In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition which focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists, craftspeople, and designers, with an emphasis on new work. Every two years, Bellevue Arts Museum has designated a new focus of exploration. The fifth edition in the series, BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic, will be focused on glass.
With Seattle being the undisputed center for the development of glass as an art form in North America, it was natural that this medium should have been selected to culminate the Museum's series of purely media-based biennials. In the future, BAM Biennials will be opened to more general themes or techniques in the fields of art, craft, and design.
The simplicity of its composition, the complexity of its production, the many forms it can take—blown, cast, frit, stained—as well as its many uses, from the stained-glass of a medieval cathedral to the modernist skyscraper, from the Venetian goblet to the IKEA tealight, attest to the fact that glass is a paradoxical material, that has inspired the artists of the Northwest for generations.
The Museum called upon Northwest artists, craftsmen, designers, and makers of all kinds working in the medium of glass to join us for a celebration around this most essential of media. 49 artists were selected to participate.
Fumi Amano, Jimmy Anderegg, Karen Buhler, David Chatt, Bri Chesler, Benjamin Cobb, Julie Conway, Emily Counts, Erin Dengerink, Mark Ditzier, Emily Endo, Gabe Feenan, David Francis, Dan Friday, Terri Grant, KT Hancock, Keiko Hara, Carolyn Hopkins, David Huchthausen, Etsuko Ishikawa, Carrie Iverson, John Kiley, Steve Klein, Morgan Madison, Amanda Manitach, Dante Marioni, Katie Miller, Carol Milne, Janis Miltenberger, Melissa Misoda, Anna Mlasowsky, Shelley Muzylowski-Allen, Karsten Oaks, Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles, Kait Rhoads, Joseph Rossano & Martin Blank, Nathan Sandberg, Heidi Schwegler, Ethan Stern, April Surrend, Lino Tagliapietra, Kathryn Thibault, Happy Thompson, Michael Tyra, Dick Weiss, Erich Toll, Mark Zirpel
Tina Aufiero, Artistic Director, Pilchuck Glass School, WA / Lucile Chich, Assistant Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA / Benedict Heywood, Chief Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA / Andrew Page, Chief Editor, Glass Quarterly, NY / Susan Warner, Executive Director, Vashon Center for the Arts, WA
BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic is organized by Bellevue Arts Museum and curated by Lucile Chich and Benedict Heywood. The exhibition is made possible with support from Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass and 4Culture.
November 9 - April 14, 2018
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Free First Friday: 11am – 8pm
Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004