Artist Images

Since 1999 the University of Washington Libraries Artist Images lecture has served as a celebration of artists in the Pacific Northwest.

Juan Alonso-Rodríguez with his work featured in the background

2021 Artist Images

For the 2021 edition, artist, Juan Alonso-Rodríguez, provided an interview about his work.

A Cuban-born, self-taught artist whose transition from music to visual arts coincided with his move to Seattle in 1982, his work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada and Latin America and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Microsoft, Swedish & Harborview Hospitals, and General Mills.

He has also created public works for Century Link Field, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, King County Housing Authority, Epiphany School, Sound Transit’s Light Rail system, Chief Sealth High School and Renton Technical College.

His awards include a 2010 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, The Neddy Fellowship, PONCHO Artist of the Year, two Artist Trust GAPs, three 4Culture Individual Artist Grants, ArtSpace’s 2016 Dejunius Hughes Award for Activism, the 2017 Conductive Garboil Grant, a 2019 Artist Trust Fellowship and a 2019 Washington State Governor’s Arts Award: Individual.

Juan is a former Seattle Arts Commissioner and served four years on the Public Art Advisory Committee for the City of Seattle.

This event is made possible through the support of the Anne Gould Hauberg Endowed Library Fund.

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  • Baranda 3 (Blues),

    Baranda 3 (Blues)

    2021, acrylic on canvas, 42” x 42”

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  • Hoody,


    2017, stainless steel, 138" x 63" x 79", Commissioned by Washington State Arts Commission for Renton Technical College

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  • Earthworks,


    2020, acrylic on wood panel, 36” x 36”

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