The Seattle Art Cars are a loosely knit group of “cartists” who decorate their “daily drivers” , embellishing these vehicles throughpaint, sculptures or glued assemblage (or combinations thereof).
We formed in 1998 to be part of the ‘Arts Edge’at the Seattle Center, displaying 28 ArtCars as part of the alternative Arts Festival. The following year we moved our rolling exhibit to the world-famous Fremont Fair, where up to 75 decorated cars are on view for 2 days in mid-June every year.
We welcome any and all modified vehicles to appear with us throughout the year at various fairs, children’s schools and neighborhood functions. Our year culminates in the ‘Seattle Art Car Blowout’ at the Fremont Fair, every year on Solstice weekend.
The automobiles come from all over the US and BC to participate. We raise funds throughout the year in order to host the out-of-towner car artists, reimbursing their gas expenses for travel.
Art Cars often caravan in groups to festivals and parades across the country, notably Minneapolis, Houston and the Bay area. The Art Cars liven up the highways in the process. Art Car events are cropping up all over the America, in one of the fastest burgeoning public art movements.
Our financial sponsor, Shunpike, is a 501(c)3 organization. Seattle Art Cars is an Associated Program of the 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductable.
Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State
with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.