This is a comprehensive listing of all past TVAA exhibitions. We’ve included the marketing image for each show along with the description from the original prospectus. The exhibit venue was at Boise State Public Radio in the Yanke Building, 220 E. Parkcenter Boulevard, Boise, Idaho unless otherwise noted.
November 18, 2018 through January 6, 2019 at Boise State University Fine Arts Gallery, Student Union Building
Your art tells the story and you tell the story again, in words. It can be fact, fiction or an outright lie. We don’t care. We want to be entertained, enlightened, or dissolved in tears. Your choice. We will select the best art with the best stories, and, if you are selected, teach you how to make your story better in workshops organized by Idaho Writer in Residence, Christian Winn. Then, your art and your story will be installed in November in the Facts, Fictions & Lies Exhibition at Boise State’s Fine Arts Gallery in the Student Union and also featured in an online exhibition on our website. At the reception in December, a dramatic actor will read stories to the attendees, as many as will fit into a two-hour event.
September 14, 2018 through January 8, 2019 at the Nampa Civic Center
This busy summer is a good time to call for an exhibition with an open theme, don’t you think? We hope you agree and will submit up to three of the works that you are happiest with – we want to see! So will the public who attends events and meetings at the Nampa Civic Center, which is open every business day 8-5, and open for every evening event as well.
We’ve got some challenging themes coming up for 2019, and almost ready to announce them. Come hang with us!
August 24, 2018 through November 2, 2018
Celebrating the unplanned masterpiece and artwork magically resurrected from certain failure. This show encourages those art mishaps or surprises that turned out well after all, or were salvaged from disaster. Perhaps this will be the impetus to save a hopeless cause that you have not quite thrown away yet. It is not quite what you intended, but maybe it turned even better. Maybe the accidental muse for new work can be found in your favorite typo or spoonerism? Maybe there is something that you discovered once by accident and are now using regularly in your work? Does your work naturally include chaos or randomness? Celebrate beauty in the elegant mistake or perfect imperfection. There may be a good story about this, so please share it in 100 words or less.
June 29, 2018 through September 11, 2018 at the Nampa Civic Center
Our goal is to surprise and engage our audience with unique interpretations of how we as artists are influenced by the land.
June 8, 2018 through August 10, 2018
How do we feel about work vs. play? Consider the different ways that we work and play and the ways that these are changing. How are work and play the same or different, or how do they compete for our attention and time? Play with your artistic media, shape, form and conventions. When is art-making work and when is it play? Consider our public spaces versus private spaces. Where are we allowed to work or play? What are the architectural and sociological structures supporting or limiting these two modes? Let the play begin…
June 22, 2018 through August 4, 2018 at the Nampa Depot
The theme requested by our hosts, the Canyon County Historical Society, is for art pertaining to the history of Canyon County – and they remind us that History is as recent as yesterday. Be creative in interpreting how your work might fit with this show—don’t be intimidated, or too literal!
March 30, 2018 through June 26, 2018 at the Nampa Civic Center
Submissions are open to all artists for the March–June Nampa Civic Center show with the theme, “Let’s Face It, a Contemporary Portrait Show.” The subject, medium, and style is your choice — but each submission must include a well-crafted artist statement which explains your motivations, inspirations, and/or technical details. The curators will be looking for non-traditional concepts, styles, approaches, and materials. This is a juried show.
April 6, 2018 through May 25, 2018
What happens when color and gray are absent or minimized? Consider no middle ground, without nuance, accentuating contrast, absolutes, polar opposition and identity. Without shades of gray, where does this leave us to interpret good and evil, true facts or fake news? Results can be visual or in subject matter. Not limited to black-and-white only, but where this is a strong element of the image and/or subject. Bring on your best ink, bleach, jet and pearl!
December 1, 2017 through April 15, 2018 View the exhibition now!
The Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance (TVAA) and the Nampa Art Collective (NAC), both located in Idaho, are hosting a juried online exhibition of art reflecting on the Great American Eclipse which occurred on August 21, 2017. The exhibition will feature prizes for best of show and provide exposure and publicity, contact information, and an artist statement for all selected artists. We would like for the exhibition to draw from artists all across the nation in the Path of the Totality.
