Call to Artists for Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition and Awards

The Whatcom Museum is hosting the third Bellingham National Juried Art Exhibition and Awards, February 2 – May 19, 2019 at the Lightcatcher building. Juried by Bruce Guenther, Adjunct Curator of Special Exhibitions for the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, the theme of the exhibition is landscape art. Guenther will select artwork submitted by artists from across the United States that represents an investigation of contemporary art practices, and addresses our understandings of the Earth, climate change, and the evolving relationships of humanity to nature. Works will range from traditional interpretations of the observed landscape to the metaphoric and spiritual manifestations of the landscape through image, language, and mapping of our response to nature and the world. The top three artists, chosen by the juror, will receive cash awards, and the exhibition includes a popular choice award. Artists interested in submitting work to the exhibition can learn more at

Each year, the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum sponsor the “Essence of Bellingham” photography competition in the spring. Digital or scanned entries gathered over the previous year that capture the “essence” of Bellingham are showcased and added to a collection documenting Bellingham and the diverse nature of life in our city and county.  Entries may appear in Whatcom Museum and City of Bellingham publications and in various places such as print, TV, and the Internet. All residents of Whatcom County are eligible to participate with the exception of those called upon to jury the competition.​ Entries for 2018 are closed. Check back next spring to participate in the 2019 competition.