Grab Your Costume… and Paddleboard? For The First Ever Grit City Costume Paddle!

The brainchild of Tacoma glass artist and paddler Diane Hansen, with partners Tacoma Ocean Fest and Grit City Magazine, the paddle encourages our city to get weird on the water this Halloween.

Paddler participants will use kayaks, paddleboards, and other non-motorized watercraft all while wearing their best Halloween disguises. Don’t have a paddleboard or other means to participate? The Thea Foss Waterway has many places to walk socially-distanced to view the costume bearing paddlers, including Thea Foss Park, the Foss Waterway Seaport esplanade, and right here at Museum of Glass. If you join the paddle, be sure to wave at the Cone while you pass. The Museum will be open, 10am–5pm, on the day of this event. So stop by in your Halloween garb for a MOG Pumpkin Patch photoshoot!

There’s also an online costume contest with prizes for the winners of each category: Most Artsy, Best Ocean Animal, and Spookiest, which will be judged by local artist Lisa Fruichantie. Tacoma Ocean Fest and Grit City Magazine asks participants to submit their photos to social media with the hashtag #gritcitypaddle anytime before 12pm on Oct. 31, or email your photos to info@tacomaoceanfest.org. Contest prizes will be announced by 6pm on the Facebook event page, and recipients can stop by the Foss Waterway Seaport to pick them up. Open 3–7pm Fridays, 10am–2pm Saturdays, and 12–4pm Sundays.

For more information, see the Grit City Costume Paddle Facebook Event or tacomaoceanfest.org/water-fun.

The Robert M. Minkoff Collection Gifted to Museum of Glass

Karen LaMonte (American, born 1967)
Child’s Dress, 2007
Kiln cast glass
18 × 21 × 20 in.
Collection of Museum of Glass, gift of Robert M. Minkoff Foundation

Museum of Glass is honored to announce that we received a seminal collection of artwork showcasing the development of glass as a studio and contemporary art medium from the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation. Adding these 400 works of art from Robert Minkoff’s personal collection makes the Museum’s glass holdings the largest in the Western United States.

We are honored and grateful to receive this gift from the Minkoff Foundation. This is the first major Studio Glass collection given to the Museum and it is transformational for us. Its comprehensive representation of glass artists, both nationally and internationally, provides a foundation for MOG to tell vital stories of studio and contemporary glass.

– Debbie Lenk, Executive Director

William Morris (American, born 1957)
Petroglyph Vessel, Turquoise Lip Wrap, 1987
Hand blown glass with glass powders
11 × 25 × 25 in.
Collection of Museum of Glass, gift of Robert M. Minkoff Foundation

Minkoff was a collector, a collector that celebrated the incredible diversity of glass art and its possibilities in the field of contemporary art. His passion and collecting philosophy complements Museum of Glass, which makes this gift so special to us. Minkoff’s collection includes several incredible artists, such as Jaroslava Brychtová, Stanislav Libenský, Klaus Moje, Debora Moore, William Morris, Paul Stankard, Therman Statom, and Lino Tagliapietra. The collection also provides a look at innovative new approaches to the material by artists including Steffan Dam, Luke Jerram, Silvia Levenson, Beth Lipman, and Karen LaMonte.

MOG will celebrate this significant gift with a major exhibition honoring Minkoff and his collection, with accompanying educational programming, opening in Spring 2022. It will be accompanied by a catalog highlighting the breadth of the collection.

Currently, you can view A Glimpse at the Robert M. Minkoff Foundation Collection at Museum of Glass. This installation opened on October 15 and is proudly displayed in our Grand Hall.

To learn more about The Robert M. Minkoff Collection, view the full press release at: The Robert M. Minkoff Collection Gifted to Museum of Glass

Tacoma Museum District to Reopen to the Public Beginning September 25

After being given the option to reopen by Governor Inslee last month, the museums of the Tacoma Museum District – Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass, LeMay – America’s Car Museum, Foss Waterway Seaport, and Children’s Museum of Tacoma – will begin opening their doors to the public starting September 25, 2020.

