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Upcoming in the visual arts:

On view July 11 – Sept. 27

“Quartermaster Press Studio: Pressing Forward – Layered Perspectives in Printmaking” 

Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 98402

This community installation features artwork inspired by TAM’s print collection using one of the most dynamic and exciting mediums. The individual personalities and techniques used by 10 artists result in a rich visual spectrum – from naturalistic to poetic to bold and delicately wrought.

Quartermaster Press Studio is a collective of artists that produces etchings, aquatints, linocuts, collagraphs, monotypes and woodcuts using a shared etching press and studio on Vashon Island, just a ferry ride away from Tacoma. The collective was formed 25 years ago and continues today with 10 active members.

Printmaking demos in third floor, Cheney Classroom:

  • Collograph with Brian Fisher, third Thursday, July 19, 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Monotype with Suzanne Moore, third Thursday, Aug. 16, 5-7:30 p.m.


July 21 – Sept. 30

“To Sing of Beauty: Paul Stephen Benjamin and C. Davida Ingram” 

Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 98402

This new exhibit features two video installations that celebrate blackness by Northwest artist C. Davida Ingram and Atlanta-based Paul Stephen Benjamin. For her video diptych, “The Deeps: Go Away from My Window,” Ingram features her collaborators, composer and vocalist Hanna Benn and actress Rachael Ferguson. Their duet is a powerful statement of desire and longing. In the paired video procession, Ingram conjures a sense of the African American northern migration via railway with the shifting landscape of contemporary Seattle.

Ingram is a conceptual artist whose work creates counter-narratives about race and gender via social practice projects, performances and installations. Her art explores desire, space, time and memory using blackness as its prism. Ingram is specifically interested in expanding inquiry-making around 21st century black female subjectivity. Her re-readings of gender, sexuality, economic class and vernaculars re-conceive of what black female bodies and subjectivities might be and become.


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