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One of the most important contributions the Boise Art Museum makes to the cultural life of this city, indeed the state, is the Idaho Triennial. With its once-every-three-years survey format, this is an opportunity to conduct a sweeping consideration of what is currently taking place in contemporary visual art statewide, updating for us the work of familiar artists, acquainting us with new names and introducing the artists to each other, instilling a certain camaraderie. The Triennial is by its nature a very democratic institution, as all Idaho artists are invited to submit entries. This year 181 responded, and in the end, 23 artists were selected, all of them having the chance to exhibit more than one piece in a museum setting.

The juror chosen for this year’s event was Grace Kook-Anderson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum, a prestigious position. She had the daunting task of reviewing 935 images, finally choosing 47 works, which was quite a feat. Kook-Anderson said she appreciated the opportunity to see more of an artist’s work, as it allowed her to get a better handle on the concepts and caliber of the art.

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