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Artwork copyright Gloria Crouse. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Visual Arts Learning: Assemblage Art

Public art enhances and enlivens public spaces. It can also serve as a great jumping-off point for active arts learning for K-12 students. Our Art in Public Places and Arts in Education program staff are collaborating to help make these connections.

This exhibition features examples of assemblage artworks in the State Art Collection. Assemblage is a three-dimensional composition made by combining (assembling) a variety of objects, often found objects. The term was first used in the visual arts during the 1950s when artist Jean DuBuffet created a series of collages of butterfly wings, which he called "assemblages d'empreintes."

The definition of assemblage is from the Washington State Learning Standards Glossary for Visual Arts.