MISSION | VISION | HISTORY
The mission of the Boise Art Museum is to create visual arts experiences that engage people and inspire learning through exceptional exhibitions, collections, and educational opportunities.
To be a vital partner in the educational, creative, and cultural life of our communities as an innovative leader in local, regional, and national visual arts.
|1931||Boise Art Association formed|
|1932||The Boise Art Association, Inc. (now Boise Art Museum, Inc.) became a non-profit corporation.
BAM operated in the Carnegie Public Library building while fundraising to build the new building in Julia Davis Park.
|1937||BAM raised the funds and built the Boise Gallery of Art – 3,900 sq. ft.
(now Boise Art Museum) in Julia Davis Park – labor provided by the Works Progress Administration, land provided by the City of Boise Department of Parks and Recreation.
|1972||BAM raised the funds and expanded the building to 13,600 sq. ft.|
|1987||BAM raised the funds and expanded the building to 21,000 sq. ft.
Boise Art Museum, Inc. changed its name from Boise Gallery of Art to Boise Art Museum and won national museum accreditation.
|1997||BAM raised the funds and expanded the building to 34,800 sq. ft.
BAM’s initial investment of the funds to build the original building, along with the additional multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns to improve the building, have contributed more than $9,190,000 in current value to the building.
Selected Exhibitions Timeline
Chiura Obata, Japanese Artist
Puget Sound Artists
The American Show
Seattle Fuller Collection
California Watercolor Society
Interpretive Stencils from American Federation of Art
Disney’s Snow White Celluloid Cuts
One Hundred Years of Photography
Diego Rivera Original Paintings
Chinese American Art
Latin American Art
Navy Combat Artists
Artists of the Western Frontier
What is Modern Architecture?
Siamese Stone Rubbings
Frederic Remington and Charles Russell
Art of the Navajo Weaver
Goya’s Quinta Del Sordo
Realism and Surrealism in American Art
Three from Montana
Rembrandt Van Rijn
Glenn C. Janss Collection
Folk Treasures of Mexico
Lone Start Art
Orthodox Treasures of Siberia and North America
Greek and Roman Art
Contemporary Latino Art
Watercolors and Pastels from the National Gallery of Art
The Art of John Fery
Kerry James Marshall
Paintings from the Hudson River School
C. Maxx Stevens
Imperial and Folk Art of China and Japan
Masterworks of Egyptian Art
The Fickle Nature of Bubbles, Spheres and Inflatable Objects
Frank Lloyd Wright
Japanese Woodblock Prints
Lead Pencil Studio
Gee’s Bend Quilts
Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection
John James Audubon
Shoes Tell Stories
Billie Grace Lynn
Wilfred Davis Fletcher Collection
Kahn & Selesnick
Arp, Miro, Calder
BAM embraces its long and rich history as an opportunity to enhance and ensure rewarding experiences for all visitors, through exceptional exhibitions, collections, interpretive strategies, educational programming, a welcoming environment, along with a commitment to being a vital part of the educational, economic and cultural life of the community.