A new chapter for the 950 Gallery

After 4 years and 23 exhibits, the 950 Gallery, managed by Spaceworks Tacoma, will be closing its doors at the end of the month. Our building owner received a five-year offer from another business that we were unable to match. While we’ve benefitted from a flexible month-to-month lease, we also knew that this was a possible reality and we’re grateful for what we’ve accomplished since 2016. We’re unsure where we’ll land next, and we see this departure as an opportunity to realize some of our bigger dreams of space activation. In the short term, we’re focused on finding new homes for the forthcoming artist residencies and two of our subtenants.

The 950 Gallery provided a prominent downtown location for contemporary local artists and curators to host feature exhibitions–entirely of their own creation. The 23 exhibits were unique, culturally rich, historically significant, exploratory, and widely varied in form and content. Many were a catalyst for the community to come together, forming tighter bonds and furthering relationships. Some provided a launching pad for professional careers while others offered a retrospective. A full archive of the exhibits is available on our website.

Thank you the artists who shared their creative talents with our Tacoma community. Thank you to our Spaceworks supporters and local art patrons who faithfully celebrated each exhibition opening. And thank you to Artscapes coordinator Gabriel Brown and former program director Heather Joy for the vision and leadership required to launch the 950 Gallery. When we started we had no idea how it would evolve, and we celebrate the multitude of small and big wins that came about during its time.

If you have a memory to share or have ideas about a future art gallery for Spaceworks, connect with us on Facebook or Instagram or send us a note at Spaceworks@Tacomachamber.org.

The final exhibit at 950 Gallery “Rhoda” by Paige Pettibon and the Hayward family. Click here to see more
High Blood” a 2016 group exhibit curated by the Culture Shock Collective. Artwork pictured here by Anida Yoeu Ali. Click here to see more
Moon Moan” a 2018 exhibit by Raven Juarez & Asia Tail. Click here to see more
2017 Foundation of Art Award” exhibit by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Artwork pictured here by Christopher Paul Jordan. Click here to see more
“PRESENT / TENSE” a 2017 duel exhibit by Malayka Gormally & Tom Gormally. Click here to see more
Dinosauryland” A 2019 exhibition by Catherine Cross Uehara. Click here to see more
Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed” A 2017 group exhibit curated by Susan N. Platt and David Long. Artwork pictured here by Ricardo Gomez. Click here to see more
Protect the Sacred” a 2017 exhibition, curated by Asia Tail, including over 27 artists. Pictured here, the late great Jesse Nightwalker drumming during the opening reception. All exhibition proceeds went to support the water protectors resisting the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock. Click here to see more

Click here to find the full archive of all the 950 exhibits