You are invited! Join us for cake, light refreshments, complimentary parking*, and free admission** to the galleries at Tacoma Art Museum’s construction kick-off for the new Benaroya Wing honoring the memory of Jack Benaroya on his birthday. Be among the first to view the final design of the new addition as we celebrate the generosity of Jack and Rebecca Benaroya and the entire Benaroya family.
*Complimentary parking available in lots behind TAM, 1 – 5 pm
**Admission to TAM is free all day, 10 am – 5 pm.
- Bill Driscoll, President, Board of Trustees, Tacoma Art Museum
- Marilyn Strickland, Mayor, City of Tacoma
- David Westbrook, Office of the Governor, South Sound Regional Representative
- Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive
- Tom Kundig, Owner and Principal, Olson Kundig
- Kirsten Murray, Owner and Principal, Olson Kundig
- Rock Hushka, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Tacoma Art Museum
- Special Ceremony and Cake Cutting by Rebecca Benaroya
Post Ceremony Celebration
- Exhibition tours with TAM Curators Faith Brower and Margaret Bullock
- Art Activity in TAM Studio for the Benaroya Family
About the Benaroya Collection
Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) announced on January 14, 2016 that Becky Benaroya has bequeathed the collection that she and her late husband Jack Benaroya carefully assembled during their 70 years of marriage. The collection of 225 works includes Northwestern and international studio art glass along with important paintings and sculptures by renowned regional artists. The gift, announced on Mrs. Benaroya’s 93rd birthday, includes a contribution for the construction of a new 7,390 square-foot gallery addition in which to present the collection, an endowment fund for its care, and funds for a dedicated curator. The contribution to support the gift totals nearly $14 million. TAM’s expanding collection further establishes the Pacific Northwest as the nation’s art glass epicenter. Learn more about the Benaroya Collection.
Above: Stanislav Libenský (Czech, 1921–2002), Jaroslava Brychtová (Czech, born 1924), Green Eye of the Pyramid III, 1993–94. Cast, cut, and polished glass, 33 × 40 × 8 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Promised gift of the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. Photo © TAM, photo by Russell Johnson and Jeff Curtis. Right: Therman Statom (American, born 1953), Toast to La Serena, 1992. Plate glass with mixed media, 80 × 16½ × 6 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Promised gift of the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. Photo © TAM, photo by Russell Johnson and Jeff Curtis.