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Gridiron Glory

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

May 27 - Sept 10

Gridiron Glory is the most extensive and comprehensive exhibit ever done on America’s most popular sport. The experience showcases the Pro Football Hall of Fame's vast holdings of football artifacts, rare photos and one-of-a-kind documents. In addition, NFL Films has provided spectacular footage from its unparalleled film archives to illustrate the exhibit’s many themes and storylines. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will find a series of interactive exhibits that challenge both mind and body. And one of the most extraordinary features of Gridiron Glory is a series of accompanying programs that include appearances by current and former NFL players, coaches and more.

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IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts, June 15 - August 20

This summer marks the Washington State Historical Society’s 12th annual IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts juried exhibition at the History Museum in Tacoma, on view June 15 through August 20.

Works include textiles, sculptures, paintings, carvings, and basketry. Materials run the gamut from natural elements—stone, shell, clay, wood, minerals, and grass, for example—to products like seed beads, steel, fabric, glass, and linoleum, and even petroleum-based items such as LEDs, plastic straws, and Styrofoam.

Each spring, Native artists from many western states and Canada submit work for consideration by a jury of local artists and curators. The jury has the pleasure of seeing the latest in Native art, and the difficult challenge of winnowing down a selection of works for the exhibition. The 2017 exhibition includes 22 works by artists from Alaska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Washington, and Canada. This dynamic process provides an annual opportunity for the Washington State History Museum to showcase Native artists from the broader region, and for artists to win honors and awards. Each year the museum adds one work from the exhibition to its collection. If you are a collector, too, you’ll be delighted to know that most of the works in the show are available for purchase.

Kathey Ervin Wyandotte, Stacked Tea Set, 2016. Western red cedar, Alaskan yellow cedar, artificial sinew, Styrofoam, wood. Photo courtesy of artist.