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Spring 2006 Report

March • April • May

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LCSC Names Interim Development and Programming Coordinators To Arts Center

After curator Dale Tucker's resignation, the Lewis-Clark State College Center for the Arts and History named Rob Painter-Johnson as interim development coordinator and artist Ellen Vieth as interim programming coordinator.

The center, whose mission is to provide arts education opportunities throughout the regional community, will rely on Painter-Johnson to oversee the center's fundraising events, research efforts, grant proposal submissions and exhibition marketing.

Vieth will administrate the care and conservation of the center's collections and artifacts, as well as coordinate the installation of exhibits and growth of program activity opportunities. She recently oversaw the hanging of a new exhibition of the art of Carolyn Prince Batchelor.

Three More From Grangeville Children's Book Author Wilson

With more than a dozen titles to her credit, Grangeville children's book author Karma Wilson adds several new works to her list of popular books this spring. Wilson made news last fall when Bear Snores On, illustrated by Jane Chapman, became a best-seller after its September 2005 publication. Together Wilson and Champman teamed up to publish Mortimer's Christmas Manger in October 2005 and in March, the duo will put out Bear's New Best Friend for publication.

Working with several illustrators, Wilson wrote Moose Tracks!, illustrated by Jack E. Davis and published in February, and Animal's Strike at the Zoo, It's True, illustrated by Margaret Spengler, is expected to be published in May.

Prichard Wins NEA Award For Upcoming Show

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the University of Idaho's Prichard Art Gallery a $10,000 grant to be used specifically for the presentation of "William Kentridge, Drawings & Animations." The NEA's Challenge America: Reaching Every Community grant program awarded 135 grants of $10,000 each to organizations throughout the country for projects focused on extending the arts to populations whose exposure to arts is limited.

Kentridge, a prominent South African artist well known for his animated drawings, has shown work at such prestigious galleries as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. The exact arrival dates of Kentridge's "Drawings & Animations" exhibition at the Prichard are still under negotiation, however, the gallery's director, Roger Rowley, says the gallery is aiming to open the show in February 2008.

Human Rights Institute Makes Art an Integral Part of Center

Coeur d'Alene's newly dedicated Human Rights Education Institute opened on International Human Rights Day, Saturday, December 10, with a variety of human rights related artwork displayed both inside and outside the renovated building.

Outdoors, a large metal archway designed by Northern Idaho College students stands above the passage to the institute's center courtyard. A 16-foot-tall granite monolith bearing the preamble to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights stands outside after being placed by a crane several weeks prior to the institute's opening.

Inside, 30 works of art are displayed, each representing one of the 30 articles found in the universal declaration, such as the right to religious freedom and the right of free speech.

The institute, made possible through a $1 miliion-dollar donation from Idaho native and philanthropist Greg Carr, strives to improve the tarnished image of northern Idaho as a haven for Aryan Nation leaders.

Sandpoint Women Craft for A Good Cause

After seeing on television the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, two Sandpoint women created a quilt for its victims.

Vickie Ann Dawson together with friend Victoria McKelvy, who owns quilting and fabric store Admit One, sewed a quilt 80-inches by 80-inches. The backside of the quilt contains nearly 50 signatures from Idahoans who reside in all areas of the state, including Boise, Twin Falls, Nampa, Caldwell, Lewiston, Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry.

After its completion, Dawson and McKelvy donated the quilt to the American Red Cross, which will ensure the quilt is placed in the appropriate hands on the Gulf Coast.

--Rachael Daigle