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September 20, 2006


Boise Artist Selected for National Juried Exhibition

In the August 30 issue of Boise Weekly, if you recall, we printed a review of Boise State's recent Art Department Faculty Exhibition. Kirsten Furlong, one of the the show's exhibitors and gallery director of Boise State's Visual Arts Center, exhibited pieces in her "Trappings Series," multimedia works of polyester plate lithography and gouache on paper depicting whimsical animals in human "trappings" like wigs, purses, shoes and clothing.

Pardon the turn of phrase, but Furlong is spreading her wings beyond Boise via one of the prints in her "Beautiful Series," also included in the faculty show, Beautiful #2. The piece was recently selected for a national juried exhibition titled "Printmaking Currents 2006," a show organized by the Northwest Print Council and Print Arts Northwest. The selected pieces will be on display for the month of November at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Furlong's piece was chosen from over 600 considered prints by exhibition juror Sam Davidson, owner of Davidson Galleries in Seattle, Washington.

"I am really excited to be included in this show and to be chosen from so many other entries," Furlong tells BW. "The print relates stylistically to the ornithological illustrations and prints of the 19th century, but with a contemporary twist. I hope that it prompts the viewer to consider ideas about beauty and representation--in addition to being somewhat humorous."

For more information on "Printmaking Currents 2006," visit the Print Arts Northwest Web site at

MFA Reading Series Begins at Boise State

Boise State's annual MFA Reading Series is a program that brings nationally known authors and poets to read at Boise State. Notable past participants include writers Rick Bass, Chris Offutt, Rae Armantrout, Alice Notley, Michael Palmer, Joy Williams and Denis Johnson.

This year, the series begins with a reading by poet Cole Swensen, who has written 10 collections of poetry, including her soon-to-be-published Glass Age, which will come out in 2007 on Alice James Books. Her "Try" won the Iowa Poetry Prize, "Noon" won the New American Poetry Series Award and "New Math" won the National Poetry Series competition. Swensen teaches at the University of Iowa and besides penning her own original works, she translates contemporary French poetry and is a contributing editor for several literary journals.

Swenson's reading will be at 7 p.m. on September 22 at Boise State's Liberal Arts Building, room 106. The reading is free and open to all who would like to attend.

For more information on the series and other scheduled readings, contact Dave Nicholas at

Recognition For the Arts Up North

The City of Moscow is looking to the community for nominations for the 2006 Mayor's Arts Awards, and the deadline is coming up quickly.

Nominations can be made in four categories: Individual Excellence in the Arts, Outstanding Achievement in Arts Education, Outstanding Contributions as a Patron of the Arts and Outstanding Contributions as a Business Benefactor to the Arts.

The city is looking for nominations of people and organizations who have made a significant contribution to the arts and culture of Moscow through support, service or creative accomplishments above and beyond the usual. If you know someone who fits the bill, nominate them. Forms are available by contacting the Moscow Arts Commission at P.O. Box 9203, Moscow, Idaho 83843; or in person at Moscow City Hall, 206 E. Third St., Room 106. Call the Moscow Arts Commission at (208) 883-7036 or e-mail them at with questions.

The deadline for nominations is September 29 and awards will be give at the reception at the 1912 Center in Moscow at 7:30 p.m. on October 26.