Arts & Culture

Arts patron Anne Gould Hauberg dies at 98

A 1972 portrait of Anne Gould Hauberg by Thomas T. Wilson.
A 1972 portrait of Anne Gould Hauberg by Thomas T. Wilson. Courtesy

Northwest arts patron Anne Gould Hauberg died Monday in Seattle. She was 98.

Hauberg was a longtime supporter of the Tacoma Art Museum. Along with then husband John Hauberg and artist Dale Chihuly, she founded the Pilchuck Glass School in 1971. She was also a founding board member of Tacoma’s Museum of Glass.

“I would call her the patron saint for art,” said TAM executive director Stephanie Stebich on Tuesday.

Hauberg was a TAM trustee from 1994 to 2000 and was later named trustee emeritus. She also served on the museum’s collection committee.

“She really understood our singular focus on Northwest art,” said Stebich.

Hauberg grew up in a creative household. She was the daughter of architect Carl Gould. Gould designed many prominent buildings in the Northwest, including the Olympic Hotel in Seattle and the Seattle Art Museum (now the Seattle Asian Art Museum.)

Hauberg studied architecture at the University of Washington. Her father designed the campus and founded the architecture department there.

According to a 2006 interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Hauberg was responsible for the creation of Seattle’s Freeway Park, the preservation of Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market, and the Pilot School for Neurologically Impaired Children, now the University of Washington’s Experimental Education Unit.

The Pilot School was of special significance. Two of the Hauberg’s three children were born disabled, according to the P-I story.

In 2013, TAM took possession of Hauberg’s collection of 159 art works. They are primarily of glass, but the collection also contains jewelry and paintings, including one by Mark Tobey.

Along with significant gifts from Chihuly, Hauberg’s bequeathed gift attracted other significant gifts from artist Paul Marioni and, in January, another from Becky Benaroya.

“One gift attracts another,” Stebich said. “Museums are collections of collections.”

Hauberg was at ease entertaining both civic leaders and up-and-coming young artists, Stebich said.

“She would often say, ‘If you don’t support artists there won’t be any.’ That’s what she always did,” Stebich said. “Artists never forgot that generosity of spirit.”

TAM has been planning a show of the highlights of her collection. It will go on as scheduled in the fall of 2017, Stebich said.

“We lost a Northwest original,” Stebich said. “She had an original eye an original vision and certainly an original style.”

A celebration of life will be held in May and will be open to the public.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor