Posts Tagged ‘Tacoma Art Museum’

Cultural imPRINT: Northwest Coast Prints exhibition showcases cultural images from Native tribes at Tacoma Art Museum

tamculturalHaub Curator of Western American Art Faith Brower at the Tacoma Art Museum has partnered with co-curator India Young from Victoria, B.C., to bring together a selection of approximately 45 prints by Northwest Coast Native and First Nations artists on view through August 20.

“This exhibition is really about how artists create community through their work,” said Young. “Artists visualize their nationhood and territory. Cultural knowledge and design are passed from print to print and generation to generation. Prints circulate a sense of belonging.”

Cultural imPRINT boasts a cultural narrative, showcasing the  50-year history of Northwest Coast Native prints and presenting works from the Northwest Coast Indian Artists Guild alongside works by contemporary printmakers. The artists, both Native American and First Nations emerge from along the Northwest coast, a region that extends roughly 2,000 miles from the Columbia River where Oregon meets Washington and northward to the coastal regions of Alaska and British Columbia.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through September 11

Second Thursday

Gig Harbor Art Walk along the waterfront in the summer until 8pm.

Blitz, Capitol Hill’s Art Walk is from 5 –

West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 –


Second Friday

Belltown Art Walk is from 6 –

Phinney Wood Art Up Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm. ­

Kirkland Art Walk is from noon –


Second Saturday

Ballard Art Walk is from 6 –

Central District Art Walk is from 1 – 5pm. At various locations around 23rd Ave. and E. Cherry St.

Georgetown Art Attack is from 6 –

Port Angeles Art Walk is from 5 –

Poulsbo Art Walk is from 5 –


September 6

In search of the truth? Want to speak your own truth? Pop in to The Truth Booth at Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 10 am to 5 pm. The Truth Booth is a project by members of The Cause Collective. It is touring 24 U.S. cities through 2016 as part of their project In Search of The Truth (The Truth Booth).


PictureSeptember 10

Bainbridge Quilt Festival in downtown Winslow along Winslow Way from 9am – 5pm

Art Maker Faire Tonight from 5-9 PM at Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum holds their first free Art Maker Faire, an evening filled with art-making stations sponsored by local organizations, tasty food truck cuisine, and DJ music on Thursday, June 16, from 5 – 9 pm.

“Our first Art Maker Faire is a terrific opportunity for TAM to partner with many of the innovative creative venues in Tacoma. We’re inviting the community to get to know those organizations through this lively evening at TAM,” said Samantha Kelly, Director of Education at TAM. “Art Maker Faire is designed to be an all-ages event where visitors can be active and experimental with art.”

Social Reflections at Tacoma Art Museum Through September 4

tam“NW Art Now @ TAM: Social Reflections Within Contemporary Art” on view May 14 – September 4  at the Tacoma Art Museum illuminates work by 24  artists who are actively responding to forces shaping our regional identity during this current wave of explosive growth and rebound from the Great Recession. The core themes focus on identity, social justice, and environmental action. The exhibition is co-curated by Rock Hushka, Tacoma Art Museum’s Chief Curator, and Juan Roselione-Valadez, Director of the Rubell Family Collection, Contemporary Arts Foundation. Shown: Karen Hackenberg, Holy Water, 2016. Oil on canvas, 72 × 36 inches. Photo credit: Darryl Schmidt. Courtesy of the artist.

Calendar of Art Walks and Events Through April 24

Third Thursday

Edmonds Art Walk is from 5 –

Third Thursday in Kent 4 – 7pm,

Seattle Design Center Art Walk is from 5 – 9pm. at 5701 Sixth Ave.

Tacoma Art Mingle when Tacoma museums offer free admission and galleries are open from 5 – 8pm.

Upper Queen Anne Art Walk is from 3 – 9pm and takes place between the 1500 and 2400 blocks on Queen Anne Ave. N.


Fourth Saturday

Bremerton Charleston Arts District Artwalk, noon – 8pm


Through April

33rd Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival features lots of arts and crafts exhibits as well as the most beautiful tulips you’ve ever seen.


April 18 – June 3

Northwest Watercolor Society  International Open Exhibition, Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, 206/275-7609.


April 23

The Art of Science and Color from 6-8pm at the Kittredge Gallery at University of Puget Sound. (N. Alder and N. 15th Street) in Tacoma.


