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South Sound Selects: Community Choices from the Collection

November 21, 2020 - May 30, 2021

At Tacoma Art Museum, we are rethinking whose voices appear in the galleries and recognize the need to include new viewpoints in our presentations, particularly after a year which has been traumatic and stressful to many. This year we invited people from our South Sound community to select what they wanted to see displayed in this special exhibition.

On view in the exhibition you will find 14 groups of artworks. TAM invited each of its six departments as well as staff affinity and volunteer groups to select one person to work on this project. Those TAM staff and volunteers then each selected another person from the South Sound community to join them as a guest curator. They include family and friends, artists and activists, students, and teachers. The curators were given more than 2,000 works of art to review and decide what they wanted to display.

Tacoma Art Museum owns more than 5,000 works of art. The collection prominently features work by Northwest artists in a range of media from painting, sculpture, photography, and prints to studio art glass and jewelry. There is also an important collection of western American art that expands the museum’s regional scope and legacy collections of Japanese woodblock prints and European art.

In the exhibition you will see artworks that have been displayed before as well as works that have rarely been on view. There were no specific parameters or rules, the guest curators simply got to choose works that they wanted to show. Each curator has also been given the opportunity to comment upon their selection, another way to hear from different voices. We hope you enjoy the fresh perspective our community brings to TAM’s collection.

TAM is grateful to all the guest curators for their participation and insights:

Charlotte Basch
Peter Berkley
Jalen Calhoun
Meghan Crandall
Jean Farrington
Jon French
Van Gachnang
Jeremy Gregory
Gracea Hilsen
Jacqueline Justice
Josiah Justice
Jamari Littlejohn
Michele Livernash
Sophie Marie
Mason Manoa
Cat Mason
Victoria Miles
Lee Nelson
Eric Pannell
Dana Peregrine
Stephen Rue
Jamika Scott
Najai Smith
Elaine Stefanowicz
Teen Art Council at TAM
Erika Washington
Kyle Willingham

View more of the works on view from TAM’s online collection portal here!

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