Catalog of Past Exhibitions

The Whatcom Museum was established as a municipal entity in 1944 (then known as the Bellingham Public Museum), operating out of the 1892 Old City Hall building. The year 1968 […]

Top portion of a red sleeveless dress with text to the right in white and red that says Whatcom Community College and Whatcom Museum present The REDress Project. A white feather with a red trip is underneath the text.

REDress Project Honoring Indigenous Women and People

The Whatcom Museum is hosting an art installation in partnership with Whatcom Community College to honor and remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People (MMIWP). Red dresses will be […]

Black and white photo of a building on fire with smoke rising and a hillside with homes around it

The Fairhaven Hotel

Exhibition Extended! Curated by Jeff Jewell, Historian and Photo Archivist In 1890, the Fairhaven Hotel embodied the posh sophistication that the booming City of Fairhaven eagerly wished to project. This […]

Artists x Artists

Curated by Amy Chaloupka, Curator of Art This exhibition explores intimate portraits of artists by artists. Some artists turn the camera on themselves or depict dear friends and colleagues in […]

Series of four silver images of human facial profiles on a black background

Up Close & Personal: The Body in Contemporary Art

Curated by Amy Chaloupka from the Collection of Driek and Michael Zirinsky The extended isolation of the pandemic has undeniably affected our collective consciousness, especially our heightened awareness of the […]

El Zodíaco Familiar

Exhibition by George Rodriguez Ceramic artist and sculptor George Rodriguez embarks on a collaborative iteration of the Chinese Zodiac. In an homage to its origins in Chinese folklore, Rodriguez has […]

Painting of four chickens

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour 2021 Showcase

This year marks the return of the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour Showcase to Old City Hall. See a selection of artworks from several participating Studio Tour artists. Each year the […]

Blue and neon green squiggle designs on a detail of a blown glass bowl.

Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest

Organized by Amy Chaloupka, Whatcom Museum Curator of Art Celebrating a rich legacy unique to our region, Fluid Formations features the art of fifty-seven contemporary artists working in glass. The […]

white, gold, brown, and white historic heeled shoes with beads and lace

All Dressed Up

Curated by Maria Coltharp, Collections Curator When one thinks about the Whatcom Museum collections, many things may come to mind: The John M. Edson Hall of Birds, the contemporary masterpieces […]

Detail shot of dress with lace

Silk for Suffragettes and Schoolchildren: The Impact of Kimono on European and American Design Practices, c. 1890-1980

Curated by Julia Sapin, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Western Washington University Americans and Europeans were crazy for kimono, and garments based on kimono, beginning in mid-nineteenth century, including fashionistas […]