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“IMPACT: The legacy of Jane Wilson”

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Boise State is hosting an art exhibition honoring art educator Jane Wilson.

“IMPACT: The legacy of Jane Wilson” is a collection of art from various artists in honor of Wilson, who taught art at Bishop Kelly High School for over
30 years.

“This is a really great exhibition that I really think will hit on the emotional heartstrings of a lot of people,” said Holly Gilchrist, Student Union Building fine arts manager. “You know, any high school teacher comes across thousands of students in their careers. This particular individual was the art teacher at Bishop Kelly for 33 years. In that time frame she produced a lot of what I fondly term ‘artistic offspring.’ It is a number of those offspring that have come together and they wanted to have an exhibition on the impact that Jane Wilson not only had on their lives, but everything that they do.”

The exhibit includes art from numerous artists who were students of Wilson and shows how art can contribute to the development of individual people and in effect influence the world around us.

Wilson’s artwork will also be featured in the exhibition.

“The installation has reflections from most of the participating artists,” Gilchrist said. “The statements talk about what that particular person is doing in their own creative endeavors, but then it also talks about Jane Wilson and the impact that she has had on their lives. This woman has changed so many people’s lives. It’s a really cool idea and a really cool exhibition.”

The exhibition will be featured in the Student Union Building (SUB) gallery through Oct. 7.

A reception will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 13 in the SUB gallery.

Artist presentations will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the SUB Brink room.

“It’s amazing how a single moment can impact you so significantly,” Gilchrist said. “When you read these reflection statements, they just touch you.”

For more information on exhibitions in the Student Union Building Gallery, visit The Fine Arts website.