Sun Valley Museum of Art (SVMoA) invites the community to participate in its new visual arts exhibition, “Clay, Silver, Ink: Sun Valley Center at 50,” opening Friday, April 30. “Clay, Silver, Ink” celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sun Valley Museum of Art (formerly Sun Valley Center for the Arts) and 50 years of creativity, community and connection.
The exhibition is guest-curated by artists Jim Romberg, Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Director of Ceramics from 1973 to 1986, and Peter de Lory, who began teaching in 1974 and was Director of Photography from 1976 to 1979 and during the summers of 1982 and 1983.
“It’s remarkable to see this history compiled,” said SVMoA Artistic Director Kristin Poole. “The exhibition offers an opportunity to reflect on the role our organization played in launching the careers of dozens of artists and to trace the history of the organization itself, from a teaching institution to an accredited museum.”
“Clay, Silver, Ink” will be on view at The Museum in Ketchum through July 31, 2020. Admission to The Museum is always free, and the public is invited to visit the exhibition during The Museum’s open hours, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and on Saturdays in July, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
The exhibition looks back at the Sun Valley Center’s early years and features artwork made by artists who taught there in the 1970s and 1980s, many of whom are nationally and internationally acclaimed. When Sun Valley Center for the Arts launched in 1971, it was a place for classes and workshops in a range of artistic disciplines, with a focus on ceramics, photography and printmaking. Students from around the world traveled to Sun Valley to take master classes from nationally and internationally known instructors.
“While Sun Valley Museum of Art has transformed through the decades, its values have remained rooted in those of the early Sun Valley Center,” continued Poole. “We’ve worked to deliver transformative arts and educational experiences that stimulate the imagination, offer opportunities for discovery and build community. Looking back, it’s so evident how the community and The Center have grown alongside one another to become a place that values art and ideas.”
“Clay, Silver, Ink” features artwork by 60 photographers, ceramic artists and printmakers, as well as several painters, who led classes and workshops at Sun Valley Center for the Arts during the organization’s first 15 years. Many of the labels will include quotes from the artists that reflect on their experience at The Center. A slideshow of student work and snapshots from the era will also be included in the exhibition.
Participating artists include:
Peter de Lory