Exhibitions

Io Palmer: Desired Interruptions

Artist Io Palmer’s desire to address social concerns drives her art.  The exhibition Desired Interruptions is comprised of artwork inspired by material culture and systems of control. Palmer explores the arbitrary and abstract construct of borders that are connected to a general sense of personal and cultural boundaries, in both physical and metaphoric ways. The slow,...
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Mirage: Energy, Water and Creativity in the Great Basin

The Great Basin is a vast expanse of land covering much of the American West, defined geographically by the fact that it is a closed system, its rivers draining internally rather than to the sea. Its boundaries include parts of Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and California, and nearly all of Nevada....
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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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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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