Spectrum Audio Guide

Spectrum: Color in Pigment and Light Audio Guide Welcome to the ARTexperience Gallery Audio Recording https://boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/06/Spectrum-Audio-Guide_welcome85.mp3 Welcome to the ARTexperience Gallery BAM's ARTexperience Gallery was created to encourage hands-on exploration and multi-sensory experiences as valuable approaches to understanding art. Boise Art Museum hopes it helps you investigate how art is made, who makes it, and the way ideas, feelings, creative approaches, and meaning are communicated through visual forms.   ARTexperience Gallery was made possible in 1997 by generous support from: Richard... Read More >>

El Sueño Americano/The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer

This exhibition brings to light the otherwise invisible experience that asylum seekers encounter when crossing the border between Mexico and the United States. The contemporary still-life photographs feature personal possessions that are confiscated and discarded by U.S. border patrol agents when asylum seekers are taken into custody.

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Spectrum: Color in Pigment and Light

For thousands of years, the rainbow has been a cross-cultural symbol of hope, positivity, and a bit of magic. Dedicated to the celebration of rainbows, Spectrum showcases interactives inspired by the rich and numerous colors of our world. Participatory stations throughout the ARTexperience Gallery encourage visitors of all ages to create a rainbow block print, match colored fiber to emotions, build a colorful town, and more.

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Visual Language Audio Guide

Visual Language: The Art of Abstraction Audio Guide Introduction Audio Recording https://boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/VisLang_00intro.mp3 Visual Language: The Art of Abstraction Visual Language: The Art of Abstraction presents a selection of abstract, non-representational artworks from Boise Art Museum’s Permanent Collection. A cross-section of abstract artwork, created by the most significant American abstract artists working from the 1980s through the early 2000s, fills these galleries with Color Field paintings, lyrical abstraction, and minimalism. Charles Arnoldi and Ed Moses are examples of West Coast artists... Read More >>

Visual Language: The Art of Abstraction

Visual Language: The Art of Abstraction presents a selection of abstract, non-representational artworks from Boise Art Museum’s Permanent Collection. A cross-section of abstract artwork, created by the most significant American abstract artists working from the 1980s through the early 2000s, features Color Field paintings, lyrical abstraction, and minimalism.

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Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – Northwest School

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #36 - Northwest School ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land of Oppositions » #23 - Text Panel:... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – George Tsutakawa

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #35 - George Tsutakawa, Reflection, 1959 ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land of Oppositions » #23 -... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – Katy Stone

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #34 - Katy Stone, Red Willow Fall, 2004-2005 ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land of Oppositions »... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – Lucinda Parker

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #33 - Lucinda Parker, Ledge and Swamp, 2000 ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land of Oppositions »... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – Deborah Butterfield

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #32 - Deborah Butterfield, Democrat, 1995 ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land of Oppositions » #23 -... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – Ramon Murillo

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #27 - Ramon Murillo, Blazing Sun and Protector Salmon Spirit, 2005 ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – Abstraction and Spirituality

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #23 - Abstraction and Spirituality ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land of Oppositions » #23 - Text... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – A Land of Oppositions

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #18 - A Land of Oppositions ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land of Oppositions #23 - Text... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – John Grade

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical), 2004 ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) #18 - Text Panel: A Land of Oppositions » #23 -... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – John Feodorov

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102, 2011 ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land of Oppositions »... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – Toshio Shabata

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, 1996 ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – Conservation and the Artist Explorer

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #5 - Conservation and the Artist Explorer ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes » #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land of Oppositions » #23 -... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide – Intro

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape American Sign Language Interpretation #3 - Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape ASL Interpretation Menu #3 - Text Panel: Myths, Fables, and Fortunes #5 - Text Panel: Conservation and the Artist Explorer » #13 - Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana » #14 - John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102 » #16 - John Grade, Caudex (vertical) » #18 - Text Panel: A Land of... Read More >>

Silver Linings Audio Guide

Silver Linings: Celebrating the Spelman Art Collection Audio Guide Introduction Audio Recording https://boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Silver-Linings-AG_100intro.mp3 Silver Linings: Celebrating the Spelman Art Collection Silver Linings highlights the artworks of masters, pioneers, and trailblazers who anchor the Spelman collection. The 39 artworks in the exhibition represent a variety of mediums and techniques including painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed-media collage, prints, and photographs. The artworks are divided into five sections that focus on the Spiral Group, early figuration, abstraction, contemporary photography, and contemporary figuration. The exhibition... Read More >>

RYAN! Feddersen Audio Guide

RYAN! Feddersen: Coyote Now Audio Guide Introduction Audio Recording https://boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/RYAN-audio-guide_intro.mp3 RYAN! Feddersen: Coyote Now RYAN! Feddersen creates installations and public artworks that invite people to actively participate while considering their relationship to the environment, technology, society, and culture. Coyote Now engages Plateau lore and storytelling to imagine the trickster, Coyote, as an actor in contemporary events. Before there were two-legged people (humans) on earth, Coyote was busy roaming the plateau, playing both Trickster and Hero, and preparing the world for... Read More >>

Portraits of Sky Audio Guide

Portraits of Sky: Selections from the Permanent Collection Audio Guide Introduction Audio Recording https://boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Portraits-of-Sky_intro.mp3 Portraits of Sky: Selections from the Permanent Collection Ever-present, the sky hugs earth and serves as the backdrop to our world. Early morning mist; stark-blue skies; electric-pink sunsets; black, silent, star-filled nights—in all its shifting forms—the sky is reassuringly there while simultaneously reflecting the temporary realities of our lives back upon us. Portraits of Sky investigates our fascination with the world above, through artist illuminations of... Read More >>

Portraits of Sky: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Ever-present, the sky hugs earth and serves as the backdrop to our world. Early morning mist; stark-blue skies; electric-pink sunsets; black, silent, star-filled nights – in all its shifting forms – the sky is reassuringly there while simultaneously reflecting the temporary realities of our lives back upon us. Portraits of Sky investigates our fascination with the world above, through artist illuminations of clouds, stars, and the sky in its transitory splendor.

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Myths, Fables, Fortunes ASL Guide

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape     American Sign Language Interpretation Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape Conservation and the Artist Explorer Toshio Shibata, Gibson Dam, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, 1996 John Feodorov, Vanitas #4 CSP 11-102, 2011 John Grade, Caudex (vertical), 2004 A Land of Oppositions Abstraction and Spirituality Ramon Murillo, Blazing Sun and Protector Salmon Spirit, 2005 Deborah Butterfield, Democrat, 1995 Lucinda Parker, Ledge and Swamp, 2000 Katy Stone, Red... Read More >>

Katazome Today Audio Guide

Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art Audio Guide Introduction Audio Recording http://new.boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/Katazome_intro-1.mp3 Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art The world has become a much smaller place in the twenty-first century. Accelerated globalization has brought wide-ranging influences and ideas well within reach. With the speed at which information spreads, cross-cultural art forms (intangible cultural properties) also migrate and co-mingle across oceans and borders. Katazome Today looks at the diaspora* of a unique and historically significant Japanese textile-dyeing process that... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, Fortunes Accessible Guide

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape Accessible Guide Introduction Audio Recording https://boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/MythsFF_intro.mp3 Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape Myths, Fables, and Fortunes is a journey of discovery focused on the natural environment of the Northwest. Drawn from the Museum’s Permanent Collection and spanning over six decades, the exhibition highlights our shifting perspectives and connection with the land during a period of dramatic change and development. Our relationship with the land conveys a compelling narrative... Read More >>

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Our Place within the Landscape

Myths, Fables, and Fortunes is a journey of discovery focused on the natural environment of the Northwest. Drawn from the Museum’s Permanent Collection and spanning over six decades, the exhibition highlights our shifting perspectives and connection with the land during a period of dramatic change and development.

