Tacoma artist Jessica Spring has been named the winner of the fourth annual Foundation of Art Award given by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Recognizing artists of talent who have given back to the Pierce County community, the award comes with $7,500 prize money and a commission, which Spring will complete by this fall.
A letterpress artist who works under the press name Springtide Press, Spring has exhibited in many local and regional gallery shows, collaborated with other artists, founded the letterpress/book Wayzgoose event at Kings’ Bookstore and teaches book arts at Pacific Lutheran University.
“Since she moved to Tacoma, Spring has been pivotal in the explosion of letterpress and book arts in Tacoma,” says City of Tacoma arts administrator Amy McBride, a Foundation committee member who nominated Spring for the award.
Past awards have gone to artists Chris Sharp, Jeremy Mangan and Lisa Kinoshita. An online gallery of award-winners’ work can be found at www.gtcf.org/artgallery.