Thoughts Surrounding this Exhibition

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) is honored to host our first exhibition devoted solely to Native American artists. Typically BIMA focuses on the art and craft of the Puget Sound region, but in consultation with our guest curators we decided to expand the geographic range to encompass the Salish Sea.

This is not exactly the same as “Coast Salish,” – but we thought our most adjacent waters defined a collective comfort zone for this first project, and we could learn from this experience, and be inspired to pursue other partnerships and projects in the future.

This exhibition features over thirty artists who live or work in the Salish Sea area. Many are members of tribes within the region, and others are both prominent and emerging Native artists who live and work here. We wish to spotlight personal stories of Native artists who are from and/or work in the Salish Sea area, AND who are representing their tribal cultural heritage through the visual arts.

Our goal is to highlight contemporary art of the region – while including some examples of traditional artworks and stories for context and balance. This exhibition features traditional carving and weaving styles, and also highlights work that we believe is compelling for contemporary art museums anywhere and at-large.


Eye on Artist Lecture: Native Hands artists and curators
Join us for a conversation with Native Hands guest curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis on influences, materials and meaning in the exhibition, along with Suquamish artists Betty Pasco (weaving in cedar and wool) and Peg Deam (multi-media work in sculpture, beadwork, cedar weaving), both Tribal Elders, and Randi Purser (carver, Lushootseed language teacher).


BIMA is grateful to the following for helping to make this exhibition a reality:

Guest Curators

Miranda Belarde-Lewis
(Independent Curator and Advisor)
Janet Smoak (Director, Suquamish Museum)
Angela Flemming (Suquamish Foundation)

Exhibition Partners

Suquamish Museum
Suquamish Tribe (Special thanks to Leonard Forsman and Robin Sigo)
Steinbrueck Gallery (Seattle)
Stonington Gallery (Seattle)
Barbara and Grant Winther


Major Exhibition Sponsors:

Suquamish TribeAmes


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