Welcome to 3D-Con 2020 in Tacoma, WA

Welcome to Tacoma!

With your feet in the clear salt water of Commencement Bay on Puget Sound, the 14,411-foot peak of Mount Rainier is just 42 miles away. And nowhere in the continental United States are there more spectacular and varied natural environments within a hundred mile radius of Tacoma, Washington, from this alpine wonder to the ocean, from coastal rain forests to alpine meadows within a temperate climate, you will experience it all.

Tacoma Washington is considered one of the nations’ most livable cities. It is located on Puget Sound 30 miles south of Seattle, and is the second largest city in the Puget Sound area and the third largest in the state.

As the birthplace of artist Dale Chihuly, it is a city steeped in glass art, and that art is in museums throughout the city, in massive public art installations, and our convention location, Hotel Murano, is a glass-art themed boutique hotel. Within walking distance of the hotel, both Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass have world-class collections, and they are connected by the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Art is in the city’s DNA.

Come early and stay longer to enjoy Tacoma’s spectacular outdoors. Minutes away from Tacomas’ downtown is the Ruston Way Waterfront, a two mile stretch of waterfront with a dedicated walking trail to enjoy at your own pace. Spectacular views of the bay and the islands of Puget Sound await you from the outdoor patios of the excellent restaurants along the water.

The gem in Tacoma’s crown is the 700 acre Point Defiance Park, which was named the best park in Washington State, a state that cherishes its parks. Make the five mile drive through an old growth forest, and the nearly 15 miles of trails inside the park. Visit the Rose Garden, the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

Just a short distance from the Hotel Murano is the Museum District. Enjoy fine art at the Tacoma Art Museum. Learn about The states’ history at the Washington State History Museum. See world class glass art being made at the Museum of Glass. Not far away is the LeMay - America’s Car Museum, the largest automotive museum in North America.

The city’s many districts offer an eclectic mix of shopping and entertainment. Broadway Avenue downtown is the place for antique and collectible hunters. In the Stadium and Proctor districts you will find many boutiques and restaurants. In the Proctor District you can see films at the historic Blue Mouse Theater and 6th Avenue has a great collection of upbeat restaurants, taverns and musical venues. Scattered through the city are some very fine taprooms catering to craft beer aficionados. A free light rail system connects all of downtown with the University of Washington Tacoma campus and the museum district. It also provides access to the Tacoma Dome Transit station where the Sounder trains or express busses provide access to downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac airport.

In the unlikely event you run out of things to do in Tacoma, Mt Rainier National Park is a 90 minute drive away. At the aptly named Paradise recreation area, you will find the Paradise Inn, a 121 room rustic hotel surrounded by an extensive trail network that range from casual strolls, to ascents to the peak. Sunrise, which is the highest elevation that can be reached by vehicle, has spectacular views. Just outside the National Park is the Crystal Mountain Resort. An incredible gondola ride runs all year and will take you to the excellent Summit House restaurant – the highest-elevation restaurant in the state - with unparalleled views of Mt Rainier.

An hour’s drive to the north is the world class city of Seattle. We are planning a tour to Seattle that could include the Seattle Center and the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum, the Space Needle, and / or the Pacific Science Center. The Seattle waterfront and Pike Place Market with the famous “fish throw” is an option. The best seafood in the state can be found in numerous restaurants. There is much to see and do in Seattle.

Two hours to the south is the wonderful city of Portland, Oregon. Two hours to the west are the beaches of the Pacific coast. Another hour or so of driving along the coast brings you to the Olympic National Park and the beautiful Hoh Rain Forest, where you can find the quietest place on earth and see old growth forests of huge trees that remind us of what it looked like before human development. There are many campgrounds, hotels and lodges along the ocean highway (that may require advance reservations). The beaches are wild and beautiful. Native American artifacts can be seen on some beaches farther north and there you will find museums about the many different native cultures in the area. A visit to Tillicum Village to eat a NW salmon feast and watch native dancing can be enjoyed close to Tacoma on an island in Puget Sound.

Whatever your interests, be it culture, shopping, dining or the outdoors you will find it in Western Washington.

Come join us for the first convention in the Northwest since 2004. August is the best time of year for long days of sunshine and picture-perfect weather. Plan to extend your vacation to enjoy more of the wonders of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Call for Papers

Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography
August 14, 2020

Sessions on the History of Stereoscopic Photography is a conference within a conference, hosted by the National Stereoscopic Association at the 46th annual 3D-Con in Tacoma, Washington.

In the last thirty years, scholarship on stereography has moved from the margins to a more central position in the history of photography and visual culture. A new wave of scholars has emerged with studies that range from stereo’s inception to contemporary virtual and augmented reality. These scholars are creating a language for stereo photography even as it is expanding into nascent vision. Potential topics for paper presentations include: historical and archival discoveries; studies on collecting, p/matronage, and the culture of stereo; the marketing and incorporation of 3D; domesticities and instruments; immersive media, interactivity and performance; 3D cinema and video; the politics of historiographical suppression or distortion; hyper-simulation to surveillance; representations of stereo in popular media; reading stereo perception, as well as others. Papers on topics from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century are invited. Stereoscopic projection is available at the conference.

Deadline for abstracts: March 2, 2020

Please send an abstract of 500 words and a biography of 250 words including institutional affiliation. Independent scholars are welcome.
email to: Melody Davis<davism6@sage.edu>
Notification of acceptance by May 1, 2020. Digital images will be expected by June 30, 2020.

What is the 3D-Con?

The National Stereoscopic Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1974, whose goals are to promote the study, collection and use of stereo photography it has over 1,000 members. 3D-con is traditionally the name of the NSA annual convention, held somewhere different every year in the summertime.

What happens at a convention?

The convention has programming for the collector as well as the photographer. Among the highlights are the trade show, the stereo theater, workshops, tours, and auction, and Special Interest Meetings meetings. In addition, we hold slide and print contests and showings of stereo (3D) photography.

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