HIDDEN IN THE BUNDLE: A LOOK INSIDE THE WHATCOM MUSEUM’S BASKETRY COLLECTION

February 3 – June 10, 2018; Old City Hall Curated by Rebecca Hutchins, Curator of Collections Hidden in the Bundle features a selection of baskets from the Whatcom Museum’s extensive Native American and First Nations collection. Representing different eras and cultures, the baskets showcase some unique, innovative, and even playful elements of design or decoration. […]

ROOTED, REVIVED, REINVENTED: BASKETRY IN AMERICA

February 3 – May 6, 2018; Lightcatcher Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America chronicles a history of American basketry from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine art world. Baskets convey meaning through the artists’ selection of materials; the techniques they use; and the colors, designs, patterns, […]

GATHERED TOGETHER: A SHOW OF WORK CELEBRATING MEMBERS OF THE NORTHWEST BASKET WEAVERS GUILD

February 3 – May 6, 2018; Old City Hall View a selection of artwork at Old City Hall by members of the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild (NWBW) in an exhibition juried by Lisa Telford and Katherine Lewis, artists featured in Rooted, Revived, Reinvented. Members of NWBW will be on hand on opening day to talk […]

JEWELED OBJECTS OF DESIRE: FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY

February 3 – May 6, 2018; Lightcatcher This exhibition features rarely seen items from the vaults of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Each piece in this exhibit demonstrates the skill and ingenuity of various artists in transforming simple materials into striking treasures. Originally curated by Cynthia Duval, who was then Chief Curator of […]

ART OF THE AMERICAN WEST: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE HAUB FAMILY COLLECTION FROM THE TACOMA ART MUSEUM

September 30, 2017 – January 7, 2018, Lightcatcher This fall, the Whatcom Museum will feature a selection of artwork on loan from the Tacoma Art Museum, featuring works of Western American Art. The Haub Family Collection of Western American Art is unrivaled in its scope in the Pacific Northwest. The collection includes prominent nineteenth-century artists […]

MAKING HISTORY: ART FROM THE ARCHIVE

September 1 – 30, 2017, Make.Shift Gallery, 306 Flora Street Make.Shift Gallery and the Whatcom Museum have joined forces for a juried exhibition inspired by photos from the Museum’s archives. Original artworks in various media will be on display with a copy of the archive photo that inspired the work beside it. Make.Shift Gallery is […]

WHATCOM ARTIST STUDIO TOUR 2017 EXHIBITION

August 4 – September 17, 2017, Old City Hall In anticipation of the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour in October, we’re showcasing a variety of artwork in this exhibition featuring participating Studio Tour artists. Learn more about the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour at www.studiotour.net. The Whatcom Artist Studio Tour is a FREE, juried event offering an […]

BELLINGHAM NATIONAL 2017 JURIED ART EXHIBITION AND AWARDS @ WHATCOM MUSEUM

June 11 – September 10, 2017, Lightcatcher Juror: Catharina Manchanda, Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum This exhibition is supported by the Whatcom Museum Advocates, the Whatcom Museum Foundation, and the City of Bellingham. The Whatcom Museum is hosting the second Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition and Awards. […]

FOCUS ON 50: WHATCOM COMMUNITY COLLEGE

March 18 – May 31, 2017, Old City Hall From the beginning of its 50-year history, Whatcom Community College (WCC) has been recognized as an innovator. Talk to people who worked at the College in the early days (when the college offered classes at a hodgepodge of buildings throughout the county) and you’ll hear some […]

IMAGES OF RESILIENCE: CHICANA/O ART AND ITS MEXICAN ROOTS

February 4 – May 28, 2017, Lightcatcher Building Curated by Patricia Leach, Executive Director Sponsored by Heritage Bank Images of Resilience: Chicana/o Art and its Mexican Roots is an exhibition that explores the development of Chicana/o art, from its beginnings in Mexican art of the early 1900s, to the Chicana/o movement of the 1960s and ’70s, to […]