Historic quilts are among the few types of everyday objects that, by virtue of their artistic qualities, survive to join museum collections as American folk and decorative art. Their allure reaches beyond graphic quality to reveal stories of family, community and work lives. Forty-three artful quilts from the permanent collection of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society echo our collective Northwest experience and reflect generations of quilt traditions used to create objects of beauty and function.Quiltscapes Exhibition Info
From railroads to rivers, school children to strawberry pickers, and bicycle shops to brickyards, the photograph collection offers some of the most intriguing and entertaining images from the history of this region.Spokane Memories: Photographs from the Permanent Collection Exhibition Info
Uncommon Gifts debuts recently acquired selections from the legendary Safeco Collection juxtaposed with works previously collected.
Look for influential friendships, educational confluences, and shared colors, textures, forms, and subject matter. See the qualities that hallmark Northwest art.Uncommon Gifts Exhibition Info
Story telling is a universal human impulse. Myths and stories reflect the common human experience. Sharing stories helps us to make sense of our world, to find meaning in chaos, to teach our children.We were interested in visitors’ interpretations of these works from our collection and in 2009 solicited and posted viewer responses.Stories from Within: Selections from the Permanent Collection Exhibition Info
Selected works on paper from the MAC’s Northwest art collection are made available online through a grant from the Washington Art Consortium.Northwest Art Collection: Works on Paper Exhibition Info
The exhibit “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work” commemorates the Northwest journeys and scientific contributions of the Scottish naturalist whose name is memorialized in the Douglas-fir.David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work Exhibition Info