Located in Boise, Idaho, the Boise Art Museum is a facility that preserves and promotes the education and influence of art within an array of permanent attractions, special exhibits, and educational programs.


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The Boise Art Association, Inc. was established on December 3, 1932. This non-profit corporation was established to promote the education and influence of art within the Boise community. Around the time the Boise Art Association, Inc. was established, the Association received a donation from the Carnegie Public Library in the form of a building to hold their art collection. This art collection was created with the initiative to allow the general public to gain an interest into the fine and applied arts.

In 1937 the Boise Art Association, Inc. raised enough funds to build and open their own official art gallery, titled the Boise Gallery of Art. The Boise Gallery of Art was located in the Julia Davis Park. Many of the exhibits showcased at the original Boise Gallery of Art include; Guggenheim Collection, Latin American Art, Hokusai Drawings, and Chinese American Art.

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2.More History

More History
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The Boise Gallery of Art continued to expand, and in the mid-1960s, the Boise Art Association, Inc. decided to start a fundraiser to fund an extensive renovation to the Boise Gallery of Art. In 1972, the Association raised enough money to fund the renovation, and the new gallery was built and open to the public one year later. When the building re-opened, the Boise Art Association, Inc. signified their new building and initiatives with a name change to the Boise Gallery of Art Association, Inc.

Almost one decade later, the Boise Gallery of Art Association, Inc. started a new fundraiser to fund a second renovation to the Boise Art Gallery that would create expansive room for the Associationís growing art collection. The Association raised enough funds for the renovation in 1986, and one year later the new building opened. To signify, yet again, another transition in the Associationís history, the Association changed its official name to the Boise Art Museum, Inc. The gallery also became known as the Boise Art Museum.

One of the last major events to occur in the Boise Art Museumís history was in 1997 when the Museum initiated a campaign worth well over $1 million. This campaign allowed the Museum to successfully renovate its building to have a whopping total area of 34,800 square feet.

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3.Permanent Attractions

Permanent Attractions
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The Boise Art Museum has an array of permanent art attractions that spread out across the Museumís total 34,800 square feet. The Boise Art Museum keeps an extra element of surprise by keeping much of the information about what lies within the Museumís permanent art collection a secret. What is known about the permanent art attractions is that they cover a variety of art forms from all over the world. Since there is almost no information about the Museumís permanent art attractions available outside of the Museum, you are going to have to visit the Museum to fully explore their extensive permanent art collection.

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4.Special Attractions

Special Attractions
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In addition to the Museumís extensive art collection, the Boise Art Museum regularly hosts traveling art exhibitions. For an updated list of the Museumís special attractions, check out the Museumís official website.

Laura Heit: Earth & Sky is an art collection centered on the whimsical and exploratory art work of Laura Heit, an artist based in Portland. Heit uses an array of different art and film techniques, including a focus on animation. In this art collection, Heit explores opinions of uncertainty humans generally feel towards the future and outer space, as well as our natural fears of the world around us. Laura Heit: Earth & Sky will be showcased until February 19, 2017.

Modern and Contemporary Ceramics Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo Collection is a wonderful display of breathtaking ceramics from the expansive collection of Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo. Through this exhibit, visitors will be able to view over 40 ceramics from all areas of the world, and a few paintings and other art forms. This exhibit will be on display until March 19, 2017.

Tall Tales is an exhibit that explores the influence that stories have on our perception and knowledge of the world around us. A variety of narrative art pieces come together in this special selection of valuable art works within the Boise Art Museumís permanent art collection. Tall Tales is available until April 9, 2017.

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5.Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities
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Like many other renowned art museums, the Boise Art Museum values education. This is shown through the Museumís extensive educational opportunities, such as specialized guided tours, field trips, classes, and workshops.

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670 E Julia Davis Dr, Boise, ID 83702, Phone: 208-345-8330

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