Art has played a large role in shaping The Rainier Club throughout our history. We support our local art community through the work of our members – art collectors, supporters, aficionados, and artists themselves – through our programming, partnerships and our Laureate award program.
Not only is the Clubhouse itself a work of art, thanks to Architect Kirtland Cutter, but the Clubhouse walls are adorned with eclectic treasures donated to the Club over the years. Our collection is as varied and unique as our members, boasting more than 350 works strongly rooted in the Pacific Northwest.
Collection highlights include works from the 1909 Alaska–Yukon–Pacific Exposition, Northwest mystics Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, George Tsutakawa, and glass masters Lino Tagliapietra and Rainier Club Laureate Dale Chihuly. Our collection also features contemporary Northwest artists Alden Mason, William Ivey, and Rainier Club Laureate Tony Angell. We currently display two permanent loans, a collection of seascapes and objects through MOHAI as well as a collection of notable works by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec courtesy of Rainier Club member John Price.
Most notably, The Rainier Club is home to one of the largest private collection of works by Edward S. Curtis, famed photographer, ethnographer, and Rainier Club member from 1903-1921. Our collection includes his famed gold tones and some of his most memorable photogravures from his body of work The North American Indian.