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Office of the University Art Curator

Professional support for the Student Union Fine Arts is provided by the University Art Curator and Collections Manager, Fonda Portales, with support from the Student Union Art Advisory Board.

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Student Union Fine Arts, Student Union Building, 1910 University Drive, Boise, Idaho, 83725-1335

  • Fonda Portales

    University Art Curator and Collections Manager

    Fonda Portales joined the Division of Campus Operations in 2016 to fill the newly created role of University Art Curator and Collections Manager. Prior to this position, she served as Adjunct Faculty in the Art Department for eight years, teaching survey and upper-division Art History. She continues to be a passionate educator and enjoys developing student engagement with the visual arts on campus.

    In her role as University Art Curator and Collections Manager, Fonda manages the University’s permanent visual art collection, curates Student Union Building gallery spaces, and directs public art commissions on campus. She also works across departments to co-create and curate content for the upcoming world museum in the new Fine Arts Building. As Chair of both the University Arts Advisory Committee and the Student Union Fine Arts Advisory Board, she works with faculty, researchers, students, and community leaders to seek out and approve new acquisitions and exhibitions, and write policy regarding visual arts culture on campus.

    Prior to joining the university, Fonda worked as the Director of Development and Public Education at the ACLU of Idaho, a Marketing and Development Associate with the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs, and a Resident Artist at the archaeological site of Urkesh, in Mozan, Syria, where she established an on-site museum of artifacts.

    Fonda earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Northwest Nazarene College, in Nampa, Idaho, and master’s degree in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles. Her academic focus is on the transcultural iconography of Mesoamerican and Spanish influence. Her drawings of Aztec and colonial works can be found in the Oxford University Press Handbook to Life in the Aztec World.

    Student Union Building, Room E2408, Campus Operations

    Fonda Portales joined the Division of Campus Operations in 2016 to fill the newly created role of University Art Curator and Collections Manager. Prior to this position, she served as Adjunct Faculty in the Art Department for eight years, teaching survey and upper-division Art History. She continues to be a passionate educator and enjoys developing student engagement with the visual arts on campus.

    In her role as University Art Curator and Collections Manager, Fonda manages the University’s permanent visual art collection, curates Student Union Building gallery spaces, and directs public art commissions on campus. She also works across departments to co-create and curate content for the upcoming world museum in the new Fine Arts Building. As Chair of both the University Arts Advisory Committee and the Student Union Fine Arts Advisory Board, she works with faculty, researchers, students, and community leaders to seek out and approve new acquisitions and exhibitions, and write policy regarding visual arts culture on campus.

    Prior to joining the university, Fonda worked as the Director of Development and Public Education at the ACLU of Idaho, a Marketing and Development Associate with the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs, and a Resident Artist at the archaeological site of Urkesh, in Mozan, Syria, where she established an on-site museum of artifacts.

    Fonda earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Northwest Nazarene College, in Nampa, Idaho, and master’s degree in Art History from California State University, Los Angeles. Her academic focus is on the transcultural iconography of Mesoamerican and Spanish influence. Her drawings of Aztec and colonial works can be found in the Oxford University Press Handbook to Life in the Aztec World.

  • Danielle Corson

    Curatorial Assistant

    Danielle Corson is an MFA candidate at Boise State from Regina, Saskatchewan, and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2022. She received her two bachelor’s degrees in Fine Art and Art History from the University of Regina. Before joining Boise State, Corson was a Decorative Arts Research Graduate Intern at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Director of the Fifth Parallel Gallery at the University of Regina, and a Teaching Assistant for Art 100 and Art History 100 classes. Corson is interested in material culture, decorative arts, and contemporary ceramics.

    Student Union Building, Room E2407, Campus Operations

    Danielle Corson is an MFA candidate at Boise State from Regina, Saskatchewan, and expects to graduate in the Spring of 2022. She received her two bachelor’s degrees in Fine Art and Art History from the University of Regina. Before joining Boise State, Corson was a Decorative Arts Research Graduate Intern at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Director of the Fifth Parallel Gallery at the University of Regina, and a Teaching Assistant for Art 100 and Art History 100 classes. Corson is interested in material culture, decorative arts, and contemporary ceramics.

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