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Art Classroom
Community Art Space

In collaboration with local schools and community organizations, the museum presents thematic displays of student artwork in the classroom throughout the school year (September–June) in the Esther and Gene Grant and the Ben B. Cheney Foundation Art Classroom. The exhibitions change approximately six to eight times per year and include annually recurring displays, student art competitions, and thematic responses to the exhibitions in the galleries. 

   
  Upcoming Community Installations 2013-2014
   
Iron Arist Summer 2013 Iron Artist Helmet Decoration
On view August 20 to September 21

In partnership with City of Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum selected local talented mixed media artists to decorate bicycle helmets. The event was held at Tacoma Art Museum on August 17  during the Best of the Northwest Summer Festival. On September 22 during the Dome to Defiance Sunday Parkways bicycling event the helmets will be worn by special guests.
   
Studio S Fine Arts Students' Art Show Studio S Fine Arts Students’ Art Show
On view August 28 to September 8
Reception: Saturday, August 31, 2 pm

   
Deanna Nesteruk 2013 Washington State High School Photography Exhibition
On view September 10 to October 19
Reception: Third Thursday, October 17, 6 pm

The Washington State High School Photography Competition has a grassroots beginning starting in the 1980s. Formed by a group of high school photography instructors as a way of elevating student photography, the early competitions included a handful of high schools, a few hundred entries, passionate instructors, and eager students. In the 1990s, the event attracted sponsorship and public awareness rose due to exhibits at Seattle Art Museum, featured articles in the Seattle Times, a segment on KING TV’s Evening Magazine, and a prestigious awards ceremony featuring Washington State Governors Mike Lowry and Gary Locke.
   
Stadium High School: Day of the Dead Installation Stadium High School: Day of the Dead Installation
On view October 23 to November 11
Reception: November 4, 2012 Day of the Dead
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 and free community festival (November 4, 10 am-4 pm).
   
Franke Tobey Jones Franke Tobey Jones
On view November 13 to December 8
Reception: Third Thursday, November 21, 5 pm
Senior University at Franke Tobey Jones is pleased to present the Senior Art Show, a juried show for artists 55 or better. 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. Beginning in 2006, the Senior Art Show has grown both in participation and in visitor interest. For the second year, 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.
   
Boys and Girls Club Boys and Girls Club
On view December 11 to January 19
Reception: Third Thursday, January 16, 5 pm
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. The Boys & Girls Club Fine Arts Competition encourages creativity through a variety of media, and is comprised of a series of local, regional, and national exhibits of student work, including the exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum. Artwork selected through the national competition is displayed at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s annual National Conference.
   
   
  Past Community Art Space Exhibitions
   
Abstract, Maranda 2012 Washington State High School Photography Exhibition
On view August 29 to September 30
Reception: Third Thursday, September 20, 6 pm


The Washington State High School Photography Competition has a grassroots beginning starting in the 1980s. Formed by a group of high school photography instructors as a way of elevating student photography, the early competitions included a handful of high schools, a few hundred entries, passionate instructors, and eager students. In the 1990s, the event attracted sponsorship and public awareness rose due to exhibits at Seattle Art Museum, featured articles in the Seattle Times, a segment on KING TV’s Evening Magazine, and a prestigious awards ceremony featuring Washington State Governors Mike Lowry and Gary Locke. The final exhibit this year will be featured first at Tacoma Art Museum and then Seattle Art Museum.
   
Stadium High School Commercial Printmaking: Día de los Muertos Installation, October 19-November 9, 2010 

Stadium High School: Day of the Dead Installation
On view October 17 to November 11
Reception: November 4, 2012 Day of the Dead

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 and free community festival (November 4, 10 am-4 pm).

   
Sr Art Show 

Franke Tobey Jones
On view November 14 to December 11
Reception: Third Thursday, November 15

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

   
Clay Pots 

Women-Fire-Clay and Catherine Place
Art Exhibition

On view March 14 to April 8
Reception: March 15 at 5 pm

Women-Fire-Clay is a group of female ceramic artists who are working in conjunction with the women from Catherine Place, a local center that provides opportunities for support, education, and empowerment to women experiencing a variety of transitions in their lives. Together the women created ceramic vessels and then used alternative firing methods to complete the pieces. The intent behind the project was to use the molding and firing processes of clay to express and experience creativity, unity, connection, and solidarity between women in our community. The exhibition showcases the ceramic pieces as well as photographic documentation of the project.

   
Boys & Girls Club 

Boys and Girls Club Fine Arts Exhibition
On view December 7 to January 1
Reception: December 15 at 5 pm

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. The Boys & Girls Club Fine Arts Competition encourages creativity through a variety of media, and is comprised of a series of local, regional, and national exhibits of student work, including the exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum. Artwork selected through the national competition is displayed at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s annual National Conference.

   
   
Sr Art Show 

Franke Tobey Jones Senior Art Show
On view November 16 to December 4
Reception: Third Thursday, November 17, 5 pm

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

   
Stadium Day of the Dead 

Stadium High School: Day of the Dead Installation
On view October 19 to November 6

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 (tapete and altars on view October 16-30) and free community festival (October 30, 10 am-4 pm).