January 9, 2018 through March 25, 2018 at the Nampa Civic Center
The Nampa Art Collective’s next quarterly exhibition at the Nampa Civic Center is two exhibitions in one: Together in the Dark/Nampa and Black, White and Gray. The Together in the Dark/Nampa exhibition features eclipse-themed work by eight artists from the Together in the Dark Online Exhibition, which includes artists from across the nation and was produced as a collaboration between the Nampa Art Collective (NAC) and the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance. All three award- winners from the online exhibition will be exhibiting at the Civic Center.
February 2, 2018 through March 23, 2018
Show us your work! We are starting the new year out by letting you decide what you want to show. Juried show. Open to all media. Bring it!
January 12, 2018 through February 2, 2018 at the Gem Center for the Arts, 2417 W. Bank Drive, Boise.
Eighteen artists from that exhibition are exhibiting art from the exhibition and more, all on the theme of the Great American Eclipse.
November 3 through November 28, 2017 at Art Zone 208, 3113 N. Cole Road in Boise.
TVAA was invited to have a group show of 3D art and photography at the Art Zone 208 Gallery. Art will be displayed in space reserved for featured guest artists. The art must be 3D or photography and for sale. This is a juried group show. TVAA will select art for quality, so be sure your images represent your work well. Art Zone 208 will jury the actual work again after drop off.
September 8 through November 3, 2017
Light reveals texture on every surface and object, even particles in the air. Texture can evoke feelings and emotions. It invites touch and exploration.
July 7 through August 25, 2017
No matter your medium, a work starts with a thought or inspiration. Where does inspiration begin? In the mind? A “drawing room” is a place where ideas mingle and marry to create an expression that takes form on paper or canvas, in glass or clay, stone, metal or wood, or in a photograph—whichever medium expresses your inspiration—the product of your personal “drawing room.” Create for this exhibit a composition from your drawing room, the final product of the creative process—a process that began in your “drawing room.”
May 5, 2017 through June 23, 2017
After a record winter of snow, ice and rain, we celebrate our return to the sun with Yellow, the harbinger of spring, sunlight scattering out of the grayed winter palette.
June 6, 2017 at Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP), Boise, Idaho
An art exhibition celebrating Idaho’s diverse culture, tradition and diversity at JUMP in downtown Boise! This exhibition by TVAA artists complements World Village Festival 2017, a three-day presentation in June of Idaho’s international and traditional artists demonstrating cultural traditions through performances, workshops and other interactive activities.
February 24, 2017 through April 14, 2017
Since Napoleon paid heed to a group of outraged artists turned down by the Academy of Fine Arts’ Paris Salon way back in 1863, juried exhibitions have been known to pass over wonderful works of art in favor of … well, other wonderful works of art.
So it is, too, for our own Idaho Triennial, hosted every three years by the Boise Art Museum where art accepted into the exhibition is determined by a single juror. However, this year we thought it might be time to get a look at some of the pieces that didn’t make it into the big show.
Fourteen TVAA members will be showing twenty-three pieces certifiably rejected from the Idaho Triennial. Local singer-songwriter Fiona Luray will provide the music.
December 16, 2016 through February 3, 2017
Plein Air adjective plein air/ple-,’ne(ə)r/ adj (Fr. open air) 1: of or relating to painting in outdoor daylight. 2: of or relating to a branch of Impressionism that attempts to represent outdoor light and air. Webster’s dictionary sums it up in stark and simple terms but we know it’s much more colorful and complicated than that. Artists have painted outdoors forever, but in the 1840s paint became portable, available for the first time in tubes, prompting the popularity of plein air painting, and in particular the Impressionist movement, as artists sought to capture a quick impression of their visual environment. TVAA’s final 2016 venue wraps up the year with our artists’ visual journals of color and light – the great landscape.
December 3 and 4, 2016
“Selected Workings,” a juried show of twelve TVAA artists, is open 1-4, December 3 and 4, 2016, at Surel’s Place, 212 E 33rd St in Garden City. Come see what all the excitement is about! This show was made possible by the generosity of the Winston C. Mitchell and Surel L. Mitchell Family Foundation.
