Current Exhibitions

Luminous: Dale Chihuly and the Studio Glass Movement

In partnership with the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, the MAC presents an exhibition featuring works by thirty-three internationally renowned studio glass artists including Dale Chihuly, Preston Singletary, and Lino Tagliapietra.The Pacific Northwest serves as a center of innovation for glass art and the works on display are some of the best examples of modern and contemporary glass by masters in the field, many of whom are based in the Northwest.




Artwork: Dale Chihuly, Laguna Murano Chandelier detail, 1996, George Stroemple Collection

Into the Arctic

Paintings and films from the furthest reaches of the Canadian North. 

Over a decade in the making, Cory Trépanier’s Into the Arctic exhibition tour presents the most ambitious body of artwork ever created from the Canadian Arctic, a wilderness so remote and untouched, that many of its landscapes have never been documented before. Adding to his majestic paintings are a series of three Arctic films, which cinematically convey the wonder, awe, and challenges of his northern painting expeditions. 

Artwork: Painting Iceberg from Canoe-Wide. Photo by Cory Trepanier. Trépanier captures an iceberg on canvas while floating in a portable canoe near Qikiqtarjuaq, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada

Inuit Art of Povungnituk

Distinctive prints and sculptures expressing an Inuit view of Arctic life. 

The artists in Povungnituk, located in Arctic Quebec, have been recognized for over a quarter of a century for the quality of their print making and their distinctive style. The Povungnituk sculptures and prints chronicle the history and legends of a people. Characterized by crisp images of native animals and human figures set against stark backgrounds, many of the artworks reveal the rituals that have allowed the Inuit people to survive.

Artwork: Paulosie Sivuak (1930–1986), A Dog Sticking Tongue Out, serigraph and stencil, 1987

As Grandmother Taught:
Women, Tradition and Plateau Art

Visit our exhibition featuring Women of the Plateau tribes! 

The art of the indigenous cultures of the Columbia River Plateau region reflects traditional lifeways borne of an ancient and interdependent relationship with the natural world. Women of the Plateau tribes are keepers of culture, creating traditional art forms using time-perfected techniques passed on over generations.




The Secret Life of an ARTIFACT

Unveiling the Mysteries of Museum Collection Care 

A working Collections Lab opens for a public view behind-the-scenes. See collections as they are being processed: On display NOW: Navajo rugs and vintage textiles.