Tacoma Art Museum has received a surprise donation of 225 artworks and $14 million from Becky Benaroya, for her 93rd birthday. Benaroya gave her family's collection -- mostly glassworks amassed with her husband Jack, a real-estate developer -- and the funds to expand the museum's footprint by a quarter.
“This is an ideal gift — a significant art collection built with vision and passion,” said Stephanie Stebich, TAM’s executive director. “And a donor who’s able to offer funds for new galleries makes a powerful combination.”
Seattle Times reports that "the collection includes works by Northwest artists, including Morris Graves, Deborah Butterfield, Dale Chihuly, Jeffry Mitchell, Mark Tobey and many others. It also features work by Manuel Neri and Willem de Kooning."
Benaroya said in a statement that she “approached TAM for many reasons; chief among them was the museum’s focus on Northwest art … finding the right home for our works is a very personal matter.”