25 November 2015
We are fortunate to have the Museum of Glass as one of the crown jewels of our City of Destiny. Its unmistakable cone has quickly become an iconic landmark of Tacoma. Our age has witnessed the redefinition of the “museum” as something more than a mere repository of curious objects and a space to exhibit the work of important…
25 November 2015
Fall quarter is coming to a close. Tacoma’s two oldest, 4-year universities are showing juried exhibitions of work by their art students. Following is a brief rundown of the shows currently on view at Pacific Lutheran University’s Ingram Gallery and University of Puget Sound’s Kittredge Gallery.
12 November 2015
In “Future Shock,” Alvin Toffler’s 1970 book, the author describes a post-industrial world in which technological and social change, proceeding at an ever-accelerating rate, is causing people to live in a state of disconnectedness and perpetual stress. Toffler calls the condition “future shock.”
5 November 2015
Since 2008, one of the best displays of work by local artists is the annual show that results from the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s selection of a Tacoma artist to receive their prestigious “Foundation of Art Award.”
Each year, a dozen or so Tacoma artists are nominated to receive the award. From among…
15 October 2015
Tacoma Art Museum’s latest exhibition, “Art AIDS America,” is a weighty, somber and emotionally draining affair that sprawls through several of the museum’s gallery spaces. The show explores art made from 1981 to the present that deals with the AIDS epidemic that swept through the gay community in the 1980s and continues…
1 October 2015
The Gallery at Tacoma Community College is currently hosting its 13th annual Juried Local Art Exhibition. The event is always a magical mingling of work by a cast of local artists, many of whom are perennial favorites. Former UPS art instructor Bill Colby has contributed collages made with papers decorated with woodblock…
10 September 2015
Tacoma lost one of the respected elders of its art community last May when photographer and printmaker Betty Sapp Ragan died at age 78. From 1989 until retirement in 2004, Ragan was a member of the arts faculty at University of Puget Sound. UPS is now remembering this professor in a show that covers her career as an artist.…
26 August 2015
Sometimes if you just let things sit long enough, good things will happen. Such is the case with one of the big, concrete information kiosks that were installed in the downtown area four decades ago.
Under the aegis of the City’s Spaceworks program, the kiosk at South 13th and Market Streets has acquired a dazzling…
29 July 2015
Dale Chihuly is a Tacoma boy, born and bred. He went on to become a leading figure in the studio art glass movement. Chihuly’s role in founding the Pilchuck School made the Pacific Northwest into a major center of art glass. The generative power of Pilchuck spawned dozens of major artists working in glass whose wares are…
22 July 2015
It was not that long ago that abstract art was the dominant trend in painting. Devotees of the so-called New York school taught the tenants of abstraction from positions in the art departments of the universities and a generation of painters was suckled on the milk of abstraction. The arc art of history was seen as the story…
15 July 2015
Tacoma Art Museum recently opened a show of work by the Seattle-born artist Roger Shimomura: “Roger Shimomura – An American Knockoff.”
Shimomura’s prints and acrylic paintings are so big, colorful, lively and seemingly playful that the show gives the impression of stepping inside of a comic book.
1 July 2015
The Gallery at Tacoma Community College does not shut down for the summer. The gallery just opened a new show of work by members of the Washington Overseas Chinese Artists Association. The WOCAA Exhibition consists mostly of paintings made with sumi ink and watercolor, but there are a few departures from the norm.
24 June 2015
Bill Colby has the spark. For more than 60 years, he has been hard at his work of painting, printmaking and collage. For 33 of those years, he taught art at the University of Puget Sound. He has had more than 40 solo shows. His work is found in the collections of art museums, corporations, universities and public schools.…