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CRITICAL MESSAGES: Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment at the Boise Art Museum

Submitted by on September 15, 2010 – 1:40 pm

The Boise Art Museum will present the exhibition CRITICAL MESSAGES:
Contemporary Northwest Artists on the Environment, open December 18, 2010 – April 10, 2011.

The exhibition focuses on how a group of Northwest artists are currently responding to the heightened awareness of global issues and specific environmental concerns in the Northwest region. Through their artwork these artists are reacting to eight specific environmental issues which have been identified by top environmentalists as primary concerns: growth management, waste management–land and sea, mass production/consumption, transportation, preservation of wilderness and wetlands, biodiversity, climate change and energy.

Organized by Western Washington University

Support provided by the Idaho Trout Company

This exhibition focuses on how a group of Northwest artists are currently responding to the heightened awareness of global issues and specific environmental concerns in the Northwest region. Through their artwork these artists are reacting to eight specific environmental issues which have been identified by top environmentalists as primary concerns: growth management, waste management–land and sea, mass production/consumption, transportation, preservation of wilderness and wetlands, biodiversity, climate change and energy.

Organized by Western Washington University

Support provided by the Idaho Trout Company

Image: Vaughn Bell, Village Green, installation at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 2008, five glass biospheres, photo by Kevin Kennefick.Vaughn Bell, Village Green, installation at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, 2008, five glass biospheres, photo by Kevin Kennefick.

The Boise Art Museum (BAM) is the only AAM accredited art museum in the State of Idaho. It began in 1931 as the Boise Art Association when a group of thirty people interested in promoting art in the city of Boise and throughout the state met in the Crystal Lounge of the Hotel Boise. Their purpose was to organize an association whose duties were to acquire and maintain a suitable gallery, hosting traveling exhibitions and promoting fine art in Boise. Their first official exhibition was held at the Hotel Boise.

BAM plays a leadership role in the cultural life of its community through a growing Permanent Collection which focuses on regional and national artwork, nationally acclaimed exhibitions and an education program that reaches more than 13,000 students each year. BAM recently developed its strategic plans for the coming five-year period. These plans focus on increasing attendance, reaching a broader audience by expanding community engagement efforts in connection with exhibitions, enhancing educational programming, improving the Museum’s web site through additional interactive components, and increasing the endowment to ensure BAM’s continued growth and success in the future.

Boise Art Museum 670 Julia Davis Drive Boise, Idaho 83702 208-345-8330

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