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Art News:

January 2, 2013
Media Contact: Lisa Terry, Public Relations and Communications Manager, 253.272.4258 x3047,


January and February Events and Programs at Tacoma Art Museum



Museums on Us®
First Weekend of Every Month, January 5–6
Bank of America bankcard holders and employees receive free admission the first weekend of every month as part of Bank of America’s national Museums on Us program. Visit
museums.bankofamerica.com for details.



Northwest Native Canoe Installation
Sunday, January 6, 11 am

Honor Tacoma’s Native American heritage with an exhibition of canoes from local tribes, leading up to our Northwest Native Community Celebration on Sunday, January 27 at 4 pm. Join us to view the installation of the canoes three weeks before the celebration. Free with museum admission.


Curator Lecture: Best of the Northwest Revisited

Wednesday, January 9, 10:30 am

Curator Margaret Bullock shares some of the finest examples of paintings by Northwest artists from Tacoma Art Museum’s collection in Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection. Come hear her discuss the exhibition, including a second rotation of works on view since November. Free with museum admission.


Artist Lecture and Book Signing: Michael Kenna

Saturday, January 12, 2 pm

Michael Kenna’s breathtaking landscape photographs have been shown in galleries and museums all over the world, and are currently featured in Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective of Michael Kenna’s Photography—the first US retrospective of his work in over 20 years. As we unveil the second rotation of artwork in the exhibition, come hear from the artist as he presents an overview of his work and artistic approach, and shares stories about the works on view. The lecture will be followed by a book signing. Cost: $15 ($10 for members, $5 for students). Includes museum admission. to purchase tickets.


Throwback Third Thursdays: Remembering Past Exhibitions through Art Making

Third Thursdays, 58 pm

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our building with us by making art inspired by art from some of our most popular exhibitions. Join us in the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Open Art Studio to bring back the memories of works by Dale Chihuly, Marsden Hartley, Chuck Close, and Norman Rockwell.


·         January: Mille Fiori (2003) Three-Dimensional Seaform Sculptures

·         February: Edo to Tacoma: Japanese Woodblock Prints (2010) Sumi-e Ink Art


Workshop: The Art of Meditation

Third Thursday, January 17, 6 pm

Learn to reduce stress and improve mindfulness and concentration. This program is located in the Murray Family Event Space. Admission free for Third Thursday.


Girl Scout Workshop: Design a Dream Catcher

Saturday, January 26, 11 am–3pm

Join in a celebration of Northwest Native traditions and storytelling in conjunction with the Girl Scouts Go! Guide. Learn about the history of dream catchers and their relevance to different native cultures. Weave your own large dream catcher using wood, beads, feathers, and leather. Cost is $15 per individual. For information regarding financial assistance, please contact the Northwestern Washington Girl Scout Council office.

All program levels welcome: Grades K-1 (Daisies), Grades 2-3 (Brownies), Grades 4-5 (Juniors), Grades 6-8 (Cadettes), Grades 9-10 (Seniors), Grades 11-12 (Ambassadors) to purchase tickets.


Northwest Native Community Celebration
Sunday, January 27, 10 am–4 pm

Celebrate Tacoma’s Native American heritage and experience the arts and culture of various Northwest Native groups. Peruse the wares of over a dozen local artists. Museum admission free.


Reprint It!

Saturday, February 9, 10 am–1 pm

Create your own screen prints inspired by Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma and other artwork in the galleries. Afterward, stay to hear from Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, at 2 pm. Cost: $35 ($25 for members) covers one adult with or without child. Cost of admission for each additional child is $10. Teachers can earn up four clock hours by attending both the workshop and lecture. Pre-registration is required. to purchase tickets.

Lecture: The Art and Life of Andy Warhol

Saturday, February 9, 2 pm

Join Eric Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, to learn more about the life and work of Andy Warhol. While you’re here, visit the exhibition Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma one more time during its closing weekend (on view through February 10). Cost: $15 ($10 for members, $5 for students). Teachers can earn up to four clock hours by attending both the lecture and the workshop. Includes museum admission. to purchase tickets.

Youth Connect Reception

Third Thursday, February 21, 5 pm

Celebrate the artwork of more than 200 elementary school students served by the Youth Connect high school internship program, a partnership between Tacoma Art Museum and Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA). The Community Art Space exhibition is curated by this year’s team of SOTA Youth Connect interns. Admission is free during Third Thursday.


Educator Evening

Third Thursday, February 21, 58 pm

Join Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions Margaret Bullock to preview the art included in the Haub Family Gift, a major donation by Erivan and Helga Haub of 280 major works of Western American Art. Explore the galleries, mingle with fellow teachers and museum staff, and browse educational resources and upcoming programs at Tacoma Art Museum. Complimentary wine and light bites will be provided. Admission is free during Third Thursday.


Symposium: Crafting Public Spaces for Art

Saturday, February 23, 1 pm

Join us on the opening day of Drawing Line Into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the BNY Mellon Collection (on view through May 26) to hear a variety of local experts and artists discuss the philosophy and planning that go into creating a public art program such as the museum’s planned sculpture program for its new plaza and Haub galleries. Cost: $20 ($15 for members, $10 for students). to purchase tickets.



Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma
Through February 10
Andy Warhol’s Flowers for Tacoma explores the context and development of flower imagery in Warhol’s career, focusing on his 1982 proposal for the Tacoma Dome. Warhol’s extensive use of flowers throughout his career will be represented by early illustrations from the 1950s, series of flower prints, and numerous photographs made by Warhol and his circle that illustrate the artist’s fascination with the fragility and beauty of flowers. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective of Michael Kenna’s Photography

Through March 24

The first U.S. retrospective of Michael Kenna’s photography in more than twenty years, Memories and Meditations will explore his ongoing investigations of special locations around the world. Born in Great Britain but now based in Seattle, Kenna frequently returns to certain locales in order to record them over the course of several years. His signature style evokes a sense of timelessness that underscores the intimate connections of history and geography. Kenna captures the innate beauty in locations as diverse as power plants in central England, the gardens of Versailles, abandoned factories in Detroit, and remote islands in Japan. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection

Through March 17

Best of the Northwest features highlights from the museum’s Northwest painting collection. Long-time favorites will join new arrivals in this snapshot exhibition of some of the museum’s best work by Northwest painters. Works range in age from the early 20th century through today and include a variety of painting media and styles. This exhibition was organized to coincide with publication of the museum’s handbook of the Northwest art collection which will be available in mid-March. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.


Drawing Line into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the BNY Mellon Collection

February 23–May 26
The exhibition Drawing Line Into Form: Works on Paper by Sculptors from the BNY Mellon Collection features more than 50 works that explore the importance of drawing as a creative tool for sculptors, demonstrating how artists think and express in two-dimensional works that help to translate these complex ideas into three-dimensional form. The internationally celebrated artists featured in the collection include modernist masters as well as contemporary artists who have earned critical acclaim. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.


Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist
Open for extended exhibition
Tacoma Art Museum’s extensive permanent collection of artwork by world-renowned glass artist and Tacoma-native Dale Chihuly is in a gallery of its own. Tacoma boasts more installations of Chihuly’s artwork than any other city in the world. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.





HOURS – Wednesdays–Sundays 10 am–5 pm, Third Thursdays 10 am–8 pm
ADMISSION – Adult $10, Student/Military/Senior (65+) $8, Family $25 (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18). Children 5 and under free. Third Thursdays free from 5–8 pm. Members always free.
CONTACT – 253.272.4258,
www.TacomaArtMuseum.org, info@TacomaArtMuseum.org



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