Faith Brower was named Tuesday by the Tacoma Art Museum as the curator of the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art.
In her new position, which she will start July 26, Brower will create, articulate and execute a vision for the museum newest collection, said Stephanie Stebich, executive director of Tacoma Art Museum.
“I am honored to join the Tacoma Art Museum, and am looking forward to becoming a part of the Tacoma community,” Brower said in a prepared statement. “To be able to build and shape the Haub Family Collection of Western American art through dynamic exhibitions and strategic gifts and purchases is a unique opportunity.
“This extraordinary collection deserves to be better recognized nationally and internationally through touring exhibitions and additional critical scholarship,” she added.
The Haub collection includes works that depict the cultural history of the American West, including historic painters such as Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Catharine Critcher, E. Martin Hennings and Ernest Blumenschein. The collection also contains works by modernist painters, including Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Henri, and Maynard Dixon as well as contemporary artists such as Clyde Aspevig, Tom Lovell, John Nieto, Bill Schenck, and Mian Situ. The works range in date from the late 1790s to the present.
The 280-piece art collection was gifted to the museum in 2012 by Erivan Haub and his wife, Helga, who have a home in Arletta near Fox Island. They amassed the art collection over 25 years. To house the collection, the museum built a new 15,000-square-foot wing, doubling the size of the museum.
Since 2012, Brower has been the curator of exhibitions and collections at the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon. She has been in charge of the care and display of 29,000 objects in that museum’s permanent collection.
“We are excited to welcome Faith to the museum,” Stebich said in a prepared statement. “She brings expertise in American art of the West and contemporary Native American art to TAM. Faith will advance the appreciation and awareness of the Haub Collection nationally and internationally.”
Brower also held several curatorial roles at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, California. She has a master’s degree in art history from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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