Graphite announces artist in residence: Lisa Myers Bulmash


Last updated 6/24/2023 at 11:33am


Lisa Myers Bulmash explores memory, identity, and Black body vulnerability.

Graphite Arts Center has announced Lisa Myers Bulmash as its artist in residence to provide a view of the African diaspora.

Meyers Bulmash has been an important link in support of "Intersections," the current show in the gallery located within Graphite.

Mason Fraker, "Intersections" curator, said he was thrilled to be able to entice Meyers Bulmash to residency during the show, as her work as a Black, female artist gives expression to the intersectionality of artwork by less represented groups, the theme of the show, which runs through July 16.

Myers Bulmash is an award-winning studio artist, a recipient of a Black Lives Matter Arts Grant, and a teacher (Kirkland Arts Center, Pratt). Her many-layered works are included in several collections, most in Kent.

She has been able to explore memory, identity, and Black body vulnerability during her residency, creating several new works while interacting with visitors to Graphite.

She works in a variety of mediums, especially collage (in two dimensions) and assemblage (3-D), often using what she calls "altered books" to tell the literal and metaphorical stories her found objects convey.

"I make stuff about uncomfortable topics and expect to be paid for it," Meyers Bulmash said.

Mary Olsen and Tracy Felix created the nonprofit Art Start Northwest in 2015 with the mission to make art accessible to all. They have partnered with the Snohomish County Arts Commission to fund Bulmash's residency and to give artists often disenfranchised from mainstream galleries a chance to show their artwork.

All of Meyers Bulmash's art can be viewed and purchased on her website at

You can meet Bulmash and see "Intersections" Saturdays Noon-4 p.m. through the end of the show July 16. The gallery, at 202 Main St., is free and open to the public.


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