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 20-August 11, 2019

Now in its 14th 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 2019 IN THE SPIRIT Artist Awards 
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
Thank you to all of the vendors, artists, supporters, sponsors and visitors who made the August 10, 2019 festival a wonderful celebration of arts and culture. Hope to see you all again in August 2020 for the 15th Annual IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival!  

2019 In The Spirit Northwest Native Festival Vendors

  • Charles W Bloomfield (Pyramid Lake Paiute) - contemporary art, clothing
  • Suzanne L. Cross (Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan) - dance shawls, beading
  • Earl Davis (Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe) - traditional and contemporary Southwest Washington tribal art
  • Kathey Ervin (Wyandotte) - cedar weavings
  • Jeanette L. Huber (Jicarilla Apache Nation) - beadwork, silver and turquoise, drums, sage, tea
  • LaVerne Kearns (Muscogee/Kickapoo) - beaded jewelry, suncatchers, artwork, prints
  • Linley B. Logan (Onondowaga) - hand pulled prints, linoleum relief prints, greeting cards
  • Cynthia Masterson (Comanche Nation of Oklahoma) - beadwork, jewelry, holiday ornaments
  • Andy Peterson (Skokomish) - carving
  • Michelle Price (Navajo) - Frybread and frybread tacos
  • Samuel Stitt (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) - Digital prints, photographs, silversmithing
  • Robert Upham (Lake Traverse Sioux) - ledger art, acrylic paintings
  • George Zantua (Tsimshian/Haida) - acrylic paintings, painted drums, wood carvings, beading, pouches
View a photo gallery of previous artwork, performances, and vendors from past IN THE SPIRIT exhibitions and festivals. 
IN THE SPIRIT is generously supported by The Bamford Foundation, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Tulalip Tribes, The Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Hotel Murano, the YMCA, Arts Fund, the Washington State Arts Commission, and Tacoma Arts Commission. 
ITS 2019 sponsor Muckleshoot
  ITS 2019 Sponsor Tulalip ITS 2019 sponsor Puyallup ITS 2019 Sponsor Tacoma Arts Commission

Native Artist Vendor Application

Are you a Native artist interested in vending at the 2020 IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Arts Festival? Click here to download the vendor application guidelines and form to be considered as a vendor at one of the three participating museums.

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!