Past Exhibitions in Ketchum 2017

Art into Architecture:
Frank Lloyd Wright, Archie Teater and Teater’s Knoll

December 1–January 17, 2018

Idaho is home to only one building designed by world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright: the Archie Teater Studio, located in rural Bliss, Idaho. Designed in 1952 and constructed over the next eight years on the edge of the Snake River, Teater’s Knoll also happens to be the only Wright-designed artist studio that was ever built. This exhibition considers Teater’s Knoll within the larger context of Wright’s architectural practice and philosophy. It features architectural plans, photographs and furniture as well as a selection of paintings by Archie Teater (1901–1978), the artist for whom Teater’s Knoll was designed. An Idaho native, Teater was a prolific painter whose impressionistic landscape images and history paintings documented his experience of Idaho and the American West, as well as his extensive travels around the globe.

Archie Teater and Frank Lloyd Wright shared a love of landscape that drove their work. This exhibition presents Wright’s architecture and Teater’s paintings in conversation, with Teater’s Knoll as the outcome of that dialog.

SPECIAL THANKS to Henry Whiting, Lester Taylor and the Hagerman Valley Historical Society Museum for their assistance with Art into Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright, Archie Teater and Teater’s Knoll.

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Exhibition Video

Photo Gallery

 2017 Art into Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright, Archie Teater and Teater’s Knoll Visual Arts Exhibition

The following special events are associated with the Art into Architecture exhibition:

Visual Arts Events

Museum Exhibition
Dec 1, 2017–Jan 17, 2018

Opening Celebration
FREE at The Center, Ketchum
Friday, Dec 1, 5–7pm, with remarks at 6pm
Special guest: Henry Whiting current owner of the Archie Teater Studio

Evening Exhibition Tour
FREE at The Center, Ketchum
Thursday, Dec 7, 5:30pm
Thursday, Dec 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 Walk
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

Friday, Dec 29, 5–7pm


The Unreliable Narrator
September 1–November 14, 2017

This BIG IDEA project considers the power of the narrator—a storyteller who shapes our experience of a story by determining the pace at which it unfolds, the order in which we learn about events, what details we’re given and what gets omitted. Sometimes narrators aren’t completely reliable, and their accounts can’t be implicitly trusted. They may lie (either directly or by omission) or perhaps misunderstand and misrepresent the events that occur in a story. An unreliable narrator may ask readers (or listeners, or viewers) to fill in the blanks, to question and to construct their own narrative structure as they read a book, watch a play or film, or view a work of art.

The Center’s exhibition for The Unreliable Narrator features art that invites viewers to question the story they are being told: What parts of the storyline can we believe? What don’t we know? What information do we need to fill in? Each of the exhibition’s six featured artists encourages us to engage with their artwork to complete its story.

Participating Artists include:

  • Holly Andres, a Portland-based photographer known for her compelling narratives that unfold over a series of carefully constructed images, leaving room for viewers to complete the story using their own imaginations.
  • Mark Dion, an internationally known artist whose works across a variety of media—drawing, sculpture, photography and film—borrows the language and methods of science to probe the relationship between science and its claim to truth.
  • Simon Evans™, a creative collaboration between artists Simon Evans and Sarah Lannan, whose paper-based sculptural works combine text and images in creative, unexpected and often humorous ways.
  • Jenny Kendler, the current artist-in-residence for the Natural Resources Defense Council, who has developed an artistic practice that marries her focus on the challenges facing the natural environment with her love of literature.
  • Gina Phillips, a New Orleans multimedia artist who works with fabric, thread, ink and paint to create intricate installations that weave together narrative strands drawn from history, folklore and myth.
  • Deb Sokolow, a Chicago-based artist who combines drawing and text in elaborate narrative works that use real historical figures as the starting point for dark but hilarious stories.

Special thanks to Jennifer E. Wilson for underwriting Holly Andres’s visual arts residency and project.

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Photo Gallery

2017 The Unreliable Narrator Exhibition & BIG IDEA project

Exhibition Video

Visual Arts Events

Opening Celebration & Gallery Walk
FREE at The Center, Ketchum

  • Friday, Sept. 1, 5–7 p.m.
    Photographer Holly Andres, who created a new body of work at The Center, Hailey, for The Unreliable Narrator, will speak about her 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, Sept. 28, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m.
  • Lecture: James B. Stewart, Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. (DATE CHANGE: Please note this evening exhibition tour date has changed from the originally published date of Oct 12)

Associated Events: Unreliable Narrator

  • Museum Exhibition 1–Nov. 14
  • Film: Under the Sun Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.
  • Film: Nuts! Thursday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m. (DATE CHANGE: Please note this film date has changed from the originally published date of Oct 19)
  • Lecture: James B. Stewart, Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. (DATE CHANGE: Please note this lecture date has changed from the originally published date of Oct 12)
  • Adult Class / Creative Jump-in: How to Tell a Great Story Thursday, Oct. 26, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
  • Theatre: Staged Reading of Pal / Conversation with Playwright Tasha Gordon-Solmon Friday, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m.
  • Teen Workshop: From the Page to Stage Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 28 & 29, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • FREE Family Day Saturday, Nov. 4, 3–5 m.
  • Public Storytelling with The Center and The Humming Bull date and time TBA

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

Museum 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

Since 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

What 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

Start your Gallery Walk at The Center!