   
Brayan Lopez 

2011 Washington State High School Photography Exhibition
On view August 31 to September 25
Reception: Third Thursday, September 15, 6 pm

The Washington State High School Photography Competition has a grassroots beginning starting in the 1980s. Formed by a group of high school photography instructors as a way of elevating student photography, the early competitions included a handful of high schools, a few hundred entries, passionate instructors, and eager students. In the 1990s, the event attracted sponsorship and public awareness rose due to exhibits at Seattle Art Museum, featured articles in the Seattle Times, a segment on KING TV’s Evening Magazine, and a prestigious awards ceremony featuring Washington State Governors Mike Lowry and Gary Locke. In 2010, 3,495 entries were received from 65 schools, and 1,384 students participated. The final exhibit this year will be featured first at Tacoma Art Museum and then Seattle Art Museum.

   
  

Volunteer Art Show
April 2011

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 75th Anniversary and National Volunteer Week with the Volunteer Art Show.

   
Key Peninsula Middle School Photography  

Key Peninsula Middle School Photography
March 2011

In just five years under the leadership of Michael Hunziker, the photography program at Key Peninsula Middle School (KPMS) has grown from one or two classes up to seven classes this year that serve nearly 200 students. The KPMS program focuses on teaching young people the art of photography while at the same time giving them a way to express themselves. In addition to Tacoma Art Museum, KPMS has work on permanent display in the Gig Harbor Multicare Building and St. Anthony’s Hospital, as well as temporary exhibitions in other locations. They have been featured in articles in the Key Peninsula News and The News Tribune, among others. A collection of student photography may be viewed online at www.mrhunziker.com. Left by Sophia Hendrix.

   
Youth Connect Youth Connect Student Artwork
January 26–March 2, 2010

Typically our largest annual art installation, with more than 200 Tacoma-area elementary students represented, the Youth Connect exhibition showcases the products of a long-term collaboration between Tacoma Art Museum and Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA). Each year, high school interns from SOTA spend their January “J-term” working full-time at Tacoma Art Museum, learning how to be museum educators. They develop and teach their own sequential arts curriculum to eight classes of students in four local elementary schools, including a museum tour as well as pre- and post-visits on-site in the elementary classrooms. The program, including transportation, is free for the schools. The SOTA interns curate this exhibition to highlight and celebrate the work of their students.
   
Boys & Girls Club       

Boys & Girls Club Fine Arts Competition
December 8, 2009–January 11, 2010

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. The Boys & Girls Club Fine Arts Competition encourages creativity through a variety of media, and is comprised of a series of local, regional, and national exhibits of student work, including the exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum. Artwork selected through the national competition is displayed at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s annual National Conference. 

   

 

 

Key Peninsula Middle School Photography
March 2–April 6, 2010

   
 U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Adam Smith’s High School Congressional Art Contest
April 14–May 2, 2010

Each year, the Congressional Arts Competition allows each member of Congress to display one piece of artwork, created by a high school student in their district, in the Capitol for one year. The winner from Congressman Adam Smith’s 9th Congressional is on display in our Community Art Space through the month of April.
   

Washington State School of the Blind Art Exhibition

 

Washington State School for the Blind Art Exhibition
May 4-June 6, 2010 

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 ages 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 tactually.

Left by Kaylee Riley.

   
Franke Tobey Jones Senior Art Show, November 9-18, 2010 Franke Tobey Jones Senior Art Show
November 9-18, 2010
Reception: Third Thursday, November 18, 5:30 pm


Senior University at Franke Tobey Jones is pleased to present the Senior Art Show, a juried show for artists “55 or better.” Beginning in 2006, the Senior Art Show has grown both in participation and in visitor interest; this collaboration with Tacoma Art Museum provides the community with greater opportunity to see the exhibition. Established in 1924, Franke Tobey Jones is a nonprofit organization and public charity. Its mission is to enrich and extend the quality of life for seniors in our community by providing senior residential services, a supportive continuum of care, and innovative community outreach.
   
Stadium High School Commercial Printmaking: Día de los Muertos Installation, October 19-November 9, 2010 Stadium High School Commercial Printmaking:
Día de los Muertos Installation

October 19-November 9, 2010

Visit during our Free Community Festival: November 7, 10 am-4 pm
In recognition of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), 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 Día De Los Muertos exhibition installation, culminating in a Free Community Festival.
   
Washington High School Photography Competition, September 8-October 19 , 2010 

Washington High School Photography Competition
September 8-October 19 , 2010
Reception: Third Thursday, September 16, 5:30 pm


The Washington State High School Photography Competition has a grass-roots beginning starting in the 1980s. Formed by a group of high school photography instructors as a way of elevating student photography, the early competitions included only a handful of high schools, a few hundred entries, passionate instructors, and eager students. In the 1990s, the event attracted sponsorship and public awareness rose due to exhibits at Seattle Art Museum, featured articles in the Seattle Times, a segment on KING TV’s Evening Magazine, and a prestigious awards ceremony featuring Washington State Governors Mike Lowry and Gary Locke. In 2010, 3,495 entries were received from 65 schools and 1,384 students participated. This exhibition of the finalists will be featured first at Tacoma Art Museum, then at Seattle Art Museum.

Image credit: Rachael Turner

   
  Sponsored by the Florence B. Kilworth Foundation, The Baker Foundation, and Rotary Club of Tacoma #8.

 

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