Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass Offer Free Admission on May 18

Three museums will participate in the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day by offering free admission. Seattle Art Museum will offer free admission to the Seattle Art Museum Downtown and the Seattle Asian Art Museum on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, and Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass will both offer free admission the evening of Thursday, May 19. May 18 is also International Museum Day which is hosted by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Asian Art Museum will be open and free from 10 am to 5 pm on Wednesday, May 18. Additionally, Seattle Art Museum Downtown will offer free tours of the special exhibition, Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth at 1 and 2 pm.

Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass are both participating in the Art Museum Day by offering free admission between 5-8 pm on Thursday, May 19. In addition, Tacoma Art Museum is organizing several classic outdoor games in Tollefson Plaza across the street from the museum and handing out free posters inside the museum.

The day is intended to emphasize the lasting impact art museums have on their communities, highlight the value of the visual arts in society, and provide new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs that art museums offer. In 2010, ninety AAMD member museums across North America participated in International Museum Day. AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day is formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

AAMD member museums—located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—include smaller regional museums as well as large international institutions. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by ICOM. AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums specifically, as part of ICOM’s global celebration of all museums. A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available in the newsroom of the AAMD website (http://www.aamd.org/newsroom/).

CURRENTLY ON VIEW AT SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth features more than 50 wearable sculptures called Soundsuits, as well as beaded tondos and multi-media installations. The exhibition is the first major museum tour for Nick Cave, and includes four galleries of brand new Soundsuits, never before seen in a museum setting, and one of Cave’s twig-based Soundsuits, which launched his exploration of this original form in 1992 as a response to the Los Angeles Riots after the Rodney King incident. The exhibition will be on view at SAM Downtown through June 5, 2011.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW AT SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM
Modern Elegance: The Art of Meiji Japan, features screen paintings and hanging scrolls from Kyoto’s finest modern masters, cloisonné enamelware and extravagantly gilded Satsuma earthenware. Japanese art during the Meiji period (1868–1912) assumed a stunning variety of forms. With its opening to the West and the accompanying advent of modernity, Japan absorbed a wide range of foreign influence in a compressed time period. Artists and artisans experimented with new techniques in painting, ceramics, metalwork and lacquer, while preserving their traditional emphasis on beauty, elegance and unrivaled quality. The objects in this small exhibition are testaments to the continuity of tradition in the face of rapid change. The exhibition is on view at Seattle Asian Art Museum through October 9, 2011

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM LOCATIONS, HOURS AND ADMISSION PRICES
SAM Downtown is located at 1300 First Ave., at the corner of First Ave. and Union St. Hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm, and Thursday and Friday until 9 pm. Suggested admission prices are: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors (62 and over) and military (with ID); and $9 for students (with ID) and youth 13-17. Admission is free for SAM members and children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.

Seattle Asian Art Museum is located at 1400 East Prospect Street in Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill. Hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm, and Thursday until 9 pm. Suggested admission prices are: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors (62 and over), military (with ID), students (with ID) and youth 13-17. Admission is free for SAM members and children 12 and under accompanied by an adult.

For general recorded information call (206) 654-3100. More information may also be found on the web at www.seattleartmuseum.org.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW AT TACOMA ART MUSEUM
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell
Closes May 30, 2011
A rare exhibition of Norman Rockwell’s iconic artworks makes its only stop in the Northwest. American Chronicles celebrates the full range of Rockwell’s artwork, including 44 paintings and 323 original Saturday Evening Post covers. In addition to the artworks on view, materials from the Museum’s archives depict how Rockwell worked: from preliminary sketches, photographs, color studies, and detailed drawings to the finished painting. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist
Open for extended exhibition
Tacoma Art Museum’s extensive permanent collection of artwork by world-renowned glass artist and Tacoma-native Dale Chihuly is in a gallery of its own. Tacoma boasts more installations of Chihuly’s artwork than any other city in the world. Organized by Tacoma Art Museum.

Tacoma Art Museum is located at 1701 Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. Hours are Wednesdays–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm, and Third Thursdays 10 am–8 pm. Admission prices are: Adult $10, Student/Military/Senior (65+) $8, Family $25 (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18). Children 5 and under free. Third Thursdays free from 5-8 pm. Members always free.

For more information visit TacomaArtMuseum.org or call 253.272.4258.

CURRENTLY ON VIEW AT MUSEUM OF GLASS
Live Glassblowing Demonstrations in the Hot Shop Feel the heat as you watch art come alive! Every day, artists demonstrate the intriguing process of creating works of art from molten glass on the amphitheater stage, giving visitors a birds-eye view of their activities. Expert commentary and a state-of-the-art audiovisual system enhance the experience by providing insight into the glassblowing process as well as the science, culture and historical aspects of glass.

Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Craig Meitner showcases the work of American artist Richard Meitner who is known for creating intellectual, poetic and eccentric glass objects embellished with rust, enamel, bronze, tile, paint and print. Drawing from a range of diverse influences including Italian painting, Japanese textiles, German Expressionism, science and nature, Meitner uses his art as a language to “visually speak” to his audience. The exhibition comprises work from 23 years of Meitner’s career (1978-2001) and reflects his interest in glass for its qualities of mystery, fragility, and preciousness. Through June 19, 2011

Glimmering Gone: Ingalena Klenell and Beth Lipman is an exhibition conceived and created by American artist Beth Lipman and Swedish artist Ingalena Klenell that comprises three large-scale installations of colorless and white glass—Landscape, Mementos and Artifacts. Experiential and interrelated, the artwork was produced by the artists individually in their home studios and collaboratively during a two-week Hot Shop residency at the Museum of Glass in January, 2010. The installations present a metaphor for material culture, landscape and life. Through March 11, 2012

The Museum of Glass Hot Shop serves as an incubator for ideas for a multigenerational community of glassblowers. Fertile Ground: Recent Masterworks from the Visiting Artist Residency Program showcases 32 works made by artists from around the world with the expert assistance of the Museum’s Hot Shop Team. The exhibition documents the artistry and craftsmanship, focused determination and physical stamina, camaraderie and shared commitment of the artists as they created these masterful works. Through October 23, 2011

Kids Design Glass celebrates the imagination of children with 52 glass sculptures designed by kids and crafted by professional artists in the Museum of Glass Hot Shop. The Kids Design Glass education program, from which these creations originated, illustrates the symbiotic relationship between designer and glassblower. A child draws a design—generally a fantastical creature—names it, and writes a brief explanation or story. The Museum’s Hot Shop Team selects one design each month and transforms the two-dimensional drawing into a three-dimensional sculpture. As the designer, the child directs the artists as they make two sculptures—one for the child to take home and one for the Museum’s Permanent Collection. The children’s drawings and artist statements are displayed alongside each piece. Through October 31, 2011

Museum of Glass Hours and Admission
Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street Tacoma, WA 98402 Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Third Thursdays 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm Store is also open Tuesdays 10 am – 5 pm Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day): also open Monday and Tuesday from 10 am to 5 pm Closed July 30, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for members, $12 general, $10 seniors, military and students (13+ with ID), $10 groups of 10 or more, $5 children (6-12) years old. Children under 6 are admitted free. Admission is free every third Thursday of the month from 5 to 8 pm
Info Line 253-284-4750/ 1-866-4MUSEUM
www.museumofglass.org

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