On Jan. 14, the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) announced it will build out a new wing for a 225-piece gift given by Becky Benaroya, the widow of the late Seattle-based real estate developer Jack Benaroya. The benefactor also said she would donate $14 million to pay for a new, 7,390-square-foot gallery extension to house said objects, which will be designed by Seattle–based studio Olson Kundig. The collection is comprised of a series of artistic mediums, such as glass, paintings, and sculpture, completed by both American and foreign artists. This specific expansion (Olson Kundig also designed a 16,000-square-foot structure for TAM in 2013 that features the Haub Family Collection) is expected to open in the fall of 2018.
The museum was technically founded 80 years ago by local volunteers who hoped to create a hub that represented the creative works by Northwestern artists. In 1997, their staff tapped on American architect Antoine Predock to design the structure for their second location, which opened in 2003.
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