Sneak Peek of WMA 2018 Evening Events

While there will be many great sessions and workshops, plenty of networking opportunities and a wide-variety of ways to celebrate the museum profession at WMA's 2018 Annual Meeting, we know that fantastic Evening Events are for many attendees the highlights that remain the longest with them.

Who doesn't like a party at a museum? 

When you register for WMA 2018 before June 30, you will be entered to win two tickets to the Evening Event of your choice.

To help you in your decision making, here's a sneak peek of the what will be offered. 

Tuesday, October 22- A Night at the Museum of Glass

About the museum:
Museum of Glass is a premier contemporary art museum dedicated to glass and glassmaking in the West Coast’s largest and most active museum glass studio. Now in its 16th year, the Museum has established a reputation for hosting impactful and engaging artist residencies, organizing nationally traveling exhibitions in the galleries, and creating unique programs for visitors, all while building a growing permanent collection chronicling the development of modern and contemporary glass.

It’s rare to find a venue where visitors can watch live glassmaking, experience glass art from emerging artists and masters, and have the chance to try their hand at making something using the process they’ve just seen. Museum of Glass prides itself on delivering these experiences, and it’s getting noticed. USA Today recently listed Museum of Glass as a top ten tourist destination in Washington State.

Specific Highlights for the Evening Event: 

Live glassmaking demonstrations in the Hot Shop

Watch contemporary glass history in the making as our Hot Shop Team demonstrates the fascinating process of creating works of art from molten glass. Live glass demonstrations will give you a better understanding of how the objects you see in the galleries were made.

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight

The glass art of Preston Singletary (American, born 1963) is rooted in the narrative of Raven and the Box of Daylight which is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people by the way of the stars, moon, and sun. This story holds great significance for the Tlingit people. The exhibition, curated by Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Ph.D., features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds during an experiential journey with Raven, and the transformation of darkness into light.

image credit: Preston Singletary, image from Museum of Glass






Foraging the Hive: Sara Young and Tyler Budge

Artists Tyler Budge (American, born 1972) and Sara Young (American, born 1960) began their collaborative project in 2005. The large-scale installation of over 8,000 test tubes, was inspired by the inner-workings of the beehive. It investigates the similarities between beehives and human creativity. In conjunction with Pierce County Beekeepers Association, the exhibition will include a working hive, on display on the plaza outside the Museum, and accessible via webcam. Additionally, a bee-friendly garden has been planted near the hive house, with plant selection and planting assistance from Washington State University Master Gardeners. You’ll be invited to create their own honeycomb test tube and add to an installation in the Museum’s Grand Hall.


Wednesday, October 23- Festivities at the Washington State History Museum

About the museum:
The Washington State History Museum is where fascination and FUN come together! People of all ages can explore and be entertained in an environment where characters from Washington's past speak about their lives. Through interactive exhibits, theatrical storytelling, high-tech displays and dramatic artifacts, learn about our state's unique people and places, as well as thier impact on the country and the world.

Specific Highlights for the Evening Event: 

Make/Do: A History of Creative Reuse
July 14 – December 6, 2018

Make/Do: A History of Creative Reuse focuses on the cyclical nature of our relationship withobjects across time. Explore galleries full of innovative objects, architectural reuse and salvage, and contemporary examples of functional and non- functional objects. See a crazy quilt sewn from the scraps of an opera singer’s dresses; a seashell-turned-pipe; a dress fabricated with caution tape picked up along roadsides; construction blocks made from upcycled drywall waste; and so much more!

These artifacts--sourced from multiple artists, individuals and institutions--show that some trends are timeless. Among the themes presented in this exhibit will be the idea of building community through reuse and building reuse through community. In the past, crafting drew people together for quilting circles or knit-ins. During hard times and war, Washingtonians united to remake old items into new, whether it be to support troops overseas or to use in everyday life. This trend continues today in creative reuse centers, maker spaces, and living rooms across the state.


image credit: Nancy Judd, Caution Tape Dress, 2011, caution tape recovered from the side of the road, sewn onto a vintage sundress, image courtesy of the artist.



Sleight of Hand: Magic and Spiritualism in the Early 20th Century
August 4, 2018- January 20, 2019

What is magic? The magician who levitates a woman above the darkened stage of the Pantages Theater? The medium who gazes into Commencement Bay to awaken the ghosts of lost sailors? The escape artist who dangles himself in a straitjacket from the Seattle Times building? Magic is all of these things and more. Magic has been practiced throughout human history as a means to entertain and to enlighten. This exhibition showcases the magicians who came through the Pacific Northwest. It tells the intriguing story of how magic has impacted society as a whole, giving the discipline historical significance. Come and be amazed!

image credit: Card advertising Hermann the Great Co., headed by Adelaide Herrmann, prestidigitatrice (expert in sleight of hand), successor to Hermann the Great, circa 1895. Collection of Washington State Historical Society, 1994.1.3.15.



Two Centuries of Glass
September 8, 2018 - January 27, 2019

Thousands of people come to Tacoma every year to see the work of internationally recognized glass artists. But what of the beauty of the glass that we use every day? Glass is used in our lives from the moment we wake up until the time we go to sleep, from what we wear to how we eat and even saving our lives. View anew diverse glass artifacts along with stories about how these products have been used for work, play, and adornment. Consider glass tools and items used in the fields of medicine and health, and functional glass used in the home. Inspire your creative spirit with the glass art on view, too.




Thursday, October 24- A Sunset Celebration at the Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum

About the museum:
Come explore our region’s extraordinary maritime heritage! Learn how the people, boats, and industries that built the heart of Tacoma have shaped our future and changed the way we view the treasures of Puget Sound. A visit to the Foss Waterway Seaport lets you experience the sights, sounds and classic beauty of our historic building, maritime exhibits, Heritage Boat Shop, educational classroom and views off our waterfront esplanade.

Specific Highlights for the Evening Event:

The exhibit First on the Waterways: The Puyallup People explores the history of the Puyallup People and their intimate connection to the Salish Sea and the Puyallup River. The exhibit highlights the life of the Puyallup People in the South Sound, including canoe building and fishing technique, resource utilization, diet, recreation, world view, and contact with other tribes and later explorers. To tell this story accurately, the exhibit content has been developed in partnership with local members of the Puyallup Tribe.


If you win, which would you choose? 

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