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Tacoma Art Museum

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Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402
Venue Type: Museum
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS
November 12th - March 26th, 2017
October 9th - April 23rd, 2017
The Beauty of a Shared Passion: Highlights from the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection
Jaroslava Brychtova, Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Kyohei Fujita, Stanislav Libensky, Ginny Ruffner, Lino Tagliapietra, Cappy Thompson, Ulrica Hydman Vallien
September 24th - January 15th, 2017
30 Americans
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nick Cave, Robert Colescott, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley
QUICK FACTS
Open hours
Wed-Sun 10-5; Third Thursday 10-8 with free Admission from 5-8 PM
Phone
(253) 272-4258
Gallery type
Contemporary
Cost
Adults $9 Students, Military, Seniors (65 +)$8
DESCRIPTION

About Tacoma Art Museum


Background

Tacoma Art Museum was founded by a group of volunteers in 1935 and has since grown to become a national model for regional, mid-sized museums. The museum is dedicated to exhibiting and collecting Northwest art, with the mission of connecting people through art. The museum's permanent collection includes the premier collection of Dale Chihuly's glass artwork on permanent public display.

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Tacoma Art Museum opened its current facility on May 3, 2003, when it moved from a former bank building that was built in 1920. Nearly twice the size of its previous building, Tacoma Art Museum's new $22-million Antoine Predock-designed structure provides the space to exhibit more of the permanent collection. In designing the building, Predock drew inspiration from the region's light, its relationship to the water, the neighborhood's industrial history and character, Mount Rainier, the Thea Foss Waterway, and the surrounding structures in what is now known as the Museum District.


Mission and Vision

Tacoma Art Museum serves the diverse communities of the Northwest through its collection, exhibitions, and learning programs, emphasizing art and artists from the Northwest. Our vision is to be a national model for regional museums by creating a dynamic museum that engages, inspires, and builds community through art.

Exhibitions and Collections

Since Tacoma Art Museum began collecting in 1963, it has built a permanent collection of artwork by international, national, and regional artists. The museum's rich collection contains more than 3,400 works, with an emphasis on art by Northwest artists, one of the finest collections of Japanese woodblock prints on the West Coast, and the largest, most comprehensive public collection of glass art by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly. The collection also includes key holdings in nineteenth-century European and twentieth-century American art. Learn more about the permanent collection.

Tacoma Art Museum presents works of art to achieve a dynamic balance of exhibitions from historic to contemporary periods. Annually, Tacoma Art Museum presents ten to fifteen imaginatively paired exhibitions, always placing Northwest artists alongside a continuum of historically important artists.

Over the past several years, Tacoma Art Museum has seen a notable surge in catalogue publications, nationally traveling exhibitions, and national and international loans of art. The museum has published ten catalogues in conjunction with museum-curated exhibitions since 2003, including the Northwest Biennial-a rare open submission opportunity offering a strong critical analysis of the region's contemporary art production.