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Bellevue Arts Museum / Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic / Call for Artists

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Bellevue Arts Museum is seeking artists, craftsmen, designers, and makers of all kinds working in the medium of glass to take part in its upcoming biennial exhibition.

In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition occurring every two years which focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists and craftsmen, emphasizing current and new work. For each edition, Bellevue Arts Museum designates a new focus of exploration, be it a specific medium, technique, process, or theme in art, craft, and design. We are pleased to announce the official call to artists for our next edition in the series, BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic.

The BAM Biennial is an opportunity for makers of all kinds to push the boundaries of their vision and skill, and for this reason, proposals for new work are strongly encouraged. The exhibition is intended to recognize the innovative and extraordinary work being produced by contemporary Northwest makers, and to celebrate the region’s distinctive character. Entrants are invited to approach glass as a medium—whether through traditional expressions or from a non-traditional perspective—where concepts of art, craft, and design merge.


February 26, 2018             Deadline by which all entries must be postmarked

End of April, 2018               Selected artists to be announced and artists notified

October 24–26, 2018         Artwork arrives at BAM, delivered or shipped by artists

November 9, 2018           Exhibition officially opens

April 14, 2019                 Exhibition closes

Late April, 2019               Artists pick up work or arrange for return shipping

Two prizes will be awarded: The winner of the John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence will be selected by BAM Curatorial staff upon review of the pieces in the galleries, and the Samuel and Patricia Smith Peoples’ Choice Award will be presented on the basis of visitors’ votes (date to be determined).

Prizes are as follows:

John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence
$5,000 cash prize plus the possibility of a solo exhibition at Bellevue Arts Museum within 2 years
Awarded at the exhibition’s opening celebration

Samuel and Patricia Smith Peoples’ Choice Award
$5,000 cash prize
Awarded approximately 2/3 of the way through the exhibition (date to be determined)

Eligible media

Visual Arts