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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. Applications for the 2018 program are closed. Sign up for our e-Newsletter to stay updated on 2019 applications.


Current Installation

The CultureShock Collective: Sea, Still

On view April 11 – June 28, 2018

Reception: Third Thursday, May 17, 2018, 5 – 7:30 pm
Third Floor, Cheney Classroom and performances in the Murray Family Event Space

Sea, Still showcases how various children of the API (Asian & Pacific Island) diaspora explore and reclaim ancestral memory, traditions, and identity through their relationship with water. This show will feature first- and second- generation artists living in Tacoma and the greater Puget Sound area.

The Culture Shock Collective promotes and curates dynamic, collaborative exhibitions, events and programming with creatives of color, and those from marginalized backgrounds. The CSC aims to create continuous visibility for these disenfranchised artists, to cultivate support and outreach for them within the arts community, and to use arts to spark engaging dialogue.


Upcoming Installations

Quartermaster Press Studio: Pressing Forward – Layered Perspectives in Printmaking

On view July 11 – September 27, 2018

This community installation features artwork inspired by TAM’s print collection using one of the most dynamic and exciting mediums. The individual personalities and techniques used by ten artists result in a rich visual spectrum – from naturalistic to poetic to bold and delicately wrought.

Quartermaster Press Studio is a collective of artists that produces etchings, aquatints, linocuts, collagraphs, monotypes and woodcuts using a shared etching press and studio on Vashon Island, just a ferry ride away from Tacoma. The collective was formed 25 years ago and continues today with ten active members.

Printmaking Demos in Third Floor, Cheney Classroom:

Franke Tobey Jones: Interpreting the Northwest

On view October – December 2018 (dates TBD)

The Franke Tobey Jones show highlights the depth and range of artists that are still vitally contributing to the art scene in the Pacific Northwest.  With works ranging across media and genres, from glass, to Western American art, to works about migration, the show will underscore and complement themes from TAM exhibitions with a local, personal focus.

The Franke Tobey Jones Senior University enriches and extends the quality of life for seniors in the Tacoma community. As a not-for-profit organization, Franke Tobey Jones provides senior residential services, and a supportive continuum of care and innovative community outreach.


See Past Installations here