboration with MadArt Studio

In fall 2022, MadArt Studio welcomed the Cornish College of the Arts Dance Department. Students spent several weeks workshopping movement and performance in response to SALVAGE, an immersive, multi-sensory installation by Seattle-based artist, Alison Stigora.

Under the guidance of professor Alia Swersky, Cornish choreography students presented performance experiments inspired by themes which emerged from the artwork. This culminated in a public series of short performances that took place within the installation.


Crosscut: How 30 logs washed up in a South Lake Union gallery



Step through the doors of MadArt Studio and the salted scent of the sea hits you like a gust of wind. That’s because Salvage, the new work in progress by Seattle artist Alison Stigora, is made of 30-some pieces of giant driftwood (and many smaller logs) that were plucked from the Puget Sound by the M/V Puget, an Army Corps of Engineers debris removal vessel.

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Crosscut: Artist grieves for childhood Central District home by re-creating it



Seattle’s Jite Agbro channels Bryant Manor — and its impending demolition — in a new immersive exhibition in South Lake Union.

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MadArt Founder Alison Milliman steps down as Director + Curator Emily Kelly shifts into leadership role



After 15 years of visionary leadership, MadArt Founder Alison Milliman is stepping away from her position at the institution’s helm to focus on other endeavors. In her departure, Emily Kelly, MadArt Director + Curator since 2017, will transition into having full strategic and creative oversight of the organization’s operations and programming.


Milliman’s founding vision for MadArt was simple: to support emerging artists in making new work that promotes the expansion of their professional practice. This provided a foundation for experimentation, innovation, and unlikely collaborations that have defined MadArt over the last decade. Throughout her tenure, Milliman has stayed true to this vision, shepherding the organization into a nationally recognized contemporary art space that has directly supported over 75 artists through the commissioning of new and compelling works. Her impact on the region’s creative community and beyond is immeasurable. Emily Kelly and the MadArt team will continue to honor Milliman’s intentions while broadening programming and cultural partnerships to reflect the ever-evolving pulse of the arts community. Since joining the team in 2017, Kelly has brought wisdom and creative vision to the studio. Working closely with artists, visitors, and staff, she has curated nationally acclaimed exhibitions, grown the studio’s audience, and expanded MadArt’s educational outreach by inviting schools and students to use the studio as a learning tool and curricular resource. Kelly sees this transition as a catalyst for continual growth throughout the organization and is honored by the opportunity to lead MadArt into this next phase.