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.
Art Acts celebrates the first two years of a new class, Interdisciplinary Studio, in Boise State’s Art Department. In Art 373 and Art 473, the emphasis of the class is on video, cross media and interdisciplinary projects including installation, sound, and performance.
This exhibition shows a selection of current and former students’ work from the class, aiming to present the range of work undertaken, and a sampler of resulting projects. From imagining and using the camera as another bodily organ, to analyzing and recording sounds in a location, students and their audiences are challenged to view the world around them in new ways.
The student works on display in Art Acts present video projection, screen based work and objects and installations. These include collaborative projects that require a community engagement component, to work that explores the connections between fashion and art in an installation format, to videos of live performance. One sculptural piece that combined video and object, critiques current uses of social media such as the youtube “unboxing” phenomenon.
Alumni from this class are now working in diverse ways in the community: one has initiated a new public arts center “Gem Center for the Arts;” another continues to make work focused on immigration and refugee issues; one works as a videographer; and another serves as a corporate photographer.
Exhibition runs from November 12th through December 13th, 2017 in the Student Union Fine Arts Gallery. A reception celebrating the closing of the exhibit will be held on Thursday, November 30, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the Fine Arts Gallery. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Samuel Paden’s Narratives, January 2018