Past exhibits


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.

October 24, 2023 – January 16, 2024 at Nampa Civic Center

Animals migrate, climb, den, nest, fight, court, protect, play, metamorphosis, communicate, develop tools, work together in cooperation, have strong maternal instincts, change colors, change sex, exhibit family bonding, clean, hunt… and these instincts are not fixed, they can evolve and change with time, generations, climate, threats and benefits.

Every living organism exhibits these complex behaviors made up of both inborn unconscious mannerisms as well as learned elements. These behaviors, even in humans, comprise our instincts and much of what makes us identifiable or “predictable” and is wide and varied across the animal kingdom. Instincts make us wonder if they are emotion driven or merely sensory driven. Where do the senses end and emotions begin?


Body Language
October 24, 2023 – January 16, 2024 at the Treasure Chest Gallery

“Dancing is creating a sculpture that is visible only for a moment.”
– Erol Ozan

Historically the artist’s favorite subject: OURSELVES.  Celebrating the body and the figure, human or otherwise.  How might we communicate using the body?  How is a figure communicated through artistic media?  How does a figure make itself known?  Stick figures, animal figures and nudity are welcome.

July 25, 2023 – October 24, 2023 at Gem Center for the Arts

We share our notions of SPEED, which can include any subjects which portray this concept, such as vehicles, creatures, light and quick-thinking. Non-representational portrayals of speed are also welcome. Consider contrasts of speed and lack thereof. How to express movement and especially speediness in visual art? Consider various speeds and even anti-speed? Life flashes before our eyes, does it not?


April 18, 2023 – July 18, 2023 at the Treasure Chest Gallery

“It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.”
– Alfred North Whitehead

We challenge ourselves to seek out the UNUSUAL against a backdrop of normal, commonplace and consistency. What stands out? What seems odd? This can speak to the freak, celebrate the alternate identity or just the thing that catches the eye where the rest did not. What happens when “normal” is placed in a new environment or position? Consider unusual points of view or unusual artistic media. Exercise your unusual artist’s mind and imagination.



May 16, 2023 – September 9, 2023 at Gem Center for the Arts

What happens when something so precious, so vital to life, slides into scarcity? Idahoans receive the majority of their water from the aquifer beneath, an underground source for a growing population projected to reach over 1 million people just in Ada County by 2040, if not sooner. What happens when the water runs out? Most take the steady flowing faucet for granted, yet a growing number whose faucets no longer flow because their wells dried up know the worth of water.

What does this desire, this thirst look like to the artist’s eye? What solution avails the mind’s eye face to face with scarcity? Capturing every precious drop? Redirecting wayward flows back into the aquifer? Purposefully injecting waste water back into the ground? There are solutions such as utilizing “grey water” when water has been used once, partially treated or untreated and reused for landscaping purposes and to recharge aquifers. Homeowners can capture rainwater in barrels, build rain gardens for sinking rainwater back into the ground water, and use native drought tolerant plants. These ideas and more would be important solutions to the water crisis. Show the world your thirst for this most precious natural resource. 


January 17, 2023 – April 18, 2023 at the Treasure Chest Gallery

”Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”
-Frida Kahlo

We consider the beauty, history, natural history and culture of FLIGHT. Included might be: creatures, vehicles, dreams, angels, flying carpets, broomsticks, ideas soaring poetically through heavens, waters and artful imagination. Flightless dodo birds and mothballed airplanes welcome too. Gravity need not apply.


OPUS 2023
July 5, 2023 – July 31, 2023 at Water’s Edge Gallery, Riverside Hotel

Juror: Sue Latta

Prospectus: Submit your best work that has been mostly created and completed in the last year (since June 1, 2022).


Let the Sun Shine
April 3, 2023 – May 1, 2023 at Initial Point Gallery

Yellow invigorates the mind and stimulates the brain. It can boost memory and can encourage communication. Yellow is warm, comforting, and sunny, like dandelions, fuzzy baby birds, and lemon meringue pie. Yellow is also the color of cowardice and of sickness. It can signal warning and danger too. Yellow can be the harbinger of joy or of misfortune; it’s all in how we perceive the color.


