First Fridays FREE at the BAM!

23 Sep

Have you been to the Bellevue Art Museum recently? It’s a cool space, and only a quick bus ride from campus on bus route #271! Head over this Friday for a free taste of what this Museum has to offer–every first Friday of the month is FREE! For museum hours, directions, and regular student pricing, click here. Check out the current exhibits:

The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf
June 27 – October 18, 2009
Welcome to the wonder of Bruce Metcalf’s miniature worlds, where strange, cartoon-like characters consider difficult questions of the “moral cosmos within which they – like us – imagine themselves small and incapable of profound change.”
Featuring over 70 pieces dating from the 1970s to the present, The Miniature Worlds of Bruce Metcalf is the first major exhibition of the engaging and spirited work of this unconventional artist, also a well-known jeweler, model-maker, curator, essayist and critic of contemporary craft. For more information, click here.

ÜberPortrait NC-Soundsuit
June 16 – October 18, 2009
Comprised of over 40 works by celebrated local, national and international artists, this unique exhibition examines the ‘portrait’ in all its facets – from individual likeness to overarching cultural identity. Working in a broad range of media such as sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber, performance art and film, artists highlighted in ÜberPortrait share a common interest: exploring the age-old fascination with capturing a person’s likeness and/or recreating his or her identity, both as individual and collective entities. To read more, visit the BAM site.

Judy Hill: The Self Transparent, From the Collection of Driek and Michael Zirinsky
May 19, 2009 – January 3, 2010
Bellevue Arts Museum presents a rare opportunity to see Portland-based artist Judy Hill’s largely autobiographical glass and ceramic figurines. This exhibition highlights 15 sculptures and 4 works on paper spanning two decades of artistic self-expression; a compelling collection that speaks to both the artist’s autobiographical vision as well as the relationship between artist and collector.
Combining the crackled surface of raku ceramic with the transparency of cold-mold glass, Judy Hill’s figurines inhabit the space with an unexpectedly charged psychological presence. The frozen stare, the artifact-like appearance of the sculptures, and the translucence of the glass all draw the viewer into the hidden inner life of each figure. What, we wonder, is its story? As intensely personal self-portraits, Hill’s figures become engaging psychological studies in which unspecified narratives of expectation, anticipation and dilemma unfold. For more information on this show, visit the site.


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