The CWI Studio Art program promotes the development of artistic skills and practice, craftsmanship, and aesthetic discernment. The AA degree in Studio Art provides students with a foundational understanding of the history of visual culture, provides opportunities to grow as artists, and prepares students who are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree in art.
The 2021 CWI Capstone celebrates the artistic and academic achievements of these College of Western Idaho Studio Art graduates. Boise State is pleased to host their first professional exhibition and hopes they find a future home at the Center for Visual Arts.
If you are unable to see the show on campus, please visit boisestate.edu/finearts/ where the show will be documented digitally.
Living in the woods of northern Idaho, Tricia Florence drives the same 17-mile stretch to town and has driven the same road over the past 29 years. She has taken this routine and turned it into a visual contemplation. Her present body of work presents an abstracted, aerial perspective of places familiar and yet always, in some aspect, unexpected. Creating a visual memory of the drive, she reimagines and recontextualizes trailer houses, cabins, and farms. Through her compositions she provides her audience with a formal meditation on living in rural places.
Image Credit: Tricia Florence, Back of School, 2018, mixed media on wood panel
2020-2021 Virtual Tours Give You Access
Covid has kept us apart this last year, but we have been thinking about you in the meantime. The 2020-2021 Exhibition Season is available through virtual tours. If you would like to visit exhibitions from this season, please follow the links below:
Located on the second floor of the SUB above the main staircase
Due to COVID-19, the Student Union Building Fine Art Gallery is open to faculty, students, and Bronco ID holders. Virtual Tours and Documentation of exhibitions are available at www.boisestate.edu/finearts. Please stay healthy, and we will see you in person soon.
Student Union Fine Arts Gallery, Boise State University, is located at 1700 University Drive on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Admission is free to all students, staff, and community members. Parking is available for an hourly fee in metered spaces and in the Lincoln and Brady Garages.
Located on the second floor of the SUB adjacent to the Trueblood Room
Due to COVID-19, the Student Union Building Trueblood Pop Up Gallery is open to faculty, students, and Bronco ID holders. Virtual Tours and Documentation of exhibitions are available at www.boisestate.edu/finearts. Please stay healthy, and we will see you in person soon.
The Trueblood Pop Up Gallery is located at 1700 University Drive on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Admission is free to all students, staff, and community members. Parking is available for an hourly fee in metered spaces and in the Lincoln and Brady Garages.
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. Read more about these collections.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Do You Want to Exhibit in the SUB?
Each year, the University Art Curator opens a call for proposals to exhibit in Student Union Galleries. If you are an artist, maker, or think you would like to be one, please consider the Student Union Building Fine Art Galleries and seek out our current calls for proposals.
Each year, the Student Union Building exhibits 12 shows between the Fine Arts Gallery and the Trueblood Pop Up Gallery. We understand that in this wonderfully creative city, you have many opportunities to visit exhibitions throughout town. If you have needed to skip some of the exhibits at the Student Union Building, we have a list of artists who have shown in the recent past.