MOG @ 20 Celebration and Blown Away Watch Party and Cast Q&A

This Saturday, July 30, MOG is celebrating its 20th birthday with an all-day MOG @ 20 celebration! From 10am-5pm, stop by the Museum for a variety of family-friendly activities, performances, and demonstrations. Then, from 5pm-6pm, join us in the Hot Shop Amphitheater for a watch party of the newest season of Netflix’s hit series Blown Away, followed by a live Q&A with local artists and Season 2 cast members Minhi England and Trenton Quiocho.

The celebration will take place both inside the building and outdoors, and Museum admission will be free to everyone all day long. Artisan vendors will host a market on the Museum’s outdoor Plaza. The Hot Shop Team will give live glassblowing demonstrations, as they work alongside Visiting Artist Tanner Weiss. Musical performances by the Kareem Kandi World Orchestra, the Tacoma Banjo Club, and the Pierce College Jazz Combo will take place throughout the day in the Grand Hall. The Museum of Glass Store is hosting Marble Mania, featuring flameworking demonstrations by Blake Julich, a marble painting activity, a marble run, and more. Incalmo will host a burger bar and sell special “Chocolate Marble” truffles as a birthday treat, for those who are peckish from all the partying.

To cap off the celebrations, Blown Away cast members Minhi England and Trenton Quiocho, both Pacific Northwest locals, will join visitors and MOG staff in the Hot Shop Amphitheater for a watch party of Blown Away: Season 3, Episode 1. After the episode, visitors are invited to join in conversation with the artists in a live Q&A session, moderated by MOG curator Katie Buckingham. Just like the rest of the day, this event is free to attend. Seating will be first come, first served (and could fill up quickly), so visitors are encouraged to arrive early. Snacks will be available for purchase and Incalmo will host a cash bar to accompany the watch party.

Thank you to our sponsors Port of Tacoma and ArtsWA for their support of this event.

Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Tourism and Arts Community Prepare to Host the 2022 Glass Art Society Conference, May 18-21

After a two-year delay, Museum of Glass (MOG), Travel Tacoma, and several other community arts and culture organizations will welcome the Glass Art Society (GAS) for their annual international conference May 18-21. Conference events will span downtown Tacoma and include a special new community event, the first annual TAG Festival: Together… in Art and Glass which will take place on May 22.

Each year GAS brings together the international community of glass artists, collectors, and
enthusiasts for a multi-day conference featuring glass from every discipline. Museum of Glass
and Travel Tacoma partnered to bring this year’s conference to Tacoma. Originally scheduled
for 2020 and delayed due to COVID-19, the 2022 event holds much significance.

“It was already noteworthy for Tacoma to host the GAS Conference, but for it to be the first inperson gathering of the community in two years, that makes it even more special,” said Debbie
Lenk, Executive Director, Museum of Glass. “Glass is part of the soul of this city. Hosting the
conference as Museum of Glass celebrates 20 years and the Glass Art Society celebrates its
50th marks a great moment for the Pacific Northwest glass community.”

This year marks the first time Tacoma, an international center for glass, will host the GAS
conference. It provides a unique opportunity for the city to be formally recognized for its
influence and place in the glass community. The event will also bring tourism and community
activities to downtown. Conference events will take place at MOG, Tacoma Art Museum, Area
253 Glassblowing, Hilltop Artists, LeMay: America’s Car Museum, and the Greater Tacoma
Convention Center.

“Tacoma celebrates glass artists and all artists as they come together in the spirit of community
and expression,” said Dean Burke, President and CEO, Travel Tacoma. “This partnership and
collaboration is a visionary one, ready to welcome the biggest names in the industry to our city.”
The TAG arts festival, co-led by Travel Tacoma, MOG, and TAM, for which details will be
announced shortly, will span downtown and feature local artists, food venders, performers, and
more. GAS tickets are available both for the entire duration of the conference and by the day.
The full event schedule can be found here.

What Are You Talking About? Conversation Series

In coordination with the exhibition What Are You Looking At? An Eccentric Chorus of Artists Working in Glass, Museum of Glass is hosting virtual conversations on Thursdays with artists included in the exhibition. Interviews will examine the career trajectory of these artists and the role their residencies at Museum of Glass and Pilchuck Glass School played in their artistic development. Each artist will discuss the pieces featured in the exhibition and how they arrived at the ideas for the work.

Moderated by a MOG educator, talks will last approximately 45 minutes.

Thursdays from October 21, 2021 through November
12pm on Facebook live

October 21 – Joe Feddersen

October 28 – Megan Stelljes

November 18 – Vivian Beer

A New Kind of Community Garden #HOPEGROWSHERE

Whether you’ve been out of a walk or running errands through Downtown Tacoma, you may have noticed many newly installed window displays. Each containing floral artwork accompanied with a simple message, Hope Grows Here.


Staying home in an effort to fight the current global health crisis is important, but isolation can be difficult for many individuals. This is why MOG and many other establishments have come together, with the support of MultiCare, to bring messages of hope during this unprecedented time.

MultiCare describes this initiative as:

“For the past several weeks, we have seen local artists and businesses create dozens of window gardens throughout our cities and neighborhoods in order to spread hope and remind each other that we’re all in this together. These window gardens are collages of flowers with words of hope and words of appreciation for health care and essential workers. Many community members have joined by decorating their own windows at home.

We hope these flowers remind you that although you may be experiencing physical or emotional isolation, you are not alone. We’re all in this together.”

Visit MultiCare’s page to view their gallery of #HOPEGROWSHERE window art, volunteer and donation opportunities, or how you can support healthcare workers with words of encouragement. Let the art lead the way to help those in need. We are in this together.

#TacomaStrong #HopeGrowsHere