Every other year, beginning during the fall semester, students have the opportunity to see artwork exhibited by the faculty of the Boise State Art Department. The works vary from the more traditional media such as painting and sculpture, as well as the modern artwork of digital media prints and
The Biennial Faculty Art exhibit highlights the works from sections of art faculty, including adjunct and visiting professors. It is held biennially because most professors are busy shipping their work to galleries all over the world. Professors are allowed to select up to three of their works to display in the Visual Arts Collective which has two galleries, one on the first floor of the Liberal Arts Building and one inside the Hemingway Center.
The Visual Arts Collective is responsible for displaying regional, national, and international exhibits through the academic calendar year. From world-renowned artists as well as local faculty, the Visual Arts Collective is a part of Boise State that offers the ability for students to experience a variety
Under the curation and organization of the Gallery Director of the Visual Arts Collective and Boise State lecturer, Kristen Furlong, the importance of displaying the faculty work to students is brought to light.
“I think it’s really important to show faculty work, even if you’ve taken several classes with a professor you may not be familiar with their work,” Furlong said.
Rachel Street, junior illustration major echoed this sentiment.
“It’s really great to have the opportunity to see what my professors have been doing outside the classroom,” Street said.
Students enrolled in the Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) program see these professors in the classroom day in and day out, but most of the time don’t have the opportunity to connect with their work in a visual sense. Instruction is different by each professor, some electing to stick to the curriculum rather than discuss their own work, and vice-versa.
Alex Wonder, senior drawing and painting major has been a part of the BFA program for the last four years.
“While we interact with some of our faculty’s work, we don’t always get to see it a lot,”
Both Wonder and Street spoke of the connection between the faculty and students of the BFA program as being influential to their artwork.
“The way they are thinking about their art affects the way they teach us (students) about our art,” Wonder said.