BIMA Spotlight Call For Artists Now Open

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art invites Puget Sound area artists to apply for the Museum’s first-ever juried group exhibition BIMA Spotlight. Submissions will be accepted from September 1, 2022, through October 15, 2022, via CaFÉ (CallForEntry.org). The exhibition opens on Friday, June 30, 2023, runs into September 2023 and is a cornerstone of BIMA’s 10th Anniversary celebrations

BIMA Spotlight will be a vast group exhibition filling the galleries on two floors (except for the Sherry Grover Gallery). In addition, one artist will be selected for BIMA’s Beacon Window Gallery – a two-story, 24-hour display space on the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305. The Beacon Window Gallery Program includes a stipend for the selected artist (read more here). Artists may apply for both opportunities. 

Visual artworks of all media will be considered, with some limitations to the size and other variables, and will include film/video and visual artworks with performance elements. 

 

APPLY HERE

 

About the Jury Process

Jurors from the Puget Sound Region: 

  • Eileen Jimenez (Seattle) – Indigenous queer artist, Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at South Seattle College. Elisheba Johnson (Seattle) – artist, poet, curator, and co-founder Wa Na Wari. 
  • Ed Archie NoiseCat (Bremerton) – artist and instructor. 
  • June Sekiguchi (Lakewood) – artist and curator 
  • in addition to BIMA Chief Curator, Greg Robinson, and BIMA Associate Curator, Amy Sawyer. 

The BIMA Spotlight Jury will select zero (1) to three (3) works per artist. Artists will be notified of juried selections by November 30, 2022. 

 

EXHIBITION DATES:

Friday, June 30, 2023, runs into September 2023

 

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

Submission Dates:
September 1-October 15, 2022 

Only online submissions are accepted via CaFÉ. Application Fee of $25. The fee is optional and can be waived per need. This information is confidential and not shared with jurors. 

ARTWORK MEDIA AND OTHER CRITERIA:

Visual artworks created since January 1, 2018, will be considered. Artists may submit up to six works. One (1) to three (3) works may be selected by the Spotlight Jury. 

Artwork may be for sale (retail value not included on gallery labels). BIMA does not take a sales commission on gallery exhibitions and will refer interested parties directly to the artist. 

MEDIA FORMAT:

JPG or JPEG – Dimensions: 1200 pixels or greater on the longest side. CaFÉ may readjust your dimensions after entry to fit the limitations. Size: under 5 MB 

Film/video will be limited to 30 minutes in length. The Frank Buxton Auditorium will be used on a scheduled basis for film/video loops. For technical help, click on CaFÉ HELP and go to “Uploading: Image, Audio and Video Files.” 

BIMA SPOTLIGHT EXHIBITION PHYSICAL PARAMETERS and LOGISTICS:

2-dimensional, wall-mounted artworks should not exceed 72”h x 72”w. 3-dimensional artworks should typically not exceed 72″h x 72″w, but the jury may review other works for the feasibility of installation. 

BIMA SPOTLIGHT- BEACON WINDOW GALLERY: PHYSICAL PARAMETERS and LOGISTICS:

Two-story, 24-hour display space on the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305. Dimensions: 22 feet high x 11 feet wide. The Beacon Window Gallery Program includes a stipend for the selected artist. Applicants for the Beacon Window Gallery can learn more and apply through this link

Artists may apply for both opportunities. 

 

APPLY HERE

 

BIMA reserves the right to exclude any artwork deemed too heavy, fragile, vulnerable, valuable, or otherwise not feasible to install or display. 

Artists are requested to communicate any questions/inquiries via email: spotlight@biartmuseum.org.

