April 24, 2014
Media Contact: Julianna Verboort, 253.272.4258 x3011 or


TACOMA, WA – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced last week that Tacoma Art Museum is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. A total of 30 NEA Art Works grants were awarded in Washington State, and only two of those in Tacoma (Tacoma Art Museum and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts). The $20,000 grant recommended for Tacoma Art Museum will support the exhibition of the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art, including public programming, symposia, and the collection publication.

Tacoma Art Museum announced the gift of the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art in July, 2012. The museum will receive 295 paintings and sculptures by masters such as Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, John Mix Stanley, and Georgia O’Keeffe, along with works by contemporary living artists such as John Nieto and Bill Schenck.

“The NEA is pleased to announce that Tacoma Art Museum is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant,” said NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa. “These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists as they contribute to our cultural landscape.”

The new Haub Family Galleries and first exhibition of the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art at Tacoma Art Museum will open to the public on Sunday, November 16, 2014.

“We are so pleased that our work with the Haub Family Collection has been recommended for this grant. We will invest the grant funds in creating new experiences around the art of the American West. We are grateful to the NEA for recognizing the level of excellence in Tacoma Art Museum’s programming and supporting us in offering more to the community,” says Laura Fry, Haub Curator of Western American Art.

Grants are awarded to projects that meet Art Works’ mission of supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. More than 1,500 eligible grant applications were received in the Art Works category. Among those, only 886 have been recommended for grants totaling $25.8 million.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, visit the NEA website at

For more information, contact Julianna Verboort at 253.272.4258 x3011 or at

About Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma Art Museum’s mission is to connect people through art. The museum serves the diverse communities of the region through its collection, exhibitions, and learning programs, emphasizing art and artists from the Northwest. Tacoma Art Museum is located in the downtown Cultural District, near the Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum, and Union Station.

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