To commemorate the completed commission of the
Dr. Marlene Tromp Presidential Portrait, the Student Union Fine Arts Gallery, in collaboration with Albertsons Library, will exhibit select portraits from the University Permanent Art Collection and from the collections of Special Collections and Archives.
Student Union Building Fine Arts Gallery, Boise State University
Through December 2021
Student Union Trueblood Pop Up Gallery
Boise State University encourages the acquisition and public display of quality artwork in University-owned or -operated spaces for enjoyment and appreciation by students, faculty, staff, and the general public to further the cultural mission of the institution. We are grateful to donors who entrust their collections to the University, allowing us to cultivate a collection for future research. Thank you to the following individuals and families who donated artworks to the University in 2020 and 2021:
Carl D. Jacobs
Dr. John and Lois Kloss
Dr. Richard Libby
If you are interested in gifting artworks from your personal collections, please contact Fonda Portales, University Art Curator and Collections Manager.
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
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
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.
Located on the first floor of the SUB at the entrance between the Atrium and the food court
The Sustainability Center Student Art 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.