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.

Building Timeline

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
Corcoran Biennial
California Watercolor Society
Interpretive Stencils from American Federation of Art
Disney’s Snow White Celluloid Cuts
One Hundred Years of Photography
Hokusai Drawings
Diego Rivera Original Paintings
Guggenheim Collection
Chinese American Art
Latin American Art
Guatemala Art

Muralo Painters
Navy Combat Artists
Artists of the Western Frontier
Andre Derain
What is Modern Architecture?
James Castle
Siamese Stone Rubbings
Josef Albers
Frederic Remington and Charles Russell
Art of the Navajo Weaver
Edward Kienholz
Goya’s Quinta Del Sordo
Yoshiko Takkawa
Realism and Surrealism in American Art
Three from Montana
Albrecht Durer
Rembrandt Van Rijn
Norman Rockwell
Kathe Kollwitz
Fritz Scholder

Glenn C. Janss Collection
Morris Graves
Milton Avery
Red Grooms
Reginald Marsh
James Lavadour
Folk Treasures of Mexico
Pre-Columbian Art
Italo Scanga
Kerry Moosman
Ansel Adams
David Airhart
Lone Start Art
Max Peter
George Catlin
Robert Henri
John Takehara

Holocaust Diary
Orthodox Treasures of Siberia and North America
Greek and Roman Art
Contemporary Latino Art
Fay Jones
William Wegman
James Castle
Alice Neel
Picasso Ceramics
Kumi Yamashita
Watercolors and Pastels from the National Gallery of Art
The Art of John Fery
Marilyn Lysohir
Renda Palmer
Gregory Barsamian

African Art
Kerry James Marshall
Paintings from the Hudson River School
Dale Chihuly
C. Maxx Stevens
Hung Liu
Patrick Dougherty
Imperial and Folk Art of China and Japan
Gary Hill
Masterworks of Egyptian Art
Matthew Barney
Pat Steir
The Fickle Nature of Bubbles, Spheres and Inflatable Objects
Edgar Degas
Georgia O’Keeffe
Hildur Bjarnadottir
Deborah Oropallo
Frank Lloyd Wright
Japanese Woodblock Prints
Ted Apel
Scott Fife
Kendall Buster
Chuck Close
Laura McPhee
Faith Ringgold
Marsden Hartley
Lead Pencil Studio
Jun Kaneko
Devorah Sperber
Gee’s Bend Quilts

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection
Wanxin Zhang
John James Audubon
Shoes Tell Stories
Nick Cave
Billie Grace Lynn
Wilfred Davis Fletcher Collection
Kahn & Selesnick
Kehinde Wiley
Kara Walker
Arp, Miro, Calder
Liu Bolin
Paul Vexler
Adonna Khare
Charles Burchfield
Wendy Maruyama

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.

Calendar of Events

 October 2019