Since leaving office, former President George W. Bush has mostly kept quiet. That is until scores of art critics rushed to analyze his paintings after photos of them were leaked to the public in February.
A hacker infiltrated a family email account and released images of artwork painted by Bush, including two semi-nude self-portraits--one depicting a silver-haired Bush in the shower and the other submerged in the bathtub. Numerous portraits of pets have since surfaced, as well.
Boise State University professor Jonathan Sadler investigates Bush's artistic passion at Black Hunger, Saturday, April 27, with a talk titled "George W. Bush: Painter."
Sadler will examine the significance of the beleaguered former president's new artistic outlet, and offer a closer analysis of the subject matter portrayed by the paintings. His talk at Black Hunger is free, for all ages and starts at 7 p.m.
In calls-to-artists news, Boise Art Museum is accepting submissions for the 2013 Idaho Triennial, which, as its name suggests, takes place every three years. Idaho artists are invited to submit original works produced in 2011, 2012 or 2013. Accepted work will be included in an exhibition running Nov. 16 through April 27, 2014.
In 2010, Seattle's Beth Sellars served as juror and selected work from 152 submissions. This year, Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer curator of Northwest art at the Portland Art Museum, will serve as the Triennial juror.
Information and applications are available at boiseartmuseum.org. Submissions are due by Tuesday, May 28. Notifications will be mailed to artists Sept. 18, 2013.
And in other competition news, the 10th annual i48 filmmaking festival is now accepting applicants. From Friday, June 7, to Sunday, June 9, teams will be given 48 hours to write, cast, shoot and edit an original short film three to six minutes long.
Each team will be handed an envelope concealing a genre, a line of dialogue, a character and a prop to incorporate.
Managing Director Andrew Ellis said the 10th edition of i48 includes a new category for K-12 students. Both the novice and and open divisions will be judged separately.
A screening of all films will take place Saturday, June 15, at The Flicks. A best-of screening will follow Sunday, June 16, at the Egyptian Theatre.
Applications postmarked or hand-delivered to The Flicks by Thursday, May 25, cost $50, while those dropped off after that date cost $100.