"Foundation of Art Award" Reception, Nov. 30, 5-7p.m.

A paper sculpture by Jessica Spring.

The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF) invites you to join in celebrating its fourth annual Foundation of Art Award. The Community Foundation, in conjunction with Spaceworks Tacoma and sponsor Safeco Insurance, is hosting an exclusive exhibit featuring works by each of the 2011 Foundation of Art Award nominees. The three-month exhibit, running from early November through January in the Chamber of Commerce Building at 11th St. and Pacific Ave., will showcase work by Jennifer Adams, Sean Alexander, Nick Butler, Lynn DiNino, Oliver Dorris, Kristin Giordano, Ellen Ito, Matt Johnson, Rick Lawson, Nicholas Nyland, Elise Richman, Peter Serko, and this year’s winner, Jessica Spring. Congratulations to these outstanding Tacoma artists!

"Hanging Sphere" by Kristin Giordano.

In addition to the exhibit, The Community Foundation will host a reception on November 30, 2011, from 5-7p.m.  The highlight of the reception will be the unveiling of Jessica Spring’s art work, Ingrained, which was created for this award. Spring is an amazing letterpress artist and printmaker, and a co-founder of one of Tacoma’s favorite art extravaganzas, Wayzgoose. You can find out more about the opening here.

Glass art by Oliver Dorris.

In 2008, The Community Foundation established the Foundation of Art Award to recognize the positive influence art and culture has on the local community and economy. This annual $7,500 prize honors professional artists living and working in Pierce County, and includes a commission for an original work of art. Previous recipients are Chris Sharp (2008), Jeremy Mangan (2009) and Lisa Kinoshita (2010). To learn more about the 2011 Foundation of Art Award nominees and to view their portfolios, please visit: www.gtcf.org/artgallery. And come join us in honoring the artists on Nov. 30!

"Whiskas" by Nicholas Nyland.

The Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization that has been serving Pierce County since 1981, “collaborat[ing] with individuals, businesses and community partners to initiate change and develop solutions to longstanding challenges.”

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