Make.Shift Gallery and the Whatcom Museum are joining forces for a juried exhibit this September called “Making History: Art from the Archives.” We invite YOU to submit original works incorporating or inspired by images from the Museum’s Photo ArchivesDeadline for entries is Saturday, August 19, noon-5pm (deliver works to Make.Shift Gallery, 306 Flora Street)

How it Works:

  1. YOU, THE ARTIST, SELECT AN HISTORICAL IMAGE FROM THE MUSEUM’S PHOTO ARCHIVES. You can access the Archive’s full collection of images in-person at the Syre Education Center, 201 Prospect Street, Wed. through Fri. from 1:00 to 4:30pm OR you can view more than 1,000 selected images online here. Copies of photographs are available from the Archives for only 25 cents. Professional prints are available as well, prices vary depending on size.
  1. CREATE AN ORIGINAL ARTWORK THAT INCORPORATES OR DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM YOUR SELECTED IMAGE. 2-D, 3-D, and media-based will be considered. 2-D works must follow Make.Shift Gallery’s hanging requirements and standards of quality.
  1. DELIVER YOUR FINISHED PIECE TO MAKE.SHIFT GALLERY AT 306 FLORA STREETON SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, BETWEEN NOON AND 5 PM. When submitting your work, you must include a copy of your chosen archival image on an 8×10 piece of standard printer paper. This photograph will be displayed alongside your work in the gallery.

The show will be on display at Make.Shift Gallery, 306 Flora Street, September 1 – 30, 2017, with an opening reception at Art Walk on Friday, September 1, 6 – 10pm.

Please email any questions to Jessyca Murphy, Make.Shift Gallery Director at

Each year, the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum sponsor the “Essence of Bellingham” photography competition in the spring. Digital or scanned entries gathered over the previous year that capture the “essence” of Bellingham are showcased and added to a collection documenting Bellingham and the diverse nature of life in our city and county.  Entries may appear in Whatcom Museum and City of Bellingham publications and in various places such as print, TV, and the Internet. All residents of Whatcom County are eligible to participate with the exception of those called upon to jury the competition.​ Entries for 2017 are closed. Check back next spring to participate in the 2018 competition.