Fluro Colour Forever
January 10, 2023 – May 9, 2023 at the Nampa Civic Center

Treasure Valley Artists Alliance members bring your brightest flashiest artworks for Fluro Colour Forever. Fluorescents are encouraged, but all iterations of bright colors will be appreciated.


Opus 2022
October 4, 2022 – November 30, 2022 at Water’s Edge Gallery at the Riverside Hotel

Submit your best work that has been mostly created and completed in the last year (since September 1, 2021).

Open theme – you get to decide what you want to show.


Verdant Discourse
March 4, 2022 – April 1, 2022 at Initial Point Gallery

Green is the color of life and life has a vast array of experiences. Green is the color of money, the color of greed, the color of jealousy. It is also the color of renewal, growth, and harmony.

In the visible (to humans) spectrum of light, green takes up the most space. We see it everywhere around us, especially in nature.

How do you feel about green? Does it spark your creativity or does it make you feel ill?


April 27, 2022 – July 19, 2022 at The Treasure Chest Gallery

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington

This is an open-theme show. Show off what you are most proud of. Maybe you have followed a new and exciting path recently? Maybe your muse has made a strong showing of late? Have you finally created (dare we say it) a “Masterpiece”? Has the underdog risen? Here is your chance to pat yourself on the back and show off to the Treasure Valley audience and beyond.


Close-up of a colorful rainbow eye header isolated on panoramic white background, colors vision concept

May 3, 2022 – September 13, 2022 at Nampa Civic Center

Sensory perception informs artistic interpretation of the world. All the senses; sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch, are sources of inspiration for the artist. The artist’s mind translates the sensory information from the body into art. Artists are invited in this exhibition to delight viewers with a feast for their senses.


All that Glitters
October 18, 2022 – January 17, 2023 at The Treasure Chest Gallery

Glitz, glamor, shiny and glittery – silver, gold, bejeweled, bedazzled. Consider also the sparkle in the less obvious, the glint in the eye of a loved one, the shine of a new paint job, the refraction of sun through a thousand drops of rain. What glitters and shines in your world?


Summer Souvenirs

July 21, 2022 – October 18, 2022 at The Treasure Chest Gallery

“It’s Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” – George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess

Summertime is full of long days of sunshine. What do you hold dear from those days? Is it flowers in the garden? Sipping a cold drink in the shade? Staring out over crystal blue water? Do you bring home memories like postcards, or other small tchotchkes? Those lazy days aren’t always filled with joy, sometimes there are painful red sunburns and itchy bug bites, rained out ball games and wicked storms.


Play of Light and Shadow
September 13, 2022 – January 10, 2022 at The Riverside Hotel

Play of Light and Shadow invites you to explore form, shading, depth, and contrast. The opposition of darkness and light and all the grays in-between lay the foundation of artistic renderings.


January 11, 2022 – May 3, 2022 at Nampa Civic Center

The basic building blocks for life; air, fire, water, earth, aether. Everything  we need to survive is provided for by nature. Elements powerfully in  balance shape our world. As if by magic, or supernatural means, our entire  world and all it’s creatures become manifest through the commingling of  elements. Artists, give us your reverent interpretation of the beauty of the  natural elements upon which all life depends.


Pale Blue Dot
April 11, 2021 – July 12, 2022 at The Meridian Library

“The aggregate of our joy and suffering . . .
the pale blue dot, the only
home we’ve ever known”
– Carl Sagan (1934 – 1996)

32 years ago, on February 14th,1990, Voyager 1 captured an iconic image of the Earth – known as the “Pale Blue Dot”.  The photo was taken from a staggering 6 billion kilometers away – at the edge of the outer Solar System.