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Silver Linings: Celebrating the Spelman Art Collection

Silver Linings celebrates the legacy of artists of African descent spanning the twentieth century through the contemporary moment. It includes Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Christ and His Disciples Before the Last Supper (1908-1909) and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art’s most recent acquisition of Carrie Mae Weems’s Color Real and Imagined (2014). Silver Linings includes an array of media spanning sculptural works by Elizabeth Catlett and Selma Burke, and photographic works by Lorna Simpson and Renée Cox.

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Jacob Hashimoto Audio Guide

Jacob Hashimoto: Fractured Giants Audio Guide Introduction Audio Recording http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/Jacob-Hashimoto_intro.mp3 Jacob Hashimoto: Fractured Giants With a kite form serving as his central organizing principle, Jacob Hashimoto creates complex artworks that range from large installations to small-scale prints. Through meticulous craftsmanship, he creates abstract, layered, geometric compositions and modular constructions that reference video games, virtual environments, and cosmology. His designs are deeply rooted in art historical traditions, notably landscape-based abstraction, Minimalism, and handcraft. The artist scales microscopic imagery from the digital... Read More >>

Jean LaMarr Audio Guide

The Art of Jean LaMarr Audio Guide Introduction and Land Acknowledgement Audio Recording http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/LaMarr-audio_intro-text.mp3 Gallery 1 - Artworks and Text Panels Audio Recording http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/LaMarr-audio_gallery-1.mp3 Gallery 1, Case 1 - Growing up in Susanville, California Audio Recording http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/LaMarr-audio_gallery-1_case-1.mp3 Gallery 1, Case 2 - Murals: Art for the Community Audio Recording http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/LaMarr-audio_gallery-1_case-2.mp3 Gallery 2 - Artworks and Text Panels Audio Recording http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/LaMarr-audio_gallery-2.mp3 Gallery 2, Case - The Ohlone Journey Audio Recording http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/LaMarr-audio_gallery-2_case.mp3 Gallery 3 - Artworks and Text Panels Audio Recording http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/LaMarr-audio_gallery-3.mp3 Gallery... Read More >>

RYAN! Feddersen: Coyote Now

RYAN! Feddersen creates installations and public artworks that invite people to consider their relationships to the environment, technology, society, and culture through participation. The Coyote Now exhibition will include two large-scale, interactive artworks— a site-specific, 55-foot mural that visitors will be invited to color on, and a large, interactive, kinetic sculpture. Feddersen’s mural illustrates an original story of Coyote.

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Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art

Katazome (rice-paste resist dyeing using stencils) is one of the most important textile processes in Japan, used for centuries to dye kimono. Katazome Today: Migrations of a Japanese Art examines the contemporary evolution of katazome and the metamorphosis of the process through globalization. Diving into the practices of a select group of contemporary artists, the exhibition also shares the many ways these artists honor and carry on the traditions of the technique through their varying interpretations.

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The Art of Jean LaMarr

Jean LaMarr is an internationally recognized artist, educator, and Native American advocate with ancestral ties to Pyramid Lake, Nevada, and Susanville, California. For decades, her work has sparked powerful and important conversations about cultural stereotypes, representations of Native women, legacies of colonization, and environmental justice.

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Jacob Hashimoto: The Fractured Giant

The Fractured Giant is a site-specific installation by Jacob Hashimoto in BAM’s Sculpture Court and marks his first solo museum exhibition in Idaho.  Combining traditional kite- and pattern-making techniques, printmaking, and collage into a sculptural environment, the artist has created an immersive installation with thousands of thin, hand-made papers.

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Jacob Hashimoto: Fractured Giants

Using sculpture, painting, and installation, Jacob Hashimoto creates complex worlds from a range of modular components—bamboo-and-paper kites, model boats, and even Astro-turf-covered blocks. His layered compositions reference video games, virtual environments, and cosmology, while also being deeply rooted in art-historical traditions….

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Willem Volkersz: The View From Here

Montana-based artist Willem Volkersz (b. 1939) is a significant contemporary artist known for his neon and paint-by-number installations. He was a pioneer in the use of neon in art and developed early and sustaining loves for photography, travel, American roadside culture, Pop Art, and Folk and Visionary Art.

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Everyday Objects: The Enduring Appeal of Still Life

A blue and white decorative bowl is filled with lemons, prickly pears, and leaves. It is displayed on a wood tabletop, set against a dark background.

Often considered the art of imitation, the depiction of the still life has been practiced by artists for centuries. From the ancient Greeks to 17th century Dutch painters, from Cubists to today’s contemporary artists, still life endures as a significant form of artistic expression—one that is contemplative and transformative—yet frequently overlooked.

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Stephen Towns: Declaration & Resistance

Stephen Towns is a painter and fiber artist whose artwork explores the ways American history influences contemporary society. His work draws visual inspiration from medieval altarpieces, nineteenth-century photography, Dutch wax print fabrics, and from African American story quilt. Guest curated by art historian, cultural producer, and writer Kilolo Luckett, the exhibition features artwork created between 2014 and 2021 that explores the American dream through the lives of Black Americans from the late eighteenth century to present.

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres: “Untitled” (L.A.)

Felix Gonzalez-Torres was known for his minimalist, often conceptual, installations and sculptures that assembled quantities of a common object, such as a string of lights, stack of paper, or individually wrapped candy, to convey complex meaning and encourage audience participation. Through the manner of displaying the artwork, along with the process of the viewer’s participation, each work became a metaphor for loss and healing, as seen in light bulbs that expire and are replaced, or as papers or candies are taken by visitors and replenished by the art museum. This cycle of depletion and renewal over time is key to the visitor’s experience with, and understanding of, Gonzalez-Torres’s creative practice.

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres Accessible Guide

Felix Gonzalez-Torres: "Untitled" (L.A.) On display at BAM February 5 – November 6, 2022 Accessible Guide Audio Recording http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/FGT-audio-guide_mixdown.mp3 American Sign Language Interpretation     About the Artwork Felix Gonzalez-Torres “Untitled” (L.A.) 1991 Green candies in clear wrappers, endless supply Overall dimensions vary with installation Original weight: 50 lb. Jointly owned by Art Bridges and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art On loan from Art Bridges © Felix Gonzalez-Torres Courtesy of the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation “Meaning can only be formulated when... Read More >>

Contemporary Cuban Art: History, Identity, and Materiality

Cuba has a diverse culture and complex history that is both fascinating and often misunderstood. Paradox, dark humor, beauty, sadness, and vulnerability connect the works on view in the exhibition Contemporary Cuban Art. Guest Curator Jill Hartz has conceptualized this exhibition through the lenses of history, identity, and materiality as a structure to draw visitors into their own paths of discovery of contemporary Cuban art. Most of the Cuban artists, whose artworks are featured in the exhibition, have benefited from a free education and meticulous training from a young age. Their extensive knowledge of Western art history and their honing of practice and technique have provided strong foundations for their individual visions and expression.

