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BIMA Spotlight
Beacon Window Gallery Program

Deadline October 15, 2022

BIMA’s two-story Beacon Window Gallery is a vertical (approx. 23’ h x 11’ w x 4’d), 24-hour showcase for installation art. The Beacon Window is in the front of the building, facing the thousands of people coming to Bainbridge Island each day by ferry — by foot, bike, car, etc. Since 2013, we have featured diverse installations by artists such as Jite Agbro, Romson Regarde Bustillo, Marita Dingus, David Eisenhour, Michelle Kumata, Margie McDonald, and Kait Rhoads.

Installations may be both front-facing and rear (inside) facing, although the view from the inside galleries gets broken up – it is limited to the floor you are on. The window bows out towards the street, allowing more depth towards the top. We have a steel I-beam structure at the top to support weight and allow for flexibility with artwork designs. A lift-machine is used to hang installations. BIMA has an installation crew to assist artists.

The window has white shades that are drawn down either in bright sunlight or at nighttime, creating a cohesive “theatrical” backdrop. We have track lights inside the front mullions which illuminate the window specifically at night. The space is electrified for various uses. Mechanical features are possible per the physical constraints of the space.

BIMA will select one artist for the BIMA Spotlight Summer 2023 slot, but may retain certain proposals for future consideration. A stipend of up to $2,500 is available to assist artists with materials, transportation, and fabrication, to be negotiated with the Chief Curator. 

To apply, please send one document (no more than 1,000 words) that includes:

  1. Artist(s) name.
  2. City/town of residence.
  3. Email.
  4. Phone.
  5. Artist(s) statement. 
  6. Brief bio.
  7. Title of proposed project (may be tentative).
  8. Summary of proposed project – description of artwork/installation and materials
  9. Artistic vision/purpose of the project – Why or how is this project compelling?
  10. Does this project exist in some form, has it been displayed before, and/or is it yet to be realized?
  11. Artist(s) experience with large scale projects.
  12. What technical or financial support will you need from BIMA to realize this project?
  13. Can this project be completed and installed by the end of June, 2023?
  14. Attach up to three (3) sketches or images of the proposed installation (optional).
  15. Two (2) professional references.

Deadline is October 15, 2022. Submit project summaries or questions via email to: spotlight@biartmuseum.org  

There is no fee to submit for the Beacon Window Gallery Program. The jury will contact finalists for further discussion/clarification. Artists will be notified by November 30, 2022.

The Beacon window program is supported by Leslie and Michael Lebeau, and BIMA’s Members and Donors. 

Spotlight jurors: Eileen Jimenez, Elisheba Johnson, Ed Archie NoiseCat, June Sekiguchi, plus BIMA’s curators Greg Robinson and Amy Sawyer.

BIMA’s Beacon Window Gallery spans two floors and greets visitors as they depart the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal for Bainbridge Island and Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas.

Pictured: Michelle Kumata (Seattle), Song for Generations, 2019, acrylic on canvas, nylon webbing, bamboo, fabric, 17’h x 8’/6”w, Courtesy of the Artist.