ART: Bellingham National showcases works by artists from 16 states at Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher

Whatcom Museum hosts the Bellingham National Art Exhibition and Awards, a juried exhibition featuring artworks in a variety of media, including video, photography, ceramics, mixed media and paintings, Sunday, May 31, through Sept. 6 at the Lightcatcher, 250 Flora St.

Representing artists from 16 states, including Washington, the exhibition includes101 pieces from more than 60 artists. Juried by Scott Lawrimore, director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington, the exhibition attracted more than 600 artists who submitted work.

Lawrimore did not begin with specific criteria for selecting art for the exhibition, but rather allowed the pieces to reveal themselves. He found common threads that would bind the selected pieces into a complimentary collection. In reviewing the more than 2,000 artworks, he read artist statements and explored websites before making the final decisions.

Lawrimore will lead a guided walk-through of the exhibition and share his thoughts at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the Lightcatcher. It’s free with regular admission.

Details. 360-778-8930, whatcommuseum.org.