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Many Wests Audio Guide

Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea Audio Guide #1 Introduction Audio Recording http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/01-Intro-Panel.mp3 Commonly accepted ideas about the American West are often based on a past that never was and frequently diminish, if not overlook entirely, the experiences of Indigenous and Black people and people of color. For some, “The West” can conjure images of rugged colonial settlers, gun-toting-cowboys, or scenic expanses of vacant land. These stereotypical associations took hold in the eighteenth century, as the U.S. government aggressively... Read More >>

Suchitra Mattai: Breathing Room

Using materials often associated with the domestic sphere, such as embroidery, weaving, and fiber elements, Suchitra Mattai creates large-scale installations, sculptures and two-dimensional artworks that navigate her family heritage while also unraveling historical narratives. She reclaims vintage and found materials, such as hand-made saris and other historically rich objects as a way of making sense of the world around her and the multiple cultures she inhabits as an Indo-Caribbean American.

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Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea

This life-size painting depicts a realistic portrait of a Chicana woman looking down at us, shown from the knees up, in a black strapless dress with a black shawl draped over her forearms. She is wearing dangling earrings, bracelets and rings, and the A-line skirt of her dress is embellished with a pattern of blue dots. Her arms are crossed and she is standing in a field with green plants beside her. The dramatic, orange-and-brown sky and clouds in the background fill most of the canvas behind and around her.

Ideas about the American West, both in the popular imagination and in commonly accepted historical narratives, are often based on a past that never was, and fail to take into account important events that actually occurred. At once, “The West” can conjure images of rugged colonial settlers, gun-toting-cowboys, or vacant expanses of natural beauty. Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea offers multiple views of “The West” through the perspectives of forty-seven modern and contemporary artists.

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Re-Framed: American Life, Legacy, and Ideals

Re-Framed examines the notion of a shared American identity while recognizing the complexity of factors that determine each person’s cultural and social viewpoints. Featuring many never before shown artworks from the Permanent Collection, Re-Framed presents a multiplicity of artists who offer meaningful insights….

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Collector’s Choice: Selections from Boise Art Museum’s Collectors Forum

Collector’s Choice: Selections from Boise Art Museum’s Collectors ForumNovember 28, 2020 - February 7, 2021Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Celebrating 30 Years   Collectors Forum became a membership group of the Boise Art Museum in 1990 under the leadership of Dennis O’Leary, then BAM Executive Director, and art collectors Dee Fery and Glenn Janss. Over the past 30 years, Collectors Forum members have made possible the acquisition... Read More >>

BAM UNPACKED for kids: Mixed-Media Masterpieces

Displayed in BAM’s ARTexperience Gallery, a space designed for children and families, the exhibition highlights a selection of artworks, featuring the use of non-traditional media in surprising and creative ways. One of the most important and personal decisions an artist makes when creating an artwork is the choice of medium. The medium is crucial to….

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The World Stage: Contemporary Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

The World Stage: Contemporary Art from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation March 6 – July 11, 2021Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Featuring 90 contemporary artworks by 37 American artists of diverse backgrounds, The World Stage showcases prominent names from the 20th-century art canon alongside today’s global influencers. The exhibition title is borrowed from the name of a series of paintings by Kehinde... Read More >>

Mirage | Artist Spotlight

Mirage | Artist SpotlightAugust 8, 2020 – February 14, 2021Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork On display at BAM through February 14, 2021   ABOUT THE EXHIBITION | The Great Basin is a vast expanse of land covering much of the American West, defined geographically by the fact that it is a closed system, its rivers draining internally rather than to the sea. Its boundaries include parts of... Read More >>

The Co-Creation Project 2020

The Co-Creation Project 2020Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork BAM's Co-Creation Project 2020   The Co-Creation Project supports young children and professional artists in collaborative art-making.   Now in its 4th year, BAM's Co-Creation Project is a celebration of collaboration, the creative process, and the boundless imagination of children. The intent of The Co-Creation Project is to bring awareness to the importance of art experiences in early learning... Read More >>

The 2020 Idaho Triennial – Juror’s Awards

The 2020 Idaho Triennial – Juror’s AwardsExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork EXHIBITION CATALOGUES  Learn more about the artists and artworks in the exhibition with a beautiful, limited-edition catalogue. Available for purchase. $19.95*  ($17.96* for BAM Members) *plus tax AVAILABLE BY MAIL Contact Mackenzie Buie for details: Mackenzie@boiseartmuseum.org or call 208.345.8330 x110 Shipping cost: $3.40 About The 2020 Idaho Triennial Exhibition Audio Guide Juror's 1st Place Award Winner Elijah Jensen-Lindsey... Read More >>

Mirage: Energy, Water and Creativity in the Great Basin

Mirage: Energy, Water and Creativity in the Great BasinAugust 8, 2020 – February 14, 2021Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork The Great Basin is a vast expanse of land covering much of the American West, defined geographically by the fact that it is a closed system, its rivers draining internally rather than to the sea. Its boundaries include parts of Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and California, and nearly... Read More >>

Io Palmer: Desired Interruptions

Io Palmer: Desired InterruptionsAugust 22, 2020 – July 4, 2021Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Artist Io Palmer’s desire to address social concerns drives her art.  The exhibition Desired Interruptions is comprised of artwork inspired by material culture and systems of control. Palmer explores the arbitrary and abstract construct of borders that are connected to a general sense of personal and cultural boundaries, in both physical and metaphoric... Read More >>

The 2020 Idaho Triennial – Audio Guide

The 2020 Idaho Triennial – Audio GuideMarch 8 – July 19, 2020Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork EXHIBITION CATALOGUES  Learn more about the artists and artworks in the exhibition with a beautiful, limited-edition catalogue. Available for purchase. $19.95*  ($17.96* for BAM Members) *plus tax AVAILABLE BY MAIL Contact Mackenzie Buie for details: Mackenzie@boiseartmuseum.org or call 208.345.8330 x110 Shipping cost: $3.40 Hear directly from the artists featured in The 2020 Idaho... Read More >>

Ann Gardner: The Shape of Air

Ann Gardner: The Shape of AirJanuary 18 - August 2, 2020Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Ann Gardner interprets the physical world through sculpture, utilizing the intrinsic properties of her materials to represent natural phenomena. Her blown-glass vessels are inspired by the relationship between air and water, and shaped by the natural interplay of breath and molten glass. The transparent, ethereal forms create layering effects, forming unexpected shapes... Read More >>

Women in American Impressionism: Three Masterworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Boise Art Museum announces the presentation of three Impressionist masterworks from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Mary Cassatt’s “Spanish Dancer Wearing a Lace Mantilla,” Frederick Carl Frieseke’s “Nude Seated at Her Dressing Table,” and Childe Hassam’s “Tanagra (The Builders, New York).” Each of these portraits provides a distinctive view of women at the turn of the twentieth century, filtered through the lens of the artist’s experience.

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Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines is the fourth and final exhibition inspired by Boise Art Museum’s Art Cards, a project designed to encourage engagement with artworks in BAM’s Permanent Collection. Based on the Art Card deck True Colors, this exhibition explores the ways in which artists employ the elements of art and principles of design to convey mood, provoke emotional responses, and communicate with viewers.

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The 2020 Idaho Triennial

Organized every three years by the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Triennial is a juried exhibition highlighting the quality and diversity of contemporary artistic practices in our state. For more than 80 years, BAM has celebrated the creativity of artists living and working in Idaho, and the Museum’s series of biennial and triennial exhibitions has become a respected and treasured tradition.
The juror for The 2020 Idaho Triennial is Grace Kook-Anderson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum.

