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Upcoming Workshops, Programs and Lectures 



Lunch & Learn with Rock Hushka
Friday, October 10, 11 am
Come hear about upcoming exhibition Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor with Rock Hushka. This exhibition showcases nearly 100 works of wearable metal art—including helmets, brass knuckles, breastplates, aggressive or defensive jewelry, chain mail, amulets, talismans, and protective gear—designed to address issues of protection and empowerment in the face of everyday perils and social challenges. Organized by the National Ornamental Metal Museum Foundation. The exhibition was curated by Suzanne Ramljak, Editor of Metalsmith magazine.
Cost: Free with museum admission.

Visiting Curator Talk with Suzanne Ramljak
Sunday, October 19, 1 pm
Suzanne Ramljak curated the exhibition Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor, at Tacoma Art Museum October 18, 2014—February 1, 2015. She is a writer, art historian, and curator specializing in contemporary and 20th century art and material culture. She currently serves as Curator of Exhibitions at the American Federation of Arts, and as editor of Metalsmith magazine. Ramljak has lectured widely on contemporary art, published several books and contributed to numerous publications. Listen to her discuss her 2014 book, "On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets," and view the exhibition at TAM.
Cost: $15 ($10 members, $5 students) Tickets
Visiting Curator Stephen Fliegel presents The Technology of Art: Arms and Armor of the Middle Ages and Renaissance
Sunday, October 19, 3 pm
Join Tacoma Art Museum as visiting curator Stephen Fliegel discusses the art and technology of armor from the middle ages to the renaissance period. Learn how armor and weapons were constructed with the greatest technical knowledge and skill, and how it became a process that often resulted in objects of great beauty. Fliegel is ‎Curator of Medieval Art at Cleveland Museum of Art, and has published and lectured about religious art and manuscripts among other topics.
Cost: $15 ($10 members, $5 students) Tickets

Offsite Adventure: Springtide Press Workshop with Jessica Spring
Monday, October 27, 6-8:30 pm
Learn about printmaking and take a tour at Springtide Press with artists and proprietor Jessica Spring. During this offsite workshop, participants will take a tour of the printing workshop, set type and make prints, and may enjoy a glass of wine to complete this evening of creativity. All supplies will be provided. This workshop is offsite and will not be hosted at Tacoma Art Museum.
Cost: $45 ($35 member, $35 student) Tickets



Dia De Los Muertos Community Festival
Sunday, November 2, 2014
10 am – 4 pm
Experience the 10th anniversary celebration of Día de los Muertos at Tacoma Art Museum! Join thousands of your friends and neighbors to celebrate this traditional Latin American holiday that honors the cycle of life and death. Come see our tapete, or sand painting, as well as altars built by the community. Enjoy music, dancing, sugar skull decorating, and other art-making activities.

Found Object Workshop with Artist Marita Dingus
Saturday, November 22, 11 am
Artist and instructor Marita Dingus will lead participants in art making using found objects. Be more green in your approach and challenge yourself in fun ways by using found objects. Tacoma Art Museum will provide a limited amount of found objects, but participants are encouraged to bring their own found objects.
Cost: $30 ($20 member, student) Tickets
Artist Talk with Mary Lucier
Saturday, November 22, 2 pm

Join us as Mary Lucier discusses her work Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret. In her five channel video installation, Lucier explores abandoned towns and farmsteads and looks closely at scenes of cattle ranching and rodeos. The Plains of Sweet Regret was created in collaboration with composer and musician Earl Howard and commissioned by the North Dakota Museum of Art as part of their Emptying Out of the Plains initiative.
Cost: $15 ($10 member, $5 student) Tickets


Lunch & Learn with Rock Hushka
Wednesday, December 3, 11 am
Join curator Rock Hushka as he leads a discussion on the history and inspiration behind the sound and video installation Mary Lucier: The Plains of Sweet Regret. We’ll hear how the video stemmed from a larger project titled Emptying Out of the Plains that was commissioned by the North Dakota Museum of Art. Find out more about this installation and how life is on the plains almost 10 years after the video was created. Cost: Free with museum admission.

Printmaking Holiday Card Workshop with Katie Dean
Saturday, December 6, 11 am
Just in time for the holidays! Learn how to make holiday cards using printmaking techniques from instructor and artist Katie Dean. During this workshop you’ll learn the basics for using a press in printmaking design. Practice your new found techniques by making holiday cards for your friends and family.
Cost: $40 ($30 member, $30 student) Tickets
The Art of Storytelling
Saturday, December 13, 10 am–1 pm

For centuries artists have created visual stories as a means of education, entertainment, and cultural preservation. Back by popular demand, award-winning artist and educator Becky Frehse will guide you in creating a mixed-media collage art piece that will capture your personal story. You will have the opportunity to gain inspiration by viewing the museum’s newly opened exhibition Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection at Tacoma Art Museum in the new wing. Teachers can earn up to three clock hours by attending the workshop. Pre-registration is required.
Cost: $40 ($30 member). Tickets

Western Reading Club
Join fellow enthusiasts of the American West in roundtable discussions and hear from guest facilitators about the American West. The Western Reading Club meets on Third Thursdays in the Gates Art Resource Center (library on third floor); discussions start at 6 pm. Join for one book or more! To register, contact Kara Bonavia, at 253-272-4258 x3030 or Kbonavia@TacomaArtMuseum.org

September 18: Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey
October 16: Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne
November 20: The Backbone of the World by Frank Clifford
December 18: Close Range by Annie Proulx

To register or learn more about the programs below contact Education@TacomaArtMuseum.org or 253.722.2455. 
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