A Year of Engagement
To date, MING Studios has hosted 15 artists from 10 countries, with 2 of these artists joining us during 2017. The year began with the group show, Holding What Can’t Be Held, an exhibition organized by Tim Andreae that deals with the specter of nuclear waste in Idaho. In March, Canadian book artist Louise Levergneux joined us with her solo exhibition, Incessant Journey. Her work focused on the prosaic, creating a catalogue of moments from everyday life. In July Bryan Anthony Moore of Boise responded to current events in his comic-dystopic exhibition, Alternative Facts. Finally, Irina Novarese of Turin IT, by way of Berlin, joined us in late fall for ONE SHOT, an exhibition dynamically weaving historical archives with present-day participant's associations that will run through January of 2018. Her residency was made possible in part by a grant from Boise's Arts and History Department.
This year, MING Studios also played host to art talks and workshops, extending experiential programming and opportunities for discourse to the people of Boise. Additionally, MING Studios is situated in a position of mutual support for other organizations, who we welcome into the space at low cost. Creative organizations such as The Cabin, Wingtip Press, Project Flux and many more have utilized our unique space- which has the effect of further diversifying the options for Boise’s creative community, and increasing the capacity for small creative organizations to advance Boise's creative landscape.
As 2017 closes, we are looking into 2018 with excitement. We will continue to explore the verges of contemporary art through the fulfillment of our goal to bring international artists to Boise. We are anticipating a number of these artists in 2018, who will contribute their special world view to Boise’s cultural platform. Local exhibitions from Boise favorite Bill Lewis; a show organized around the launch of the James Castle house museum; and a further installment of Holding What Can’t Be Held will reflect Boise's contemporary art culture. Additionally, we will continue to facilitate direct engagement with the arts through public workshops and art talks.
Opportunities to galvanize critical consciousness in our community are invaluable resources. We hope that you will continue to recognize this through your support of MING Studios into the coming year by making a donation at this time. Your contribution ensures that MING Studios can carry on Exhibiting, Exploring and Experiencing Contemporary Art in the Treasure Valley.