Category Archives: Curatorial

Studio Jewelry at TAM – The Christopher and Alida Latham Display

The Pacific Northwest is celebrated as a pivotal center for the birth and growth of the contemporary studio glass movement. However, the region’s history as a key hub for studio art jewelry is not as well known. Through the advocacy and support of artists, collectors, and others in the jewelry community, TAM is fortunate to … Continue reading Studio Jewelry at TAM – The Christopher and Alida Latham Display

Connecting Kinsey and TAM: A History of the Exhibition

The arrival of The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the Tacoma Art Museum at the end of July will be a banner event for the Museum, Tacoma, and the Northwest. The exhibition tells an untold story and explores the “myth of absence” – the myth being that African American art and culture … Continue reading Connecting Kinsey and TAM: A History of the Exhibition

In Memoriam – Benjamin Moore

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Benjamin Moore, who was an important figure in the Northwest’s glass community as well as an internationally celebrated glass artist. He received his BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts under Marvin Lipofsky and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design under Dale Chihuly. He later moved to Venice, Italy to further his understanding of classic … Continue reading In Memoriam – Benjamin Moore

Recent Acquisitions – Grafton Tyler Brown “Untitled (Columbia River Scene)”

“Provenance” is the museum term for the ownership history of an artwork. We’re interested in knowing this information because it can offer insights into the artist’s life and career as well as provide details on the stresses and strains a work may have experienced that could affect its condition. It is also important, of course, … Continue reading Recent Acquisitions – Grafton Tyler Brown “Untitled (Columbia River Scene)”

Recent Acquisitions – Marvin Oliver “Raven with Salmonberry”

When I see Marvin Oliver’s Raven with Salmonberry it reminds me of the artist. Much like how Raven brought light to the world, Marvin carried with him histories and practices that made the world a better place. Marvin was a ray of light each time I saw him. Beaming with stories and ideas, I hoped … Continue reading Recent Acquisitions – Marvin Oliver “Raven with Salmonberry”

Recent Acquisitions – Zoë Urness “Raven Tells His Story in the Fog”

In 2016 and 2017, many of you may recall the unjust actions and human rights violations taking place against Native American communities on American soil. The Dakota Access Pipeline project sparked protests largely under the auspices of #NODAPL and remains a relevant controversy with ongoing legal proceedings. During the height of the protests, there was … Continue reading Recent Acquisitions – Zoë Urness “Raven Tells His Story in the Fog”

Recent Acquisitions – RYAN! Feddersen’s “Coyote Restored in Starlight”

RYAN! Feddersen routinely pushes the boundaries of art with very conceptual, immersive, and interactive installations. The artist engages viewers with new ideas and concepts and ways of understanding the world (and outer space, at times). Her work implores consideration of social and environmental justice issues often with a subtle humor and irony. These are just … Continue reading Recent Acquisitions – RYAN! Feddersen’s “Coyote Restored in Starlight”

In Memoriam – Nancy Worden

It is with heavy hearts that TAM recognizes the passing of internationally renowned jewelry artist and teacher Nancy Worden on Wednesday February 17, 2021. We send our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones. Worden was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1954. Her family moved quite frequently, finally settling in Ellensburg, Washington in the … Continue reading In Memoriam – Nancy Worden