The City of Tacoma has announced the purchase of portable artworks by 15 regional artists: Victoria Bjorklund, MalPina Chan, Neeka Cook, Jennifer Frohwerk, Michael Jardeen, Eunice Kim, Bret Lyon, Yuki Nakamura, Chandler O’Leary, Marvin Oliver, Mary Randlett, Peter Serko, Thomas Stream, Eva Skold Westerlind, and Mimi Williams.
Submissions came from Pierce, King, Kitsap, and Thurston Counties. The selected artworks will join others in the Municipal Art Collection, and be installed in public spaces throughout City of Tacoma buildings. Funding for this portable works purchase comes from one percent for art funds. The City of Tacoma maintains over 200 diverse pieces of public art, which can be found in virtually every neighborhood in Tacoma. Congratulations, artists!
This is the first of a series of posts showcasing the winning artists.
Tacoma photographer Michael Jardeen caught a wonder of nature in Spruce Burl Trail (above top). “This image is meant to have an otherworldly feel that highlights the oddness of the burl,” he says.
Neeka (Lloyd) Cook, an artist of Tlingit heritage, created his Crab ink drawing in the traditional “form-line design” style of his tribe. Cook lives in Puyallup and his work is represented by the Stonington Gallery.
Alpenglow by master printmaker Chandler O’Leary is part of a series of 15 letterpress prints featuring Mt. Rainier as depicted from various locations around Tacoma and the Puget Sound region. The series was created from sketches and data collected “on-site, from life, over the course of two years,” says O’Leary.
Olympia artist Mimi Williams pays homage to her city and to far-distant cultural traditions in her lino-cut print, Floating Lanterns. “In the Japanese floating lantern festival, lanterns are released to commemorate loved ones who have passed away. We have such a ceremony at Capitol Lake, in Olympia.”
See more of the newly purchased portable artworks below – and there’s more to come!