IN THE SPIRIT is an annual summer celebration of diverse Native American arts and culture, including a juried exhibition at the Washington State History Museum, an Artist Awards event, artist talks, and an indoor/outdoor community festival with an arts market.
The Exhibition – July 15 through August 29
The IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition kicks off with a virtual artist awards ceremony on opening day, July 15. Explore the art exhibition in person at the Washington State History Museum through August 29.
This year, 40 works by 23 Indigenous artists were submitted for consideration. The jurors selected 37 works by 22 artists to be displayed in the exhibition. Visitors will be able to explore art that represents a wide variety of themes presented in a range of mediums including textiles, paintings, carvings, beadwork, mixed media, basketry, and digital works.
Visitors can vote in the gallery for two People’s Choice awards, to be presented at the IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival on August 7.
The Festival – August 7
The IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival is hosted collaboratively by the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass. Admission to all three museums is free for the day! Enjoy activities in and around each of the three museums, meet artist vendors and shop their hand-created wares, and explore the exhibitions.
The Advisory Committee
IN THE SPIRIT is a summertime favorite in the South Sound. We thank the Advisory Committee for their guidance and collaboration with Washington State Historical Society’s Tribal Liaison Michael Finley and Lead Program Manager Molly Wilmoth.
We are grateful to the 2021 exhibition jury for their time and work in reviewing artist’s submissions, selecting works for the exhibition, and presenting the Artist Awards. You can read about the jurors below.