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