July 15 through September 23, 2016
KBSU 90.3 describes local host Arthur Balinger’s intriguing weekly playlist as “nebulous, ethereal, and an ‘other-worldly’ side of ‘new age’.” It is haunting, diverse and interesting as are Balinger’s other programs such as ‘Dawn Flight,’ ‘Blues Deluxe,’ or ’Fluid Drive.’ Balinger’s ‘Edges’ pushes the music envelope… or expands the edges. It is spacey, mellow and meditative as day moves into night–there is not a sharp edge or square corner to be heard during the entire hour. Take a listen to Edges: Tues nights at 10pm on KBSU 90.3 FM. Translate Balinger’s audio into your visual for TVAA’s upcoming ‘In Celebration of Edges®’ venue. Help celebrate Boise State Public Radio’s ongoing support for TVAA artists.
March 3 through April 9, 2016, Art Source Gallery
Art Source Gallery is pleased to host TVAA as their featured artists for the month of March 2016 in “Six by Six.” All fine art media are eligible and all TVAA members may apply with up to two pieces. This exhibition will be juried, so all submissions may not be accepted. Each piece must be EXACTLY 6 x 6″. If you are a 3-D artist your pieces must be cubic and be EXACTLY 6 x 6 x 6″. For hanging work, no sawtooth hangers, please.
May 3 through June 3, 2016, Initial Point Gallery, Meridian, Idaho
Initial Point Gallery in Meridian is hosting TVAA artists for the month of May, 2016! All exhibiting TVAA artists are encouraged to submit images of up to three of their favorite pieces in all 2-D and 3-D fine art media. This is a large space, so we need a lot of art to fill both walls and 3-D cases.
April 22 through July 1, 2016
Celebrating NPR’s season of radio shows seemed a natural choice for TVAA during the 40th anniversary of Boise State Public Radio, where inspiration is in no shortage when considering any of the network’s great programs. But something about the title “Pipedreams”® seemed to echo in our deepest, most interior thoughts. Is it cliché to say it struck a chord? For this show, you can certainly honor the “King of Instruments” featured every Sunday on the pipe-organ centric program that features international performers and history related to the genre, but we think there’s also enough air in these creative bellows to blow the theme wide open – maybe into bombastic, reverberating terrifyingly tingling territory! Close your eyes and imagine the opening vibrations of Beethoven’s Fifth, the quaking walls of a giant gothic church, or that shadowy phantom menacing the pipe-organ in the opera house’s damp underground caverns. Your art might be musical in nature. It may sizzle with the steam or gasoline staccato of later humming organ engines. It might prompt you to find religion, claim your place in the Crusades, or instead make you choose a more wistful, wishful definition… Pipedreams so fanciful and deluding, as to make your daydreams vain hopes, puffs of idealism disappearing into thin, silent air.
January 29 through April 8, 2016
Like the NPR radio program of the same name*, our first show will feature your interpretation of the singularity of American Life. Rich in color, texture, history, Ira Glass’ radio program loves to explore a single, inherently American “theme or topic through the unique juxtaposition of first-person storytelling and whimsical narrative.” But if you’re a seasoned listener, you’d know that these quirky radio broadcasts are often dealing with contemporary issues and current events, sometimes veering into dark or ironic territory and deftly showcasing every aspect of human nature. Can you find a way to translate that into your art? We’re sure you’re up for the task… What represents YOUR American Life? *Our theme is taken from the show’s title, but isn’t meant to represent the radio program or its subjects. Be original! BSPR has asked us to just clarify for guests that they won’t be seeing the works of host Ira Glass or any of the folks on the radio!
November 6, 2015 through January 15, 2016
Food, glorious food! What more is there to say about our Cuisine Art exhibition? The Dutch Baroque painters did it with sensual, shadow-laden, over-the-top still life paintings, Cezanne plumped up a pear or two, and no one makes cakes and pies more colorfully appetizing than Wayne Thiebaud. So show us your stomach’s favorite sustenance in your own fab food fest homage… OR… Food for thought: you can paint the peach or perhaps take a less literal approach, because we all know that a myriad of “food” choices feed the soul. Just be prepared to answer any questions our Exhibitions panel might pose if your subject is a bit obscure. One caveat: absolutely NO GILDED, GLUED MACARONI!
