IN THE SPIRIT is an annual celebration of diverse Native arts and culture. It includes a two-month long juried art exhibition at the Washington State History Museum (mid-June through mid-August), and a free all-day festival on a mid-August Saturday. The festival is an indoor/outdoor event collaboratively hosted by Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass; all three museums are free for the day of the festival and feature Native art exhibitions.

IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts 
Exhibition on view
June 18-August 16, 2020

Now in its 15th year, IN  THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts is a summertime favorite in the South Sound. This juried exhibition features work in a wide variety of mediums created by Native artists from throughout the Northwest and beyond. Special events for the exhibition include an Artist Awards Ceremony  on opening night, and a gallery talk presented by one of the artists on the third Thursday evening in July.

Announcing the 2020 IN THE SPIRIT Artist Applications

If you are an interested Indigenous artist, please review the application guidelines here. We encourage artists to submit their application online here. Applications will be accepted now through Sunday, April 26, 2020.
Questions about the exhibition or the application process? Contact Molly Wilmoth, Lead Program Manager at
ITS 2019 award winners

2019 IN THE SPIRIT Exhibition Awards, left to right.
Best in Show: Predator Cannibal, Robin Lovelace, Tlingit. Spirit of the Northwest: Full Circle Totem, Dan Friday. Lummi. Honoring Tradition: Little People, Carol Emarthle Douglas, Northern Arapaho. Honoring Innovation: Coastal Mjolnir, Earl Davis, Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe.
2019 People's Choice awards: 1) Full Circle Totem, Dan Friday, Lummi, and 2) Little Watchman Chilkat Weaving Ensemble, Lily Hope, Tlingit. 

IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival
The 15th annual event will be held in August 2020. Check back for more information!

Questions about IN THE SPIRIT exhibition or festival? Contact Molly Wilmoth at 253-798-5926 or   

Thank you for your ongoing support of the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition and Northwest Native Festival!