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TAM Local: Community Art Shows

Located in the classrooms on the third floor, Gottfried and Mary Fuchs Foundation Education Wing.

Tacoma Art Museum offers a Community Art Show Program featuring a rotation of four 11-week 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. 

Interested groups can apply to take part in this special opportunity. Click here to apply

 

Current Installations

Washington State School for the Blind

January 11 – March 31, 2017 | Cheney Classroom
Reception on Third Thursday, March 16, 5:00–7:30 pm

The Washington State School for the Blind is a nationally accredited school located in Vancouver, WA, serving students since 1886. The mission of the school is to provide specialized, quality educational services to visually impaired and blind youth age’s birth through 21 within the state of Washington. The school is residential but also has an outreach program that aims to fill gaps in service in school districts throughout the state. With this exhibition, the School for the Blind and Tacoma Art Museum hope to raise public awareness about making art and culture a part of life for children and adults affected by sight loss. The art on display was created by middle and high school students with visual impairments using a variety of media. The art is meant to be touched and explored tactilely.

Upcoming Installations

Northeast Tacoma Elementary

April 11 – June 30, 2017
Reception on Third Thursday, April 20, 5:30–7:30 pm

Northeast Tacoma’s collaborative mural installation is called Diversity in our Community: One School, and One Flag. This project showcase the work of more than 390 students through artwork and words. Many individual 3 × 3 inch art pieces reflecting the cultures, races, languages, ethnicities, and religions of our community have been combined to make one flag. This collaborative art installation is created to support the Arts Infusion focus at Northeast Tacoma Elementary School.

Washington State High School Photography

July 12 – September 29, 2017
Reception on Third Thursday, September 21, 5:30–7:30 pm

Celebrate the talented and hard-working creative youth of Washington. Come and see the winning entries
from the annual Washington State High School Photography Competition, open to all 9-12 grade students in the
state. You’ll be amazed by the quality and ingenuity of their work. On average, 1,500 students participate each
year, leading to a traveling exhibition of 36 works. The competition is sponsored by Kenmore Camera and directed by
Kelly Atkinson.

Korean-American Artist Association of Washington

October 10 – December 29, 2017
Reception on Third Thursday, October19, 5:30–7:30  pm

See beautiful works from local artists in this community installation, located in the Cheney Classroom on the museum’s top level.  The Korean American Artists Association of Washington State is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by local Korean immigrants. The mission of KAAW is: to encourage and support Korean American artists in the region in the pursuit of artistic endeavor in order to enrich both personal and community life.

Past Installations

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November 4 – 30, 2016
Reception: Third Thursday, November 17, 2016.

{Studio S} Fine Arts is located in Bellevue and Lakewood and offers art classes for children and adults. {Studio S} aims to help students learn to see their surroundings in a new way and to express their ideas with a basic understanding of drawing and painting. This exhibition is the result of the students’ effort and artistic talent.

Korean American Artist Association of Washington

September 1–30, 2016
Reception: Third Thursday, September 15, 2016.

See beautiful works from local artists in this community installation, located in the Cheney Classroom on the museum’s top level.  The Korean American Artists Association of Washington State is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by local Korean immigrants. The mission of KAAW is: to encourage and support Korean American artists in the region in the pursuit of artistic endeavor in order to enrich both personal and community life.

Grace Kim, After Rain, acrylic on canvasJennifer Kwon, Apple Blossom, oil on canvas

Sunyoung Kim, One with One, oil on canvas

Image credits,  left to right:  Grace Kim, After Rain (detail), acrylic on canvas; Jennifer Kwon, Apple Blossom (detail)oil on canvas; Sunyoung Kim, One with One (detail), oil on canvas.

2016 Washington State High School Photography Show

September 8–28, 2016
Reception: Third Thursday, September 15, 2016.

Every year students from around our great state submit photographs in a variety of categories to a jury of professionals in the Washington State High School Photography Competition. The results will truly surprise you! The program began in the 1980s, and this year more than 1,500 students from 70 schools participated. The creativity and technical quality of the photographs is as impressive as the subject matter is varied. See the 36 final photographs selected from nearly 4,000 entries and appreciate the talent of our youth.

