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Women, war, navigation and competition meet campus art

Tabitha Bower / The Arbiter

Spring semester is in session, and with it comes not only new classes, teachers and schedules but also an expansive variety of new art exhibitions on campus.

From reflections on war, to the women of Earnest, subject matters of the latest exhibitions are vast.

Boise State welcomes exhibitions “Hemmingway and Women,” “Circumstances of War,” “Circumnavigations” and “Activate: A 2013 Student Juried Exhibition” to various galleries on campus between now and Feb. 8.

“Circumstances of War,” a collection of deeply moving artwork by Baghdad, Iraq native Luma Jasim, explores Luma’s first hand experiences with war.

“One of the things that is so interesting to me about Luma’s work is that, while she is dealing with pretty depressing subject matter, she does use a lot of color in her work so it’s really vibrant and interesting to look at in a whole other way instead of thinking doom and gloom,” Holly Gilchrist, fine arts manager, said. “If you had no idea this was about war and no frame of reference about what that was, you could still come in here and enjoy the show and maybe not even connect it with war.”

Luma’s work is paired with the poetry of war survivor Dzevad Vrabac.

The exhibition is currently on display in the Student Union Art Gallery through Feb 24. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Happening at the same time as Jasim’s reception will be an opening reception for exhibition “Hemingway and Women” in the Special Events Center Gallery. This printmaking exhibition by 12 Boise State alumni, faculty and staff members depicts the role women had on the writing of Ernest Hemingway.

This exhibition will be displayed through July 12.

On Feb. 8, from 6-8 p.m., opening receptions will take place for “Circumnavigations” and “Activate: A 2013 Student Juried Exhibition.”

“Circumnavigations,” by Anna Marie Boles, considers time, distance and space through a unique multi-media convergence. This exhibition will be on display in the Visual Arts Center (VAC) Gallery Two in The Hemingway Western Studies Center.

VAC Gallery One, in the Liberal Arts Building, will host “Activate: A 2013 Juried Exhibition,” which will showcase the carefully chosen artwork of students.

Additionally, on Thursday, Jan. 31, art curator Whitney Tassie will present “Being An Artist Today,” a lecture on what it takes to be an artist in today’s society.

Tassie’s lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom.

“That night (Jan 31), besides our two receptions, there is also an artist lecture,” Gilchrist said. “ We are hoping people choose to come to the receptions previous to the art lecture, which would be perfect. It would be a perfect evening.”

Opening reception for “Circumstances of War” is Thursday, Jan. 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Art Gallery

Opening reception for “Hemingway and Women”  is Thursday, Jan. 31 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Special Events Center Gallery

Thursday, Jan. 31,  Whitney Tassie lecture: “Being An Artist Today” is at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom


About Tabitha Bower (0 Articles)
Tabitha Bower is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Arbiter. She became involved with The Arbiter after taking a News Writing class, and began by writing for both the News and Features sections as a journalist for one semester before taking a position as the Arts and Entertainment section editor. She is double majoring in English with a writing emphasis and communication with a journalism emphasis. After college she dreams of being employed in the field of journalism, traveling the world and instructing hot yoga. Tabitha is originally from a small tourist town on the coast of Maine, but has lived in multiple areas of New England, Florida, Hawaii and Okinawa, Japan. She once spent a year backpacking, scuba diving, surfing and basking in a hammock with a drink in Southeast Asia. She also has the talent of juggling school, work, looking fabulous and being super mom to her three-year-old son, Aiden.