Tacoma, Wash. – For the opening exhibition in the 2010–11 season, Kittredge Gallery is partnering with The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to present an exhibition of nominees and winners of the Foundation of Art Award. The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award, 2008-2010 will be on view from Friday, Aug. 20 through Saturday, Oct. 2.
The annual $7,500 award program was established by the Community Foundation in 2008 to honor professional artists living and working in Pierce County, and is made possible through a foundation fund to support the Pierce County art community. Each year nominees are selected by a panel of regional arts professionals and Community Foundation board members. The award winner then creates a commissioned artwork for the foundation.
The exhibition on view at Kittredge includes work by the 25 nominees from the past three years. The artists whose works are on view are a vibrant cross-section of the best of the Tacoma artist community. Works range from painting, sculpture, and prints to video, jewelry, and embroidery, among other techniques. Materials are as diverse as felt, Legos, found cardboard signs, and repurposed books to the more traditional media such as oil, watercolor, ceramics, and photography.
Artists in the exhibition include (*=Award Winner):
Lisa Kinoshita (2010*)
Jeremy Mangan (2009*)
James Ackerley Porter
Holly A. Senn
Chris Sharp (2008*)
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Kittredge Gallery,” said Community Foundation president and CEO, Rose Lincoln Hamilton. “The award was created to bring attention to the wonderful artists in our area and what better way to do this than the exhibit.” Margaret Bullock, gallery manager, notes, “It is also a unique opportunity for Puget Sound students to be exposed to the talent all around them in our local community.” A public reception for the exhibition will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., and many of the artists will be in attendance.
The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation is a trusted partner with the Pierce County community, fostering generosity by connecting people who care with causes that matter. Established in 1981 the foundation provides individuals, families, and corporations with the resources and expertise to connect their own values with the philanthropic intent of their choosing.
The Community Foundation oversees and invests more than $60 million in assets, established by collecting gifts from donors creating new funds or adding to already existing charitable funds. In the 2009 fiscal year, the foundation awarded more than $3.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and student scholarships. For more information visit the foundation’s website at www.gtcf.org.
Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the University of Puget Sound art department and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public.
Opening Reception: Thursday, Sept. 2, 5 to 7 p.m., Kittredge Gallery
The photos featured above are:
Nicholas Nyland: Dog Love, 2009
Jessica Balsam: Salmonella, 2008
Toot Reid: August 5, 2008 – March 28, 2009, 2008-2009
Jeremy Mangan: Heavy Seas, 2010
Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, WA
Directions and Map: www.pugetsound.edu/directions.xml
Regular Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Fri.; noon–5 p.m., Saturday*
*Please note that the gallery is closed during university holidays
Web site: www.pugetsound.edu/kittredge
Print-quality photos are available at Press Photos - University of Puget Sound.