BIMA is open!
Our family of staff, volunteers, and artists have been eagerly waiting to welcome you into the galleries since March, after having to close up the day before we were set to open new exhibitions. We are overjoyed that you’ll now have the chance to see these exciting shows in person.
THANK YOU for your continued interest throughout the closure. The outpouring of support has been empowering, and has allowed our staff and board to continue to focus on our mission and double-down on our commitment to inspiring curiosity, wonder, and understanding by connecting people with the contemporary art and craft of the Puget Sound region—sometimes in ways we’d never even imagined!
The exhibitions that await you:
- Fiber 2020
Fiber 2020 explores diverse ways artists are working in fiber and textiles. Over thirty-five artists are featured in this large group exhibition, from traditional fiber arts through contemporary works and installations.
- Peregrine O’Gormley: Old Tree
Peregrine O’Gormley (from La Conner) is featured in his first solo art museum exhibition. This major show combines various series of work — sculptures of wildlife in carved wood, bronze, stainless steel, and mixed media. O’Gormley’s work reflects the enduring spirit of the Northwest School of artists. His sculptures honor nature, blending meticulous craftsmanship with his concerns for the environment.
- Anna Teiche: Fragments
BIMA presents Anna Teiche’s first solo art museum exhibition. Teiche (from Bainbridge Island) is a painter and fiber artist focused on textile patterns and bright motifs. Featured works are inspired by her artistic residencies and travels in Iceland, Lithuania, and Hungary, portraying human figures enveloped in highly patterned textiles — connecting the viewer to both the familiar and the abstract.
- All Sorts (No Licorice!)
This new rotation from the Collection of Cynthia Sears serves up an astonishing assortment of artist’s books. Included is All Sorts, a new work by Emily Martin in collaboration with Ellen Knudson. The work was conceived during Martin’s artist’s residency — inspired by the University of Florida’s collection of citrus labels.
- Selections from the Permanent Art Collection
Small scale artworks are featured in BIMA’s second floor Garden Gallery. Included are works by Debbie Fecher-Gramstad, Denise Harris, and Paul Marioni.
- Bainbridge Island Studio Tour Artists
BIMA features regional artists from the longstanding BI Studio Tour. This exhibition showcases the range of art and crafts — functional and decorative — representative from their annual summer and winter studio sales.
What to expect during your visit:
What will be open?
The BIMA Bistro is open from 10am-3pm daily for counter service. Very limited seating is available.
All guests, staff, and volunteers are required to wear a face covering while at BIMA. The Museum will provide disposable masks to guests upon request. For those who are unable to wear a mask for health or other reasons, BIMA has face shields ready to loan you during your visit. Face shields are sanitized and set aside for 48 hours between uses.
Please allow a minimum of six (6) feet physical distance between you and guests outside your group. If visiting with a group, please keep your group together to allow more guests to enjoy the exhibitions. During our Modified Phase 2 operations, Museum capacity will be held to 25%.
BIMA has staff dedicated to sanitizing common areas, bathrooms, and high touch points throughout the day. Cleaning procedures follow CDC guidelines. There will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum, as well as access to interior bathrooms for handwashing.
We kindly ask that anyone with a fever or displaying other symptoms of COVID-19 to please stay home and visit BIMA at another time.
Other Museum Safety Measures
- Plexiglass barriers have been installed at reception, store, and bistro counters.
- BIMA has installed hospital-grade MERV13 air filters throughout the museum to capture bacteria and virus carriers traveling through the HVAC system.
- The gallery experience has been rethought to eliminate touch points (ex. Keeping doors in open position, remove iPad check-in) and crowding (ex. Limiting number of guests per gallery; creating one-way flow through museum)