About Western Bridge
Western Bridge was founded in 2004 as an art exhibition space in Seattle’s Duwamish industrial district, exhibiting works from the collection of William and Ruth True. Since closing the exhibition space in 2012, Western Bridge has evolved into an itinerant art initiative, commissioning artwork for non-traditional spaces, and siting works in public.
The True Collection contains works in video, photography, installation, and other media by an international roster of mid-career and emerging artists. Western Bridge originated from a desire to keep much of the collection on view here in Seattle, and recent collaborations with partner organizations such as Sound Transit, Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, and City of Seattle Parks and Recreation have provided opportunities to do so in unconventional public spaces.
Western Bridge’s original warehouse home was built in the mid-1950s for a construction company of the same name. The name’s reuse preserved something of the history of the site while indicating the role Western Bridge sought to play — as a connector between private collecting and public exhibition, and between Seattle and the international contemporary art world.
The renovation was designed by Roy McMakin/Domestic Architecture. McMakin’s design overlaid a symbol of domesticity — the double-hung house window — onto the entry of a concrete warehouse, pointing to Western Bridge’s dual status as a public home for a private collection. Inside, the building wove private and public spaces in an interlocking composition, offering galleries in a range of scales to suit art in various media.
Current Western Bridge projects are managed by Anne Fenton.
The Western Bridge exhibition space was directed by Eric Fredericksen, with collections and installation management by Matthew Cox, and programming support by Anne Fenton. Assistants and interns included Heide Hinrichs, Jessica Powers, and Carrie E.A. Scott.
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