BAM Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood

October 31, 2014 - March 29, 2015

In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition occurring every two years that highlights the work of established and emerging Northwest artists and craftspeople. The third edition of the Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial, Knock on Wood, focuses on the versatile and challenging medium of wood. For each edition of the Biennial, the Museum designates a new focus of exploration, be it a specific medium, technique, process, or theme in art, craft, and design. This year BAM celebrates the long standing connection of wood to the Pacific Northwest. From First Nations' art to the logging industry, along with present concerns for creative sustainability, wood holds a special significance to the region.

The Biennial is an opportunity for makers of all kinds to push the boundaries of their vision and skill. The exhibition is intended to recognize the innovative and extraordinary work being produced by contemporary Northwest makers, and to celebrate the region's distinctive character.


Humaira Abid
Self Portrait (detail), 2014
Wood (Pine), red wood stain, wire, epoxy putty, paint. 22 x 17 x 18.5 in.

Photo: Adeel Ahmed

The 39 artists featured in the Biennial were selected by a panel of four jurors:

Greg Bell Senior Curator at Vulcan Inc. in Seattle, WA
Stefano Catalani Director of Art, Craft, & Design, Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, WA
Albert LeCoff Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, PA
Heather Sealy Lineberry Senior Curator and Associate Director at Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, AZ.

Participating artists:

Humaira Abid (WA)
Rick Araluce (WA)
Laura Buchan (OR)
Christian Burchard (OR)
Morse Clary (WA)
Todd Coglon (WA)
Michael de Forest (OR)
Curtis Erpelding (WA)
David French (WA)
Erik Geschke (OR)
John Grade (WA)
Julia Haack (WA)
Elaine Hanowell (WA)
Julia Harrison (WA)
Todd Jannausch (WA)
Aaron Levine (WA)
Kiki MacInnis (WA)
Amie McNeel (WA)
Drew Michael (AK)
Peter Millett (WA)
Taiji Miyasaka (WA)
Shawn Nordfors (WA)
Michael Peterson (WA)
Peter Pierobon (BC)
Jim Piper (OR)
Mike Rathbun (OR)
Seth Rolland (WA)
June Sekiguchi (WA)
Matt Sellars (WA)
John Shrader (WA)
Garric Simonsen (WA)
Whiting Tennis (WA)
W. Scott Trimble (WA)
Kimberly Trowbridge (WA)
Brian Watson (WA)
Mark Wedekind (AK)
William J. Whipple (WA)
Ed Wicklander (WA)
Helga Winter (WA)

John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence: Seth Rolland
Samuel and Patricia Smith People's Choice Award: Morse Clary

Artist Interviews:

BAM Biennial 2014: Knock on Wood is organized by Bellevue Arts Museum and curated by Stefano Catalani. Made possible in part by Windgate Charitable Foundation, The Boeing Company, John & Joyce Price, Samuel & Patricia Smith, Art Works, ARTSWA, and 4 Culture.