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2017-18 Arts Anchor Fund and TAIP Recipients Announced

22 Mar

Hilltop Artists Team Production student, Dawntae, marvering hot glass. Photo courtesy of Hilltop Artists

10 Arts Organizations and 18 Artists Funded by Tacoma Arts Commission

The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $255,000 to 10 Tacoma-based arts organizations through its Arts Anchor Fund program, and $45,000 to 18 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. The Arts Anchor Fund program awards range in value from $20,000 to $33,000 each, and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each. Funding for both programs is for the 2017-2018 biennium.

“Tacoma’s arts community is thriving,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Mike Sweney. “With these grants, we are honored to support our major arts institutions and independent artists in engaging, enlightening, and inspiring their communities as well as audiences from the Puget Sound and beyond.”

Arts Anchor Fund Program Awards

From Tacoma Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. Photo courtesy of Tacoma Opera.

The 2017-2018 Arts Anchor Fund program award recipients are: The Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Symphony Tacoma, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Little Theatre, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Association.

In 2016, nine of these organizations served 506,909 people, provided free admission to 130,181 people, and generated an estimated $9.67 million for the local economy.

The Tacoma Arts Commission established the Arts Anchor Fund program in 1995 to provide financial support to major local not-for-profit arts organizations that significantly improve the quality of life for Tacoma. These arts organizations serve Tacoma’s community through regularly scheduled performances, exhibits and events, and school and outreach programs.

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Awards

The Red Chador: Threshold
public performance-installation by Anida Yoeu Ali. Photo courtesy of Anida Yoeu Ali.

The 2017-2018 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are: Anida Yoeu Ali, Travis Barker, Priscilla Dobler, Daniel Garcia, Antonio Gomez, Mark Hoppmann, Maria Jost, Anne Lyman, Kevin Miller, Elise Richman, Mauricio Robalino, Jessica Spring, Nicholas Stokes, Kenji Stoll, Masahiro Sugano, Qin Tan, Collin Veenstra, and Ben Wildenhaus

Funded Tacoma Artists Initiative Program projects include: production and screening of a live action short film; production of two music albums paired with public performances and a workshop; writing a book-length poetry manuscript with an accompanying reading; writing and staged reading of a one-act play; music performances on a portable stage; an exploration of the intersection of music and culture, including a bilingual workshop; a multi-media performance of early music; three multimedia temporary public art installations; and the creation and exhibition of visual art including a series of handmade books, illustrations, paintings, mixed-media pieces, letterpress art, and poster art.

From DUELS, by Nick Stokes, directed by José Amador. Pictured: Daniel Christensen and Carter Rodriquez. Photo by Andrea Sassenrath.

The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program was established in 1999 to assist artists with the generation of new work, and to share their talent with the public in a free and accessible format.

The Arts Anchor Fund program and Tacoma Artists Initiative Program are two of three funding programs administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. For a complete listing of funding programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, visit cityoftacoma.org/arts.

Chihuly Drawings, beautifully presented, well worth seeing

5 May
From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

I recently visited the Museum of Glass to take in the Chihuly Drawings exhibition.  The beautifully curated show impressed me beyond expectation. I have some familiarity with Dale Chihuly’s drawings, due to past experience photographing some of them for the American Heart Association, who he has donated to. I know the nuances of his painting, from trying to capture their vibrance and reflectivity at the same time. But to see the collections now on exhibition at the Museum of Glass is breathtaking. I especially enjoyed the collection of pieces near the back gallery.

Chihuly Drawings continues through June 30, 2015. I suggest you plan to take some time exploring this exhibit, it’s worth pondering. And, while you are there, if you haven’t seen the Patra Passage exhibition, that should be on your list as well. You will be more than happy you did.

 

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

From the Chihuly Drawings exhibition at the Museum of Glass. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

COMING UP

What: Chihuly’s Venetians: The George R. Stroemple Collection
Where: Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street
When: July 19, 2015 – January 4, 2016
More information: www.museumofglass.org, (866) 468-7386

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support the Museum of Glass through the Arts Anchor Fund.

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Dane Gregory Meyer PhotographyThis review was written by Tacoma Arts Commission Vice Chair Dane Meyer. Dane has been a professional photographer for over 25 years and owns Dane Gregory Meyer Photography. He has served on the Tacoma Arts Commission since 2009 in a desire to give back to the community and support the arts as an economic engine and core for Tacoma.

2015-16 Arts Anchor Fund and TAIP Recipients Announced

18 Mar

Nine Arts Organizations and 16 Artists Funded by Tacoma Arts Commission

RJ Oki and Trent Quoicho blowing at the Museum of Glass as part of a collaboration with Team Chihuly.

