“Looking from Many Perspectives” embraces the simplicity of childhood

Courtesy of Eden Sanborn

Art can be seen and valued by all walks of life. It takes no keen eye or experience to truly appreciate a beautiful piece of art. 

Boise State’s newest art exhibit, “Looking from Many Perspectives”, is located on the second floor of the student union building (SUB) and plays into the wide perspectives that art attracts and the simplicity of childhood.

Eden Sanborn, a junior illustration major and curatorial assistant for the Student Union fine arts program, began noticing large groups of children spending time in the SUB. She was then asked by Boise State’s Children Center to create an exhibit to cater to the younger audience that passed through campus, thus creating “Looking from many perspectives”.

The exhibit showcases art from many different creators using a variety of mixed media. 

All art pieces are hung lower than usual, creating an easier experience for young children to admire the bright colors and odd shapes.

“I’m really excited we’re making art more accessible for children on campus,” Sanborn said. “There were lots of pieces that we went through and I just picked the ones I thought were most interesting for children to look at.”

Including children in the discussion of art is an exciting opportunity. Opening a little mind to the endless possibilities that art provides is a sure way to create the next generation of artists, or simply art enjoyers.

The exhibition is also in cooperation with the Children’s Center at Boise State, catering specifically to the dozens of children passing through the halls of the SUB each day, reminding them they have a space held for them at Boise State.

This specific exhibit is not only for children, adults looking at the bright colors hung low to the ground may feel a sense of nostalgia. Art exhibits can often be packed full of subjective innuendos or require a distinct dissection to understand the message being conveyed. Sanborns exhibit does not require that, it is an ode to a simpler life. 

With the incoming fall semester, preparing for classes and work schedules may feel overwhelming. Sanborns exhibit evoked a raw feeling of nostalgia. Stepping back into a life that is no longer recognizable and reminiscing on the days when bright colors and lower frames were enough.

A new exhibit created by artists Erin Cunningham and April Vandegrift, is now open through Oct. 1. “Forage and Fallow,” located on the second floor of the SUB, is ready for viewers to enjoy.

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