Where are we in this great big giant universe?  How do you see the planet on which your feet rest, Mother Earth, third rock from the sun?  This is the ever-amazing past, present, and future heritage and home of all we know and love.


January 25 2022 – April 26, 2022 at Treasure Chest Gallery

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” – John Lennon

Artwork NOT based on direct observation of reality. Instead, let’s explore memory, dreams, fantasy, futurism, and fiction. Do you see things that are not really there, like animals in the clouds or true world peace? Open to photographers too.  How would you show what is not really there?


& (The And Show)
January 12, 2022 – April 11, 2022 at Meridian Library

Your artwork title to contain “&”, “+” or “And”.  Exploring topics of union, pairings, togetherness, partnership and additive power.


Electric Zest
October 5, 2021 – January 11, 2022 at Nampa Civic Center

TVAA Artists bring the color Orange to life. Love it or hate it, orange will get your attention! As the color most associated with the season of fall, from pumpkins to falling leaves, the theme for TVAA at Nampa Civic Center is right on time opening October 2021. However, orange can have many other cultural connotations; from safety cones and prison jumpsuits, to Dutch royalty, or Hindu and Buddhist robes. Differing shades of orange lend themselves too high energy imagery or warm glowing sunsets.

Let’s see what we can imagine together!


Precisely Purple
October 12, 2021 – January 11, 2022 at Meridian Library

This is your opportunity to explore your inner or outer purple.  Is purple within your comfort zone or freaky new territory?  What are the boundaries of purple . . . mauve, fuchsia, maroon, lavender, violet or plum, almost black?


Figure This
February 16, 2021 – June 8, 2021 at Meridian Library

This show is not just for bodies, but problem-solving, numbers, numerology, shapes, figures, figuratively speaking, figuring it out, figured wood, maybe even a bowl of figs.

A Good Read
February 1, 2021 – April 6, 2021 at Meridian Library

Let your favorite book inspire a new work.  Let reading be part of experiencing the artwork. Celebrate the book, the word, and the letter.



April 20, 2021 – July 13, 2021 at Meridian Library

Not just for Black-and-White. Consider light, dark and tonal variations.
Works for this show are limited to varying values of just one color (on a white or a light color).  How much can you sing with just one note?


Collaboration Cure
October 4, 2021 – January 24, 2022 at The Treasure Chest Gallery

Collaborate: verb, col·lab·o·rat·ed, col·lab·o·rat·ing. to work, one with another; cooperate
Working with an old friend, or a new one can enhance your creativity! Ideas flow freely and there is time to laugh and play.
We have been working in isolation for this past year. It’s time to get out and stretch our collaborative muscles! Grab any artist friend you have and create something.
Let’s see what we can imagine together!


Teeny Treasure Valley
July 13, 2021 – October 12, 2021 at Meridian Library

A revival of our “Tiny Treasure Valley” show from 2019, where smaller can sometimes be better. This call is for works of art 10 inches by 10 inches or less OR 100 square inches total, including frame. Subject matter is your choice.

Flow State
May 18, 2021 – October 5, 2021 at Nampa Civic Center

An artist enters a level of consciousness in the process of creating art called the Flow State. Also know as being in the zone. It is a mental state of intense focus where the stream of creative ideas progress smoothly. Alternatively this theme can include images of other states of flowing; bodies of water, paint, drapery, curves, prose, economic, aerodynamic, electrical, whirlpool, viscous, etc. Allow your imagination to flow as you interpret this theme from your unique point of view.

Pieces of Me

June 8, 2021 – September 7, 2021 at Treasure Chest Gallery

Throughout history artists have chosen to depict themselves in their work. We have shared our pain, our triumphs, our confusion, and our joy. The self portrait digs deep and doesn’t hide imperfections. Using ourselves as a subject gives the views of our work a way to connect with us and themselves.

Show us your humanity or your introspection, make us laugh, or cry, but most importantly be you.

Am I Blue?

March 5, 2021 through April 2, 2021 at Initial Point Gallery, Meridian, Idaho

Blues: of a color intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day.

