BAM Biennial 2021

BAM Biennial 2021

Architecture & Urban Design

Architecture & Urban Design

In 2010, Bellevue Arts Museum launched the BAM Biennial, a juried exhibition which focused 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, be it a specific medium, technique, process, or theme in art, craft, and design. In 2018, it was decided that the fifth edition in the series, BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic would be the last Biennial to focus on a single given material. After five different media—fiber, clay, wood, metal, and glass—the next five Biennials will instead examine specific fields and areas of studies within the realm of art, craft, and design.

The 2021 BAM Biennial kicks off this new format by inviting designers, artists, and makers of all kinds to interrogate the fields of architecture and urban design.

With the Eastside being connected to Seattle through a light rail extension in 2023, and Amazon’s HQ2 project under construction in downtown Bellevue, Bellevue Arts Museum—itself a signature and important piece of the architecture of King County—seeks to promote a discussion on the essential role of effective and equitable design in what seems to be an ever-expanding urban environment.

The events of 2020 have underlined that Western society's assumptions around the utility and progression of the city are precisely that: only assumptions. They can be subject to the challenge of a pandemic, the imperatives of long-ignored injustices, or the excessive imposition of state power. The upheavals of recent months have raised important questions about the way we think of architecture and urban design. Should sustainability and density be continually reassessed to respond appropriately to the issues of tomorrow? Are we striving to create places to live and work that aims to be harmonious, equitable, and true?

Artists, Jurors & Awards

Participating Artists


Avantika Bawa

Kate Clark

Rebecca Cummins

Paul Michael Davis Architects
(Amanda Kindregan, Bao Vo, Cory Ackerman, Paul Michael Davis, Veronica Leanos)

Tim DeMuth

LMN Architects

Santigie Fofana-Dura
& Sapata Fofana-Dura

Sean Gallagher

Elizabeth M. Golden

Angie Hinojos

Eirik Johnson

Johnston Architects (JA)
& Facing Homelessness

Satpreet Kahlon

Dave Kennedy

Scott Kolbo & TORCH
(Brian Chin, Eric Likkel, Steve Schermer, and Ben Thomas)

Morgan Madison

 Well Outside, University of Washington,  Sawhorse Revolution, and Boomslang Creatives

Rubin Quarcoopome

E.T. Russian

Andrew Santa Lucia

Jonathan Teng

Nina Vichayapai

Carol Rashawnna Williams

Crystal Worl


Sound Transit Art Program




Lane Eagles

Associate Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum

James Garrett Jr.

Co-founder and Managing Partner, 4RM+ULA

Benedict Heywood

former Executive Director & Chief Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum

Simba Mafundikwa

Architectural Designer, GGLO Design

Christopher Shaw

Engineer/Artist, Design and Creative

S Surface

King Street Station Program Lead, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture


John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence

The artist(s) selected for the John & Joyce Price Award of Excellence receives $5,000 cash, plus an opportunity to present a solo exhibition at BAM within two years. The award winner is chosen by the Museum’s curatorial team and will be announced in early to mid-December.

Laura & Blair Dillaway People’s Choice Award 

The artist(s) selected for the Laura & Blair Dillaway People's Choice Award receives $5,000 cash. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to submit a ballot when they visit the exhibition to help select this year's award recipient. The award winner will be announced in early April, 2022.


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.


Past Biennials

November 9, 2018 – April 14, 2019
BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic »

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BAM Biennial 2021: Architecture & Urban Design is organized by Bellevue Arts Museum and curated by Lane Eagles. Presenting sponsor: Amazon. Supporting sponsors: Barbara & John Vynne, Laura Dillaway, James & Julie Miller, Northwest Construction Inc., John & Joyce Price. Media sponsors: KCTS 9 and The Seattle Times. In-kind support from Seattle SignShop.