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Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way Northeast, West Bellevue, Bellevue

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Emerge/Evolve 2018: Rising Talents in Kiln Glass
August 23 - January 12, 2020

Emerge/Evolve 2018: Rising Talents in Kiln-Glass showcases an international host of emerging artists whose cutting edge work in kiln-glass (or kilnformed glass) offers a different perspective on the medium. Bullseye Glass Company started the Emerge competition 18 years ago as a commitment to emerging artists working in kilnformed glass. Bullseye's Emerge/Evolve 2018 featured 43 finalists—representing 12 countries—alongside new work from four former Emerge finalists showcasing the evolution of their talent. The Bellevue Arts Museum exhibition will feature award winners from the Emerge 2018 competition alongside the Evolve artists. Read more here.

Robert Williams: The Father of Exponential Imagination
October 4, 2019 - March 8, 2020

Robert Williams is a unique and contradictory figure in contemporary American art. A deep thinker on the meaning and making of visual culture in the late 20th century, Williams began his artistic career as one of the key figures on the California hot rod scene in the 1960s. He is a painter of exquisitely detailed allegories and epic history paintings, as well as being an instigator of one of the most profane counter-culture comic books ever published. Read more here.

Maria Phillips: Hidden in Plain Sight
October 4, 2019 - March 8, 2020

Maria Phillips returns to BAM for a solo exhibition following her award-winning work in BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis. The exhibition marks a new direction for Phillips’ practice. In contrast to her biennial work in metal, Hidden in Plain Sight presents work made from recycled materials, inspired by a five-month residency at Recology’s material recovery facility in Seattle. Read more here.

Nicole Gordon: Altered States
January 24, 2020 - June 14, 2020

A painter of hallucinatory lucidity and skill, Gordon’s large-scale canvases meticulously depict a liquid dreamscape world of all-too-solid fantasy. Drawn from post-surrealist archetypal images of wood-paneled rooms, pensive children, deserted carnival rides, or empty urban landscapes, her compositions are then seemingly run through a super-saturated sci-fi/skate-punk/psychedelic perception filter. In a record scratch, figures become their own negative, the bucolic suburban rambler is beset by pink flamingos or giant redwoods, and the world beyond the abandoned skatepark erupts into deadly flame. Read more here.

Playa Made: Jewelry of Burning Man
January 24, 2020 - June 14, 2020

Since 1986, the Burning Man event has drawn tens of thousands of makers to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for a week of artmaking, community building, and radical self-expression. Artists create large-scale and interactive works, as well as portable and personal works of art for gifting and exchange. Playa Made: The Jewelry of Burning Man offers an up close look at the jewelry created for and during the festival. Read more here.

Steven Holl: Making Architecture
March 27, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Steven Holl is a New York-based architect whose light-filled designs reimagine possibilities for both public and private spaces. He is the creator of over 60 projects worldwide, notably including the Bellevue Arts Museum’s own building; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri; and the Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, China. Although Holl is a Bremerton native, only two of his completed projects are located in his home state—the Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University and Bellevue Arts Museum. Read more here.

L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters
June 26, 2020 - August 23, 2020

Celebrating the inexhaustible energy of fin-de-siècle Paris, L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters features lithographic prints by the five grand masters of the medium: Jules Chéret, the father of the modern poster; Eugène Grasset, who explored feminine beauty in rich, medieval settings; Alphonse Mucha, known for depicting sensuous women and the whiplash curves of their tresses; Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, creator of some of the best-loved images of the era; and finally Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, who pointed the way to modernism. These pioneering artists defined a never-before-seen and never forgotten art form: the color poster. L’Affichomania explores the achievements of these artists in concert with the poster’s role in French society, which includes its effect on the life of the Parisian street, the rise of advertising, the entertainment district of Montmartre, and the changing representations of women. Read more here.

America's Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains: An Exhibit by SuperMonster市City!
September 04, 2020 - January 04, 2021

In different guises, monsters, superheroes, and villains have always been part of America’s cultural fabric. They scare us, thrill us, and most importantly, help guide us through the most terrifying and exhilarating moments of our lives. America’s Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains uses popular portrayals of these characters as a lens to explore America’s changing values during the politically turbulent period of the 1960s to the 1990s. Read more here.

Anna Mlasowsky: Never Odd or Even
September 04, 2020 - January 17, 2021

Never Odd or Even is an exhibition of new work from Seattle-based glass artist Anna Mlasowsky. In 2018, Mlasowsky received the John and Joyce Price Award of Excellence for her work in BAM Biennial 2018: BAM! Glasstastic. Beyond the honor of being selected from among 49 artists of immense caliber, the award included a cash prize and the opportunity to present an exhibition at Bellevue Arts Museum within the following two years. Read more here.

Yellow No. 5
October 02, 2020 - February 28, 2021

Yellow No. 5 examines the transactional relationship between culture and consumerism and how they often work in tandem to conceal their connection. Tariqa Waters’ project-based, multi-disciplinary exhibition sees her collaborate with regional artists to explore the grab-and-go nature of material goods and how these products serve as armor to shield us from our intrinsically codependent relationship with consumerism—using artificial additives. Read more here.

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