The reopening timelines, days of operation, and onsite protocols will vary from museum to museum, based on staffing and exhibit configurations. The museums recommend purchasing tickets online in advance. Visitors are encouraged to check each museum’s website for specifics before visiting.

Throughout the pandemic, the directors of the individual institutions have consulted with local experts and worked in concert to monitor local COVID-19 transmission rates and trends. The decision to reopen comes after thoughtful consideration for the safety of guests, staff, and volunteers, and in accordance with specific protocols established by Washington State, the Department of Labor & Industries, and the Department of Health. Among these protocols are universal mask-wearing, the addition of sanitizing stations throughout the facilities, one-way routes through galleries, monitored social distancing between groups, reduced occupancy, and enhanced cleaning schedules. Each museum has also installed safety features and procedures specific to their individual building layout.

Initially, some venues will operate with reduced schedules:

Museum of Glass: Opening Sept. 25; operating hours Friday through Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm

LeMay – America’s Car Museum: Opening Sept. 25; operating hours Friday through Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm

Washington State Historical Society: Opening date to be announced soon. Operating hours will be Tuesday through Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm with seniors-only hours Tuesdays 10 am to 12 pm (ages 65+). Initially, the Great Hall of Washington History (third floor) will be open and fifth floor galleries will remain closed for installation of new exhibitions; admission will be half price during this time. Tickets may be purchased online or using credit/debit card at the museum (cash will not be accepted).

Tacoma Art Museum: Opening Oct. 9; operating hours Friday through Sunday – 10 am to 5 pm

Foss Waterway Seaport: Opening Oct. 16; operating hours Fridays from 3 pm to 7 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and Sundays from noon to 4 pm

Children’s Museum of Tacoma: Will remain closed until 2021 due to the hands-on, interactive nature of the galleries. Greentrike, the museum’s parent company, will continue to provide Distance Learning Camps and licensed child care for our community’s youngest children.

You can read the governor’s COVID-19 requirements for museums here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19%20Phase%202%20and%203%20Museums%20Guidance.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

You can find more information at the Tacoma Museum District’s Facebook page (@TacomaMuseums)and each museum’s website (www.WashingtonHistory.org, www.TacomaArtMuseum.org,www.MuseumofGlass.org, www.AmericasCarMuseum.org, https://fosswaterwayseaport.org/, and https://playtacoma.org). The museum teams look forward to seeing you again.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief: A Thank You From MOG

The past few months have brought deep challenges for nearly every individual and organization in communities around the world. The impact and extended closures related to COVID-19 for non-profit institutions like MOG is significant, but there is a bright side. The outpouring of support from community members, funders, and partners has been uplifting. 

We’d like to share our appreciation to the organizations that have provided financial aid during this time of uncertainty. Their support will allow the Museum to continue previous programming, create new virtual programs, and plan for a safe reopening. 

Below is a list of organizations who have donated to Museum of Glass for COVID-19 Emergency Relief:

 

ArtsFund: $10,000
To learn more about ArtsFund visit: artsfund.org

 

 

National Endowment for the Arts CARES Act: $50,000
To learn more about NEA visit: arts.gov

 

 

Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass: $7,500
To learn more about AACG visit: contempglass.org

 

Washington State Arts Commission: $2,000
To learn more about ArtsWA, visit: arts.wa.gov

 

Thank you all for your generous support.

 

When Will Tacoma Museum District Reopen?

Earlier this week, the Tacoma Museum District (TMD), which includes the Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma Art Museum, Foss Waterway Seaport, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and LeMay – America’s Car Museum, and Museum of Glass, collectively addressed plans for reopening.

For now, all five organizations have chosen to stay “paused” and continue to monitor local conditions on a daily basis. While the buildings are closed, many staff are working remotely to provide enriching online presentations and activities, as well as providing extensive downloadable learning materials to engage with history, arts, and culture from home.

Follow the Tacoma Museum District Facebook page for district updates, and of course, check the MOG site for details on our plans.