Blues: a state of melancholy, sadness or depression

Blues: music expressing longing for a better life, lost love, or lamenting injustice. By listening to or creating the music one is said to overcome the sadness and lose the blues.

Am I Blue?

The color blue is significant in our lives. It symbolizes loyalty, strength, wisdom, and trust. The lighter the color of blue the freer we feel. Blues speak of peace and tranquility. And yet, Blue has a darker side, one of pensive thoughts, dejection and despondent emotions. Gloomy and mournful blue can express our deepest sadness.

Up Close and Personal

January 12, 2021 through May 18, 2021 at Nampa Civic Center

“There can be no intimacy without vulnerability.” -Brené Brown

As humans we crave up-close and personal connections. How do we remain connected in a world of social distancing? As artists, how has social isolation affected your art practice? This is an opportunity for art that explores current social commentary. Faces, clocks, masks, hearts, words, connection, reflection, resonance, these are all sub themes that have emerged from this exhibition. TVAA at Nampa Civic Center invites you to explore the artist’s inner world with this art exhibition.



December 1, 2020 through February 13, 2021 at the Gem Center for the Arts, Boise, Idaho

Take it out of proportion.  Explore caricature & hyperbole.  Go too big or too small, too much of a good thing, hyper-color, amplified, squashed or twisted.  Magnify, embellish & distort.  Stretch the truth.


Opus 2020

September 30, 2020 through January 4, 2021 at the Riverside Hotel, Boise, Idaho

Bring in your best, brightest and boldest work that has been completed in the last year (since Sept 1, 2020). Open theme – you get to decide what you want to show.

Juror: Mark Davis


October 6, 2020 through January 12, 2021 at the Nampa Civic Center

Art is a catalyst for manifesting a world rich in cultural abundance. Plant a seed in fertile minds and reap a prolific crop of new ideas. The harvest season is the perfect time to reflect upon all that we have to be grateful for. TVAA artists show us what the concept of abundance brings to their minds and hearts. Curated by Leslie Jay Bosch, Andrew Groth, Carolyn Greener, Shawn Hubbs and Tom Bicak.

All Things Slow

August 17 through November 2, 2020 at the Meridian Library

Here is a chance to celebrate snails & tortoises, slow food, tides and time, the moon path or sunrise or anything else that lives in the slow lane. Watching paint dry, waiting for water to boil or walking an old dog. Lazy long summer days, dog days.  Does time stand still?  Slow down and smell the roses. Take the long way home.



August 28 through December 1, 2020 at the Gem Center Gallery

Artists are the vanguards of society. They help process the difficult emotions of difficult times. Right now, the world is on the brink on a paradigm shift. Our normal has been upended and we are all struggling in different ways. Some are filled with hard emotions, they are confused, frustrated, tired, or anxious. Some of us are happy at home with family while others have been weathering the pandemic alone. No matter how we are each dealing with the ever-changing landscape of our world we are all in this together.



June 23 – October 6, 2020 at the Nampa Civic Center

2020 marks the 10th Anniversary of the TVAA as well as the 30th Anniversary of the Nampa Civic Center! In CELEBRATION of this milestone year, TVAA members have created celebration themed artworks to answer the following questions. What do we celebrate in our own lives, in our art, in our community? 2020 is a challenging year where many celebrations have been canceled. In the spirit of creative innovation, TVAA is working to create new virtual ways of interacting with this art exhibition. In addition to the currently installed physical art exhibition at the Nampa Civic Center, and this web-based art gallery, TVAA is also working to develop an interactive 3D virtual gallery version of Celebration. The virtual gallery will be a way to interact with the artworks in a simulated 3D environment. To add to the festive nature of this Celebration, TVAA will be awarding Best of Show prizes to selected artworks from this exhibition! Stay tuned for the announcement of those awards and the unveiling of the virtual gallery experience.



