Exhibitions in Ketchum

Night Watch
June 30–August 26, 2017

The night has long been a subject for painters, poets and photographers. Evoking danger and excitement as well as mystery and awe, night is a time of renewal and transformation. Night’s darkness alters form from sharp clarity to elusive shadows. The night is also a time of secrets when prayer is whispered and rituals offer the promise of transformation. This exhibition presents the work of contemporary artists who expose the many ways the night frames our lives and our dreams.

The Night Watch visual arts exhibition features works by several contemporary artists:

Peter Alexander
Vija Celmins
Anna Fidler
Vanessa Marsh
Michal Rovner
Robert Zakanitch

  • Peter Alexander is celebrated as a sculptor and pioneer of the Light and Space movement. His works in this exhibition are delicate gouaches of stars and desert landscapes.
  • Vija Celmins is internationally recognized for her acutely realistic works on paper that are simultaneously recognizable and strange.
  • Anna Fidler’s seriesof paintings Vampires and Wolf Men explores the night as an actor of transformation.
  • Vanessa Marsh’s evocative images of the night sky are carefully crafted through a process involving drawing, painting and darkroom techniques.
  • Michal Rovner’s expansive approach to artmaking includes work in video, sound, sculpture and drawing. The works in this exhibition are from a recent series that employ shadowy images of an elusive nocturnal animal: the jackal.
  • Robert Zakanitch led the Pattern and Decoration movement in late-1970s New York. A continuation of his early approach can be found in this recent body of work, where decorative borders embellish softly rendered images of the moon and the night.

Photo Gallery

 2017 Night Watch Visual Arts Exhibition
 

Exhibition Video

The following special events are also associated with the Night Watch exhibition:

Visual Arts Events

Gallery Exhibition
June 30–Aug 25

Opening Celebration
FREE The Center, Ketchum
Friday, June 13, 5:30–7pm

Gallery Walk
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

Friday, July 7, 5–7pm
Friday, Aug 4, 5–7pm

Evening Exhibition Tour
FREE at The Center, Ketchum
Thursday, July 13, 5:30pm
Artist Vanessa Marsh will speak about her work at 6pm.     
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.

Associated Events

Presentation with Idaho Conservation League on Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

Thursday, July 13, 6:30pm

Lecture: American Astronomical Society “Revealing the Hidden, High Energy Sun” with Dr. Rachel Osten
FREE at the Sun Valley Opera House
Sunday, Aug 20, 6:30pm

The Night Watch exhibition has been generously underwritten by Barbara and John Lehman.


Contemplative Practice
Mar 31–Jun 23, 2017

What is the connection between art and contemplation? For centuries, artists producing work within various religious and cultural traditions have created objects that allow viewers to enter a contemplative or devotional mindset. From illuminated manuscripts and stained glass windows to temple carvings and Japanese Zen calligraphy, artwork has enriched spiritual experiences for generations.

But how do art and contemplation intersect outside established religious traditions? While certain works of art might unintentionally trigger a contemplative experience in a viewer, a number of contemporary artists are actively creating work that incorporates meditation and mindfulness both in terms of process and content. This BIG IDEA project uses work by artists engaged with contemplative practices as the basis for a larger exploration of meditation and mindfulness in our world today, from its role in multiple cultural traditions to recent scientific research into its physical, emotional and social benefits.

The visual arts exhibition, lectures, workshops, films, and commissioned theatre piece associated with this BIG IDEA project all serve as a springboard for a broader conversation about intersections between the arts, meditation and mindfulness today.

Participating Artists:

Dana Lynn Louis
Pegan Brooke
Meg Hitchcock
Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels

Click here to view the exhibition brochure.

Photo Gallery

2017 Contemplative Practice BIG IDEA & exhibition

Exhibition Video

Visual Arts Events

Opening Celebration
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Friday, Mar 31, 5–7pm
    Artists Pegan Brooke and Dana Lynn Louis will speak about their work at 6pm.

Evening Exhibition Tours
FREE at The Center, Ketchum
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.

  • Thursday, Apr 13, 5:30pm
  • Thursday, May 18 , 5:30pm
  • Thursday, Jun 8, 5:30pm
    Artists Pegan Brooke  will speak about her work at 6pm.

Gallery Walk
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Friday, Feb 17, 5-7pm
  • Friday, Mar 10, 5-7pm

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Other Associated Events

    •    Film: Manakamana…..Mar 30, 7pm
    •    Company of Fools Commissioned Performance:
 High Grass…..Mar 31, 5:30pm; Apr 11 4pm; Apr 13, May 18 & Jun 8, 5:30pm
    •    In Gallery Meditations led by Flourish Foundation…..Apr 11, 4pm; Apr 13 & May 18, 5pm
    •    Film: Heart of a Dog…..Apr 13, 7pm
    •    Free Panel Discussion: The relationship between prayer and meditation…..Apr 18, 6:30pm
    •    Adult Class/Creative Jump-in: Meditative Drawing & Journaling with Kaleigh Surber…..May 13, 9am–1pm
    •    Family Day…..May 13, 3–5pm
    •    Free Special Reception & Ceremony…..May 25, 5–6:30pm
    •    Lecture: Arianna Huffington co-presented by the Sun Valley Wellness Festival…..May 26, 6:30pm
 


 

Rayguns, Robots, Drones: Technology’s Peril & Promise
January 13-March 25, 2017

robots_brochurecoverSince the first of our ancestors used a rock as a hammer, human beings have utilized technology to extend our capabilities and make difficult tasks easier to accomplish. As a species, we tend to embrace technological advances as progress and often take an idealistic view of the promise they hold for a better, more comfortable future. But can any technology ever exist solely for good?

