The Student Union Fine Arts programming provides multiple venues and events for the visual and performing arts in an educational atmosphere to support the personal growth, intellectual development, and enrichment of individuals’ lives. Programming currently includes the Student Union Performances Concerts, two rotating art galleries, and a permanent art and history collection boasting more than 300 works of art. Bronco Gallery is a campus retailer, serving the University and larger community by offering Boise State memorabilia, works of art, and archival picture framing services. Bronco Gallery facilitates exposure for local and emerging artists and provides resources for networking and career development in a learning environment.
Fine Arts Manager
Student Union Building & Bronco Gallery Store
Holly Gilchrist is a practicing artist and arts advocate currently working as the Fine Arts Manager for the Student Union at Boise State University. Equipped with BFA and MFA degrees, as well as more than seven years teaching in the University classroom, Gilchrist is responsible for the coordination, implementation and marketing of two rotating exhibition spaces, the permanent art collection, art commission projects, a performing arts series and a retail gallery store and frame shop.
While the matrix of her character is all about organization, and the transparency and viscosity of printmaking inks can keep her entertained for hours, she also enjoys getting out there and surfing the snow on her trusty snowboard “Ruthie.”
Student Union Fine Arts Collections Assistant & Bronco Gallery Associate
Bronco Gallery Student Lead
Ryan Allan Cheatham
Student Union Fine Arts Visual Arts Program Assistant
Ryan was born in San Diego, California, raised in Portland, Texas and currently lives in Boise, Idaho. The eldest of two children, he was raised by a Navy-man and mothering nurse who provided structure and security. His mother, was insistently documented the family’s growth with video and photography, helped to instill the sense of documentation as a form of communication and expression. Being surrounded by music, video and photography subconsciously pushed him in the direction of performing/visual arts and writing. During his time at Meridian High School, he began working with photography and different genres of writing.
After graduating from Meridian High School in 2007, he immediately enrolled in Boise State University’s Visual Arts and English programs. Over the course of the next four years, Ryan primarily dedicated his time and efforts to the English Creative Writing emphasis, focusing in the poetry and non-fiction genres but all the while continuing to make photographs and create music. Not until the Fall of 2010 did Ryan actually take his first introductory courses in the visual arts. Since then he has devoted himself to photography and more recently added a Sculpture emphasis to his studies.
Student Union Fine Arts Concerts Assistant
Jessica was born in Napa, California, and at sixteen months her family moved to Boise, Idaho; which she has called home since. From a young age, she was enveloped in music; her mother taught Jessica and her three siblings piano by age five, and by age eight, she was playing the cello. She continued to play cello in both school and honor orchestras throughout her schooling. She graduated from Boise High and proceeded to enroll in Boise State in the fall of 2008.
She is a Bachelor of Fine Arts major emphasizing in Printmaking and Photography, with minors in the French language and Art History. In regards to printmaking; selective mezzotint and two-plate etching has been her primary focus, with a current study and interest in hypotheticals, the ephemeral and alternate narratives. Studies in photography are currently based in film and alternate processes. She is a member and President of Red Circle Press; a printmaking organization; as well as French Club here at Boise State.