“Famed 17th-century sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini wisely said the best way to learn is by doing. In opening a public art gallery and interactive studio space on Boise State’s campus, I hope to foster just that in generations of aspiring artists. students and members of the community alike are encouraged to visit my gallery, which features a comprehensive collection of my past projects from around the world. More importantly, however, they are invited to step behind the proverbial curtain into my studio space, where they can see works in progress, ask questions about my process, and watch me create.
As one of Boise State’s Professors of the Practice, I am committed to educating the whole artist – from leading student art workshops on the basic foundations of sculpture, to conducting lectures on the business skills artists need in order to be successful. The least formal but most important aspect of my job is being accessible to students – ensuring that they know they are welcome to come in and learn from me, and work with me, in their free time. This is the foundation of learning by doing and it is the pinnacle of my mission at Boise State.”
The Benjamin Victor Gallery at Boise State University
The Benjamin Victor Gallery and Studio is located in Pioneer Hall on Bronco Lane. This open public space offers rotating exhibitions of Victor’s work. Victor is the only living artist to have three sculptures in the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. and is Boise State’s working artist in residence and a professor of the practice. He is adding to his growing list of works on campus, in the city and around the country, and has racked up a number of national and international awards. He recently partnered with the Boise Department of Parks and Recreation and the Boise Department of Arts and History to create a tribute to one of Idaho’s most iconic figures, the late Gov. Cecil Andrus, installed at the newly renamed Cecil D. Andrus Park Plaza near the Idaho State Capitol.
To view more works, visit the Benjamin Victor Studio website.