Document Type

Case Study

Publication Date



Jim McDonald, Beth Sellars


Susan Kunimatsu


This case study looks at the Safeco Art Collection from its beginnings in 1973 to its donation to the Washington Arts Consortium in 2010. For over 35 years, Safeco, an insurance and financial corporation, collected contemporary Northwest art in a way that uniquely encapsulated the region’s visual art from the 1962 World’s Fair through the turn of the century tech boom. This study illustrates how a corporate art collection became a portrait of Seattle and a cultural gift for the Pacific Northwest.

Organization or Event

Safeco Art Collection

Form of Entity

For Profit Business

Area of Activity

Arts Presenter/Distributor (any artistic discipline), Other

Artistic Discipline

Visual Arts