#3 Tacoma Art Museum Tacoma, Washington At 1701 Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma, Washington. In close proximity to Union Station, Washington State History Museum, and the University of Washington Tacoma campus. The Tacoma Art Museum was designed be Antoine Pre dock from Albuquerque. The building size at 50, 000 sq. feet. And costing $27 Million to create it incorporates shadow stainless steel and glass as exterior features.

Special Features include more than 12, 000 square feet of flexible gallery space with appropriate lighting and climate control. With the galleries wrapping around a garden. Art preservation areas and collections storage as well as freight elevators and a loading dock for moving artworks. Parking area with 125 spaces. Bill and Melinda Gates Resource Center with state-of-the-art equipment and materials, including reference material, periodicals, and a circulating slide library. Fully equipped education center with art-making space, including a separate studio with sinks, counters, and other facilities needed for educational programs.

Expanded event center with audio-visual equipment for lectures, films, and performances. Caf'e with ample seating and food service facilities and, an expanded Museum Store with gifts, books, and art-related items. The new building will share more of TAM's actively growing collection with visitors. State of the art galleries will be devoted to art from the Northwest and the Museum's strong collections of European Impressionism, Japanese woodblock prints, American graphic art, and Dale Chih uly glass. The Museum's library will expand into a Resource Center, providing a community facility for research with a slide library, current magazine subscriptions and a comprehensive collection of printed materials. From toddlers finger painting to seniors making sculpture, people of all ages and cultural backgrounds look forward to working with TAM's education department.

The Museum currently serves over 20, 000 students, adults and seniors from seven counties each year with award-winning programs. In the new building, Artworks, TAM's hands-on studio, will be fully equipped with art making equipment, including a studio to host artists-in-residence, making it more accessible, comfortable and conducive to creativity for visitors of all ages. The Museum also sponsors many public programs, including lectures, tours and performances, which bring the community into dialogues with artists of all kinds. Expanded event space will make these programs more rewarding for audience and artist alike.

TAM will be able to host programs such as film series and musical events, previously held off-site. Like the Tacoma Art Museum I hope to incorporate ideas that allow children as well as elders to have a good time in the Children's Museum.