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Impressionism in the Northwest

Impressionism in the NorthwestNovember 9, 2019-February 9, 2020Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork In the early twentieth century, American Impressionism became a movement in its own right, breaking away from the European tradition in a number of ways. Building upon earlier experiments with light and color, artists in the United States utilized broken brushstrokes in novel ways to depict the wide-ranging landscapes of North America. Many exhibitions and... Read More >>

Wally Dion: Current

Wally Dion: CurrentJuly 27, 2019 – January 5, 2020Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Mixing the contemporary with the traditional, Wally Dion uses materials such as circuit boards and auto paint to create his own renditions of Indigenous quilt patterns. Dion’s quilt assemblages are an extension of his portraiture of First Nations workers, and serve as a way to represent those who work in industries such as childcare,... Read More >>

Stephanie Wilde: Introspective

Stephanie Wilde: IntrospectiveJune 29 - October 13, 2019Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Idaho-based artist Stephanie Wilde is known for her lavish, intricate works addressing global contemporary issues and societal concerns. Her images portray a quiet and gentle aesthetic, developed from an interior narrative and drawn from a range of literary, historical, and scientific sources. The hidden power of Wilde’s work lies in the way these elaborate motifs... Read More >>

Margaret Jacobs: Steel Medicine

Margaret Jacobs: Steel MedicineJune 8, 2019 – July 26, 2020Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Margaret Jacobs celebrates Indigenous culture with a bold, powerful aesthetic. Her steel sculptures depict medicinal plants alongside tools associated with early twentieth-century Mohawk Ironworkers. In this unique coupling, Jacobs explores the tension and harmony between forces of nature and forces of man, addressing ideas such as natural cycles of decay and growth. Drawing... Read More >>

2019 Boise State University Biennial Faculty Exhibition

2019 Boise State University Biennial Faculty ExhibitionMarch 30 – July 28, 2019Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork This exhibition highlights recent artwork by faculty in the Boise State University Department of Art, Design, and Visual Studies. Showcasing a diverse group of local artists whose scholarship and teaching is grounded in studio practice, this exhibition reveals a variety of media, styles, conceptual emphases and aesthetics. As a group, they... Read More >>

Higher Ground: 10th Biennial High School Art Exhibition

Higher Ground: 10th Biennial High School Art ExhibitionMarch 16 - April 28, 2019Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Higher Ground, held every two years, features artwork by high school students from the Boise and West Ada Districts. Facilitated by BAM’s Education Department, the exhibition provides a professional exhibition experience for high school students, valuable preparation for developing a portfolio, and the opportunity to learn about the process of... Read More >>

Sarah Sense: Cowgirls and Indians

Sarah Sense: Cowgirls and IndiansMay 18 – October 27, 2019Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Using traditional Chitimacha and Choctaw basket-weaving techniques, Sarah Sense intricately layers images collected over many years, including photographs of Chitimacha landscapes, Hollywood posters, Wild West show imagery, and family memoirs. Sense first began developing this body of work in 2004, after receiving the blessing of the Chitimacha Chairman to use the tribe’s weaving... Read More >>

Jae Yong Kim: Donut Ever Forget Me

Jae Yong Kim: Donut Ever Forget MeJanuary 26 – July 7, 2019Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork South Korean artist Jae Yong Kim’s installation Donut Ever Forget Me is made up of hundreds of hand-sculpted and intricately painted donuts. Each one is unique, and is topped with a high-gloss glaze. Kim views each of the donuts as a diminutive painting, with their decorated surfaces invoking the paint splatters of Jackson... Read More >>

Charles Gill: Observatory

Charles Gill: ObservatoryNovember 3, 2018 – March 3, 2019Sponsored by Stewart GalleryExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Boise-based artist Charles Gill was born in Caldwell in 1933. He began painting when he was only twelve years old. In 1955, he received a BFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts, where he studied with Richard Diebenkorn. In 1961, he received an MFA from Mills College. Gill taught... Read More >>

Ceramics and Textiles from the Southwest

Ceramics and Textiles from the SouthwestGifts of the Carley CollectionMay 4, 2019 – April 4, 2021Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Boise natives Joan H. and John B. Carley spent twenty years wintering in the Southwest. Their love of the region and the various cultures represented there led them to begin collecting art by Native American artists. They eventually amassed a collection of more than sixty-five objects, including... Read More >>

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25

Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts at 25March 2 – June 2, 2019Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) was founded by Oregon painter and printmaker James Lavadour, in 1992. This exhibition, organized by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in partnership with Crow’s Shadow, chronicles the history of the institute over the past twenty-five years as it has emerged as... Read More >>

Matteo Pugliese: The Guardians

Matteo Pugliese: The GuardiansAugust 11, 2018 – January 6, 2019Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Throughout history and across cultures, people have created objects to symbolically protect themselves and their families, their homes, and other meaningful spaces. With this abiding practice in mind, Italian artist Matteo Pugliese created his sculptural series The Guardians. The impetus for this body of work began in the 1990s, when the artist started collecting... Read More >>

Construction, Deconstruction, and Abstraction: The Art of James Castle

Construction, Deconstruction, and Abstraction: The Art of James CastleApril 24, 2018 - May 26, 2019Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Since first displaying his art in 1963, the Boise Art Museum has been committed to exhibiting, collecting, and preserving the work of Idaho artist James Castle (1899-1977). His artwork is regularly featured in Permanent Collection exhibitions, and this is the tenth solo show of the artist’s work at... Read More >>

Pierre Daura: Fifty Fifty

Pierre Daura: Fifty FiftyJune 16 – October 7, 2018Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Catalan American artist Pierre Daura (1896-1976) was born on the island of Minorca, Spain, in 1896. He and his family moved to Barcelona when he was young, and he spent much of the 1920s in Paris. As a result, artistically he came of age alongside some of the most significant members of the European... Read More >>

A New State of Matter: Contemporary Glass

A New State of Matter: Contemporary GlassNovember 3, 2018 - February 3, 2019Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Glass has been called a new state of matter because it does not fit squarely within the definition of a liquid, solid, or gas. Its amorphous molecular structure allows it to transition from a liquid to a solid over a wide temperature range, causing it to be nicknamed chameleon matter.... Read More >>

Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art

Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract ArtJune 16 – October 7, 2018Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art offers a new and insightful look at modernism in interwar Europe. The exhibition focuses on the influential but short-lived artistic group known as Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square), which was founded in December of 1929 by Belgian artist... Read More >>

Mapping the Present: Selections from the Driek and Michael Zirinsky Collection

Mapping the Present: Selections from the Driek and Michael Zirinsky CollectionFebruary 17 – July 15, 2018Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Mapping the Present features a selection of works by contemporary artists who use maps and mapping as part of their art practice. Rather than trying to chart the world accurately, these artists use the visual language of maps to create imagined geographies. The exhibition features collages, constructions, drawings,... Read More >>

Heather Carson: Sculpted Light

Heather Carson: Sculpted LightMarch 3 – July 22, 2018Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork As a Los Angeles native who has spent many years in New York, artist Heather Carson is influenced by both the west coast light and space movement and east coast minimalism. Using especially fabricated industrial materials to make her architecturally scaled light sculptures, she draws inspiration from artists such as Dan Flavin and Robert... Read More >>

Consider the Source

Consider the SourceOctober 14, 2017 – March 3, 2019Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Following Weather or Not and Tall Tales, this is the third exhibition in a series based on the Boise Art Museum's Art Cards. These exhibitions are the result of a unique collaboration between the Museum's curators and educators and have been thoughtfully designed to foster art appreciation and learning. Many of the works in this exhibition were... Read More >>

