Photography by Jac Trautman

Jac Trautman: The Specter of the Young and Indigenous

Opening when the Museum reopens; Lightcatcher building

Jac Trautman is a photographer and artist from Seattle and a member of the Duwamish tribe. With this series of seven photographs that incorporate splitting and projection techniques in their single-exposure frames, Trautman presents the various ways in which people project their idea of landscape onto the world. The subjects of his photographs are tribal […]

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

All Dressed Up

February 19 – July 11, 2021; Old City Hall

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 in the art collection, the Photo Archives, or the treasures in the history collection. Perhaps lesser known is the incredible clothing collection that includes hundreds […]

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

April 3 – July 4, 2021; Old City Hall

The story of women’s suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. In 2020, the Smithsonian celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment with Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence. This dynamic poster exhibition explores the complexity of […]

Photo of band performing

The Scene: A Timeline of Whatcom County’s Musical Past

Summer 2021; Old City Hall

“Bellingham was coming to life in a certain way with all sorts of bands forming and all sorts of things going on.” —Ken  Stringfellow, founding member of The Posies, interviewed Dec. 23, 2019 From string bands on steamboats in the 1890s, to symphony orchestras, barbershop quartets, jazz bands, folk singers, and alternative rock groups in […]