 

Eligibility: 

  • Works created since January 1, 2018 
  • Artists must be 18 years of age or older (as of September 1, 2022) 
  • Film/video projects are limited to 30 minutes 
  • Some size limitations will be in effect 
  • Artist must live and work in the Puget Sound region 
  • Artists who have had a solo exhibition at BIMA do not qualify 
  • BIMA staff and board members are not eligible

 

APPLY HERE

BIMA Announces its Summer 2023 Juried Exhibition: BIMA Spotlight

Beginning September 1, 2022, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art invites Puget Sound area artists to apply for the Museum’s first-ever juried group exhibition BIMA Spotlight. Submissions will be accepted through October 15, 2022, via an online form on CaFÉ (CallForEntry.org). The exhibition will open on Friday, June 30, 2023, run into September 2023, and be a cornerstone of BIMA’s 10th Anniversary celebrations.

BIMA Spotlight will be a vast group exhibition filling the galleries on two floors. In addition, one artist will be selected for BIMA’s Beacon Window Gallery – a two-story, 24-hour display space on the corner of Winslow Way and Highway 305. The Beacon Window Gallery Program includes a stipend for the selected artist.

Visual artworks of all media will be considered, with some limitations to size and other variables, and will include film/video and visual artworks with performance elements.

Led by BIMA’s curatorial team, guest jurors will help with the selection. To date, guest jurors include Elisheba Johnson (Seattle), Ed Archie NoiseCat (Bremerton), and June Sekiguchi (Tacoma).

Full details and criteria, with a link to the submission page, will be posted on BIMA’s website on September 1, but initial guidelines include:

  • Works created since January 1, 2018
  • Artists must be 18 years of age or older (as of September 1, 2022)
  • Film/video projects are limited to 30 minutes
  • Some size limitations will be in effect
  • Artist must live and work in the Puget Sound region
  • Artists may submit up to six works
  • Artists who have had a solo exhibition at BIMA do not qualify
  • BIMA staff and board members are not eligible

There will be an application fee of $25, although that fee may be waived at the artist’s discretion and that information will be kept from jurors. The BIMA Spotlight Jury will select zero (0) to three (3) works per artist. Artists will be notified of juried selections by November 30, 2022.

More details will be posted HERE on September 1.

Blake Blanco’s Playlist

At the request of BIMA Associate Curator Amy Sawyer, featured artist Blake Blanco recently put together a Spotify playlist to pair with his exhibition, We All Dream.

Break out those AirPods and come on down to the museum for an extra-special way to connect with Blake’s work. Can’t make it in? Listen on your own time and get swept up into Blanco’s world.

Listen now on Spotify.

BIMA featured in video series examining the impact of arts organizations

BIMA is proud of the support has received from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for support of our community and cultural programming. This year, BIMA was featured in the Trust’s annual video series that tackled the subject of “Why The Arts?”

“For our 2022 Annual Video Project, we wanted to take a closer look at some of the ways the arts help the Pacific Northwest flourish and thrive and hear from some of the individuals and organizations who invest in this sector every day.”

Created by Windrider, the series explores everything from contemporary art to Native & Indigenous Art and Cultural Preservation, Performing Arts, and Arts for Children.

Thanks to Windrider and M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for including BIMA!

Within/Earshot playlist to keep you swinging!

I was thrilled to be invited to create the accompanying soundtrack to BIMA’s Within/Earshot Jazz Festival this year.

Perusing the program of live performances, film, and lectures, I went to work weaving a tapestry of sound which highlights just a fraction of the rich fabric that is jazz. Here’s everything from the modern, improvised sounds of Ill Considered, Web Web, and Gecko&Tokage Parade—to the classic sounds of Betty Carter, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Burrell, and Ahmad Jamal—to contemporary beatmakers/producers like Makaya McCraven and Kansado.

Whenever creating a playlist, I dig in a bit to find female artists to supplement the imbalanced gender representation I see in nearly every music genre. I thoroughly enjoyed discovering contemporary artists like Aziza Mustafa Zadeh and Linda Fredriksson, learning more about pioneers such as Mary Lou Williams, and being floored by the Gloria Coleman Quartet.

Since 1986 when I bought my first Green Pajamas record at Cellophane Square, I’ve enjoyed supporting local musicians whenever and wherever I can. Here, shoulder to shoulder with artists from around the globe, are Seattle music makers like The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, McTuff, Eric Verlinde, and Industrial Revelation.

