2018 IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts

2018 IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts

  • Dates:
    Jun 30 - Aug 12 2018
  • Ages:
    All ages.

See the Washington State Historical Society’s 13th annual juried exhibition IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts, June 30 through August 12. This exhibition features 29 works by 21 artists, including textiles, sculptures, paintings, carvings, multimedia, and basketry.

Each spring, Native artists from across the U.S. and Canada submit work for consideration by a jury of local artists and curators. The jurying is “blind” — meaning the name of the artist and other information is not presented with the work. This dynamic process provides an annual opportunity for the Washington State History Museum to showcase new and familiar Native artists, 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.

Both the History Museum and TAM have long celebrated Native American arts and culture, and the museums are pleased to collaborate in bringing this enriching festival to the community.

IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts is sponsored by the Bamford Foundation, the Tacoma Arts Commission, and the Tulalip Tribe.

Additional image credits:

  • RYAN! Feddersen, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Coyote Bones, 2017, archival digital print and cast Crayon, 6×5 inches, image courtesy of the artist.

Join us in congratulating these Native artists and see their work on view at the History Museum through August 12:

  • Best in Show: Stargazer by Carly Feddersen, Colville Confederated Tribes
  • Spirit of the Northwest: Protector Mask by Linley Logan, Onondowaga (Seneca)
  • Honoring Tradition: First Ancestor by Earl Davis
  • Honoring Innovation: Generations by Denise Emerson, Navajo and Skokomish
  • Honoring Innovation: Owl Transformation by Sean Gallagher, Ixupiat
  • Honoring Innovation: Black Snake Rising by RYAN! Feddersen, Confederated Tribes of the Colville

People’s Choice Awards

During the run of the exhibition, museum visitors can cast votes for the People’s Choice First and Second Place awards. The People’s Choice awards will be announced at the free IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival. This indoor/outdoor celebration will be held on Saturday, August 11, 12:00-7:00 PM, in collaboration with the Tacoma Art Museum. Admission to both museums is free on festival day. In addition to a Native arts market, the festival includes dance, song, music, food, and a runway fashion show featuring Native designers.