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Tacoma Art Museum is pleased to announce that on January 19, 2019, we will celebrate the opening of the new Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing with our Tacoma community.


Studio Art Glass at TAM

The promised gift of the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection, places TAM into one of the top five public collections of studio glass nationwide with this focus.  The art glass movement is nearly synonymous with the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA, founded in 1971 by Dale Chihuly, Anne Gould Hauberg and John Hauberg. TAM’s glass collection preserves and illustrates the history of how the Northwest became a world-renowned center for this art form; it is built upon key gifts from Chihuly, Hauberg, and Paul Marioni, who was a longtime instructor at Pilchuck.

Dale Chihuly donated a retrospective collection of his work to TAM in honor of his parents, Viola and George, and his brother, George W. Chihuly. Approximately forty of these works are featured in the museum’s Bill and Bobby Street Gallery. Ma Chihuly’s Floats (thirty-nine works from the Niijima Floats series) is installed in the museum’s central courtyard from late spring to early fall each year.



Header: Clifford Rainey, Vienna, 1986. Cast and etched crystal with fiberboard, 35 × 16 × 8 in. Tacoma Art Museum, Promised gift of the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. Photo by Duncan Price. Top Left: Debora Moore, Arboria (detail), 2018. Glass, in progress. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Rozarii Lynch. Bottom Right: Toots Zynsky (born Boston, Massachusetts, 1951), Untitled from the Northern Lights series, 1990s. Fused-glass threads, 5 1/2 × 17 1/2 × 7 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Promised gift of the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection.