75 Artworks from the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art Travel to Bellingham

Pardon our ruckus again! We’re preparing for the new Benaroya Wing at Tacoma Art Museum. Construction begins soon!

Tacoma Art Museum is sharing 75 works from its Haub Family Collection including iconic bronze sculptures and paintings in the exhibition Art of the American West: Highlights of the Haub Family Collection from the Tacoma Art Museum at the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham from September 30, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

In the meantime, enjoy a selection of western sculptures, paintings, and works on paper in the exhibition The Dynamic American West: Highlights from the Haub Family Collection, which opens on September 2, 2017. Our exhibition includes western works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, and Charles Russell, as well as Clyde Aspevig, John Nieto, and Mian Situ. This exhibition complements the special exhibition Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection and still life works in glass featured in TAM’s Selections from the Anne Gould Hauberg Collection in the adjacent galleries.

The Haub Family Collection of Western American Art will return to TAM in early 2018. By February 17, 2018, the Haub Family Galleries will reopen with five new exhibitions on topics ranging from immigration to Native representation in art. Stay tuned for details on each of these exhibitions that will highlight new work from the Haub Family Collection as well as many visitor favorites.

Haub Family Collection of Western American Art


The Haub Family’s donation of more than 300 works of western American art, announced in July 2012, has transformed Tacoma Art Museum into one of the leading museums in the country featuring western American art.

The Haub Family Collection of Western American Art is unrivaled in its scope, and contains artwork spanning from 1790 to today. The collection includes prominent 19th-century artists who shaped our views of Native Americans, mountain men, cowboys, and pristine American landscapes, including George Catlin, John Mix Stanley, Thomas Moran, and Frederic Remington. From the 20th century, the collection includes artists who brought modern art movements west and who explored western history and American identity, such as E. Martin Hennings, Maynard Dixon, Robert Henri, and Georgia O’Keeffe. The collection also includes many artists who are active and working today. Contemporary Native American artists Ed Mell and Kevin Red Star take a fresh approach and portray American culture in a modern light, and pop artist Bill Schenck uses humor and satire to challenge long-held assumptions about the American West.

Nieto-BuffaloThe Haub Family Collection is the only major museum collection of Western American art in the Northwest region. It enables the museum to fully explore the art history of the West and also integrate the Western and Northwest collections. Together, these collections offer a comprehensive understanding of the Northwest region as part of the expanded history of the West and illuminate how that broad history has shaped regional artistic responses.



Erivan and Helga HaubAbout Erivan and Helga Haub

Originally from Germany, Erivan and Helga Haub have had close personal and business ties to the Pacific Northwest for many decades, and specifically to Tacoma where their three sons were born. Their family business, The Tengelmann Group, is an international company with diversified retail and investment operations in Europe and North America. Their love and passion for the outdoors and the American West inspired the Haub family to become fervent collectors of western American art.


Thomas Moran (English/American 1837-1926), Green River, Wyoming, 1907. Oil on canvas, 20 × 28½ inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Haub Family Collection, Gift of Erivan and Helga Haub, 2014.6.88; John Nieto (American, born 1936), Native Affiliation: Apache, Buffalo at Sunset, 1996. Acrylic on canvas, 48 × 60 inches. Tacoma Art Museum, Haub Family Collection, Gift of Erivan and Helga Haub, 2014.6.89.