The visually minded at Boise State has been a group of very busy bees of late, hosting traveling exhibits and showing Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates' work in addition to all the actual coursework that must go on.
"Resound," which "addresses themes of community, history, and identity" and opens on Friday, Nov. 13, showcases a passel of student artists who are candidates for BFAs at Boise State. Showing their thesis exhibition are Gwendolyn Downs, Deb Jones Yensen, Kathrine Jones, Le Schrock, Kristi Marshall, Marissa Nobody, Erin R. Phillips, Sarah Rapatz, Jacob Rowe, Suzanne Tornow and Jin You. And, as to be expected, the artists work in a variety of mediums, from illustration to printmaking to painting. Among the show is the locket-like work of Phillips in silver, enamel and copper, and Yensen's monotype flowers on linen, which are a mash-up of vintage meets nature, with a collage of faded leaf and flower shapes against vibrant greens and subdued roses. Join the artists for the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Gallery and Hemingway Center Gallery at Boise State, where the show runs through Wednesday, Dec. 9, when it will be removed to make way for the Clay and Fire: Ceramics Show and Sale, Dec. 12-14. For more information on "Resound," visit artdept.boisestate.edu/VAC.
Visual Arts Center gallery director Kirsten Furlong, who organized "Resound," is a featured artist herself in a show that opens Sunday, Nov. 15, in a most unusual gallery space: the windows of downtown Boise's historic Egyptian Theatre. Hosted by Boise State's Visual Arts Center for indie curator TJ Norris, "SQFT" is a portable collection of contemporary work from 56 Northwest artists that's fresh out of Blackfish Gallery in Portland, Ore. The window-based exhibit hangs unframed, and among the dozens of artists are Furlong as well as Idahoans Amanda Hamilton, Rachel Reichert, Boise State art professor Richard Young and installation artist Gerri Sayler. "SQFT" will hang in the Egyptian's windows until January 2010. Egyptian Theatre, 700 Main St. For more information on SQFT, visit tjnorris.net.