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Bellevue Arts Museum announces BAM Biennial 2012. High Fiber Diet

BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet continues the Museum’s commitment to celebrating both tradition and innovation in art, craft and design in the Northwest. The exhibition will be on view at Bellevue Arts Museum from October 25, 2012 to February 24, 2013.

Selected from close to 300 applications, the 44 artists chosen to participate in BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet represent both established and emerging artists, either living or working in the Northwest (Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington).

Tamara Wilson, Bicycle. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.

The majority of the works are specifically created for the exhibition. They range from traditional to new expressions of fiber art, where concepts, media and ideas merge. Michael Cepress’s deconstructed fashion, Amanda Manitach’s video of the embroidery of a lamb tongue, Scott Fife’s low‐tech cardboard pieces, Dina Barzel’s monumental yet airy sculpture in raw silk, Sherry Markovitz’s iconic beaded sculptures and Jiseon Lee Isbara’s Korean bojagi‐inspired forms are but a few of the diverse works to be seen in BAM Biennial 2012: High Fiber Diet. Jointly, they offer a glimpse into how artists continue to transform and re‐invent fiber’s already rich tradition in the Northwest.

Participating artists include:
Polly Adams Sutton (WA), Howard and Lorraine Barlow (WA), Dina Barzel (WA), Lou Cabeen (WA), Vanessa Calvert (OR), Michael Cepress (WA), Christine Chaney (WA), David Chatt (WA), Joanne Circle (BC), Celeste Cooning (WA), Scott Fife (WA), Rob Folendorf (WA), April Marie Hale (MT), Jo Hamilton (OR), Luke Haynes (WA), Carolyn Hopkins (WA), Jan Hopkins (WA), Rock Hushka (WA), Jiseon Lee Isbara (OR), Ann Johnston (OR), Christine Joy (MT), Patti King (WA), Sheila Klein (WA), Paul Komada (WA), Barbara Lee Smith (WA), Margie Livingston (WA), Allison Manch (WA), Amanda Manitach (WA), Sherry Markovitz (WA), Heather McGilvray (WA), Dorothy McGuinness (WA), Rachel Meginnes (WA), Robert Mertens (OR), Moxie (WA), Tiffany Pruitt (WA), Patricia Resseguie (WA), Lesley Richmond (BC), Maggy Rozycki Hiltner (MT), Scott Schuldt (WA), Maria Shell (AK), Shelley Socolofsky (OR), Nate Steigenga (WA), Claire Taylor (WA) and Tamara Wilson (AK).

BAM Biennial is a juried exhibition intended to encourage and recognize innovative work by contemporary Northwest artists and craftsmen. Artists are encouraged to submit proposals for new work in an effort to foster creative growth. For each edition, Bellevue Arts Museum designates a new focus, exploring a specific medium, technique, process or theme in art, craft and design, the Museum’s artistic focal point. The exhibition is accompanied by two awards: the John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence, selected by curatorial staff and accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize, plus the opportunity of a future solo exhibition at BAM, as well as the Samuel & Patricia Smith People’s Choice Award, selected by Museum visitors and recognized with a $5,000 cash prize. With its geographic and artistic focus, the BAM Biennial fills a unique niche in the Northwest arts community and demonstrates BAM’s commitment to highlighting a wide variety of creative media.

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