Jo Hamilton: Knots in Time

Jo Hamilton: Knots in TimeJanuary 13 – May 13, 2018Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Fiber artist Jo Hamilton moved to Portland after graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Educated as a painter, she eventually began to explore the representational possibilities of crochet. She depicts the urban fabric of Portland and its people, using traditional materials, such as yarn, as well as alternative materials, such... Read More >>

Cheryl K. Shurtleff: The Road is Wider than Long

Cheryl K. Shurtleff: The Road is Wider than LongSeptember 30, 2017 – May 20, 2018Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Born in Ontario, Oregon, in 1947, celebrated artist Cheryl K. Shurtleff grew up on a fruit ranch near Payette, Idaho. She earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Boise State College in 1973 and an MA in Art Education from Boise State University in 1978. She went... Read More >>

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot ExplainAugust 12 - December 17, 2017Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Rick Bartow was one of the Northwest's best known artists. His powerful body of work was influenced by his Native American heritage, international travels, and fine art training. Born in Newport, Oregon, Bartow (1946-2016) was a member of the Wiyot tribe of Northern California and had close ties with the... Read More >>

Mapping the Past: Selections from the Thomas J. Cooney Collection

Mapping the Past: Selections from the Thomas J. Cooney CollectionAugust 5, 2017 - January 28, 2018Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Map makers have the unique ability to collapse both time and space in their works. Mapping the Past explores what mapping means both in the technical sense and in the metaphorical sense, looking beyond pure cartography for deeper meaning. Most of the works collected here, which were recently gifted... Read More >>

Bricks and Stones

Bricks and StonesJune 24, 2017 - February 11, 2018Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Sean Kenney is an artist and children’s book author. He has more than five million LEGO® bricks at his studio in Brooklyn, New York, which he uses to create sculptures and wall murals. Kenney merges vintage tapestry aesthetics with op-art patterns to create abstract compositions that recall gemstones, such as jade and jasper. Accompanying... Read More >>

An Intentional Eye: Select Gifts from Wilfred Davis Fletcher

An Intentional Eye: Select Gifts from Wilfred Davis FletcherMay 6, 2017 - April 14, 2019Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Wilfred Davis Fletcher (1922 - 2016), a third-generation Idahoan and long-time friend and supporter of the Boise Art Museum, had an inspired collecting vision. Unconstrained by conventional collecting practices and the whims of the art market, he enjoyed discovering new facets of an artist’s work. His unique eye... Read More >>

Higher Ground 2017

Higher Ground 2017Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork March 4* - April 30, 2017 BAM continues this successful professional and educational opportunity for high school students in its ninth biennial exhibition. Organized every two years by the Museum’s Education Department, Higher Ground is a juried art exhibition showcasing artwork by secondary students in the Boise and West Ada school districts. *Please note: Due to BAM's annual gala fundraiser,... Read More >>

Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting IIFebruary 4 - June 4, 2017Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Geraldine Ondrizek has been a Professor of Art at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, since 1994. Her large-scale works are informed by medical and biological research and explore questions related to genetics. Ondrizek often partners with scientists and medical researchers to create artworks that beautifully incorporate and visualize scientific data. Chromosome Painting II... Read More >>

When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection

When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger CollectionJune 10 – August 27, 2017 Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork With a remarkable selection of masterworks by 52 of the twentieth century’s most influential artists, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Marsden Hartley, Willem de Kooning, Stuart Davis, and Alexander Calder, this exhibition illuminates the artistic transformations that took place in the U.S. during... Read More >>

Minidoka: Artist as Witness

Minidoka: Artist as WitnessOctober 8, 2016 – January 15, 2017Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which forced nearly 120,000 Japanese American citizens and legal resident aliens of Japanese descent to relocate from California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska to one of ten inland war relocation centers, as they were termed... Read More >>

Laura Heit: Earth & Sky

Laura Heit: Earth & SkyAugust 13, 2016 – February 19, 2017Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Portland-based artist Laura Heit uses a variety of animation and film techniques to create her ethereal, experimental works. In this two-part exhibition the artist explores our fears of the natural world (earth) as well as the magic and uncertainty at the frontiers of outer space (sky). Featuring films, animated installations, and a... Read More >>

2017 Idaho Triennial

2017 Idaho TriennialFebruary 18 - July 16, 2017Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Organized every three years by the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Triennial is a juried exhibition bringing together exemplary works of art created by a broad selection of Idaho artists. For the last 80 years, BAM has celebrated the creativity of artists living and working in Idaho, and the Museum’s series of biennial and triennial... Read More >>

Burchfield Botanicals

Burchfield BotanicalsJune 18 - September 18, 2016Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork American painter and visionary artist Charles Burchfield (1893-1967) is best known for his passionate watercolors of nature scenes and townscapes. Between the years 1908 and 1911, when Burchfield was still a teenager, he created nearly 500 botanical sketches that show the wide variety of wildflowers and plants he found in the forests and fields around his... Read More >>

In Appreciation: New Gifts to the Boise Art Museum

In Appreciation: New Gifts to the Boise Art MuseumMay 28 - August 28, 2016Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork The Boise Art Museum Permanent Collection grows each year, thanks to generous artwork donations from community members. This exhibition highlights a selection of recent gifts, including quilts and prints by Gee's Bend artists Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, and Loretta Pettway; ceramic works by Val Cushing, Rupert Deese, Josh... Read More >>

Tall Tales

Tall TalesApril 9, 2016 – April 9, 2017Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Stories shape our knowledge and understanding of the world. Hearing and telling them can help us consider who we are and what we believe. Aiding us in both recording the past and mapping the future, stories entertain, exhort, and instruct. Presenting a stunning arrangement of narrative works from Boise Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, the exhibition... Read More >>

Karen Woods: The Way to Wilder

Karen Woods: The Way to WilderMay 21 – September 11, 2016Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Boise artist Karen Woods presents a new body of work based on a recent journey to Wilder, Idaho. Her paintings of rain-soaked roads and highways situate the viewer in the front seat of a car, making it possible to experience the beauty and disorientation of traveling through a storm. In this latest... Read More >>

Folk Art: The Drew and Katie Gibson Collection

Folk Art: The Drew and Katie Gibson CollectionFebruary 27 – July 24, 2016 Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork The Drew and Katie Gibson collection of folk, naïve, outsider, and visionary art is broad-based, with colorful objects that reflect their wide-ranging tastes and interests. The Gibsons built their collection adventurously and independently, with a deep passion for art and a belief in supporting the work of living artists.... Read More >>

Adonna Khare: The Kingdom

Adonna Khare: The KingdomExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Adonna Khare is an American artist known for her fanciful, large-scale carbon pencil drawings featuring creatures juxtaposed with ordinary events.  Her drawings are not pre-planned, rather they evolve through Khare’s experiences with people and the absurdities of life. The result is a group of drawings in which the animals coexist in a world beyond ours, and are inexplicably tied together, often... Read More >>

Chinese Gardens

Chinese GardensNovember 14, 2015 - February 14, 2016Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Chinese gardens embody a distinctive philosophy that emphasizes harmony between nature and humans. American landscape architect David H. Engel sought to capture this aesthetic in his series of photographs of the unique gardens of the Suzhou region in China. The photographs were selected to accompany a recent body of Chinese artworks gifted to BAM by... Read More >>

