Through BAM's Community Education exhibitions, we celebrate and nurture the community by featuring student work and exhibits that promote educational enrichment and cultural awareness. The Community Education Gallery is open during regular Museum hours and is free to the public.

Passing the Torch

April 4, 2014 - June 1, 2014

Passing the Torch is Seattle Metals Guild's annual statewide jewelry and metal arts competition and exhibition for Washington State high school students. This program gives students the experience of exhibiting their metal work and encourages them to consider a life in metal arts. Each year's display features three categories: jewelry, holloware, and a rotating third category. The third category for this 2014 display is Jewelry for the Senses. The first exhibition was held at the Tacoma Art Museum in the spring of 2003. The program has grown over the years and now includes over 40 schools throughout the State. Bellevue Arts Museum is proud to be the venue for this year's display and offer a wonderful opportunity for students to show their work in a professional setting!

Beyond the annual exhibition, Passing the Torch also maintains a network of high schools and teachers teaching metals in Washington State, and provides professional development opportunities for these teachers. Most recently, Passing the Torch has hosted an Educator's Summit during the Seattle Metals Guild Symposium offering clock hours for high school teachers.

The Seattle Metals Guild is dedicated to promoting educational and networking opportunities for metals artists at all career levels and skill sets through lectures, workshops, social gatherings, and other enrichment opportunities, in order to strengthen our creative community. SMG is about learning, sharing information, building skills, and advancing the field of metalsmithing while broadening the horizons of its members. Founded in 1989, SMG is non-profit community of jewelers, metalsmiths, artists, makers —practitioners and metals fans of all tempers, gauges and alloys— who are excited about the traditions and contemporary possibilities of this wonderful art form. Along with providing affordable educational opportunities to our members and to the general public, SMG activities include exhibitions, an annual symposium, newsletters, and a series of workshops and lectures on a wide variety of subjects. The SMG relies on the skills, enthusiasm and energy of its members to power the organization and we welcome any and all to come join!

Learn more about Seattle Metals Guild and Passing the Torch at

Seattle Metals Guild Passing the Torch

20 Under 20

June 6 - September 7, 2014

Bellevue Arts Museum and the Teen Arts Council are pleased to present an exhibition showcasing young artists in the Puget Sound area. 20 pieces by artists under the age of 20 will be selected and showcased in the Community Education Gallery. The exhibition is designed to feature youth ages 13 - 19 as emerging artists and is juried by the Teen Arts Council with the collaboration of Bellevue Arts Museum curators. An exciting opportunity to display work in a public and professional space, this exhibition showcases a range of artistic media highlighting some of the best talent of the next generation of artists and craftsmen.
Opening Reception: June 6, 6 - 7pm

2014 Bellevue School District High School Art Show

June 6 - September 7, 2014

Bellevue Arts Museum is pleased to present the award winners of the 2014 Bellevue School District High School Art Show. The Bellevue School District has a comprehensive sequential K-12 Visual Art Program that has been developed by teachers. The program includes student instruction in art history, media skills, vocabulary, and aesthetics. At the high school level, schools offer Advanced Placement Studio Art Portfolio classes. There are a wide variety of classes and mediums taught that prepare art students to build portfolios for college admission and/or enjoy art as an adult. Bellevue Arts Museum is pleased to celebrate these students' accomplishments in the arts by displaying their work in its Community Education Gallery.
Opening Reception: June 6, 6 - 7pm

Bellevue School District
Haily Doolin, 'The Eternal Heart'

Hailey Doolin
The Eternal Heart, 2012-2013
Riverside High School, Auburn, WA
Copper, Nickel Silver, Silver Plated Brass Chain, Tubing, Wire, & Oak Wood
Featured in the 2013 Passing the Torch exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum

Karan Sunil, 'Progressive Shades'

Karan Sunil
Progressive Shades, 2012
Acrylic on canvas.
Featured in the 2013 20 Under 20 exhibition at Bellevue Arts Museum.

Community Education Gallery

Community Education Gallery