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Mission Statement of Student Union Fine Arts Gallery

The purpose of the Student Union Fine Art Exhibitions Program is to display a variety of art media and to provide challenging and interesting work while encouraging an aesthetic understanding. All exhibitions and gallery receptions are free and open to the public.

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Sam Katz painting Orchard en plein air

Sam Katz: Make an Artist Out of Him

Highlights from the University Art Collection

Curated by Micah Hetherington

May 2 – May 29, 2018

Reception: May 3rd, from 4:30 to 6:30, SUB Fine Arts Gallery

When Sam Katz first began his studies at the Metropolitan School of Art in New York, his mother Golda reportedly told his teacher Michel Jacobs “Make an artist out of him.” Undoubtedly, Katz was a dreamer, and he aspired to gain the same artistic recognition as Pablo Picasso. While this did not happen in his lifetime, he had his own defining elements of success in the field of art. As a kid he sold paintings made on scrap potato sacks to help his parents financially, and he created and sold more than 100 artworks while serving in World War II (some of which will be on display). Katz later took up commercial art for brands like Jose Cuervo to ensure a stable income for his growing family. He painted landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and even dabbled in sculptural work. For the first time since acquiring his collection in 2015, the University will exhibit Katz’s work, forming an insightful glance into the life of a man who valued art as much as the love and support of his family. As stated by his daughter-in-law Connie Katz, “It was his commercial work that fed the family, but his fine art was his love.”

Exhibition runs from May 2nd through May 29th, 2018 in the Student Union Fine Arts Gallery. A reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit will be held on Thursday, May 3rd, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM in the Fine Arts Gallery.   This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This featured show is curated by a visionary student who has had much contact with the family in his research of the show. Micah Hetherington is a graduating senior this Spring with a major in Art History and a minor in Gender Studies. He served as the president of the Trans Alliance and recently won the Inclusive Excellence Award, granted for his action-oriented, equity-minded commitment to creating a campus environment that reflects inclusive excellence at Boise State.

This past year, Hetherington worked with Fonda Portales, university art curator and collections manager, as the Permanent Collection Assistant. In this role he catalogued over 900 objects in the University Art Collection, specifically focusing on artwork and ephemera in the Sam Katz collection that includes sketch books, drawings, paintings, print proofs and archival materials, as well as all of the handmade birthday and anniversary cards Katz made for his wife. When asked what he has enjoyed about being Boise State’s Permanent Collections Assistant, he says this: “Being able to gain more knowledge about the history of Boise State and its art collection. It’s also amazing to see so many personal items [of Sam Katz’ life] and to be able to hold them. That’s a privilege not everyone gets to have in their lives as they get to know an artist.” He hopes to continue his graduate education in archival or museum studies.

For more information about the Sam Katz acquisition, please visit


Shelley Jund, Remembering the Mindfulness of Flight, 2018, resin and mixed media on birch panel

Missy Cory, Castle Peak, 2018, encaustic and mixed media

The Nature of Spirit

Paintings by Missy Cory and Shelley Jund

April 22 – May 27, 2018

Inspired by contemplation of the micro- and macrocosm and how each is perceived on physical and spiritual levels, Missy Cory and Shelley Jund are interested in overlapping themes that bridge the gap between art and science. Conceptually, Cory and Jund share common threads throughout their work; however, their interpretations impart their own unique slants.

Cory’s work focuses on the transformative effect of experienced moments and places that shape us by collecting and integrating site-specific photographs, samples and drawings–most recently from geologically significant locations in Idaho, Iceland and Sweden—and working more abstractly with the hazy softness of encaustic. Jund’s work, more illustrative and featuring the glassy sharpness of resin, examines organisms, bones, fossils, and micro/macro phenomena by comparing different physical realms and suggested states of consciousness: the cosmic and a higher frequency; the terrestrial and an earthly, wakeful state; the aquatic and a dreamtime with ancient memories.

In The Nature of Spirit, Cory and Jund demonstrate the possibility of dynamic contrasts between contemplation of systematic, scientific study and more intuitive, spiritual knowledge.

Exhibition runs from April 22 through May 27th, 2018 in the Student Union Trueblood Arts Gallery. A reception celebrating the opening of the exhibit will be held on Tuesday, April 24, from 4:30 – 6:30 PM in the Fine Arts Gallery.   This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Exhibitions

39th Idaho Watercolor Society Annual Juried Membership Exhibition

Past Exhibitions