Co-Creation Project

Co-Creation ProjectExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork A project created by the Idaho Childhood Roundtables and the Boise Art Museum Bringing Idaho artists and Idaho’s youngest children together to think, learn, inspire and create On view in the Boise Art Museum’s ARTexperience Gallery May - September 2015 Boise Art Museum and the Cooperative Preschool invited artists Karl LeClair and Mark McGinnis to work with children in the Cooperative... Read More >>

Paul Vexler: Ribbons

Paul Vexler: RibbonsJune 20, 2015 - May 8, 2016Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Seattle sculptor Paul Vexler has created an undulating ribbon of wood more than forty feet in length for a dynamic site-specific installation at BAM. The sculpture gracefully floats, suspended from the vaulted ceiling of BAM’s Sculpture Court. Vexler fabricates his sculptures from reclaimed and recycled plywood. He strives to define forms and volumes with as little... Read More >>

Weather or Not

Weather or NotApril 11, 2015 - March 20, 2016Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork This exhibition, inspired by BAM's Second Nature Art Cards, presents a selection of artworks from the Museum's Permanent Collection in which artists reflect on the relationships between humans and nature. Whether ecological change is part of a natural cycle or induced by a range of possible man-made causes, many artists are turning their attention... Read More >>

Richard C. Elliott: Language of Light

Richard C. Elliott: Language of LightJune 13 – October 4, 2015Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Dick Elliott (1945-2008) was a nationally recognized mixed media artist who lived and worked in Ellensburg, Washington.  During his lifetime, he created a broad range of artwork- drawings, sculpture, installations, paintings, neon, commissions, and ceramics –that attest to his energy and brilliant mind.  Toward the end of his life he turned his... Read More >>

Group f/64: Revolutionary Vision

Group f/64: Revolutionary VisionMay 16 – October 25, 2015Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Ansel Adams Imogen Cunningham Willard Van Dyke Brett Weston Edward Weston Group f/64 is renowned in the history of photography, counting among its members Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Brett Weston, Willard Van Dyke, and Edward Weston. Revolutionary in its day, Group f/64 shared a common photographic style characterized by sharp-focused and carefully framed images. This... Read More >>

In the Shadows

In the ShadowsFeburary 7 - May 24, 2015Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Portland-resident Gary Bettis has assembled a collection of photographs and prints which are considered to be one of the Northwest’s most significant private print collections. Since 2001 Gary Bettis has gifted 263 works to the Museum consisting primarily of black-and-white photographs and prints, including mezzotints, drypoints, and etchings by nationally and internationally known artists. While... Read More >>

Higher Ground 2015

Higher Ground 2015Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork BAM continues this successful professional and educational opportunity for high school students in its eighth biennial exhibition. Organized every two years by the Museum’s Education Department, Higher Ground is a juried art exhibition showcasing artwork by students in the Boise and West Ada school districts. . . Organized by the Boise Art Museum Sponsored by the Boise Southwest Rotary Foundation... Read More >>

Dragon

DragonExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Chinese Dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore that traditionally symbolize supreme status. To complement the Sculpture Court installation of Liu Bolin’s Nine-Dragon Wall from his series Hiding in the City, BAM presents a selection of Chinese and Japanese objects in which the dragon is featured as a decorative element. Organized by the Boise Art Museum IMAGE: Roof tile in... Read More >>

By the Yard: Dresses in the Garden

By the Yard: Dresses in the GardenExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Idaho artist Crystal Gough has assembled five sculptures on site in BAM's Sculpture Garden, each a tribute to a female who has profoundly impacted the artist's life. Gough uses natural and salvaged materials to create life-size dress forms, which trace each woman's connection to the earth.  By allowing the sculptures to age naturally in BAM's outdoor Sculpture Garden, the artist also reflects on the cycle... Read More >>

James Castle

James CastleExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Raised in Garden Valley, Idaho, Castle was born deaf and never learned to read, write or use sign language.  However, he developed a sophisticated means of communication through drawing and devoted a lifetime to the creation of his own images.  Castle ignored traditional drawing materials in favor of discarded cardboard, paper scraps and homemade charcoal dyes.  Using these materials, he produced... Read More >>

A Matter of Taste: Food for Thought

A Matter of Taste: Food for ThoughtAugust 23, 2014 – February 15, 2015Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Taste is personal, and food is universal.  Food is an important part of Idaho’s identity, fully engrained in our minds and history.  This exhibition encourages a conversation about taste – what it is and how it is established.  You get to make choices and decide your own preferences in developing... Read More >>

James Castle: Tying it Together

James Castle: Tying it TogetherExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Raised in Garden Valley, Idaho, Castle was born deaf and never learned to read, write or use sign language.  However, he developed a sophisticated means of communication through drawing and devoted a lifetime to the creation of his own images.  Castle ignored traditional drawing materials in favor of discarded cardboard, paper scraps and homemade charcoal dyes.  Using these... Read More >>

Corrugated: Sculpture by Ann Weber

Corrugated: Sculpture by Ann WeberExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork California artist Ann Weber transforms the ordinary medium of cardboard into impressive large-scale sculptures reminiscent of pods, gourds and organic spires.  The sculptures have the appearance of large baskets woven into monumental forms with a rich patina created from layers of shellac applied to the surface. Visitors walk among and through the towering shapes, some as large as... Read More >>

Liu Bolin: Hiding in the City

Liu Bolin: Hiding in the CityJanuary 31 – May 24, 2015Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Chinese artist Liu Bolin is internationally known for compelling works that combine Performance Art, photography and protest.  In elaborately prepared photographs, Bolin paints himself with perfect camouflage to disappear into busy background settings.  He employs concealment as a method for addressing aspects of identity and appearance.  Using his own clothed body as... Read More >>

Kid Stuff

Kid StuffExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Read More >>

Patchwork: Historical Quilts

Patchwork: Historical QuiltsExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Read More >>

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection

The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel CollectionExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork The Vogel Collection was started in the early 1960s and has grown to over 4,000 works of art. The Collection contains primarily drawings, with some significant works of painting and sculpture, and is best-known for its holdings of minimal, post-minimal and conceptual art by primarily American artists whose careers developed after 1960. In 1992 the National Gallery... Read More >>

FIRST Robotics Team’s Robots

FIRST Robotics Team’s RobotsExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork To complement Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon, BAM collaborated with Micron Technology Foundation to present a series of robots built by young engineering students in a mentoring program at Micron.  Aesthetically interesting and sculptural in appearance, these large-scale robots also came to life during BAM educational programs in which the creators demonstrate the robots in action and discuss... Read More >>

Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon

Robots: Evolution of a Cultural IconExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon examines the development of robot iconography in fine art over the past 50 years. In 1920, the term robot was coined from a Czech word robota, which means tedious labor. Since then, the image and the idea of a robot have evolved remarkably from an awkward, mechanical creature to a sophisticated... Read More >>

Full Circle

Full CircleExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork The circle is the most universal of all symbols. Artworks from BAM’s Permanent Collection will be selected to examine how artists use the circle or sphere as an element in developing two-dimensional compositions and three-dimensional forms. A selection of new permanent collection artworks along with traditional favorites will be presented in the exhibition. Artists whose works will be highlighted include Grace... Read More >>

More Than a Pretty Face

More Than a Pretty FaceExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Commissioned artwork from local artists who participated in the More Than A Pretty Face program will be presented at BAM following their unveiling at the Gala on April 24th. Commissioned local artists include: Chris Binion, Divit Cardoza, Jill Fitterer, Kirsten Furlong, Ward Hooper, Geoff Krueger, Benjamin Love, Kathy Harrison Mahn, Surel Mitchell, Shelley McCarl, Christine Raymond, Shantara Sandberg,... Read More >>