I hope you have been able to attend as many Within/Earshot events as you can, and that you’ll let this soundtrack be something to accompany you and well after this stellar festival. Enjoy.

Listen to the full playlist here!

About the DJ Sidecar

DJ Sidecar, AKA Gary Bedell, is a graphic designer, silk screener, vinyl DJ, and community builder creating and residing on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Art & Environment Lab camp recap with Fiona & Evelyn

Summer campers Fiona Livingston (9) and Evelyn Hale (10) were kind enough to give us a short recap of their week-long adventure exploring art and environment with instructor Pamela Dhramsey Lee. Thank you, Fiona and Evelyn, and we’re so happy to hear about all the fun you had at camp this summer!

In camp, we’ve been working on different types of sustainable buildings. First we made drawings, second made paper models, then we made our buildings. We had to think about what to do with grey water and what we could do with solar power. We thought about how to reuse our materials both within our design and within our houses.

Sustainable = Economy + Environment + Culture, meaning our houses had to be affordable to build and to maintain. They have to respond to their environment and to support the culture of the people who live in them, such as courtyards for communal living.

We looked at buildings of architects Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban and Abeer Seikaly. Matthew Coates designed the building of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Matthew gave us a tour and we learned how to make a sustainable building look inviting. How to hide doors, play with light, and control sound – plus much more!

We learned that buildings need to survive earthquakes and protect the environment that supports them. We also took a tour of Matthew’s architecture studio Coates Design. There we learned many things you can do with houses!

We looked at photos in Earth from Above by Yann Arthus-Bertrand which showed us environmental problems and environmentally based structures. The movement of dance can inspire architecture, so we studied some choreographic forms of Doris Humphrey. Lastly, we had an exhibition of our work. A lot of successes in one week here at BIMA summer camp!

Learn more about BIMA 2021 lineup of summer camps here!

Leaves from Dogwood Dreams community art installation.

Community Art Installation: Dogwood Dreams

What do you hope grows in your life this spring?

Inspired by the imagery of Kimberly Trowbridge: Into the Garden and the beauty of native flora and fauna, seniors across Bainbridge Island contributed to this community art installation celebrating the abundance of spring. Collectively their sentiments of hope, joy, and connection flourish, coming together to decorate the leaves of a Pacific Dogwood tree. Visit this botanical banner hanging in the windows of BIMA’s Museum Store and take a closer look as you spot birds hiding in its branches and community wishes adorning its foliage.

The project was a collaboration with Island Volunteer Caregivers, as part of BIMA’s Creative Aging programming. If you would like to contribute a wish or dream for growth, but were unable to take part through IVC’s Art Kit initiative, please email creativeagining@biartmuseum.org, and we will craft and add a leaf in your honor.

On view through Sunday, May 16, 2021.

BIMA & Hiatus: A Tiny Song for Brian Doyle by Adele Donovan

As part of the 2021 Momentum Festival, BIMA is once again partnering with our friends at Hiatus Magazine, an online compilation of quarantined teenagers’ most creative works. Throughout the two-week festival, we will be featuring pieces from Hiatus’ three issues that highlight our natural world, including written works featured here on BIMA’s blog and visual work featured as a #DailyMomentOfBeauty on our Instagram and Facebook feeds.

Be sure to visit Hiatus Magazine’s website to explore their most recent issue, Beginnings: Winter 2021.

Now on to today’s featured work!

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A Tiny Song for Brian Doyle by Adele Donovan

White-dust on the little woolen teeth of the spine and the clock stops in observation of the frigid ash cooled into bony tongues across our brows and for a burnished moment as thin as the flakes of Old Bay on our teeth the world slides into itself like honey, the page looming and rugged and red where the wind lashes it and smelling like a wasp’s-sting, that papery glove nestled between fronds of verdant scales and hornets rolling in the wild-fennel with infectious joy as their carapaces glisten black as the fetid pool where the flat-worms cavort in Last Summer’s leaves and the watchful birches start to peel their pale husks off and slough away their foliage and sing with the breeze bringing salt in from the Sound, creating over knife-faced barnacles and pungent bladders of rock-weed, mumbling a senseless reel in a voice of liquid bronze.

