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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 Solidarity to Stop AAPI Hate

We are deeply concerned and saddened at the escalation in attacks, threats, racism, and violence targeting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) families, friends, colleagues, and communities, especially at the onset of COVID-19.  The recent tragedy this week in Atlanta with the murder of eight people, including six Asian American women, is heartbreaking.  Nationally, … Continue reading In Solidarity to Stop AAPI Hate

An Update On Our Commitments to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

TAM strives to be a welcoming place for all members of our community. We recognize that we have a lot of work to do to achieve that goal. We also recognize that this work must begin internally with our own staff as we work from the inside out to impact all members of our community. … Continue reading An Update On Our Commitments to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

Community Collaboration: Tacoma’s Rapid Mural Project

During the economic depression of the 1930s, U.S. government art projects created a wealth of public art and supported artists across the country, as explored in the Tacoma Art Museum’s recent exhibition Forgotten Stories: Northwest Public Art of the 1930s. Like artists from nearly a century ago, in response to the complex issues facing the … Continue reading Community Collaboration: Tacoma’s Rapid Mural Project