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a FeatherExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Birds of a Feather features contemporary artists who work in a variety of styles, highlighting common, rare or endangered bird species in contemporary art.  The range of images extends from fanciful to realist expressions and includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and installation art.  Works by Idaho artists Kirsten Furlong, Randy Van Dyck, and Stephanie Wilde, along with art from... Read More >>

Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey

Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year SurveyExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork San Francisco Bay Area artist Wanxin Zhang’s larger-than-life ceramic figures are inspired by the 8,000 clay soldiers of the Qin terra cotta army unearthed in Xian, China, in 1974. Zhang’s work combines ancient Chinese tradition with the 21st century’s way of life. His large-scale contemporary sculptures meld the cultures of East and West in manner of dress, hair,... Read More >>

John James Audubon: American Artist and Naturalist

John James Audubon: American Artist and NaturalistExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork The name John James Audubon is synonymous with the study and preservation of American wildlife. His masterpiece, The Birds of America, and his lifetime of written journals stand as an unsurpassed contribution to the world of fine art, natural science and American his tory and literature. This exhibition presents a selection of rare and valuable works... Read More >>

Intersection

IntersectionExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Selections from the Permanent Collection with images of lines intersecting.  This exhibition includes photography, paintings, drawings and mixed media.   Read More >>

2010 Idaho Triennial

2010 Idaho TriennialExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Organized every three years, the Idaho Triennial is a juried exhibition bringing together exemplary works of art created by a broad selection of Idaho artists. This year artists were asked to respond to the theme: sustain + expand. Literally, figuratively or conceptually, Idaho artists were encouraged to consider the various definitions of these words, and the ways in which their... Read More >>

Composed: New and Recent Gifts from the Collection of Gary Bettis

Composed: New and Recent Gifts from the Collection of Gary BettisExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork For more than two decades, former Boise resident Gary Bettis assembled a collection of elegant and beautifully composed photographs and prints by nationally and internationally known artists. The terms tranquil, composed and serene are emblematic of Mr. Bettis’ thoughtful selections. This exhibition features photographs and prints gifted to the Boise Art Museum... Read More >>

Stephen Knapp: Lightpaintings

Stephen Knapp: LightpaintingsExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Deriving inspiration from his studies of light, color, dimension, space and perception, artist Stephen Knapp will create an eighty-foot-long multi-dimensional composition of light in BAM’s Sculpture Court. The artist’s site-specific Lightpainting will embody a unique and original form of art that integrates sculptural, architectural and visual elements to transform the environment.  This exhibition is the third exhibition featured in BAM’s... Read More >>

Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment

Critical Messages: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the EnvironmentExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork This exhibition focuses on the ways in which a group of Northwest artists is currently responding to the heightened awareness of global issues and specific environmental concerns in the Northwest region.  Through their artwork these artists are reacting to eight specific environmental issues:  growth management, waste management–land and sea, mass production/consumption, transportation, preservation of wilderness... Read More >>

Higher Ground: 6th Biennial High School Exhibition

Higher Ground: 6th Biennial High School ExhibitionExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork BAM continues this successful professional and educational opportunity for high school students in its sixth biennial exhibition.  Organized every two years by the Museum’s Education Department, Higher Ground is a juried art exhibition showcasing artwork by students in the Boise and Meridian school districts. Sponsored by  the Wells Fargo Foundation and the Greater Boise Rotary Foundation. Read More >>

Jill Fitterer/ Laura Berman: Converging Collections

Jill Fitterer/ Laura Berman: Converging CollectionsExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Artists Jill Fitterer and Laura Berman focus on their unique personal collections of rocks and human hair for this collaboration.  This exhibition directs the viewer to the origins of print.  Rocks hold an impression of their own origin while the DNA of a hair strand maps a specific individual. Read More >>

Catherine Courtenaye: Paintings

Catherine Courtenaye: PaintingsExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Catherine Courtenaye’s colorful abstract paintings are the outcome of her interest in American 19th-century penmanship workbooks, ledgers and documents. Using a variety of printmaking techniques, Courtneaye transfers phrases, signatures, alphabets and numbers from original manuscript sources onto painted surfaces, layering her colorful s graphic quotations recall the Victorian s quest for perfect control, the mastery of cursive writing was considered... Read More >>

The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories

The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell StoriesExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Inspiring,  vibrant and fun, this exhibition explores the meanings of shoes, presenting 120  playful, imaginative and provocative objects. Shoes speak to style,  fashion and individuality, yet they also tell stories, expressing more than  their role as footwear. Shoes reflect the time and place of their  creation, providing unique insights into human history and identity. The  100 contemporary... Read More >>

Special Soles

Special SolesExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork This auxiliary exhibition to The Perfect Fit  highlights a local collection of Victorian womens shoes along with pieces from BAM’s Permanent Collection depicting a variety of shoes in both two- and three-dimensional works.  Objects have been generously loaned from private collectors.  The Victorian Shoes are on loan from Sue Allgeyer of the Antique World Mall. Read More >>

Mike Rathbun: The Situation He Found Himself In

Mike Rathbun: The Situation He Found Himself InExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Portland artist Mike Rathbun has created a monumental circular wood structure designed specifically for BAM's dynamic eighty-foot Sculpture Court. Made from Pacific Albus (hybrid poplar), the huge oval ascends 20 feet in the air and  appears to pierce the outer walls of the Sculpture Court, cross over the  outside courtyard and return through the east... Read More >>

Comics at the Crossroads

Comics at the CrossroadsExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork For decades comics have largely been viewed as light-hearted and musing stories told through simple line art. But in recent years, comics have moved from the cultural fringes into the artistic and literary mainstream. Comics at the Crossroads: Art of the Graphic Novel, showcases the work of 40 Pacific Northwest artists who are established and emerging talents. Contemporary comic... Read More >>

Open to Interpretation

Open to InterpretationExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork The Boise Art Museum’s 75th Anniversary exhibition in 2012 is a celebration of the Museum’s Permanent Collection, highlighting over 100 important artworks in a variety of mediums and from both historical and contemporary periods.  The exhibition is being selected from over 3,000 artworks which have been donated or purchased by the Museum from 1937 through 2012. A special feature of... Read More >>

Eastern Traditions | Western Expressions

Eastern Traditions | Western ExpressionsExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork In the exhibition Eastern Traditions | Western Expressions, traditional Asian artworks are contrasted with contemporary works by American and Asian-American artists.  By displaying these works together, the exhibition encourages us to consider the ways historic Asian art and culture have influenced Western forms of artistic expression. The audience is invited to appreciate the subtle beauty of Asian artworks and... Read More >>

Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth

Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the EarthExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork This exhibition featured approximately forty of NickCave’s Soundsuits: multi-layered, mixed media, wearable sculptures designed to captivate visitors of all ages.  As reminiscent of African, Mardi Gras and religious ceremonial costumes as they are of haute couture, the Soundsuits explore ceremony, ritual, myth and identity. The artist employs a subtle layering of references expressed... Read More >>

