Ceramics and Textiles from the Southwest

Gifts of the Carley Collection Boise natives Joan H. and John B. Carley spent twenty years wintering in the Southwest. Their love of the region and the various cultures represented there led them to begin collecting art by Native American artists. They eventually amassed a collection of more than sixty-five objects, including ceramics, sculptures, and...

Women in American Impressionism: Three Masterworks from the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Boise Art Museum announces the presentation of three Impressionist masterworks from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Mary Cassatt’s “Spanish Dancer Wearing a Lace Mantilla,” Frederick Carl Frieseke’s “Nude Seated at Her Dressing Table,” and Childe Hassam’s “Tanagra (The Builders, New York).” Each of these portraits provides a distinctive view of women at the turn of the twentieth century, filtered through the lens of the artist’s experience.


Outside the Lines

Outside the Lines is the fourth and final exhibition inspired by Boise Art Museum’s Art Cards, a project designed to encourage engagement with artworks in BAM’s Permanent Collection. Based on the Art Card deck True Colors, this exhibition explores the ways in which artists employ the elements of art and principles of design to convey mood, provoke emotional responses, and communicate with viewers.


Ann Gardner: The Shape of Air

Ann Gardner interprets the physical world through sculpture, utilizing the intrinsic properties of her materials to represent natural phenomena. Her blown-glass vessels are inspired by the relationship between air and water, and shaped by the natural interplay of breath and molten glass. The transparent, ethereal forms create layering effects, forming unexpected shapes with each vantage...

Margaret Jacobs: Steel Medicine

Margaret Jacobs celebrates Indigenous culture with a bold, powerful aesthetic. Her steel sculptures depict medicinal plants alongside tools associated with early twentieth-century Mohawk Ironworkers. In this unique coupling, Jacobs explores the tension and harmony between forces of nature and forces of man, addressing ideas such as natural cycles of decay and growth. Drawing on her metalsmithing...

The 2020 Idaho Triennial

Organized every three years by the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Triennial is a juried exhibition highlighting the quality and diversity of contemporary artistic practices in our state. For more than 80 years, BAM has celebrated the creativity of artists living and working in Idaho, and the Museum’s series of biennial and triennial exhibitions has become a respected and treasured tradition.
The juror for is Grace Kook-Anderson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum.