Monday, April 13, 2009

TAM Docents: [TacomaArt] Tacoma Art Museum announces 2009 Neddy ArtistFellowship Nominees

Good morning, Docents-

Below is the press release for the Neddy exhibition. It has some good reminders about info to share with our visitors.


I also wanted to see if I could get someone cover for the following shifts in May:

Friday, May 1st               11 am – 3 pm

Saturday, May 9th            11 am – 3 pm

Saturday, May 16th          11 am – 3 pm

Saturday, May 23rd          11 am – 3 pm

Monday, May 25th           11 am – 3 pm

Friday, May 29th             11 am – 3 pm

Saturday, May 30th          11 am – 3 pm

Sunday, May 31st            12 – 4 pm

Please let me know if you are able to help with any of these shifts.


Thank you,



Jana Wennstrom
Volunteer Programs Coordinator
T: 253.272.4258 x3030




From: [] On Behalf Of Phoebe Keleman
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 9:46 AM
Subject: [TacomaArt] Tacoma Art Museum announces 2009 Neddy ArtistFellowship Nominees


1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402




April 13, 2009


For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Phoebe Keleman, Marketing Assistant, 253.272.4258 x3047,

2009 Neddy Artist Fellowship Nominees Announced
Artists’ Exhibition on View at Tacoma Art Museum May 23 through October 4, 2009

(Tacoma, WA) Tacoma Art Museum presents the works of the eight 2009 Neddy Artist Fellowship nominees this summer, May 23 through October 4, 2009. The Neddy Artist Fellowship (“the Neddy”), established by the Behnke Family and the Behnke Foundation, is one of the few unrestricted cash awards granted to visual artists in the Northwest. The Foundation recently announced this years finalists. The artists nominated for painting are Tim Cross, Eric Elliott, Gary Faigin, and Lynda Lowe. The finalists for glass are Benjamin Moore, April Surgent, and the artist teams of Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora Mace; and Jenny Knowles and Sabrina Pohlman. The two Fellowship recipients—one in each category—will be announced at the Tacoma Art Museum Members Opening and Artist Party Saturday, June 6 at 6:30 pm. Admission to that event is free for all attendees.
                This is the fifth year Tacoma Art Museum has collaborated with the Behnke Family and the Behnke Foundation to host the exhibition of finalists for this prestigious award. "We are delighted by our partnership with the Behnke Family and the Behnke Foundation. We share the common goal of highlighting exemplary artists working in the Northwest," said Tacoma Art Museum Director Stephanie Stebich. "The Neddy Artist Fellowship is one of only a handful of significant regional awards for visual artists offering substantial monetary support.”
                "The Neddy continues to highlight the region’s most intriguing artists," said Rock Hushka, Tacoma Art Museum’s Director of Curatorial Administration and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art. "The painters span the diverse styles and subject matter that engage Northwest artists. This year’s new category of glass honors the internationally acclaimed accomplishments of artists working in Seattle. There are very interesting intersections and interplay between them."
                The Neddy was established in 1996 as a memorial to Robert E. (Ned) Behnke (1948–1989) by the Behnke Family and the Behnke Foundation, who sought to honor Ned
s contributions to the Northwest artistic community. The Fellowship is presented to Northwest artists who demonstrate artistic excellence, innovation, unique vision, and a passionate commitment to their art and community. Originally conceived as an award for painters, the Neddy was soon expanded to recognize work by artists in other media. Fellowship recipients are awarded $15,000.

The exhibition will include works by each of the finalists that will be selected primarily from the artists studios, private collections, and Tacoma Art Museums permanent collection.
                Tacoma Art Museum connects people and builds community through art. The museum serves the diverse communities of the region through its collection, exhibitions, and learning programs, emphasizing art and artists from the Northwest. The museum
s five galleries display an array of top national shows, the best of Northwest art, creatively themed exhibitions, and historical retrospectives. In addition, there is an Education Wing for children, adults, and seniors with an art resource center, classroom, and studio for art making. Tacoma Art Museum is located in Tacomas Museum District, near the Museum of Glass, the Washington State History Museum, and historic Union Station.


HOURS – Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Third Thursdays 10am – 8pm, Sunday 12 – 5pm. Closed Mondays with the exception of Memorial Day.

ADMISSION – Adult $7.50, Student/Military/Senior (65+) $6.50, Family $25 (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18). Children 5 and under free. Third Thursdays free. Members always free.

CONTACT – 253.272.4258,,



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