RJ Oki and Trent Quoicho blowing at the Museum of Glass as part of a collaboration with Team Chihuly. Photo provided by Hilltop Artists.

The Tacoma Arts Commission has awarded $255,000 to nine Tacoma-based arts organizations through its Arts Anchor Fund program, and $40,000 to 16 Tacoma artists through its Tacoma Artists Initiative Program. The Arts Anchor Fund program awards range in value from $20,000 to $40,000 each, and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program awards are $2,500 each. Funding for both programs is for the 2015-16 biennium.

“Supporting a diverse group of local artists and arts organizations helps build a creative community,” said Tacoma Arts Commission Chair Traci Kelly. “Funding the arts at multiple levels means our city gives everyone opportunities for meaningful engagement and expression.”

Arts Anchor Fund Program Awards

Students from Tacoma Art Museum's after school off-site outreach programs visit the museum to tour the galleries. Photo provided by Tacoma Art Museum.

Students from Tacoma Art Museum’s after school off-site outreach programs visit the museum to tour the galleries. Photo provided by Tacoma Art Museum.

The 2015-2016 Arts Anchor Fund program award recipients are: Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association and The Grand Cinema.

In 2014, these nine organizations served 500,654 people, provided free admission to 124,209 people, and generated an estimated $9.55 million for the local economy.

Flame-working demonstration as part of Museum of Glass' Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire program. Photo by Greg Owen.

Flame-working demonstration as part of Museum of Glass’ Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire program. Photo by Greg Owen.

The Tacoma Arts Commission established the Arts Anchor Fund program in 1995 to provide financial support to major local not-for-profit arts organizations that significantly improve the quality of life for Tacoma. These arts organizations serve Tacoma’s community through regularly scheduled performances, exhibits and events, and school and outreach programs.

Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Awards

Acrylic painting by Christopher Jordan for COLORED Series. Photo provided by Christopher Jordan.

Author, Acrylic painting by Christopher Jordan for COLORED Series. Photo provided by Christopher Jordan.

The 2015-2016 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funded artists are: Saign Charlestein, Jennifer Chushcoff, Matthew Coté, Kristin Giordano, Michael Haeflinger, Whitney Henry-Lester, Christopher Jordan, Jeremy Mangan, Janet Marcavage, Tim Norris, Chandler O’Leary, Isaac Olsen, Nichole Rathburn, Holly Senn, Emilie Shimkus and Gregory Youtz.

Catabomb, textile sculpture by Nichole Rathburn. Photo provided by Nichole Rathburn.

Catabomb, textile sculpture by Nichole Rathburn. Photo provided by Nichole Rathburn.

Funded Tacoma Artists Initiative Program projects include a spoken word album and poetry reading; a podcast series exploring varying perspectives on Tacoma; production of a series of short films showcasing poetry; performance and recording of instrumental and vocal songs; production of a book of poetry and photographs; and the creation and exhibition of two- and three-dimensional visual art including metal art, photography, mixed media, paintings, printmaking, illustrations, and textile and paper sculptures.

The Tacoma Artists Initiative Program was established in 1999 to assist artists with the generation of new work, and to share their talent with the public in a free and accessible format.

Fall Haul, sketchbook drawing by Chandler O'Leary. Photo provided by Chandler O'Leary.

Fall Haul, sketchbook drawing by Chandler O’Leary. Photo provided by Chandler O’Leary.

The Arts Anchor Fund program and Tacoma Artists Initiative Program are two of three funding programs administered by the Tacoma Arts Commission. For a complete listing of funding programs and information about the Tacoma Arts Commission, visit cityoftacoma.org/arts.

Home

21 May
Sarah Gilbert in the Museum of Glass hot shop. Photo provided by artist.

Sarah Gilbert in the Museum of Glass hot shop. Photo provided by artist.

What do Rochester, NY and Tacoma, WA have in common? Sarah Gilbert has called both places home, and wants to show local citizens what she finds fascinatingly similar about these two gritty cities. It started out as an interest in historical figures that the cities have in common, but grew into a much more personal project. She is interviewing friends and family about their idea of ‘home’ to help develop her new series.

Gilbert is a glassblower and engraver, using her glass as a canvas to illustrate narratives about family in Rochester and friends from Tacoma. Her new series uses a process similar to creating cameos, where the surface is carved away to show contrasting colors below. What makes her work remarkable is not just the practical challenge of using this technique large scale, but also the narrative element. This series includes landscapes or ‘postcards’ from both cities, and portraits of over a dozen friends and family members.

