Boise Art Museum

670 Julia Davis Drive
208-345-8330

Vision:

The Boise Art Museum is nationally recognized for leadership, innovation and excellence in the visual arts.

Mission:

The mission of the Boise Art Museum is to create visual arts experiences, engage people, and inspire learning through exceptional exhibitions, collections, and educational opportunities.

History:

Boise Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) non–profit, educational and charitable organization. The mission of the Museum is to create visual arts experiences, engage people, and inspire learning through exceptional exhibitions, collections, and educational opportunities.

In 1931, a group of thirty citizens interested in promoting art in the city of Boise and throughout Idaho met in the Crystal Lounge of the Hotel Boise and became known as the Boise Art Association. The purpose of the association was to organize, acquire, and maintain a suitable gallery in which works of art could be displayed.

Boise Art Museum (BAM) began in 1937, when the Association’s goals were realized through a partnership among the Boise Art Association, the City of Boise and the federal Works Progress Administration. What was then known as The Boise Gallery of Art was constructed in Julia Davis Park in the heart of downtown Boise. Although the gallery did not actively collect, it presented local and regional artwork and played an important role in Boise’s growing community.

In 1961, the Boise Art Association incorporated as a non-profit organization under the name Boise Gallery of Art. In the mid-sixties, the first professional staff members were hired and exhibition programming became more ambitious. The need for additional space quickly became a priority, and in 1972, construction began on a year-long expansion program. The building, which encompassed more than 10,000 square feet, re-opened to the public in 1973.

In 1986, the institution successfully completed a fundraising campaign to support a second renovation for expansion of its galleries as well as the establishment of an Endowment Fund. Upon completion of the expansion in 1988, the organization was renamed Boise Art Museum to reflect its focus on developing its Permanent Collection and education programs as well as the display of significant traveling exhibitions. At that time, the Boise Art Museum was awarded initial national accreditation by the American Association of Museums, with subsequent re-accreditation awarded in 1996 and 2007.

In 1997, BAM embarked upon a multi-million dollar campaign, supported by the City of Boise and the community, to increase its facilities by 13,800 square feet to a total of 34,800 square feet. The Museum added a Sculpture Court, a new Education Wing with expanded studios, an ARTexperienceGallery, more space in the Museum Store, new galleries to feature the Permanent Collection, larger office space, and additional areas for art storage and conservation.

BAM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), certifying that the Museum meets or exceeds national standards in all areas of its operations. BAM is the only collecting art museum in Idaho to hold AAM accreditation and is among 4% of museums nationwide that have earned this distinction.

BAM is embracing its 75th anniversary as an opportunity to enhance and ensure a rewarding experience for all visitors through exhibitions, collections, interpretive strategies, educational programming, a welcoming environment, and a commitment to being a vital part of the educational and cultural life of the community.


Reviews

Angela Premoe

Rating:
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

Lots of art to see. Organized, enjoyed how you could call the number shown an the wall and wouls explain the art pieces.

Wyoma Clouss

Rating:
Friday, Sep. 9, 2016

Nice job, BOM. Came in to see Art in the Park. No parking in the park. Went to Shuttle spot that promised every 20 min bus.. Paid for parking. No Shuttle. Waited over an hour. No Shuttle. Went home. Great organization, after all these years. Obviously you have outgrown the site, and your shuttle system is worthless.

Maxwell Blue

Rating:
Friday, March 3, 2017

Amazing art. Featuring local and traveling art and artists as well as their permanent collection.

Donna Ahern

Rating:
Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017

Has great art displays and is located in the park. Has the Boise river greenbelt and zoo nearby.

Wheelys Boise

Rating:
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

They do a great job for such a small museum! Don't forget to visit the amazing gift shop!


Upcoming Events at Boise Art Museum

Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - Higher Ground 2017

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - Higher Ground 2017

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Higher Ground 2017

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Higher Ground 2017

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Friday, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Higher Ground 2017

Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Higher Ground 2017

Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, Jun 2, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Friday, Jun 2, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - Geraldine Ondrizek: Chromosome Painting II

Sunday, Jun 4, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, Jun 8, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, Jun 9, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, Jun 11, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Jun 11, 2017 at 12:00pm
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 10:00am
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, Jun 16, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Friday, Jun 16, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Jun 18, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Friday, Jun 23, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 at 10:00am
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - 2017 Idaho Triennial

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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Exhibition - When Modern Was Contemporary: Selections From The Roy R. Neuberger Collection

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017 at 12:00pm
Boise Art Museum
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