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Current Exhibitions   
 Bryan Putnam, Sink, 2014. Woodcut print on paper with graphite, ink, chalk and collaged cut paper. Collection of the artist. 

Ink This!
Contemporary Print Arts in the Northwest

June 7, 2014— (New Closing Date) October 19, 2014

Explore the thriving and diverse world of print arts in the Northwest. Works in the exhibition showcase a wide variety of printmaking techniques, from time-honored processes such as etching and lithography through installation and digital media. It includes letterpress artists and artists who hand make books that are in essence small sculptures built to showcase images and artistic techniques. more

Northwest in the West 

Northwest in the West: Exploring Our Roots
May 10, 2014—Fall 2015

Are there really connections between Northwest art and western art? Northwest in the West draws from the museum's Northwest art collection to look at how the character of the western United States has shaped regional artistic responses. Though geographically part of the West and an important chapter in the story of the American West, the Northwest has developed a distinct identity in part through adopting, adapting, or reacting against these western roots, a constantly shifting relationship reflected at the heart of the work of a number of the region's artists. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum. more

Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist 

Dale Chihuly at Tacoma Art Museum

In celebration of world-renowned glass artist and Tacoma-native Dale Chihuly, gave our extensive permanent collection of Chihuly glass a gallery of its own. Select Chihuly works, including works from the Anne Gould Hauberg Collection, are on view in the Bill and Bobby Street Gallery. Ma Chihuly’s Floats are installed in the interior courtyard. more


Studio Glass from the Collection

Back on view September 2014. The Kreielsheimer Alcove is currently being renovated to better suit our Studio Art Collection.

Tacoma Art Museum acquired its first work of studio art glass in 1971 and now its collection includes nearly 600 works. Three major gifts—the Dale Chihuly Collection (on view in the museum’s Bill and Bobby Street Gallery), the Paul Marioni Collection, and the promised gift of the Anne Gould Hauberg Collection—form the core of the museum’s glass collection. They illuminate the innovation spurred by artists working during the early years at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington.

The museum’s glass collection also shows how artists have embraced glass as a medium for artistic expression. Early works reveal how artists sought to master the physical properties of the material including color and translucency. Later works demonstrate how artists embraced glass because of its power as a metaphor and to make objects of beauty. Artists have even used glass as a tool for portraiture and for careful studies of the
human condition.

Because of Northwest artists and their commitment to glass, our region remains a world-renowned center for studio art glass.

 You can also read summaries of upcoming and past exhibitions at Tacoma Art Museum.

Photos, top to bottom:

Bryan Putnam, Sink, 2014. Woodcut print on paper with graphite, ink, chalk and collaged cut paper. Collection of the artist.

Matika Wilbur, Starrflower Montoya (Pueblo of Taos and Barona Band of Mission Indians), 2014. Digital print, 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Sherrie Wolf, Birds with Domes of Yosemite, 2008. Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of the artist.

Dale Chihuly, Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist, installation view.


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