Exhibitions in Ketchum

Craters of the Moon
May 20-July 30, 2016: The Center, Ketchum
May 20-late September, 2016: Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco, ID

SVCA-CRATERS-brochurecoverCraters of the Moon is an exhibition in two parts: one at Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, Idaho, and one at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, Idaho. Coinciding with the National Park Service Centennial, the project celebrates a uniquely Western environment: Craters of the Moon National Monument, “a weird and scenic landscape” (in the words of Calvin Coolidge) that evolved over eight volcanic eruptions that occurred 15,000 to 2,000 years ago. Craters is a vast sea of black lava flows, tubes, caves and cones, dotted with sagebrush and other vegetation and punctuated by wind-sculpted limber pines. The area first gained attention when explorer Robert Limbert walked the 50-mile length of its Great Rift in 1920 and then began lobbying for National Park designation.

The exhibition at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts features work by five artists, each considering Craters of the Moon from different points of view. The Center has commissioned two of these artists to create large-scale sculptures that will be located outdoors at Craters of the Moon National Monument during the summer of 2016 and then relocated to sites in the city of Ketchum in the fall.

VISUAL ARTS

The visual arts exhibition features artwork that considers different types of communication, from letters to Twitter, and their roles in connecting us to our families, friends and the broader world, as well as to our personal histories.

Participating artists include:
John Grade
Jason Middlebrook
Cindy Tower
Charles Lindsay
Binh Danh

Click here to view more information on Craters of the Moon exhibition.
Click here to view the exhibition brochure.

Exhibition Videos

 

Photo Gallery

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Visual Arts Events

Opening Celebration

  • Friday, May 20, 5-7pm

Evening Exhibition Tours
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Thursday, June 23, 5:30pm
    Participating artists Binh Danh, John Grade and Charles Lindsay will join us for the June 23 tour.
  • Thursday, July 7, 5:30pm

Enjoy a glass of wine as you tour the exhibition with The Center’s curators and gallery guides. Favor de llamar al Centro de las Artes para arreglar visitas guiadas en español.

Gallery Walk
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Friday, July 8, 5-7pm

Start your Gallery Walk at The Center!


I Need to Tell You Something:
The Lost Art of Letter Writing and Communication Today
February 26-May 6, 2016

SVC-LetterWriting_coverWhen was the last time you received a handwritten letter? Or sent one? In this era of instantaneous communication, a letter is a rare and treasured item. Letters connect us, bringing us together through their physical presence and providing a material link between sender and recipient.

We tend to view letter writing today with a longing for a time when life was slower or simpler. This nostalgia for the art of letter writing has given rise to numerous websites (goodletterwriting.com or justwriteletters.com, for example) that encourage us to write personal, physical letters—many offering tips and templates to guide those who are inexperienced in letter writing.

These websites exist, though, because letter writing is in fact something of a dying art form. Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—has, in theory, made us more connected than ever. We take it for granted that we can send emails or text messages to our loved ones with just a few keystrokes or taps of the thumbs. The ease with which we’re able to communicate offers tremendous convenience. But it also means that our communications lack the care and thought that handwritten letters require, much less the precision the telegram once entailed. Despite all this connectivity, research suggests that we have never been lonelier and that this loneliness is making us ill. (For instance, a 2013 University of Michigan study published in the journal PLOS ONE concluded that Facebook usage was tied to a decline in mental well-being among young adults.)

The Center offers this BIG IDEA project exploring the handwritten letter as the backdrop for a larger conversation about how we communicate today. Without letters, what will happen to our personal histories? Will social media make us less… social?

VISUAL ARTS

The visual arts exhibition features artwork that considers different types of communication, from letters to Twitter, and their roles in connecting us to our families, friends and the broader world, as well as to our personal histories.

Participating artists include:
Andrew Bush
Marc Dombrosky
Charles Gute
Tucker Nichols
Elena del Rivero
Gail Tarantino
Joe Thurston

Click here to view the exhibition brochure.

Exhibition Video

Photo Gallery

Visual Arts Events

Evening Exhibition Tours
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Thursday, March 10, 5:30pm
  • Thursday, April 7, 5:30pm
  • Thursday, May 5, 5:30pm

Enjoy a glass of wine as you tour the exhibition with The Center’s curators and gallery guides. Favor de llamar al Centro de las Artes para arreglar visitas guiadas en español.

Gallery Walk
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Friday, Mar 11, 5-7pm

Start your Gallery Walk at The Center!


Role Play
December 11, 2015 – February 20, 2016

SVCA-Role-Play_coverHow do we define gender in the 21st century? It’s a question that has become the subject of national conversation over the past decade. The way we understand gender is shifting— moving away from binary opposition (male versus female) toward a looser definition that offers more freedom in describing and determining gender identity regardless of biology.

At the same time, traditional expectations of male and female gender roles remain embedded in our culture in sometimes surprising ways. This project asks questions to inspire dialogue. How have we as a nation transcended gender stereotypes? Where do they still exist? Has the emergence of prominent transgendered men and women changed the way we think about gender? What will more fluid definitions of gender mean for how we organize our society and raise our children? We offer this BIG IDEA project as an opportunity for us all to join in the conversation about

The visual arts exhibition features artwork that questions the way we define gender and the societal roles we have traditionally assigned to men and women. How can gender roles be uncomfortable? What happens when people challenge them?

Participating artists include:

Angela Ellsworth
Jona Frank
Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
Edna Lanieri
Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger
Lindsay Morris
Nathan Vincent

Click here to view the exhibition brochure.

Exhibition Video

Photo Gallery

Visual Arts Events

Opening Reception, FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Friday, December 11, 5-7pm

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Role Play!

Evening Exhibition Tours, FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Thursday, January 7, 5:30pm
  • Thursday, February 11, 5:30pm

Enjoy a glass of wine as you tour the exhibition with The Center’s curators and gallery guides. Favor de llamar al Centro de las Artes para arreglar visitas guiadas en español.

Gallery Walks

  • Tuesday, December 29, 5-7pm
  • Friday, February 12, 5-7pm

Free at the Center. Start your Gallery Walk at The Center!