Voyage & Vehicle

October 1 through 31, 2020 at the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in Baker City, Oregon

Consider the physical, metaphorical or metaphysical.  Which is the path taken or not taken?  What to pack for the trip?  Birth, death and the strange trip in between.  How far can we go and what kind of craft will take us there?  Capture imaginary journeys or your real adventures – humor, calamity or triumph.

High Kitsch

May 4 through August 1, 2020 at Meridian Public Library

What is kitsch and when does it become high art (or not)? Not limited to velvet Elvis paintings, back-lit poodle portraits or gold-painted macaroni collages. Further reading: “Pop Surrealism” and “Lowbrow”.


May 17 – August 28, 2020 at the Gem Center for the Arts

“I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright.”
— Millard Kaufman

How can you express the feelings of renewal, the soft color palette of budding promise, or the rebirth of nature? Coming brightness of longer days, returning birds and their song, refreshing sentiment of spring cleaning, and exploring nature after a long winter’s rest, what does Spring mean to you?


January 14 through April 21, 2020 at the Nampa Civic Center

“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of
supernatural wonder. Fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won.” ― Joseph Campbell

The Hero’s / Heroine’s journey is the road map for artists to create artworks for this exhibition. The hero or heroine is an ordinary character called for a higher purpose or mission who encounters trials along the journey to self realization. Creativity with the theme is encouraged. The character can be from an existing narrative or your own invention. Consider subverting the theme with the unsung hero, the anti-hero, the hapless hero, etc.

Beyond the Red Door

February 1 through 28, 2020 at the Initial Point Gallery

What does red mean to you? Red is intense, packed with emotion from intense love to anger — representing excitement and energy. Red is assertive, passionate, daring, romantic, determined, joyful, energetic, powerful, enthusiastic, impulsive, exciting. How can we take red beyond the cliche and yet celebrate the color? This TVAA exhibition will be held at the Initial Point Gallery for the month of February. We ask artists to present their best predominantly “Red” creations to celebrate this vibrant color.

Reflections and Shadows

February 3 to May 2, 2020 at the Meridian Library

We can explore this literally, or in the metaphorical, psychological or historical. Who casts a long shadow? How might one reflect on our human condition? Where do these converge?
Consider phenomena, surprises and mystery.

Story Time

November 5, 2019 through February 1, 2020 at the Meridian Library

Art tells a story through symbols, color, and texture. This is a show about narrative and telling a story through visual art. This can be your own true or fictional story, or a story by someone else (if credited). Do you have a piece that describes a scene, or a feeling? We want to see it, read it, talk about it! The date for application has been extended one week! There are limits on size but not on your imagination!


October 8, 2019 through January 14, 2020 at the Nampa Civic Center

Expand upon the idea of being rooted in a place, a family, a community, the
earth, ourselves. As artists, how do we make and grow connections? What
grounds us? What are the root causes? Use these prompts to tap into the
concept of being rooted. Or alternatively dig into these words; uprooted,
rerouted, displaced, exiled. Surprise us with your interpretation!

Opus 2019, juried exhibition

October 1 through December 28, 2019 at the Riverside Hotel

Bring in your best and brightest work that has been completed in the last year (since September 30, 2018). Open theme – you get to decide what you want to show. Open to all media.

FOCUS: an Art Series Exhibition

June 25, 2019 – October 27, 2019 at the Nampa Civic Center

We are seeking submissions from artists of a completed series. In the fall Betty Mallorca held several TVAA Art Mingles with instruction of how to develop an artist’s series. The works submitted must adhere to the concept of series. You can base a series on subject matter, a technique, a particular set of materials, a group of visual elements, or a compositional format.

Melody, Harmony & Resonance

April 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019 at the Meridian Library

Be inspired by music, by your favorite song, style, musician or instrument.  What do you listen to while you make your art?  Does your choice of music make a difference in the artistic outcome?  Does music provide your subject matter, color or form?  Where do visual art and music cross paths? Consider: Frequency, Vibration, Rhythm, Pulse & Beat. Let us know the source of your inspiration in 100 words or less.

