Shift is an artist-run gallery that opened in December 2004 in the renovated Tashiro-Kaplan arts complex, an artist live/work building in the Pioneer Square district of Seattle.
The gallery was founded by artists Garth Amundson, Stephen Chalmers, Cara Jaye, Pierre Gour and Joni Papp with the primary goal of creating more freedom for artists to exhibit outside of normal gallery strictures. They aimed to support a cross-section of Northwest-area artists who work in a variety of media and who are dedicated to creating challenging and innovative art.
The founders’ dedication to exploration and rigorous content carries forward today. Shift exists as an exhibition space in which its member artists can test ideas, take risks or refine directions that advance their work.
312 S. Washington Street
Seattle WA 98104
Shift is in the Tashiro Kaplan Arts Complex located at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Washington in the Pioneer Square area of downtown Seattle. The gallery entrance is on Washington, near the east end of the building.
Fridays and Saturdays, 11am-4pm, plus extended hours on First Thursdays and for special events.
INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to leave their distant homes in hope of a better life, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference.
Shift Gallery would like to acknowledge that our members come from many places. Our gallery operates on Indigenous ancestral land; the traditional territory of Coast Salish People, specifically of the Duwamish Tribe (Dkhw Duw’Absh). A people who are still here today. We wish to honor and bring to light their ancient heritage through this small acknowledgment and through a yearly donation of Real Rent to the Duwamish Tribe.
As long as there are horrific examples of police brutality of Black and Brown people in the United States, it is a clear indication of ongoing systemic racism, and we must resist it in every possible way. As artists, we realize that to tackle racism and white supremacy requires more than the commitment to just be better. We need to expand our artistic footprint and find new and creative ways to express ourselves. We commit to further self-education, more collective action, and more support of causes that make a difference. This is our moment. We seize it fully and inhabit a more creative space, viewed through the lens of inclusivity and diversity. #Black Lives Matter.