Art of the American West

November 6, 2014

Next week the Tacoma Art Museum will debut its new collection of Western American art and unveil an entire new wing of galleries built to display the collection. The Haub Family Collection is the single largest gift in the museum’s history, containing 295 works spanning from 1820 to today.

Erivan and Helga Haub, originally from Germany, have close business and personal ties to the Pacific Northwest and the city of Tacoma. Their love of the American West inspired the Haubs to collect Western American art over the last thirty years. Their collection includes prominent nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists who helped shape the perception of Western America. Represented in the collection are works by George Catlin, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Contemporary artists such as John Nieto, Ed Mell, and Kevin Red Star are also included.

Marquand Books produced Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection at Tacoma Art Museum for the collection, which is published by Tacoma Art Museum with Yale University Press. The richly illustrated, 312-page book was designed by Susan Kelly and Jeff Wincapaw and features 323 color illustrations.

The Tacoma Art Museum will be holding several events around the opening of the new galleries, beginning on November 14. The collection will be on view through November 2015. To learn more about the Haubs’ gift, visit the Tacoma Art Museum. You can purchase copies of the book in person at the museum or by visiting Yale University Press.


Photography by Jeremy Linden