Alexandra Larson, Tacoma School of the Arts, 1st place DocumentaryJosh Williams, Roosevelt, 1st place Architecture Caleb Netterfield, Bothell, 3rd place Traditional Gelatin Silver Print B & W

 

 

 

 

Image credits,  left to right:  Alexandra Larson, Tacoma School of the Arts, 1st place Documentary;  Josh Williams, Roosevelt, 1st place Architecture (detail);  Caleb Netterfield, Bothell, 3rd place Traditional Gelatin Silver Print B & W (detail).

Art After School

April 21–May 13, 2016

Young artists participating in TAM’s Art After School program have spent the year exploring the artistic process through weekly art-making sessions where they collaborated on murals, experimented with printmaking, crafted larger than life sculptures, and more! Come celebrate their successes in this special installation of their work.

Art After School partners with the following schools and community organizations to provide high quality arts education opportunities for middle and high school students: Jason Lee Middle School, Oakland High School, Truman Middle School, First Creek Middle School, Stewart Middle School, Mt. Tahoma High School, Baker Middle School, Meeker Middle School, Foss High School, Oasis Youth Center, YMCA, Communities in Schools, Metro Parks, Peace Community Center, and Tacoma Public Schools.

For more information on Art After School please contact Christina Westpheling, Educator for Youth Learning, at CWestpheling@TacomaArtMuseum.org.

Art After School is generously supported by Boeing, the Marguerite Casey Foundation and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

Potlatch Fund Native Artists Show

May 14–30 , 2016

The mission of Potlatch Fund is to inspire and build upon the Native tradition of giving, and to expand philanthropy within Tribal Nations and Native Communities in the Northwest.  Potlatch Fund has secured grants and offered professional development connections and opportunities for Native artists to help build their practice. See new works by Native artists, on view in the third floor classrooms at Tacoma Art Museum.

OUT LOUD!

Curated by Tacoma School of the Arts Business of Art Class

May 19–June 10 , 2016

Often times, the voices of youth are overshadowed and muted. In the face of the world we are inheriting, we are often unheard. This installation aims to amplify the voices and concerns of our generation through art created by artists aged 12–18 years.

Struggle + Strength

December 9, 2015–January 10 , 2016

This show is an opportunity for local artists to respond to Art AIDS America. This showcase is intended to expand and diversify the conversation about the exhibition and make this intense subject relatable though Struggles + Strengths.

Franke Tobey Jones Senior Art Show

November 11–December 6, 2015

Senior University at Franke Tobey Jones is pleased to present the Senior Art Show, a juried show for artists 55 or better from all areound Washington State. Beginning in 2006, the Senior Art Show has grown both in participation and in visitor interest.

Tacoma Art Museum and Franke Tobey Jones have partnered to provide the community a greater opportunity to see the Senior Art Show. The show will be on view at Franke Tobey Jones before appearing at Tacoma Art Museum.

Established in 1924, Franke Tobey Jones is a nonprofit organization and public charity whose mission is to enrich and extend the quality of life for seniors in our community. They provide senior residential services, a supportive continuum of care, and innovative community outreach.

Washington State High School Photography Competition

September 1–22, 2015 | Murdock Classroom
Reception: Third Thursday, September 17, 5:00–7:30 pm

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Photo by S. Chavez

This exhibit features the thirty-six final images selected from 3,922 entries submitted by high school photography students from Washington state. It is the largest event of its kind in the United States.

This annual event was formed back in the 1980’s by a group of high school photography instructors hoping to elevate student photography. Today, it remains largely a volunteer effort with many photography instructors and students devoting time throughout the year to ensure its success. Our goal is to provide a prestigious public platform for student photographic art. Museum Quality Framing professionally mats and frames all images in this exhibit as a gift to the students. You can view past exhibits on-line at www.kenmorecamera.com.

The judges for the 2015 exhibit were Catherine Abegg, a portrait and wedding photographer; Eirik Johnson, a Seattle-based photographic artist and faculty member at PCNW; and Margaret Zydek, a member of the photography department at Bellevue College. They graciously donated their time and expertise to select images. Sponsors include Museum Quality Framing, Kenmore Camera, Canon, the Photographic Center Northwest, Jones Soda, Seattle Sounders FC and Key Bank.

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July 8–July 28, 2015 | Murdock Classroom
Reception: Third Thursday, July 16, 5:00–7:30 pm

Tacoma Art Museum has amazing volunteers. Come see the amazing artwork of our volunteers as we host the Volunteer Art Show in the Community Art Space. Join us as we celebrate Tacoma Art Museum’s 80th Anniversary and National Volunteer Week with the Volunteer Art Show.

Studio S Fine Arts Students’ Art Show

June 10–28, 2015 | Murdock Classroom
Reception: Thursday, June 11, 5:30–7:30 pm

{Studio S} Fine Arts is located in Bellevue and Lakewood and offers art classes for children and adults. Studio S aims to help students learn to see their surroundings in a new way and to express their ideas with a basic understanding of drawing and painting. This exhibition is the successful result of the students’ effort and will be a great encouragement to them.

inkyInky Spokes: Bicycle Inspired Art Series

May 6–24, 2015 | Murdock Classroom
Reception: Third Thursday, May 21, 5:00–7:30 pm

Inky Spokes, an initiative of The Levee Breaking, in conjunction with the Gigantic Bicycle Festival, features work by emerging to late career artists based in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the artists are represented by established galleries and others have never shown before. This exhibition is unique in that it facilitates cross-pollination between cities, galleries, artists, and bicycle enthusiasts. In recognition of National Bike Month Inky Spokes: A Traveling Exhibition of Bicycle Art opens at the Tacoma Art Museum coinciding with Tacoma’s annual Zeit-Bike.

Washington State School for the Blind

April 1–19, 2015 | Cheney Classroom

WA_School_ft_BlindThe Washington State School for the Blind is a nationally accredited school located in Vancouver, WA, serving students since 1886. The mission of the school is to provide specialized, quality educational services to visually impaired and blind youth age’s birth through 21 within the state of Washington. The school is residential but also has an outreach program that aims to fill gaps in service in school districts throughout the state. With this exhibition, the School for the Blind and Tacoma Art Museum hope to raise public awareness about making art and culture a part of life for children and adults affected by sight loss. The art on display was created by elementary, middle, and high school students with visual impairments using a variety of media. The art is meant to be touched and explored tactilely.

Boys & Girls Club 2014-2015 National Fine Arts Exhibition

January 13 – February 3, 2015 | Cheney Classroom

5 inch 72 dpi Sea of WonderDozens of 6 through 18-year-olds will exhibit their fine art at Tacoma Art Museum this month as TAM hosts Young Artists Shine: Boys & Girls Clubs of America, featuring works created by students who participate in Puget Sound area Boys & Girls Clubs (BGCA). This local exhibition is the first step in BGCA’s National Fine Arts Exhibit program. Young Artists Shine opens January 13 and will be on view in TAM’s Cheney classroom through February 3.

Pierce County Boys & Girls Club offers a year-round fine arts program that supports artistic expression through classes and special events, and partners with Tacoma Art Museum to further enrich their offerings to young people. TAM’s Young Artists Shine exhibition offers recognition to students and gives them a chance to see how exhibitions work as they take part in the professional art world. TAM invites the broader community to see and appreciate the talent of these young artists.

5 inch 72 dpi Rescue MissionTAM will exhibit student works in four age groupings across ten artwork categories. Participating artists receive a certificate of recognition. Judges from the Tacoma arts community will select works from each age group for submission to the Pacific Regional Exhibition, where they’ll be shown alongside works by BGCA artists from eight western states (WA, OR, ID, CA, AZ, UT, NV and HI). Finalists selected from each of five regional exhibitions will be included in the 2014 National Fine Art Exhibit, on view for one year at BGCA’s headquarters gallery in Atlanta, and presented to touring groups including the BGCA National Conference, visiting elected officials, youth groups, and more. The 2014 National Fine Arts Exhibit will also be available for on-line viewing, along with prior years’ exhibits, in a virtual gallery on BGCA’s website, www.bgca.org.

Top to bottom:  David C., age 6, Sea of Wonder. Collage. Southeast region. 2013 National Fine Arts Exhibit, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. – Jude M., age 17, Rescue Mission. Oil/Acrylic category. Southeast region. 2013 National Fine Arts Exhibit, Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Stadium High School’s Day of the Dead Printmaking Show

October–November 2015 | Murdock Classrom
Reception: Third Thursday, October 15, 5:00–7:30 pm

In recognition of Día de los Muertos, Stadium High School Commercial Printmaking students create prints in memory of family members, friends, and heroes. Many of the students have prior printmaking experience. Several printmaking methods are used, including silkscreen, linocut, dry point, and a method of screen printing that utilizes dye and a silkscreen medium. The prints are shown at Tacoma Art Museum during the weeks of the Dia De Los Muertos exhibition, a free community festival.