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An Interview with Board First Vice President, Pamela Transue

Longtime member, Trustee, and current First Vice President of the Board Pamela Transue first connected with the Tacoma Art Museum indirectly, dating from when her spouse, Stuart Grover became involved in 1985. Initially impressed with the exhibition, Between Spring and Summer, a show connected to the Goodwill Games and showcasing a spirit of friendly outreach … Continue reading An Interview with Board First Vice President, Pamela Transue

Shaun Peterson’s “Welcome Figure” Restoration Project

According to Puyallup historians, Native American travelers knew the tough part of their journey lay behind them when they were greeted by a welcome figure like this on the shores of Puget Sound. Carved by Qwalsius (Shaun Peterson), in a style unique to the Puyallup People, spuy’elepebS/Welcome Figure is a modern take on a local … Continue reading Shaun Peterson’s “Welcome Figure” Restoration Project

Connecting Kinsey and TAM: Connections to Our Community

With The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, connections run deep. No matter where it travels, the works featured in the show offer an opportunity to delve into the unique Black histories of the communities it touches. Tacoma is no different. Because of this important exhibition, we are able to truly explore the impact … Continue reading Connecting Kinsey and TAM: Connections to Our Community

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

In the Spirit Vendor Spotlight

Alexander McCarty; Makah Alex McCarty is a member of the Makah Nation, a skilled artist, and teacher. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Visual Arts and Social Studies, and his Master’s in Teaching from The Evergreen State College. Alex is currently teaching woodcarving and printmaking in the Native American and Indigenous Studies Programs at Evergreen. His … Continue reading In the Spirit Vendor Spotlight

TAM Cafe Highlight – Pop-Up Restaurant Community Partners

Campfire Coffee Campfire Coffee, based in downtown Tacoma Washington, roasts fair trade organic coffee over a wood fire “campfire” style, making them one of the only roasters in the world to not use fossil fuels. They are also the only veteran/woman/minority owned coffee roasting company in the state of Washington. Their signature coffees are smoky, … Continue reading TAM Cafe Highlight – Pop-Up Restaurant Community Partners

Engaging the Kinseys – A Conversation with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey

What is your favorite piece in the collection? Shirley Kinsey [SK]: My favorite piece is The Cultivators. We met the artist, he was a student at the time. We liked his style so we commissioned him to do a piece. This piece is what we got two years later. He said he didn’t want to … Continue reading Engaging the Kinseys – A Conversation with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey

eTceTera x The Kinsey Collection x TAM Collaboration: The Story Behind the Merch

Working with Tacoma Art Museum is something we have always wanted to do. We love art but fine art and artifacts take the cake and you all know why: it’s rare! And yes, we love most things rare but these are world renowned first editions and one of ones we are talking about. There is … Continue reading eTceTera x The Kinsey Collection x TAM Collaboration: The Story Behind the Merch

Engaging the Kinseys – A Conversation with Khalil Kinsey

What are some of your first memories of the collection? How has your relationship evolved with the collection over time? My first memories of the collection were at home, my mother and father befriending and sharing the work of artists that they came to know and enjoy. From having formal art exhibitions in kind of … Continue reading Engaging the Kinseys – A Conversation with Khalil Kinsey

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