Bellevue has hosted a large-scale sculpture exhibition every two years since 1992. The mission: to engage the community with a presentation of a broadly inclusive range of contemporary sculpture. The exhibition draws artists from across the United States and Canada and showcases the diversity of material, technique and content of today's sculptors.
Reflecting the philosphy of the city Public Art Program -- that art should be where the people are -- the exhibition has been mounted in locations that range from the Bellevue Regional Library and Meydenbauer Center to City Hall. Downtown Park has always been its central, open-air venue.
A principle goal of the Public Art Program is to establish a permanent art walk in downtown Bellevue, stretching from City Hall, through the pedestrian corridor (Northeast Sixth Street) and the Downtown Park, on to the waterfront. In 2010 the Arts Commission updated its approach to the exhibition by siting temporary art work along the path of the art walk, and renamed the exhibition to "Bellwether," to reflect this forward-looking approach.
The Commission invited local businesses to participate by providing sites along the walk as well as other kinds of support. Encouraged by the positive response from both the business community and visitors to the exhibition, Bellwether 2012 will continue this approach.
About the Exhibition – history, past purchases and more
For more information about these and other works from previous Bellevue Sculpture Exhibitions, e-mail the exhibition coordinators.