In 1935, a group of volunteers founded what is now the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM). Collecting artwork by Pacific Northwest artists was an early goal. When TAM started to build its permanent collection in 1963, works by Northwest artists Jacob Elshin, Paul Horiuchi, Beulah Hyde, and Hilda Morris were some of the first purchases. Today, TAM’s collection of Northwest art includes more than 3,500 works that range in origin from the late nineteenth century to the present.
TAM celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary in 2010 and kicked off an initiative to present the Northwest art collection through an online collection database and an exhibition series. The initiative also included the publication of its most recent publication, Best of the Northwest: Selected Works from the Tacoma Art Museum. The catalogue highlights key works in the collection and explores early influences on Pacific Northwest art—including Native American, Asian, and European aesthetics.
Marquand Books produced the 240-page catalogue, designed by John Hubbard. More than 200 full-color illustrations of selected works are included in the catalogue, which was compiled by curators Margaret E. Bullock and Rock Hushka. Featured artists include Imogen Cunningham, Gaylen Hansen, Jeffry Mitchell, Kenjiro Nomura, and Mary Randlett, among others.
To see some of the works presented in the catalogue, visit TAM’s current exhibition Best of the Northwest: Selected Paintings from the Collection, open now through Sunday, March 17. For information on ordering a copy of Best of the Northwest: Selected Works from the Tacoma Art Museum, contact TAM’s museum store.
photography by Jeremy Linden