Public Art

Renton’s is home to a vibrant arts scene where you'll find an ever-expanding displays of public and private art.

The city works closely with the Renton Municipal Arts Commission and other non-profit arts groups to dispense the city's arts funding budget.

Explore the City's collection, or download the VisitRenton app for the ultimate adventure during your Renton exploration.

Public Art Pieces

Renton is home to a vibrant arts scene where you will find a growing collection of city-owned art on display throughout the city.  

The majority of the City’s collection is permanently located and readily accessible to the public. You are invited to visit your art collection, and enjoy the varied artworks that belong to the people of Renton.

Fire Hydrant Art

The South Renton neighborhood is adding curb appeal in unsuspecting spots and are asking artists to send in their proposals for fire hydrant art. Unlike other public art projects on street signs or utility boxes, hydrants come in different styles with curves and angles for an artist to consider.

Take a virtual Hydrant Tour from your desktop, or download the VisitRenton app and explore the hydrants downtown.

Downtown Murals

Whether you are walking from your parking spot to a downtown restaurant, or shopping on S. Third Street, it’s difficult not to see the artful beauty portrayed on the walls of Renton.

Read the history and background of our downtown murals to guide your next visit.

Rooftop Dragon

Renton's downtown rooftop dragon landed on top of the east side of the building at the corner of S. 3rd Street & Wells Ave. S. (826 S. 3rd Street), across from Common Ground Coffee and Cupcakes, and next to the gravel lot.

Utility Box Wraps

Utility boxes, also known as traffic signal boxes, are the gray metal cabinets sitting at all signaled intersection.

While they are ubiquitous, there’s a good chance you haven’t noticed them. Necessary for controlling the electrical equipment that keeps traffic moving in Renton, the boxes can serve as canvasses for highlighting the work of local artists and contributing to the character of the neighborhood. 

There are currently 18 wrapped boxes around the City. 

Box 1: Jason Vo, Chroma
Burnett Ave S and S 3rd St, southeast corner

Box 2: Renton History Museum, Portal to the Past (no longer exists)*
Williams Ave S and S 3rd St, southeast corner *this box was removed after being hit by a car in 2019.

Box 3: Camp.,Things Look Good from Here
116th Ave SE and 168th Ave SE, northeast corner 

Box 4, 5, 6, 7: Jean Bradbury,  Sunset Neighborhood Collaboration with Renton students

  • Sunset Blvd NE & Duvall Ave NE, southeast corner
  • Sunset Blvd NE & Southport Dr N
  • Sunset Blvd NE & Harrington Ave NE, southwest corner 
  • Sunset Blvd NE & NE 10th St, southwest corner

Box 8: Eachean Edmundson, Historic Renton Hill (PSE utility box)
1203 S 3rd St

Box 9, 10, 11: Yvonne Chan, Her dreams are everywhere 

  • S 2nd St and Main Ave S, southeast corner
  • Mill Ave S and Houser Way S, northeast corner
  • S Grady Way and Talbot Rd S, southwest corner

Box 12: Vikram Madan, The Bumble-Bee Brigade 
1512 Kirkland Ave 

Box 13, 14: Yvonne ChanCommunity Collaboration (with the Renton STREAM team

  • 108th Way SE and Benson Dr S
  • Maple Valley Hwy and Cedar River Park Dr (Renton Community Center in Renton)

Box 15: Priyanka ParmanandRoses
Williams Ave S and S 3rd St, southeast corner

Box 16: Darcy GoedeckeMidsummer Owl
Wells Ave S and S 3rd St, southwest corner

Box 17: Amelia Ossorio, We Are Renton
Wells Ave S and S 2nd St, southeast corner

Box 18:  Joanna Ngai, Snippets of Renton
Williams Ave S and S 2nd St, southeast corner

Box 19: Marsha RollingerNotner
NE 4th St and Jericho Ave NE (144th Ave SE) southeast corner 

Box 20:  Johanna Porter, Go with the Flow
Duvall Ave NE and NE 4th St, southwest corner(coming Spring 2023)

Renton History Museum

Located in an historic Art Deco firehouse, the Renton History Museum offers changing exhibits, programs, publications, and events to share Renton’s stories, past and present. The Museum is situated in historic downtown Renton and is surrounded by local shops and restaurants, offers free parking, and is close to the library and Liberty Park.

Renton Civic Theatre

Founded in 1987, Renton Civic Theatre began its existence as a professional performing arts theater from a boarded up old movie house. Today, the theatre offers a full season of community theatre and are dedicated to their mission to provide quality and affordable entertainment to the community through the performing arts

Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center

The Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center is a venue for student theatrical training, a home for local and regional artists and is dedicated to providing outstanding cultural programming for the community.

Renton Technical College Gallery Space

Renton Technical College in partnership with the Renton Municipal Arts Commission displays artwork from local artists inside their Culinaire Gallery at their campus in the Highlands and in the hallways of their downtown campus.

Submit your portfolio for consideration to [email protected] to reserve your exhibit dates.


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