BAM Artsfair Award Winners Announced

Bellevue Arts Museum announced the winners of the Carol Duke Artist Awards of Excellence sponsored by Tiffany & Co. The prestigious award is given every year to the top ten artists of BAM artsfair, a long-standing, much treasured community event featuring over 300 juried artists from across the nation and a multitude of free community programs. The award comes with a $1,000 cash prize which will be presented at BAM’s annual fundraiser, Artful Evening, on July 17th.

The ten winners of the 2010 Carol Duke Artist Awards of Excellence are:
Ceramics: Matthew Allison – Seattle, WA
Wood: Michael Bauermeister – Augusta, MO
Painting: Brian Blackham – Helper, UT
Jewelry: Melissa Finelli – Boston, MA
Sculpture: Jennifer Ivory – Corvalis, OR
Ceramics: Brian Jones – Portland, OR
Jewelry: Seung-Hea Lee – Providence, RI
Glass: Richard Parrish – Bozeman, MT
Ceramics: Kenneth Standhardt – Eugene, OR
Jewelry: Kiwon Wang – New York, NY
The award winners have been chosen by a jury of select art professionals:
Nora Atkinson, Curator, Bellevue Arts Museum – Bellevue, WA
Cable Griffith, Curator, Kirkland Arts Center – Kirkland, WA
Yoko Ott, Director, Open Satellite – Bellevue, WA
The award commemorates one of the fair’s original managers and arts activist, Carol Duke (1928 – 1995). Her legacy of creating a vibrant festival that celebrates art, community and creative expression continues to live on in today’s Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair.

About Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue Arts Museum is the Pacific Northwest’s center for the exploration of art, craft and design. BAM celebrates regional, national and international artists working in a broad range of craft media, including ceramics, fiber, metal, wood and glass. The Museum also offers a unique array of free or low-cost educational and community programs such as artist demonstrations, lectures and workshops as well as a variety of engaging and fun hands-on kids activities. The Bellevue Arts Museum artsfair, the largest and most prestigious arts event in the Pacific Northwest attracting an average of 350,000 visitors, is held annually in July. BAM is located in the heart of downtown Bellevue, provides free parking and is wheelchair accessible.

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