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Exhibition Season 2018-2019

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  Exhibition

Human Reflections

Human Reflections: Oliver Cotting

September 2- October 28, 2018

 

Playing on the unreliability of our senses to conceptualize the world in its totality, Oliver Cotting presents a graphite world of ethereally obscured human bodies. Meanwhile avian, reptilian, and mammalian creatures appear wakeful and observant, even if skeletal. Though representative in style, these allegorical portraits, heavy with symbolism, intend to stimulate uncertainty and ambiguity rather than didactic reflections of unknown individuals, for “a concept of absolute certainty to one woman is a concept of spurious logic to another…a concept vague and ambiguous to one man can be absolutely unequivocal to another.”

 

Exhibition Location

Student Union Trueblood Gallery, Boise State University

 

Exhibition Reception

Tuesday September 4th, 2018 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Event is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served.

Image Credits: Oliver Cotting, A Summer in the Desert, 2016, graphite on paper, Oliver Cotting, Busted Echoes, 2016, graphite on paper.

The Trueblood Gallery is located at 1700 University Drive on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Admission is free to all students, staff, and community members. Parking is available for an hourly fee in metered spaces and in the Lincoln and Brady Garages.

James Blankenship, Jug Handle Sky, 2009, acrylic on canvas

A Sense of Time and Place

James Blankenship

September 30- November 11, 2018

“Place is shape. Place is sound. Place is volume and mystery. Place is weather and light. Place is the music of time and the voices of ghosts.” David Kranes, in Art and Place

In this birthday retrospective, James Blankenship, Emeriti Faculty, presents his 60-year exploration of the expressive potential of painting. Forging a relationship between the figurative tradition emphasized in his artistic education and the abstract tradition so dominant in the art world for much of his creative life, Blankenship’s relation to the art of the past is not merely extractive. Through an interplay between naturalism and abstraction, his work moves toward the reminiscent technique of earlier artists such as Rembrandt, Velazquez, Degas, and Van Gogh, even as he delves into imagery of the Intermountain West.

Exhibition Location

Student Union Fine Arts Gallery, Boise State University

Exhibition Reception

Saturday, October 27th, 2018 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Event is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served.

Image Credits: James Blankenship, Jug Handle Sky, 2009, acrylic on canvas

The Fine Arts Gallery is located at 1700 University Drive on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Admission is free to all students, staff, and community members. Parking is available for an hourly fee in metered spaces and in the Lincoln and Brady Garages.

 

Apathetic Adoration

Kristen Mollner and Michael Kay Smith

November 4- December 16, 2018

Apathetic Adoration illustrates the modernity of relationships some seek and the semiotic codes embedded in lived relationships. Kristen Mollner and Michael Kay Smith look to their own romantic relations—as sporadic as perhaps steady—for a consistent source of conversation and connection. Mollner is actively searching for love, while Smith is a woman involved in marriage. Though their viewpoints manifest in unique and/or appropriated styles, each artist seeks to answer for herself: “How does a relationship happen, and how does it continue to exist?” In their illustrations, Mollner and Smith, with jest and joy for life, share their depictions of love and all that each path entails.

 Exhibition Location

Student Union Trueblood Gallery, Boise State University

Exhibition Reception

Tuesday November 6, 2018 4:30 – 6:30 PM

 

Event is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Image Credit: Kristen Mollner, Expectations, 2018, digital print on paper

 

The Trueblood Gallery is located at 1700 University Drive on the second floor of the Student Union Building. Admission is free to all students, staff, and community members. Parking is available for an hourly fee in metered spaces and in the Lincoln and Brady Garages.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Fiction and Lies, works by members of  Treasure Valley Artist Alliance, November 18-January 6, 2019 in Fine Arts Gallery

New Works, by Khara Oxier, January 13-February 24, 2019 in Fine Arts Gallery

Mark McGinnis, January 27-March 3, 2019 in Trueblood Gallery

Entropy, Rachael Mayer, Eclipse, Printmaking Students, and Dualistic Desires, by Monica Bright, March 3-April 3, 2019 in Fine Arts Gallery

Final Outlines, works by Dejah Deveraux, March 10-May 12, 2019 in Trueblood Gallery

MFA Student Showcase, April 7-April 12, 2019 in Fine Arts Gallery

Sculptures by D’Arcy Bellamy, April 13- May 12, 2019 in Fine Arts Gallery

40th Idaho Watercolor Society, June 2-June 27, 2019 in Fine Arts Gallery

Past Exhibitions