Pet Portrait Revisited exhibition

Pet Portrait Revisited

July 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019
Consider the obvious portrayal of “My Best Friend” and animal companionship, or reinvent the nature of “Pet,” “Portrait,” “Friend,” “Enemy” or even “Frenemy.”  Challenge with fantasy, dare to think outside the fence, reverse the roles, reconsider size and color, feather, fur and scales.  Share the story of animals crossing with human lives.  Explore your pet peeves, pet projects, or even pet rocks.  


March 26, 2019 – June 24, 2019 at the Nampa Civic Center

This is an opportunity to show art that explores surreal visions and subconscious journeys. Allow your creativity to flow into unexpected places. Our venue, the Nampa Civic Center will be hosting an interactive screening of The Wizard of Oz on the evening of the Uncanny reception. Perhaps this iconic film could provide a jumping off point for thematic inspiration? As always we ask that the subject matter remain family friendly.

Tiny Treasure Valley

February 4, 2019 through March 31, 2019 

Sometimes smaller is better! Show us your tiny masterpieces! This open call is for works of art 10 inches by 10 inches or less. Artist statements welcome – 100 words or less.

After Dark: A Duality

January 8, 2019 through March 25, 2019 

How do you as an artist respond to the long, dark nights of winter? It is cozy? Threatening? Do you feel more alive at night, as nocturnal creatures do? Or, do you look forward to the light of day? We welcome work that visually or thematically dark, but as always, we look forward to seeing how you creatively tie your submissions into the theme. Your artist statement is important!

TVAA 2019 Juried Show

January 25, 2019 through March 14, 2019 

Bring in your best and brightest. You get to decide what you want to show. Open to all media. There will be a guest juror. If you have a story about the work, please share it in 100 words or less. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Red, Green

November 9, 2018 through January 18, 2019 

Your amazing artwork need not be holiday-themed. A variety of subjects and seasons are welcome. Explore these color complements, symbolisms, vibrations and variations. Do any of our members experience red-green color blindness? If so, how does this influence your art? Is this your superpower? Other colors welcome, but work to be dominated by red, green, red-AND-green or otherwise reflect this theme. Artist statements welcome – 100 words or less. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Facts, Fictions and Lies

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.

#NoFilter: an Art Exhibition

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!

Happy Accidents

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

agriCULTURE: influenced by the land

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.

Work & Play

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…  Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

The Return of the Red Caboose

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!

Let’s Face It!

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.

Black & White

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! Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Together in the Dark/Nampa

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.

TVAA Juried Art Exhibition

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! Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Together in the Dark at the Gem Center

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.

TVAA at Art Zone 208

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.

Texture This!

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

The Drawing Room

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.” Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.


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.

World Village

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.

Salon des Refusés: Rejection Collection 2017

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Plein Air

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Selected Workings

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.

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In Celebration of Edges® 

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

6 by Six 

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.

My Favorite Things

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.

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Celebrating “Pipedreams”®

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

This American Life
This American Life

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! Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Cuisine Art

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! Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

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Hunting & Gathering

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! Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

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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! Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Spring Awakening
Spring Awakening

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! Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

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Foray IV – Pushing the Envelope

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! Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Water Works

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.”

Monsters! Myth and Magic

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Four Eyes
Four Eyes – An Optical Collusion

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.


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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

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Foray III

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.


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?

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Local Color

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

What the World Needs Now…

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 ? Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Inside View
Inside View

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Silver Linings
Silver Linings

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

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Foray – 2nd Annual Artists’ Alliance Art

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

Text Messages

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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

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Double Take

November 18, 2011 through January 5, 2012
An exhibition of original works alongside matching giclee prints. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.


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. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.

FORAY – Annual Artists’ Alliance Art

April 29 through June 2, 2011
First annual show of the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance. Venue: Boise State Public Radio, Boise, Idaho.