The Luminous Landscapes of Victoria Adams at the Tacoma Art Museum

Somewhere between the soothing and the sublime, the work of landscape artist Victoria Adams offers a respite from our busy lives. Tacoma Art Museum is proud to present Where the Sky Meets the Earth: The Luminous Landscapes of Victoria Adams open through October 3, 2010. Adams, a local artist living on Vashon Island, paints rich, panoramic views of sky and land, untouched and unrestricted by humans.

The exhibition features a compelling survey of Adams’ paintings, with works ranging from 1992 to present. Several new works, created specifically for this exhibition, will be also featured.

Victoria Adams, Milieu, 2000. Oil and wax on linen, 40 x 75 inches. Private collection. Photo: Charles Backus

Victoria Adams’ work follows the long tradition of landscape artists, from the European masters to American Luminist and Hudson River artists. She draws inspiration from the Pacific Northwest and “fragments of actual photographed scenes, to memories and daydreams, all filtered through the influence of the historical landscape tradition.” Her work reaffirms the nature that we have kept pristine, yet mourns the countryside that we have lost. In her own words, Victoria Adams reminds us that “with the destruction of the natural landscape, landscape painting can provide a venue for exercising our innate need to connect with nature.”

Adams’ paintings evoke the deep desire for that perfect moment while also evoking the psychological impact of the idealized landscape, both of which have been deeply conditioned in American culture.

Tacoma Art Museum was founded by a group of volunteers in 1935 and has since grown to become a national model for regional, mid-sized museums. The museum is dedicated to exhibiting and collecting Northwest art, with the mission of connecting people through art. The museum’s permanent collection includes the premier collection of Dale Chihuly’s glass artwork on permanent public display.

Tacoma Art Museum opened its current facility on May 3, 2003, when it moved from a former bank building that was built in 1920. Nearly twice the size of its previous building, Tacoma Art Museum’s new $22-million Antoine Predock-designed structure provides the space to exhibit more of the permanent collection. In designing the building, Predock drew inspiration from the region’s light, its relationship to the water, the neighborhood’s industrial history and character, Mount Rainier, the Thea Foss Waterway, and the surrounding structures in what is now known as the Museum District.

Tacoma Art Museum
1701 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

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