This BIG IDEA and exhibition project allows us to take a closer look at the role of technology in both our real lives and our fantasies. Using robots, drones and rayguns as metaphors for technological advances,we’ll examine the duality of technology’s inherent promise and potential danger. How can technology lead to a better future? What happens when a new technology is used for purposes its creator may never have imagined?

Participating Artists:

Mahwish Chishty
Nate Galpin
Michael Salter
Kal Spelletich
John Isiah Walton

Click here to view the exhibition brochure.

Visual Arts Events

Opening Celebration
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Friday, Jan 13, 5:30-7pm

Evening Exhibition Tours
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Thursday, Jan 26, 5:30pm
    The Jan 26 tour features special guests Taan Robrahn, Captain of the Sun Valley Fire Department, and Lieutenant Brian Carpita of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, who will discuss the use of drones for search and rescue in our community.
  • Thursday, Feb 23, 5:30pm
    Following the Feb 23 tour, artist Mahwish Chishty will lecture about her work.
  • Thursday, Mar 16, 5:30pm
    During the Mar 16 tour, Wood River High School’s 2017 Robotics Team will discuss and demonstrate the technology they have created for competition in the VEX Robotics Championships.

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.

Other Associated Events

  • Company of Fools Theatre: Grounded…..Sept 28–Oct 15
  • Film: Zero Days…..Jan 26, 7pm
  • Lecture: P.W. Singer…..Feb 9, 6:30pm
  • Family Day…..Mar 4, 3–5pm

Photo Gallery

Exhibition Video

 


Idaho Stories
October 21, 2016-January 6, 2017

svca_idahostoriesbigidea_coverWhat are Idaho’s stories? Who has told them? How have contemporary artists and writers interpreted those stories? This BIG IDEA project explores Idaho’s fascinating ties to literary history and also considers the state as a place that has long generated all kinds of stories. Key figures are the controversial poet Ezra Pound, born in Hailey; author and illustrator Mary Hallock Foote, who lived in Boise; self-taught artist James Castle, based in Idaho all his life; Ernest Hemingway, who visited the state many times before ending his life in Ketchum; and Marilynne Robinson’s novel Housekeeping, set in northern Idaho.

VISUAL ARTS

The visual arts exhibition features artwork by artists responding to Idaho’s landscapes and literature.

Participating Artists:

James Castle
Scott Fife
Mary Hallock Foote
Amanda Hamilton
Troy Passey

Click here to view the exhibition brochure.

Photo Gallery

2016 Idaho Stories BIG IDEA & exhibition

Exhibition Video

Visual Arts Events

Opening Celebration
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Friday, Oct 21, 5-7pm

Evening Exhibition Tours
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Thursday, Nov 10, 5:30pm
  • Thursday, Dec 1, 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, Nov 25, 4-6pm (note special Thanksgiving Day hours)
  • Friday, Dec 29, 4-6pm

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Dazzle Camouflage: Hiding in Plain Sight
August 5-October 14, 2016

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War has long served as a driver for innovation. This was particularly true during World War I, which saw the introduction of tanks, poison gas and unrestricted submarine warfare. It was this last development, pursued largely by the German Navy through largescale U-boat attacks on military and merchant ships alike, that drove the invention of Dazzle Camouflage. Dazzle united military technology and visual art in an attempt to protect British and American ships.

VISUAL ARTS

This exhibition features original dazzle camouflage diagrams from the archives of the Fleet Library at RISD alongside artwork by five contemporary artists considering dazzle and its history.

Participating Artists:

Thomas Bangsted
Liz Collins
Stuart Elster
Carrie Schneider
Stephanie Syjuco

Click here to view the exhibition brochure.

Exhibition Video

Photo Gallery

Dazzle Camouflage Exhibition

 

Visual Arts Events

Opening Celebration
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Friday, Aug 5, 5–7pm

Evening Exhibition Tours
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Thursday, Aug 25, 5:30pm
  • Thursday, Sep 15, 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, Sep 2, 5-7pm

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SAFETY ZONE: Dazzle Works by Angela Tsai
September 1–29, 2016, The Center, Hailey

Angela Tsai decorates model ships with glitter in extreme dazzle patterns. Drawing on her experience growing up in Boise, Idaho, as an Asian American, her interest in dazzle camouflage was sparked by the contradiction between standing out and blending in. Her ink drawings of dazzle ships on old Chinese calligraphy paper further connect the two cultures in which she grew up.

Opening Celebration
FREE at The Center, Hailey

  • Thursday, Sep 1, 5–7pm
    FREE at The Center, Hailey

Join us as we celebrate the opening of Safety Zone: Dazzle Works by Angela Tsai. The Center, Hailey, is open Thursdays, 2–5pm, and by appointment. 314 2nd Ave S., Hailey.


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:

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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John Grade's Sculpture at Craters of the Moon

Visual Arts Events

Opening Celebration
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • 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

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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:

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

I Need to Tell You Something; The Lost Art of Letter Writing

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

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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:

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

2015 Exhibition: Role Play

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
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

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

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