Tacoma Art Museum symposium on western art. The symposium is open to the public and is particularly relevant to enthusiasts and students of art, history, the environment, and the American West. The event takes place Saturday, April 23. Check in starting at 9:00 am and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast.


Mighty Tieton  Open House from 10am-3pm. Tieton Arts & Humanities’ annual Student Art Exhibition will feature over 200 works by K-12  students in the Highland, Naches, and West Valley school districts. There is an awards ceremony for the kids at 2:00 pm. Located at 608 Wisconsin Ave, Tieton, WA .


April 24

sculptureInternational Sculpture Day on April 24, Sculpture Northwest Gallery and the City of Bellingham have collaborated on the Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.  The outdoor exhibition features the sculpture of prominent Pacific Northwest sculptors:  Ann Morris (Eagle Arm); Jason Reed Brown (Raven II); David Kitts (Giant Mailbox); Aaron Loveitt (Hollow); Thor Myhre (Buddha); Christopher Pauley (Two Cats on a Bicycle and Red Bird Apartment House)  Lillian Pitt (She Follows the Dreams and Dreaming About Weaving Baskets). Displayed at various locations in the Bellingham Arts District and central downtown areas. 


Arty Party at the Henry Art Gallery on the University of Washington campus from 1-4pm. Discover new taste buds, shift your sense of time, and explore art with your whole body in an afternoon full of artist and youth-led FREE activities.

People’s Choice Showing at the Tacoma Art Museum

tamCelebrating 80 Years: People’s Choice,” now on view at the Tacoma Art Museum,  honors the museum’s  80th birthday. TAM asked museum visitors and community members (in-person and online) to vote for their favorite works from the European and American art collections. These works are perennial favorites with visitors, but not regularly on view because they are not by Northwest artists. The most-voted for work, Jacob Lawrence’s 1936 Street Orator’s Audience, won the prime spot on the exhibition’s title wall.  View Lawrence’s work alongside works by Mary Cassatt, Arthur Bowen Davies, Edward Hopper, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Catherine Wentworth, and more, on view through March 27. Shown: Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917–2000), Street Orator’s Audience, 1936. Tempera on paper, 24 × 19⅛ inches.  Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Peck by exchange, 1995.10. © 2016 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Western Fest at Tacoma Art Museum Sunday, February 28

tamWear your cowboy hat and boots to the Tacoma Art Museum this coming Sunday for a “Western Fest.” It takes place from 10am-4pm. Read all about it on the web by clicking the following link to Western Fest. All kinds of fun artsy cowboysy (I just invented that word)  happenings for the whole family at no charge. Live music from 11am-2pm.

11th Annual Museum Day on September 26

The Washington State History Museum  and Tacoma Art Museum  open their doors free of charge on Saturday, September 26, 2015, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 11th annual Museum Day Live! On this day only, participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket and present that ticket at admissions.

Aloha Club Collection at Tacoma Art Museum June 27

tacomaartShowcased at the Tacoma Art Museum from June 27 – September 13 is “Selections from the Aloha Club Collection.” The Aloha Club is a Tacoma community group, originally organized as a women’s study club in 1892. Its focus is promoting the cultural life of the community and fostering the development of Northwest artists. The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see how the collection was shaped as well as to appreciate first-rate Northwest art. Shown: Patti Warashina (American, born 1940), Amazed, 1984. Porcelain and Plexiglas, 57 ½ x 55 7/8 x 6 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of the Aloha Club, 1992.11

Packing a Punch With Pop at Tacoma Art Museum

tamOn view through September 13 at the Tacoma Art Museum are works by Seattle native Roger Shimomura in “An American Knockoff.” Organized  by the Museum of Art at Washington State University and debuted there last fall before touring  the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem, OR, the exhibition reflects Shimomura’s experience of commonly being presumed a foreigner in his own culture. The term knockoff refers to something cheaply made to resemble a more valuable original; with a knife-sharp wit, Shimomura explores the perception of his identity as less than American. Roger Shimomura, American in Disguise, 2012. Acrylic on canvas, 34 × 34 inches. Collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Maribeth Collins Art Aquisition Fund, 2014.031.

Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum

tamokeefe“Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico,” is currently showing at the Tacoma Art Museum through June 7. The exhibition involves more than 60 paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and her contemporaries. It was organized by Joseph S. Czestochowski. Produced by International Arts ® and Curated by Charles C. Eldredge. Shown: Georgia O’Keeffe  (1887−1986), Yellow Cactus, 1929. Oil on canvas, 30 × 42 inches. Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. Patsy Lucy Griffith Collection, Bequest of Patsy Lucy Griffith. 1998.217. (O’Keeffe 675) © 2015 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy International Arts ®

Celebrating The Biggest Gift in Tacoma Art Museum’s History

tamToday Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) reaches the culmination of a four-year journey including an expansion and gift of one of the top Western American art collections in the country. The museum’s “Go West” adventure began with a conversation between Director Stephanie Stebich and John Barline, a representative for Erivan and Helga Haub, who donated 295 works from their family’s Western American art collection to TAM. Today, the museum stands transformed with 16,000 dazzling new square feet and four spacious galleries showcasing this internationally recognized collection, most of which has never before been on public view. Shown: Charles Bird King (American, 1785 ‑ 1862) Wanata (The Charger), Grand Chief of the Sioux, 1826. Oil on canvas, 39 × 27¼ inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Haub Family Collection, Gift of Erivan and Helga Haub, 2014.6.76

Honoring and celebrating lives of the dead in Tacoma

Tacoma Art Museum’s 10th annual Día de los Muertos Free Community Festival, takes place Sunday, November 2 from 10 am−4 pm. This day-long celebration is TAM’s largest annual free community event, welcoming almost 4,000 visitors. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Activities run all day with events and performances scheduled to begin at noon.


Día de los Muertos originates from an ancient Aztec festival that honored Mictecacihuatl, the goddess of the underworld. In the 1500s, missionaries and conquistadors attempted to change the Aztec celebration so that it complied with Catholic practices. Today’s practices in Mexico and other Latin countries, include making altars of remembrance for the dead, a way of celebrating their lives every year. The museum has partnered with Consulado de México en Seattle, Centro Latino, and Proyecto MoLE.

High school photographers exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum

tacExperience the work of Washington’s talented high school photographers, on view August 27−September 28 in the Community Art Space at Tacoma Art Museum. The 2014 Washington State High School Photography Competition received over 4,100 entries, submitted by 1,524 students from 70 Washington schools. Finalists from each of the 12 competition categories are included in the exhibition, featuring 36 photographs in black and white and in color. Shown: Camera Phone Category: Joshua Kahn, University Prep, Seattle

Art walks and events through July 13

Second Wednesday

Wallingford Art Walk is from 6 – 9pm from May –


Second Thursday

Blitz, Capitol Hill’s Art Walk is from 5 – 8pm.

West Seattle Art Walk is from 6 –


Second Friday

Belltown Art Walk is from 6pm until closing.

Greenwood-Phinney Art Up Art Walk is from 6 –

Kirkland Art Walk is from noon –


Second Saturday

Ballard Art Walk is from 6 –

Central District Art Walk is from 1 – 5pm. At various locations around 23rd Ave. and E. Cherry St.

Georgetown Art Attack is from 6 –

Port Angeles Art Walk is from 5 –

Poulsbo Art Walk is from is from 5 –


July 11

The Downtown Issaquah Association’s 13th annual season of the Issaquah ArtWalk continues on July 11 from 6-9pm. The popular monthly art walk is normally  held First Friday of the month June through September.


July 12-13

Camano Island Art by the Bay Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, 10am – 5pm. For location and more information visit

Choochokam, Langley’s 39th annual festival of the arts. Free shuttle from and to the Clinton Ferry Terminal. Visit

Wedgwood Art Festival from 10am-5pm located on the corner of NE 35th St and 89th St NE, at Our Lady of the Lake Parish and School. Ninth Annual Wedgwood Art Festival features a juried art festival, live music, food, and kid’s activities.

July 13

Pilchuck Glass School Campus Open House, Stanwood, noon – 5pm. Visit


Tacoma Art Museum  invites the community to explore how sculptures come to life at the Best of the Northwest Free Community Festival on Sunday, July 13, from 10 am to 4 pm. This year’s theme spotlights Tacoma Art Museum’s growing sculpture program.