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Be sure to follow Hiatus Magazine at their Instagram and check out all the work on their website here.

BIMA & Hiatus: Named for a Flower by Aster Isaacson

As part of the 2021 Momentum Festival, BIMA is once again partnering with our friends at Hiatus Magazine, an online compilation of quarantined teenagers’ most creative works. Throughout the two-week festival, we will be featuring pieces from Hiatus’ three issues that highlight our natural world, including written works featured here on BIMA’s blog and visual work featured as a #DailyMomentOfBeauty on our Instagram and Facebook feeds.

Be sure to visit Hiatus Magazine’s website to explore their most recent issue, Beginnings: Winter 2021.

Now on to today’s featured work!

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Named for a Flower by Aster Isaacson

She was named for a flower.
And like a flower her time in my life was temporary.
The time we spent together meant almost nothing,
not in the wide lens that sums up a lifetime.

But with all beautiful things, temporary things,
there are moments that come back to me late at night,
or when I’m reading someone else’s words
yet all that my mind can do is put together my own.

She took my hand and placed it on her heart.
The cold night air made the tips of her fingers like ice,
but mine were warm and we just stood there.
Her heart was pounding but she breathed deep
and seemed to slow it almost at will.
Slowed so quickly she seemed almost not human.
In that moment when her heart had slowed
mine had done the opposite but

I could not slow it.
And I did not want to.

And it didn’t matter because she couldn’t feel it
Because she was named for a flower
And like a flower was unaware of her surroundings
Apart from light and dark, summer and fall

So my beating heart remained untouched by her cold fingers
But they laced in mine and pulled me along,
Crammed in cars and shivering in the rain
They drew lines on my face and took selfies on my phone

Sometimes I think they could have frozen my heart
If I’d let them, if I’d wanted them to
But less than sixty beats per minute isn’t really my style
And girls named for flowers
Don’t have that much power over me
Except the ones that do,
but thing is that I’m not named for a flower
And my heart is not cold because

I do not show it
And I do not want to

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Be sure to follow Hiatus Magazine at their Instagram and check out all the work on their website here.

BIMA & Hiatus: The Fisherman by Chloe Hansen

As part of the 2021 Momentum Festival, BIMA is once again partnering with our friends at Hiatus Magazine, an online compilation of quarantined teenagers’ most creative works. Throughout the two-week festival, we will be featuring pieces from Hiatus’ three issues that highlight our natural world, including written works featured here on BIMA’s blog and visual work featured as a #DailyMomentOfBeauty on our Instagram and Facebook feeds.

Be sure to visit Hiatus Magazine’s website to explore their most recent issue, Beginnings: Winter 2021.

Now on to today’s featured work!

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The Fisherman by Chloe Hansen

A fisherman lies awake on the slats of his boat
He admires the gentle silence of the planks
As they cradle him in sleeplessness.

He floats in dark solitude under a heavy midnight
He listens to the whispered platitudes of stars
Moving in immeasurable intentionality.

To a fisherman, their song is the bite of a huntsman’s knife
Against a well worn river rock
Borne from deep clear water.

In this river all thoughts are inconsequential
Nothing comes or goes in the mind
Time dances upon the surface
And diffuses.

Our fisherman watches as the stars grow softer
And the corners of the horizon grow burnished
And he knows, even as he reaches for his oars
That he has found his way to the bottom of the river.

He returns to his cabin to light the fireplace
To fasten a wide wooden button
Or lace tall brown boots.

In every gesture he is building his riverbed
And every day it is its most perfect self
Until he lays his last stone
And sleeps upon it.

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Be sure to follow Hiatus Magazine at their Instagram and check out all the work on their website here.