Metal-Urge, organized by the Tacoma Arts Commission, is Tacoma’s city-wide celebration of the metal arts during which venues around Tacoma will program a wide variety of metal-based activities including exhibits, workshops, lectures, festivals and more. The event, which will run Oct. 1– Nov. 30, 2014, will showcase the vast range of talent and creativity present in metalworking to date.
In conjunction with Metal-Urge, Tacoma Arts Museum and Seattle Metals Guild will host two major metal arts events. The first is a metal arts exhibit, “Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor”, running Oct. 18, 2014 – early February 2015, at Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave.). The second is the Seattle Metals Guild’s 19th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium at the Washington State History Museum (1911 Pacific Ave.) on Oct. 18, 2014.
Opportunity for Artists
Professional metal artists or artists whose work incorporates metal as an important component are invited to apply for exhibition opportunities at traditional and non-traditional venues around Tacoma in conjunction with Metal-Urge. Artists must reside in Washington or Oregon.
Application submissions will be juried by representatives from local galleries and venues participating in the event. Selected artists will be assigned to shows and contacted directly by the gallery or venue mounting the exhibit. Exhibition details will be worked out with each venue directly.
The deadline for artist applications is midnight on April 25, 2014.
Opportunity for Tacoma Venues
Galleries, museums, organizations, businesses and alternative spaces in Tacoma are invited to participate in Metal-Urge, a free joint programming opportunity to build excitement and attraction for Tacoma’s residents and tourists alike around metal arts. Possible avenues of involvement include but are not limited to: exhibiting metal-related artwork, offering metal-related classes or workshops, and hosting metal-related events.
The City of Tacoma’s Arts Program will pull together the metal-arts activities and exhibits happening around Tacoma and provide extensive print and electronic publicity materials.
More information about Metal-Urge and applications for both artists and venues are available for download at cityoftacoma.org/artsopps. For additional information, please contact Vyra Saran at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 591-5191.