August 7 through October 15, 2015
It’s a material world, highlighting 3D works, and 2D collages, when TVAA artists hunt and gather all the best scraps, parts, and pieces to create a marvelous assemblage, collage, or found-object sculpture. The subject is wide open, but the media is limited to these three major methods, so get layered… wired… or glued… or… You get the picture!
February 13, 2015 through April 24, 2015, juried exhibition (Richard Young and Cheryl Shurtleff, jurors)
It’s all about the animal attraction for TVAA’s first juried show at Boise State Public Radio. Preceding the modern zoo, menageries were typically collections of wild animals kept in captivity – often to amuse a public hungry for a taste of the exotic. As we delight in all things scandalous, and shocking these days, is the zebra in the zoo passé? Or are we still fascinated by a collection of beautiful beasts? Of course, since its first known usage in 1676, the term has changed as much as we have, and can now refer to a mishmash of miscellany, so jumbled as to be nearly any bowl of alphabet soup you’d care to scramble. Have fun!
May 8 through July 17, 2015
We may have stolen this exhibition title from the once-censored German play by Frank Wedekind. That tale tells of forbidden desires, and controversial fantasies growing within a group of teen classmates at the end of a repressive 19th century. But thematically, we hope you’ll find this dark provocative layer just another avenue to explore or ignore, under the soil of all things glorious and new. Spring is, after all, a time when Nature releases her most colorful, sweetest smelling magic upon the earth. So share your beautiful flowers or your take on Mother Nature’s powers!
November 14, 2014 through January 30, 2015
It’s time again to bring out your best work and share it with the Boise public and your fellow visual artists in the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance’s fourth annual FORAY. Any medium, any theme. And don’t feel like you have to play it safe. Show us your new work! Are you pushing the envelope? Forging ahead into new territory? Maybe scaring yourself just a little? That’s what FORAY is all about after all…”a venture or initial attempt, especially outside one’s usual area.” Yes that’s right, we’re asking for it, so… bring it!
October 10, 2014 through October 26, 2014, juried exhibition at Track 13 Gallery in Nampa, Idaho
TVAA is offering the opportunity to its members to participate in a juried exhibition at TRACK 13 in downtown Nampa. The theme of the show is water. Unstoppable in its nature; water can also be very still and calming. Dynamic in its flexibility, constantly changing, water’s patience and perseverance can (and has) changed the face of our Earth. Whether a peaceful thing, or a destructive force, this H2O-themed exhibit asks you to challenge yourself to artistically present your version of the world’s most crucial commodity — the real “elixir of life.”
August 22, 2014 through October 31, 2014
From the ancient Minotaur to Shelley’s Frankenstein, the runic stones of a Blair Witch legend to your darkest childhood closet-dwelling demons, monsters have lurked in our minds and our realities – terrible, wonderful, mythic and magical. Imaginary or real, these freaks of nature or supernatural anomalies are present in every facet of human life, be it mythology, folklore, fairy tales, psychology, astrology, architectural ornamentation, film, novels, design, religion, and contemporary culture. You get the picture. Now give us the picture. Put your inner anxiety-driven fear on paper or canvas in the form of your own monster. Whether you’re influenced by a romantic notion of the creature as the metaphoric, unknown or inner self or more along the lines of a Hammer Films classic, complete with bloody fangs or neck bolts, we’re looking for your personal interpretation of a compelling creature. We ask that you avoid the cartoonish and delve deep in describing your fears and fascinations with the world of monsters! This is a pictorial acknowledgement of that thing that, every day, hovers just outside your line of sight, that has you looking over your shoulder or hesitating to open a basement door. You know its name; it knows yours: Now bring it to life.
June 6 through August 7, 2014
Creating opportunities for connection and collaboration is at the heart of the TVAA mission. In order to highlight that vision our 13th exhibition “Four Eyes – An Exhibition of Collaboration” will feature collaborations between TVAA member artists. Artists may choose any medium or method of collaboration, but a minimum of two artists must work together to create an original piece for exhibition.
