• Exterior shot of the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing. Glass works of art are visible through the floor to ceiling windows.

Project Space

The Project Space is a gallery in the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing for focus exhibitions of contemporary glass by Northwest artists. These exhibitions may explore a particular theme or idea in depth or be the work of a single artist. The galleries that surround the Project Space exhibit work from TAM’s studio glass collection. Project Space exhibitions are designed to offer context for those works or to bring in additional voices and viewpoints, among other goals.

The inaugural exhibition in the Project Space was Debora Moore: Arboria  (January 19, 2019 – March 13, 2020), a stunning installation of four life-size flowering trees in glass, exploring the four seasons through sweeping forms adorned with dozens of glass blossoms. In May, 2021 the works traveled to Washington, D.C. to be exhibited in Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020. Debora Moore: Arboria is accompanied by a publication available here.

Image of a branching plant with gold flowers around the outside edges.

Glass as Canvas

Opened April 16, 2021; on extended view

Glass is generally thought of as a medium for making three-dimensional objects such as vessels or sculptures. However, it also has long been used to create both two- and three-dimensional pictures, whether as a surface for painting or the medium used to compose an image. Glass as Canvas in the Benaroya Wing project space illustrates the pictorial uses of glass through a selection of painted, fused, and stained glass works from the museum’s collection.

Image credits: (banner) ©Copyright 2018 Benjamin Benschneider All Rights Reserved; (mid-page) Walter Lieberman. Botanical, 1991. Enamel on glass, 28 7/8 x 24 7/8 in. Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of Safeco Insurance, a member of the Liberty Mutual Group, and Washington Art Consortium.Copyright for the artwork and the photography of the artwork lies with the artist, their assigns, or the museum. Images are available to view here for educational purposes only and are not for commercial use.