About the Permanent Art Collection

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art is building a Permanent Art Collection (PAC), through a formal process with the Art Acquisitions and Exhibitions Committee (A&E), a standing committee of the Board. Our focus is on “the art and craft of our region and our time.” The collection is comprised of donated art (fine art and craft) primarily from artists and collections in the Puget Sound region. Examples include painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, wood, artist’s books, fiber and jewelry art. 

We are collecting slowly and deliberately, with the goal of building a collection that is diverse and includes compelling artists at all stages of their careers. Typically a selected artist will have a track record of creating bodies of work and having exhibitions, although we are interested in discovering and promoting emerging artists as well. Artists may be living or deceased.

We are currently not focused on collecting installation pieces, video art, or large-scale sculptures requiring placement outdoors. Our exhibitions program is inclusive of these types of art, but it’s not the focus of our collection currently. In addition, we do not have a budget to purchase works – we are looking for compelling donations from collectors, estates, galleries, artists, etc.  

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) also accepts unrestricted gifts of art and other physical assets that could be sold to benefit the art museum and its programs – this is a separate program and is not related to BIMA’s process of collecting art.


For more information please contact Greg Robinson, Chief Curator via email, phone or mail: 
550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

It is helpful to include a brief description of the potential gift of art, and any background information you are able to provide, including past and current ownership of the artwork. This could include information about the artist and proposed artwork(s), including condensed digital images (jpegs preferred) and /or links to websites and image portfolios. 

Please do not mail or deliver unsolicited physical portfolios of work, including books you wish to be returned – we cannot be responsible for unsolicited materials.

The art acquisitions process may be slow.  All initial inquiries will be logged and responded to within sixty days.  Decisions regarding acquisitions may take several months or longer.

Donated artworks that do not fit the mission and criteria of the Permanent Art Collection may still benefit our art museum. Please also inquire about that per the above contact information.