Come and check out some remarkable new glass work, and at the same time get a glimpse into the personal word of a bi-coastal artist.

What: 3000 Miles from Home – an exhibit of cameo engraved blown glass pieces that explore the concept of ‘home’ using  historic and contemporary people and places from Rochester, NY, where Gilbert was born and raised, and Tacoma, WA, where she currently lives.
Where: Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, N. 15th & N. Lawrence Street.
When: Exhibit will open around August 22, 2014
Cost: Free
Meet Sarah:

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Sarah Gilbert’s work through the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program.

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Tacoma Arts Commission member Traci Kelly. Photo by Dane Gregory Meyer.

Traci Kelly moved to Tacoma in 2004 and joined the Tacoma Arts Commission shortly after. Her degree is in sculpture, but she appreciates the range of arts the City of Destiny has to offer.

‘Made in Tacoma’ free concert January 11

6 Jan

steighner hi-resWhat: Free concert and CD Release for ‘Made in Tacoma, New Chamber Music for Saxophone’
Where: Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma
When: January 11, 1 PM
Admission: Free

Tacoma’s Alea Publishing & Recording announces the January 11, 2014 release of a new CD recording, ‘Made in Tacoma: New Chamber Music for Saxophone,’ featuring local saxophonist Erik Steighner.

A free concert open to the public will take place at the Museum of Glass at 1pm on Saturday, January 11. The program will feature Steighner along with fellow saxophonists Evan Smith and Fred Winkler, and will include both works from the CD (by Greg Youtz, Jeff Tecca, and Erik Steighner) as well as other pieces from the saxophone repertoire (by Paul Hindemith, Barry Cockcroft, and Allan Blank).

CD GraphicThe CD will be available for purchase at the January 11 concert and after that time from the Alea Publishing & Recording website, www.bassclarinet.org, as well as a variety of other online retailers. This recording, made with the support of the Tacoma Arts Commission’s Tacoma Artists Initiative Program, features all–‐Tacoma production, composers and performers:

Recorded August 1 and 5–‐7, 2013 in Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University
Producer: Edwin Powell; Sound Engineer: Patrick Colin Wakefield
Performers: Erik Steighner: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Baritone Saxophones; Karen Ganz: Piano; Zachary Lyman: Trumpet; Francine Peterson: Bassoon; Evan Smith: Alto Saxophone; Miho Takekawa: Percussion; Fred Winkler: Soprano Saxophone; Brian Yarkosky: Percussion.
Composers: Gregory Youtz, Deborah Anderson, Robert Hutchinson, Jeff Tecca, Clement Reid, Erik Steighner.

Tacoma photos: Kim Davenport, Alea Publishing & Recording
Design/layout: Laurie Davenport, Alea Publishing & Recording

The Museum of Glass pulls in $630,000 at Red Hot

29 Nov

MOG founders Dr. Phil and Gwen Phibbs and Leslie and Dale Chihuly enjoy the after party. Photo courtesy of MOG

Kudos to the Museum of Glass for raising over $630,000 at its  Annual Red Hot Party & Auction, and for awarding $20,000 to outstanding artists! More than 300 artists and art lovers attended Red Hot, MOG’s big annual fundraiser – and 10th birthday party – that took place in September. The bidding was hot and heavy during the live and silent auctions which featured 114 works of glass art, plus a slew of wine packages, jewelry art and “experiences.” The event raised more than $630,000 to support the Museum’s exhibition, education and visiting artist programs.

Event co-chairs John Xitco and Hollie Bostrom. Photo courtesy of MOG

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the donors, friends and artists who support Museum of Glass,” stated Museum of Glass Executive Director Susan Warner.  “The funds we raised from this fabulous event will help us build on our success by embracing a bold strategy for innovation for the next decade and beyond.  Cheers to the next 10 years at MOG!”

Dale Chihuly and Team Chihuly creating a soft cylinder during the After Party. Photo courtesy of MOG

An evening highlight was the first-ever after party in the hot shop, featuring Dale Chihuly. Chihuly, along with artists Joey Kirkpatrick, Flora C. Mace and James Mongrain, provided live theater by creating a “Soft Cylinder” for Red Hot nightowls. The piece was auctioned off the pipe with proceeds benefiting the museum.

Ian MacNeil, owner of Glass Distillery donated vodka that filled the limited-edition decanters that made up the table centerpieces. Photo courtesy of MOG

In recognition of the museum’s 10th anniversary, the guest tables featured centerpieces of limited-edition liquor decanters stamped with a commemorative medallion made by the hot shop team. Each decanter was filled, appropriately, with Glass Vodka provided by Ian MacNeil of Seattle’s Glass Distillery.

