Clyde Aspevig. White Cliffs of the Missouri, 2009. Oil on board, 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm). Tacoma Art Museum, Haub Family Collection. Gift of Erivan and Helga Haub.
Mark and I became actively involved with Tacoma Art Museum soon after moving to the city in 2010. We attended exhibits on a regular basis and got to know the staff and other museum supporters in the process. I was invited to join the museum’s Board of Trustees in 2012, and I’m currently serving a two year term as board President. I’m very proud of the work that the museum does, the quality of its exhibits and the creativity of the curatorial staff.
Grafton Tyler Brown. A Canyon River with Pines and Figures (Yellowstone), circa 1886. Oil on canvas, 35 3/4 × 56 in. (90.8 × 142.2 cm). Tacoma Art Museum. Museum purchase with finds from the Art Acquisition Fund and the Tacoma Pierce County Black Collective.
On Native Land is a great example of the museum’s good work. It’s a new exhibit that challenges visitors to consider a series of western landscapes in the Haub Family collection not from the perspective of settlers “discovering” the land, but from the perspective of the indigenous people who were already living here when these works of art were created. Each landscape is paired with a land acknowledgement, recognizing one of more than 75 different Native American communities whose homelands are depicted. QR codes link to additional online resources about particular Native American communities and their relationship to the land depicted. The scholarship surrounding this exhibit is impressive, making it one not to be missed.
Barbara Boldt. Galiano Island, 2009. Oil on canvas, 36 x 72 in. (91.4 x 182.9 cm). Tacoma Art Museum, Haub Family Collection. Gift of Erivan and Helga Haub.
Curt Walters. Supreme Moment of Evening, 1993. Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 in. (101.6 x 152.4 cm). Tacoma Art Museum, Haub Family Collection. Gift of Erivan and Helga Haub.