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Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue, New Tacoma, Tacoma

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Below you will find information for exhibits at Tacoma Art Museum (TAM). Click here for the most up to date exhibition information.

Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s
Opens February 22, 2020

In the 1930s, government investment in public art and artists in the Northwest supported communities and created a wealth of public art with stories that, until now, were nearly unknown. Read more here.

Warhol and the West
Opens July 1, 2020

Andy Warhol’s captivation with the American West is seen in more than twenty original artworks that explore the lore and lure of the region. Focusing on the artist’s lifelong fascination with the West, the exhibition and publication will expose how his interests manifest from his childhood passion for western movies to the creation of his iconic Elvis paintings and the Cowboys and Indians suite. Read more here.

Places to Call Home: Settlements in the west

February 17, 2018 - March 3, 2020

From Seattle, San Francisco, Santa Fe, and San Antonio to pueblos and towns, settlements in the West have a vitality that is represented in art. Read more here.

Winter in the West
February 17, 2018 - March 3, 2020

A selection of paintings from the Haub family collection that celebrates the winter season. Read more here.

Immigrant Artists and the American West
February 3, 2018 - June 14, 2020

How art relates and responds to personal and political issues around immigration. Read more here.

Metaphor into Form: Art in the Era of the Pilchuck Glass School
On Extended View

Founded in 1971, the Pilchuck Glass School, co-founded by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly, emerged as a world-renowned center for glass art in the 1980s. The artists who are involved with the Pilchuck Glass School continue to expand its reputation as one of the most significant opportunities for artistic innovation. Metaphor into Form showcases the breadth of creativity that has been nurtured by the Pilchuck Glass School. Showcasing a wide range of forms and techniques, this exhibition highlights how artists have responded to the possibilities of the material properties of glass as a metaphor for the human experience and the creative impulse. From the delicacy of intricately exquisite goblets to the illusion of remnants of ancient civilizations, the artworks included will illuminate how glass has become an indispensable material for contemporary artists. Read more here.

Debora Moore: Arboria
On Extended View

Debora Moore: Arboria premiers the artist’s new monumental sculptures exploring the beauty and awe of seasonal change. Inspired by mountainous trees tenaciously clinging onto boulders and traditional Japanese bonsai forms, Debora Moore represents the most beautiful moments of each season through a proliferation of colors, and textures. With roots wrapping around boulders to sweeping branches laden with delicate blossoms, Moore looks to the power of nature as symbols of resilience, dignity, and strength. Arboria encourages the viewer to linger under the boughs of an ever-blooming forest and contemplate their place within the natural cycles. Read more here.

Mary Van Cline: Selections from the Documenta Project
On Extended View

Known for her role as one of the first generation of innovative glass artists, Mary Van Cline has often included her photography in her work. With her recent series of portraits, Van Cline documents the leading figures who helped to ensure that the studio art glass movement would thrive, including artists, curators, gallery owners, and collectors. Van Cline began the project with her interest in documenting the iconic artists who established their international reputations beginning in the 1970s and 1980s. Because of her close relationship with her subjects, Van Cline captures the unique personalities that propelled the studio glass movement. Read more here.

All the Rivers Flow Into The Sea: Introducing Martin Blank's Current
On Extended View

Martin Blank created Current for a commission by Melvyn Poll for his offices in downtown Seattle. For his response to the historic architectural space, Blank looked to the myriad of waterways of the Pacific Northwest for inspiration. He translated his observations of the interconnected streams, rivers, and Puget Sound into sweeping curves of cast glass that meander gracefully between reclaimed timbers from the Poll Building. Current will be installed in the museum lobby. Read more here.

Animals: Wild and Captured in Bronze
On Extended View

Wild mustangs and majestic bison are symbols of the American West. However, many other creatures also live in the diverse habitats west of the Mississippi River. This exhibition features all kinds of wildlife that inhabit the West and the artists who have captured their likenesses in bronze. Read more here.

Dale Chihuly at Tacoma Art Museum
On Extended View

Celebrating world-renowed glass artist and Tacoma-native Dale Chihuly, we have given our permanent collection of Chihuly glass a gallery all its' own. Read more here.

Richard Rhodes' Untitled: An Architectural Installation
On Extended View

Stone wave sits at the heart of the museum. Read more here.

Outdoor Sculptures at TAM
On Extended View

Adding to the excitement of November 2014, Tacoma Art Museum unveiled two new outdoor sculptures: Julie Speidel’s Kinetic Repose, and Marie Watt’s Blanket Stories: Transportation Object, Generous Ones, Trek. A third outdoor sculpture, Scott Fife’s Explorers, was installed in June 2015. All three sculptors are well-known to the community through previous exhibitions and works in the museum’s permanent collection. These commissions activate the spaces around TAM, inspire visitors and the community, and begin TAM’s ambitious new outdoor sculpture program. Read more here.

TAM Local: Community Art Shows
On Extended View

Tacoma Art Museum offers a Community Art Show Program featuring four shows throughout the calendar year. The Community Art Show Program serves TAM’s mission of connecting people through art by providing a space for community partners to gather and share their unique artistic talents, cultures, and perspectives. The program enriches our visitor’s experiences by building awareness about the vibrant arts community in our region, highlighting local talent, and encouraging involvement in the arts. Read more here.

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