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Whitney Tassie Talks at Boise State

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With a stubborn blanket of snow still clinging to Boise, everywhere you look, there's a whole lot of white. But if white makes you think of a blank canvas that begs to be decorated, that inner artist may benefit from a visit to Boise State University's Visual Arts Center for a public lecture by visiting artist Whitney Tassie.

The curator of modern and contemporary art from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Tassie has been invited by Boise State's Visiting Artist and Scholar Program to give the free lecture at the Student Union Building in the Jordan Ballroom at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Her presentation, Being an Artist Today, will cover a variety of topics, ranging from the theory and ethics of artistic purpose, an artist's responsibility in today's globally connected world and practical strategies for artists to consider, like websites and art fairs.

Tassie will also be the guest juror selecting artwork to feature in Activate: 2013 Student Juried Exhibition. Students enrolled in art classes at Boise State are eligible to submit up to three works for consideration. Tassie will review the submissions, give awards and select works to be exhibited at the Visual Arts Center between Friday, Feb. 8, and Wednesday, March 20. Tassie will also speak at the gallery's opening reception from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.

And in other Boise State opening news, Baghdad, Iraq native Luma Jasim will debut Circumstances of War, Thursday, Jan. 31, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the SUB Gallery. According to Boise State, Jasim "utilizes paint on canvas to reflect upon her personal experiences with war."

The show will remain on display though Sunday, Feb. 24.

In call-to-artists news, The Modern Hotel and Bar is seeking artists for its sixth annual Modern Art event, taking place First Thursday, May 2. Hotel rooms are available for artists of all disciplines looking to display, show, create or perform their work. Submission forms will be available online at themodernhotel.com or at the front desk of the Modern Hotel beginning Wednesday, Feb. 6. All completed forms are due at The Modern by Friday, March 1.

For more info, contact Amy O'Brien or Kerry Tullis at theshop11@gmail.com.

Boise Open Studios Collective Organization is also seeking new artist applications for membership. Applications are due electronically Sunday, March 31.

For more info visit boiseopenstudios.com or email bosco.membership@gmail.com.

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