BAM Biennial 2018

BAM Biennial 2018

BAM! Glasstastic

BAM! Glasstastic

In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition which focuses on the work of established and emerging Northwest artists, craftspeople, and designers, with an emphasis on new work. Every two years, Bellevue Arts Museum has designated a new focus of exploration. The fifth edition in the series, BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic, will be focused on glass.

With Seattle being the undisputed center for the development of glass as an art form in North America, it was natural that this medium should have been selected to culminate the Museum's series of purely media-based biennials. In the future, BAM Biennials will be opened to more general themes or techniques in the fields of art, craft, and design.

The simplicity of its composition, the complexity of its production, the many forms it can take—blown, cast, frit, stained—as well as its many uses, from the stained-glass of a medieval cathedral to the modernist skyscraper, from the Venetian goblet to the IKEA tealight, attest to the fact that glass is a paradoxical material, that has inspired the artists of the Northwest for generations.

The Museum called upon Northwest artists, craftsmen, designers, and makers of all kinds working in the medium of glass to join us for a celebration around this most essential of media. 49 artists were selected to participate.

Artists, Jurors, & Awards

Participating Artists

Fumi Amano

Jimmy Anderegg

Karen Buhler

David Chatt

Bri Chesler

Benjamin Cobb

Julie Conway

Emily Counts

Erin Dengerink

Mark Ditzler

Emily Endo

Gabe Feenan

David Francis

Dan Friday

Terri Grant

KT Hancock

Keiko Hara

Carolyn Hopkins

David Huchthausen

Etsuko Ichikawa

Carrie Iverson

John Kiley

Steve Klein

Morgan Madison

Amanda Manitach

Dante Marioni

Katie Miller

Carol Milne

Janis Miltenberger

Melissa Misoda

Anna Mlasowsky

Shelley Muzylowski-Allen

Karsten Oaks

Jenny Pohlman & Sabrina Knowles

Kait Rhoads

Joseph Rossano & Martin Blank

Nathan Sandberg

Heidi Schwegler

Ethan Stern

April Surgent

Lino Tagliapietra

Kathryn Thibault

Cappy Thompson

Michael Tyka

Dick Weiss

Erich Woll

Mark Zirpel



Tina Aufiero

Artistic Director, Pilchuck Glass School, WA

Lucile Chich

Assistant Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA

Benedict Heywood

Chief Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA

Andrew Page

Chief Editor, Glass Quarterly, NY 

Susan Warner

Independent Curator, WA


John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence

Anna Mlasowsky received the 2018 John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence for her Biennial work, Chorus of One.

The winner of this award receives a solo exhibition at BAM and a $5,000 cash prize. The award winner is chosen by the Museum’s curatorial team and was announced at the exhibition Preview Party on Thursday, November 8, 2018.


Samuel & Patricia Smith People's Choice Award

Dan Friday received the 2018 Samuel & Patricia Smith People's Choice Award for his biennial work, Sxwole (Reef Net).

The winner of this award received a cash prize of $5,000 and was announced at an award ceremony on Free First Friday, April 5, 2019. 


About the BAM Biennial

The BAM Biennial focuses on work by Northwest artists, designers, and makers with an emphasis on current and new work. It is a juried exhibition, occurring every two years with a new theme.

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Exhibition Credit & Support

BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic is organized by Bellevue Arts Museum and curated by Lucile Chich. The exhibition is made possible with support from Artsfund and the Guendolen Carkeek Plestcheeff Fund for the Decorative and Design Arts, Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, and 4Culture. Artist awards are sponsored by John & Joyce Price and Samuel & Patricia Smith.