The Seattle Times wrote: “Ms. Hauberg, known for her arts philanthropy and advocacy for people with learning disabilities, died April 11 of natural causes at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. She was 98.
Born in Seattle, Ms. Hauberg was inspired by her father, who designed the original Seattle Art Museum — now the Seattle Asian Art Museum on Capitol Hill — as well as 28 buildings on the University of Washington campus, including Suzzallo Library. He was also a founder of the university’s architecture school.
“Why the arts?” Ms. Hauberg told The Seattle Times in 2004. “Because as my father said, ‘If you don’t support them, you won’t have them,’ ” she said.
Co-founder Pilchuck Glass School
Ms. Hauberg studied architecture, though never obtained a college degree, before establishing a celebrated career as an ardent collector and supporter of the arts. “….
“In 1971, the Haubergs, with famed glass artist Dale Chihuly, founded Pilchuck Glass School in the foothills of the Cascades, near Stanwood, Snohomish County. John Hauberg’s company owned a 15,000-acre tree farm on which the property was built.
“If it weren’t for Annie,” Chihuly said, calling her by a nickname used by close friends, “there would be no Pilchuck Glass Center.” He added: “One of the things she liked about art was the artists. She really enjoyed getting to know artists.”
In the News Tribune Craig Sailor wrote: “She would often say, ‘If you don’t support artists there won’t be any.’ That’s what she always did,” Stebich said. “Artists never forgot that generosity of spirit.”
TAM Tacoma Art Museum has been planning a show of the highlights of her collection. It will go on as scheduled in the fall of 2017, Stebich said. “We lost a Northwest original,” Stebich said. “She had an original eye an original vision and certainly an original style.”
Anne Gould Hauberg Collection at the TacommaMuseum of Art
The museum’s glass collection is anchored by Anne Gould Hauberg’s gift of 151 works. As one of the founders of the Pilchuck Glass School, Hauberg’s collection charts the development of the early years of Pilchuck. As a leading arts patron in the Northwest West, Anne Gould Hauberg championed many artists and cultivated deep friendships with many of them, notably Dale Chihuly. Her gift to TAM includes outstanding examples of early Chihuly works including a hand-woven window covering with colored glass bars, a wine bottle, cylinders and baskets. The collection also includes works by such renowned artists as James Carpenter, Joey Kirkpatrick, Flora C. Mace, Paul Marioni, Richard Marquis, William Morris, Italo Scanga, Therman Statom, Lino Tagliapietra, and Toots Zynsky. She also collected favorite artists in depth such as Anna Skibska, James Minson, and Ginny Ruffner.
A celebration of life will be held in May and will be open to the public.