Red Hot 2012 once again featured a juried art auction. Jurors included independent curator Margery Aronson; Linda Tesner, director and curator of the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College; and Patricia Watkinson, retired executive director of Pilchuck Glass School.  The judges evaluated the artwork and awarded the Red Hot 2012 Artist Grand Prize to Armelle Bouchet O’Neill from Seattle. Bouchet O’Neill earned a $10,000 cash prize and a week-long Visiting Artist Residency in the museum’s hot shop.

Event co-chairs Rachel and Scott Carroll. Photo courtesy of MOG

Two additional awards were presented: Artists’ Choice, which was determined by votes from Red Hot contributing artists, and People’s Choice voted by the evening’s guests.  Raven Skyriver from Stanwood, WA, was took both the honors, earning two $5,000 cash awards and two week-long hot shop residencies.

Congratulations, Museum of Glass and participating artists!

Tweet if you love Toikka bird sculptures, exclusively at MoG

4 Oct

MOG GOES TO THE BIRDS!
9th Annual Bird Lovers’ Weekend Starts Tomorrow

Ah, we love the contemporary collection of Toikka bird sculptures made exclusively for the Museum of Glass and eagerly await the arrival of each new avian species at the museum store. For three days each October, the MoG is dedicated to birds and bird lovers, and this Friday through Sunday, October 5-7, you can be among the first to purchase one of the Western Tanagers by Oiva Toikka, available ONLY through the Museum of Glass Store. These one-of-a-kind birds are collected worldwide and this year only 250 Western Tanagers are available. Birds by Toikka are individually hand-blown and sculpted from molten glass; each year Professor Toikka designs a new, limited-edition bird for the Museum of Glass that is debuted at this event.

Come and see artists Tero Valimaa and Heikki Hiukkamaki work in the hot shop and create a selection of Toikka’s elegant bird designs. Other activities include live bird visits from Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, bird-related art activities and a lecture by studio glass historian and artist, Walter Lieberman.

A special treat is the Bird Lovers’ Brunch on Sunday, 11 am – 1 pm. Enjoy a brunch and no-host bar and be among the first to purchase select Birds by Toikka specimens created in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop. Artists Tero Välimaaand Heikki Hiukkämki will be present to sign these rare creations. $12 general | FREE for MOG members.

More information at http://www.museumofglass.org.

10 in 10: 2002 Museum of Glass Transforms Tacoma Skyline

30 Dec

(This piece concludes our 10 in 10 series spotlighting 10 of the top people, ideas and organizations to hit Tacoma in the past decade. 10 in 10 was conceived in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Art at Work Month, Tacoma’s premier annual cultural event, and a month-long celebration of the arts.)

"Cone Study No. 3," the tilted cone at the Museum of Glass. Photo: Sharon Styer

The Museum of Glass opened its doors in 2002 and Tacoma instantly won a place on the international art map. This spectacular, world-class museum grew out of a conversation 10 years earlier between Phil Phibbs, recently retired president of the University of Puget Sound; and Tacoma native, glass visionary, and co-founder of the Pilchuck Glass School, Dale Chihuly. The two agreed that the emergent Studio Glass Movement deserved its own showcase, and that Tacoma should be its nexus. The idea would unfold over the next several years, achieving undreamed of success with its opening in 2002.

"The Glass Ceiling," the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Photo: Sharon Styer

Today, the Museum of Glass forms the most recognizable silhouette on the Tacoma skyline. The MoG operates a top-flight learning facility for glass artists, with a Hot Shop Amphitheatre located inside its 90′-high tilted cone. Master glass artists from all over the world teach and exhibit at the MoG, and artists from other mediums are also represented in the galleries. The Chihuly Bridge of Glass, connecting the museum to downtown Pacific Ave.,  is a tribute to the glass artist who helped make an incredible vision a reality, and elevated Tacoma’s status as an art center.

Photographs of the Museum of Glass and art by Sharon Styer.

Enjoy past stories in our 10-in-10 Series:

10 in 10: 2003 New Tacoma Art Museum Unveiled
10 in 10: 2004 Scattered Ephemera
10 in 10: 2006 City Arts Magazine Hits Tacoma

10 in 10: 2001 Free Ya Mind
10 in 10: 2006 the Broadway Center Shines Anew

10 in 10: 2001 The Birth of Tacoma’s Very Own Volcano
10 in 10: 2005 The AMOCAT Awards

10 in 10: The F.W. Woolworth Building
10 in 10: 2001 Tacoma Gets Smart (UW-Tacoma and SOTA)

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