BELLINGHAM NATIONAL 2017 JURIED ART EXHIBITION AND AWARDS @ WHATCOM MUSEUM

Kelly Bjork, Seattle, WA; Tiger Overhead, 2016; Gouache and pencil on paper, 19 x 15 in. Courtesy of the artist.

June 11 – September 10, 2017, Lightcatcher

Juror: Catharina Manchanda, Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum

The Whatcom Museum is hosting the second Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibitions and Awards. Hundreds of artists from around the country submitted artworks in the theme of drawing to be considered for this exhibition. The top three artists will receive cash awards and the exhibition will include a popular choice award. The artwork selected will represent a variety of mediums interpreting the theme of drawing. Artwork will feature modern ideas of language, writing, notation, mapping, movement, dance, performance, as well as connections to space and architecture.

The flood of images disseminated on the internet, and with it the attendant information overload, invite renewed attention to drawing as a comparably “slow” medium. Traditionally tied to the conception and development of ideas, drawing remained the stepchild to the more durable mediums of painting and sculpture well into the 1960s. The subsequent interest in process and fragment rather than the finished product allowed drawing to assume a far more influential position. In our contemporary moment, drawing practices warrant particular attention as they open new avenues for artistic thought and expression, especially vis-à-vis digital modes of communication and information sharing.  Read more

PEOPLE OF THE SEA AND CEDAR: THE STORY OF THE COAST SALISH TRIBES

Photo by Kiser Photo Co., Whatcom Museum #1946.24.27

Opens July 15, 2017, Lightcatcher

Local and regional history of the Coast Salish people is one of the most requested topics by Whatcom Museum visitors. This summer, the Museum will debut a new exhibit in the second floor gallery of the Lightcatcher building that shares the history and art of the Coast Salish people, blending both historical and contemporary perspectives. This exhibit will feature artifacts from the Museum’s collection, such as Coast Salish artwork and carvings, woven blankets, hand-made tools, and cedar hats, clothing, and baskets. The exhibit will provide hands-on learning experiences, a Lummi and Nooksack language interactive, and videos showcasing Lummi and Nooksack weavers and carvers. Themes of cultural knowledge, art and symbolism, lifestyles, and community will present the Coast Salish tribes as vibrant, living cultures who honor their past while building a cultural and economic future for their people.

PARTY > Members see it first at the member reception! Friday, July 14, 5 – 7 PM at the Lightcatcher building.

DOCENT TOURS > Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 2:30pm beginning July 19, 2017.

WHATCOM ARTIST STUDIO TOUR JURIED EXHIBITION

August 4 – September 3, 2017, Old City Hall

In anticipation of the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour in October, we’ll be showcasing a variety of artwork in a juried exhibition featuring participating artists. Learn more about the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour at www.studiotour.net.