Exhibitions

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.

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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.

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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...
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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...
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Impressionism in the Northwest

In the early twentieth century, American Impressionism became a movement in its own right, breaking away from the European tradition in a number of ways. Building upon earlier experiments with light and color, artists in the United States utilized broken brushstrokes in novel ways to depict the wide-ranging landscapes of North America. Many exhibitions and publications have explored...
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Wally Dion: Current

Mixing the contemporary with the traditional, Wally Dion uses materials such as circuit boards and auto paint to create his own renditions of Indigenous quilt patterns. Dion’s quilt assemblages are an extension of his portraiture of First Nations workers, and serve as a way to represent those who work in industries such as childcare, education, software and...
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