Mission Statement

Open Satellite is a contemporary art exhibition hall for the Seattle metropolitan area. The residency-based program provides an opportunity for emerging and mid-career artists from outside the region to work for an extended period to create large-scale artwork in any medium. Exhibitions are staged four times annually with every fifth show focused on architecture as a critical position.


Open Satellite’s staff and advisors invited regional curators to select and curate work by national and international artists who had received limited exposure in the Pacific Northwest. Program artists and architects resided in an apartment in the building – a mixed-use high rise in downtown Bellevue, WA – and for the first month of the residency had 24-hour access to the exhibition hall, which served as a temporary studio. The work completed during this period was on view to the public for the remainder of the three-month residency.

Founded in 2007 by Su Development, Open Satellite provided a forum for contemporary art, design, architecture and performing arts. Additionally, Open Satellite collaborated with local artists, educators and community groups to stage public programs that supported the core residency program.