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Instagram your close-ups of the gritty city in Tacoma Art Museum’s #253 StreetArt Photo Contest

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on June 24, 2013 at 10:23 am |
June 24, 2013 10:23 am
Tacoma Art Museum street photo. Courtesy Tacoma Art Museum.
Tacoma Art Museum street photo. Courtesy Tacoma Art Museum.

Think you take pretty good photos? Then get up real close to Tacoma’s gritty streets and enter some of your shots via Instagram in the Tacoma Art Museum’s #253 StreetArt Photo Contest. You might even win a museum membership for the year.

Inspired by Eric Carle, who, aside from his winsome tissue-paper collages of rubber ducks and brown bears for kids likes to shoot extreme close-ups of streetscapes, the contest is open to anyone with a photo device and internet access. Like Carle, cruise your neighborhood and find the abstract beauty in parking lot lines, drain grates, sidewalk cracks and even potholes (and we have a lot of those here in T-town). Shoot your close-up (for inspiration, see the Carle shots on the TAM website or, better still, visit the gallery itself) and post your pics on Instagram with the tag #253StreetArt.

The deadline’s July 7. TAM will upload their faves onto the museum’s Facebook page, and the winner will receive an Eric Carle gift package including a copy of the exhibition catalogue signed by Eric Carle plus a membership to Tacoma Art Museum. What’s not to like?

Besides, we’ve now discovered a great use for all those potholes.

Tacoma Art Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday at 1901 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Admission $10/$8/free for five and under. 253-272-4258, tacomaartmuseum.org

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