March 7 through May 15, 2014
It’s Winter, and a New Year, that time of year when transformation is on all our minds. Change for the better becomes the holy grail and “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can” the mantra as we embark on our chosen paths to Ourselves – New & Improved! It’s the time when magical things are happening below the surface which will only be revealed with the coming of spring. In keeping with the idea of renewal and transformation the theme of TVAA’s first exhibition of 2014 is Metamorphosis.
December 13, 2013 through February 2014
Foray is our annual exhibition showcasing the work of members. For the third year in a row we are featuring one piece by each member artist who applied. Over sixty local artists are participating in this exhibition. You’ll see paintings, fiber art, ceramics, photography, resin, paper, mixed media, and collage.
August 13 through September 13, 2013, at Creative Access Art Center, Boise, Idaho
An exhibition showcasing small works with a travel theme: mementos of escape from our normal routine, small enough to fit in your carry-on luggage. Show us in two dimensions, or three, in your usual medium or an experimental change of materials, a real place and time or a complete fantasy. Memories of favorite trips, childhood vacations, the monument inside the snow-globe, the miniature Eiffel Tower, the postcards, and the stamps from other countries…. What did you do on your summer vacation?
May 17, 2013 – July 25, 2013
Artists are invited to create original visual art in a variety of media: painting, photography, printmaking, fiber, ceramic, metal, collage, mixed media assemblage, and other forms. The subject of the work must be recognizable as specific to Boise, Idaho and may include, but not be limited to, landscape painting (within the Boise city limits), photographs or collages of local sites, depictions of historical events in Boise, portraits of local characters, or any Boise specific subject of inspiration to the artists.
Our selection committee will be guest-chaired by Jacqueline Crist, managing partner of the James Castle Collection and Archive, former artist’s services director at the Idaho Commission on the Arts, gallery owner, and former curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA.
February 14 through April 25, 2013
In 1965, when songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David offered LOVE as the clear and simple answer, they likely never imagined the current state of our world.
In the face of economic downturn or apocalyptic visions, will LOVE prevail? Is the answer found in the Greek distillation of LOVE into the four streams of Agape, Philia, Storge, and Eros? Can LOVE truly be the remedy, the full-proof panacea for not just a broken heart but something universal? Show us what you think the world needs at this singular moment in time. And, if not LOVE … then ?
November 16, 2012 through January 24, 2013
This exhibition will highlight the view from inside. We live inside. We create our nests, feathering them with comforts with which we’re all familiar – pillows, dishes, paint brushes, pencils, blankets, chocolate, sofas. We sleep, eat, cook, create, teach, groom, love, sing, cry, clean, give birth, tend to our sick, and die. Sometimes our insides are less familiar, more idiosyncratic. Perhaps we embalm, deconstruct, calculate, translate, wax, meditate, worship, fix, vegetate, or rearrange the furniture, again and again. Domestic. Exotic. Familiar. Foreign. Show us your interiors. All media welcome – paintings, drawings, photographs, collage, and also 3-D work – functional, or representational, ceramics, fiber art, paper construction, woodwork, glass. Show us your Inside View.
August 17 through October 25, 2012
The phrase “Every cloud has a silver lining” has served as metaphor for optimism since John Milton wrote in 1634: “Was I deceiv’d, or did a sable cloud/Turn forth her silver lining upon the night?” TVAA members are invited to submit work that interprets, expresses or illuminates this theme. Wide-ranging interpretations of this theme are encouraged. Artists may submit up to three digital images of original work.
April 27 through July 26, 2012
The second annual Foray exhibition showcasing the work of members. TVAA features one piece by each member artist who applies.
January 20 through April 5, 2012
Our next exhibition will showcase artworks containing text — letters, words, numbers, anagrams, palindromes, initials, handwriting, phone text messages, signs, symbols or whatever form of text you find inspiring.
November 18, 2011 through January 5, 2012
An exhibition of original works alongside matching giclee prints.
August 25 through November 4, 2011
Inspiration in blue and orange. For our next exhibition, the TVAA seeks entries with the use of the complementary colors blue and orange in each artwork. The subject can be anything as long as the work contains a predominance of blue, orange or both.
April 29 through June 2, 2011
First annual show of the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance