Painting Past and Present

Monday, June 4 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – The Prichard Art Gallery will wrap up its year-long 25th anniversary celebration with an exhibit featuring former MFA students from the University of Idaho’s College of Art and Architecture.

The exhibit will open with a free, public reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 15 as part of the annual Moscow Artwalk that attracts thousands of visitors. The exhibit runs through Saturday, July 28.

“I can think of no better way to cap our celebration year than with an exhibit of works by alumni,” said Roger Rowley, gallery director.

The exhibit will focus on MFA graduates who concentrated on painting during their studies at the University of Idaho. Some of those students have gone on to significant careers in the arts.

Four decades of graduates are represented, including: Morse Clay, Richland, Wash.; Bill Ewing, West Chester, Penn.; Goran Fazil, Boise; Del Gish, Medical Lake, Wash.; Barbara Ham, Moscow; Kirk Lybecker, Portland, Ore.; Ed Musante, San Francisco; Christine Raymond, Boise; Ellen Vieth, Genesse; and Tom Willome, Mico, Texas.

Two recent graduates, Aaron Johnson and Courtney Brockett, are curating the exhibit.

“The breadth of experience gathered by Courtney and Aaron is a testament to the quality of artists attracted to Moscow for their education,” said Rowley.

The idea for the exhibit sprung from the strong sense of community created between the MFA students and their peers. These peers played an influential role in their success in the program.

“We went to Roger with an idea for a show that would re-establish a community of artists that had their beginnings here,” said Brockett. “This group of artists shares the same roots, and it's amazing and inspiring to see where they have gone since their beginnings at the University of Idaho.”

This exhibit will highlight the impact the university and the gallery have had in the community and state through the decades. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Prichard Art Gallery summer hours are Tuesday-Friday, 1-7 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. The gallery is an outreach facility of the University of Idaho and is located at 414/416 S. Main St. on the corner of Fifth and Main Streets in downtown Moscow. For more information about the Prichard Art Gallery, visit
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