Salk Symphony, 2019

Cappy Thompson
(American, born 1952)

Location: Salk Middle School, Spokane


Artist Cappy Thompson's Salk Symphony is made of eight "grisaille" stained glass windows. The artist was inspired by Salk Middle School’s exceptional orchestra program and the theme of music. Two columns of windows show children playing musical instruments, while riding animals. The artwork is a symphony of color and joy.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Spokane School District.


Celebrated Seattle-based glass artist Cappy Thompson creates rich "mytho-poetic narratives" in her vibrant and animated stained-glass artworks. Her site-specific installations draw imagery from myths, poetry, and personal expression.
To create her vivid and detailed scenes, Thompson often uses a glass painting technique called "grisaille" where black line drawings are painted on glass, which is then fired in a kiln to make the line drawings permanent. Grisaille has existed since medieval times (approximately 450-1450) and is what you often see in stained glass windows in European churches.
Thompson received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Western Washington in 1976. She has taught at art and glass programs around the world from Mexico to Australia to Germany, as well as locally at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Northwestern Washington, and Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle.

MediumVitreous enamels on glass
Dimensions15 ft 1 in x 9 ft 7 in x 1/2 in (overall)
ID NumberWSAC2018.008.00A-H
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencySpokane Public Schools
Artwork LocationSalk Middle School
Library window, NW corner
WA CountySpokane
Site TypePublic School
Address6411 N Alberta St.
Spokane, WA 99208
Geo. Coordinates47.716178, -117.450819
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