Higher Ground: 7th Annual High School Exhibition

Higher Ground: 7th Annual High School ExhibitionExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork BAM continues this successful professional and educational opportunity for high school students in its seventh biennial exhibition.  Organized every two years by the Museum’s Education Department, Higher Ground is a juried art exhibition showcasing artwork by students in the Boise and Meridian school districts. Supported in part by a grant from the Greater Boise Rotary Foundation. Read More >>

Arp, Mirό, Calder

Arp, Mirό, CalderAugust 30, 2014 – January 11, 2015Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Presenting a comprehensive array of fifty works in all media by Jean Arp (French, born Germany, 1886-1966), Joan Mirὀ (Spanish, 1893-1983), and Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), this exhibition highlights the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s (New York) extensive collection of the work of these three modern masters, who pushed color, line, and form beyond convention.  Arp,... Read More >>

Billie Grace Lynn: White Elephants

Billie Grace Lynn: White ElephantsExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Billie Grace Lynn:  White Elephants is an installation of inflatable elephants constructed from rip-stop nylon on diplay in BAM’s Sculpture Court.  These life-size works of art afford an opportunity not often found in the wild – the ability to stand directly in front of or beside these animals and contemplate their grand stature.  While admiring the sheer size... Read More >>

Troy Passey: left unsaid

Troy Passey: left unsaidExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Troy Passey bases his artwork on the elements of language and utilizes words and phrases as the centerpiece of his drawings.  Passey comes to art from literature, avowing that “it was the look of the words that drew him to become a visual artist, not a writer.” In his art, texts act both as visual and conceptual elements. He... Read More >>

Wilfred Davis Fletcher Collection: In the Abstract

Wilfred Davis Fletcher Collection: In the AbstractExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Wilfred Davis Fletcher donated one of the largest and most significant gifts to the Museum in 2002 and 2012 including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and ethnographic objects, encompassing American art of the late 20th century.  For more than three decades Mr. Fletcher has been a friend and staunch supporter of BAM, enlivening and enriching BAM’s... Read More >>

Gail Grinnell: angle of repose

Gail Grinnell: angle of reposeJune 28 – November 30, 2014Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Seattle artist Gail Grinnell has created a site-specific, temporal installation in Boise Art Museum's Sculpture Court titled angle of repose, in collaboration with her son, artist Sam Wildman, using materials and techniques informed by her mother's work as a seamstress and her father's work as a mechanic. The effects of the Great Depression in the US... Read More >>

Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power

Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and PowerJune 7 – August 17, 2014Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Emerging in New York in the mid-1990s, Kara Walker has become one of the most successful and controversial artists working today.  Exploring the painful history of American race relations through elegant and unnerving silhouettes, Walker’s work challenges us to access buried emotions about our nation’s past.  In her... Read More >>

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami

Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of OrigamiOctober 24, 2015 – January 17, 2016Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Folding Paper is a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the history of folding and origami as fine art. Works by 45 master folders from around the world – from countries as diverse as Japan, the United States, Uruguay and Russia – showcase the power and potential of contemporary origami. In these artists’... Read More >>

Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft

Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary CraftMay 17 – August 10, 2014Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Established and emerging artists who are the driving force behind the model of rethinking craft are featured in this exhibition showcasing more than 60 ceramics, wood and fiber works from The Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramic Research Center. These works reflect current trends in the contemporary craft field both nationally... Read More >>

Modern and Contemporary Ceramics: Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo Collection

Modern and Contemporary Ceramics: Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo CollectionFebruary 22, 2014 – March 19, 2017Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Over several decades Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo have assembled an exceptional art collection, reflecting their interest in modern and contemporary art with a focus on ceramics. As part of their ongoing relationship with Boise Art Museum, they have loaned numerous artworks to various exhibitions and gifted... Read More >>

Night Hunter and Night Hunter House: A film and sculptural installation by Stacey Steers

Night Hunter and Night Hunter House: A film and sculptural installation by Stacey SteersExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Stacey Steers’ hand-made film Night Hunter is composed of more than four thousand collages and shot in 35mm color. In Night Hunter images of silent screen actress Lillian Gish are appropriated from early cinema roles and transformed into a new and haunting film rendition. The Night Hunter film evokes... Read More >>

William Morris and Alexis Rockman: The Art of Nature

William Morris and Alexis Rockman: The Art of NatureDecember 8, 2012 – June 2, 2013Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Glass artist William Morris and contemporary painter Alexis Rockman are featured in an exhibition that reflects their individual responses to the beauty of nature. William Morris’ 38 glass vessels adorned with flora and fauna are paired with Alexis Rockman’s famed grand-scale painting Evolution and other works. Based on... Read More >>

Anna Fidler: Vampires and Wolf Men

Anna Fidler: Vampires and Wolf MenFebruary 1, 2014 – May 25, 2014Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork A long-term fascination with horror films inspires Anna Fidler's powerful portraits of imagined denizens of the night, vampires and wolf men. Based on photographic portraits of early residents of Oregon, Fidler’s monumental scrolls are reminiscent of topographical maps and informed by ancient superstition as well as contemporary pop culture. The artist... Read More >>

2013 IDAHO TRIENNIAL

2013 IDAHO TRIENNIALNovember 16, 2013 - April 27, 2014Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Idaho’s premiere exhibition opportunity for Idaho artists, this juried exhibition features the best of Idaho art in a variety of media. Held every three years, the Triennial is a statewide, juried art exhibition that reflects the quality and diversity of artwork being created in Idaho. The 2013 Idaho Triennial will be documented with a... Read More >>

Lisa Kokin: How the West Was Sewn

Lisa Kokin: How the West Was SewnExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork For the past two decades, Lisa Kokin has been at the forefront of an emerging new art form: the artist’s book. Through preservation and destruction, she utilizes book spines and covers by disguising and weaving them into colorful wall installations. The artist pushes her medium beyond the customary use. Sewing, stapling, riveting, shredding, pulping, gluing and... Read More >>

Origins: Objects of Material Culture

Origins: Objects of Material CultureFebruary 23, 2013 – January 12, 2014Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork Origins: Objects of Material Culture features objects from Africa, Papua New Guinea and North America spanning the time period from pre-European contact through present day. This exhibition encourages audiences to compare and contrast the aesthetics of diverse cultures and the ways these art forms have contributed to our contemporary senses of place,... Read More >>

URBAN

URBANExhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork To celebrate Boise’s Sesquicentennial, Boise Art Museum presents URBAN, an exhibition of Boise City sites by artists Jan Boles, Charles Gill, Michael Miller and Karen Woods. Over the past decade, these four artists have developed distinctive visions of Boise and bodies of work inspired by the locales of our city. These four urban-inspired artists use photography and panoramic formats as vehicles for... Read More >>

Kahn and Selesnick: Mars Revisited

Kahn and Selesnick: Mars RevisitedJune 15, 2013 – January 5, 2014Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork New York artists Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick, known as Kahn/Selesnick, will create a site specific installation at the Boise Art Museum entitled Mars Revisited. Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn have been collaborating as Kahn/Selesnick since 1988 on a series of complex narrative photo-novellas and sculptural installations that portray alternate, fictionalized versions... Read More >>

Kehinde Wiley The World Stage: Israel

Kehinde Wiley The World Stage: IsraelJune 22 – October 27, 2013Exhibitions Future Exhibitions Past Exhibitions Programs, Classes, Workshops & Tours Collection Art Resources / FAQ Donations of Artwork One of the most significant young artists today, Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977) is known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of black urban men rendered in the self-confident, empowered poses typical of classical European portrait painting. The World Stage: Israel is part of the artist’s series exploring the global black diaspora and... Read More >>