BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis

September 2, 2016 – February 5, 2017

In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition occurring every two years which focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists, craftspeople, and designers, with an emphasis on current and new work. For each edition, Bellevue Arts Museum designates a new focus of exploration, be it a specific medium, technique, process, or theme in art, craft, and design. The fourth edition in the series, BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis, is focused on the medium of metal.

Whether precious or prosaic, metal has captivated makers and thinkers alike for over 10,000 years, inviting thoughts on transformation and attempts to unlock the secrets of the physical and metaphysical realms. The Museum received a record-breaking 330 applications for this year's biennial—a testament to the creative potential of this elemental material and the powerful inspiration it continues to evoke in art, craft, and design. From this talented and vast pool of applicants, 49 artists have been chosen to participate.

Lanny Bergner
Primordial Muse, Dark Matter/Grey Matter (detail from installation), 2015–16
Stainless steel mesh wire. 19 x 21 x 16 in.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist

The 49 artists featured in the Biennial were selected by a panel of four jurors:

Lloyd E. Herman Founding Director and Director Emeritus, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Jennifer-Navva Milliken Curator of Craft, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Suzanne Ramljak Editor of Metalsmith magazine and curator at the American Federation of Arts, New York, NY
Cindi Strauss Assistant Director, Programming and Curator for Modern and Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Participating Artists

Rik Allen, WA Ruth Beer, BC Lanny Bergner, WA Jana Brevick, WA
Julie Brooks, WA John Buck, MT Ben Buswell, OR Deborah Butterfield, MT
Melissa Cameron, WA Christine Clark, OR Andy Cooperman, WA Maria Cristalli, WA
Casey Curran, WA Garri Dadyan, WA Marita Dingus, WA Andrew Fallat, WA
Chelsea Gaddy, WA Aran Galligan, WA Catherine Grisez, WA Laurie J. Hall, OR
Bruno Hervieux (Normandie
Woodworks), WA
Ron Ho, WA Mary Lee Hu, WA Lynne Hull, WA
David Keyes, WA Bob Kramer, WA Kirk Lang, WA Cheryll Leo-Gwin, WA
Phillip Levine, WA Keith Lewis, WA Micki Lippe, WA Susan Madacsi, ID
Chris McMullen, WA Taiji Miyasaka and David Drake, WA Ries Niemi, WA Allan Packer, WA
Ross Palmer Beecher, WA Beverly Petow, BC Maria Phillips, WA Peter Reiquam, WA
Lyndsay Rice, OR Midori Saito, WA Anika Smulovitz, ID Julie Speidel, WA
Spencer Staley, OR Nicky Statius, OR Lori Talcott, WA Kristin Tollefson, WA
Nancy Worden, WA


The BAM Biennial is an opportunity for makers of all kinds to push the boundaries of their vision and skill, and for this reason, proposals for new work are strongly encouraged. 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. Entrants are invited to approach metal as a medium—whether through traditional expressions or from a non-traditional perspective—where concepts of art, craft, and design merge.

BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis is organized by Bellevue Arts Museum and curated by Jennifer-Navva Milliken.
Sponsored by Boeing and The Norcliffe Foundation.

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