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Student Union Fine Art Collections

The Student Union Permanent Art Collection was established to introduce students, faculty, staff and community members to a wide range of artwork from multiple traditions and periods in art history. Encompassing work from various artists with unique backgrounds and cultures, and employing numerous media, the collection creates a diverse mixture of style, content and subject matter.

Our mission is to create a sense of home for students to study, to meet friends, to make connections, and we believe that art should be an integral part of that shared experience. So we have made available several collections–through commissions, through generous gifts–in the Student Union Building.

We do this through several avenues–commissioning work, buying work, and accepting gifts of work.

When you purchase work from the Student Union Fine Art Gallery or the Trueblood Pop Up Gallery, you support the fund to buy new art for the Student Union. Artists agree to a 40% commission; this commission is directed to a Foundational account that serves as a savings account from which we can purchase works of art.

If you would like to add to the student experience at the Student Union Building through a gift of artwork from your own collection, please contact Fonda Portales, University Art Curator and Collections Manager, at

a decidedly eclectic collection

Richard Libby Collection

“I want to show students at Boise State that a collection does not have to be one specific type of art, that it can be made with more than one media, that different styles and eras can be represented within a single collection.” – Dr. Richard H. Libby D.D.S.

Read about the Richard Libby Collection
prints from different points of view

The Art Mom and the Northwest Narratives Collections

These two collections offer a diverse array of printmaking techniques and visual storytelling.

Discover the collections
commissioning the past for the future

Bay Window Project

The Bay Window Project developed as part of the 2008 Student Union expansion and the Union’s commitment to the arts. These spaces were reserved for the display of commissioned, site specific artwork from students and alumni artists of Boise State. Administered through the Student Union Art Advisory Board, the artworks were chosen through a competitive process which included student and public review.

To see the Bay Window Project, please visit the second floor of the Student Union Building, near the Simplot Ballroom.

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