Prichard Art Gallery to Hold “Acts of Chairs” Tournament

Friday, November 9 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – As part of the Prichard Art Gallery’s current art exhibit, “Acts of Chairs,” the gallery will hold the Prichard Chair Tournament on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the gallery.

The tournament will pit teams head-to-head competing for the best chair arrangement. Each bracket of four or five teams will be judged by the audience to determine which teams make it to the next round. Winners will be awarded prizes in the form of cash and gift certificates roughly equivalent to: $50 for third place, $100 for second place and $200 for first place.

Prior to the final round of competition, a sculptural dance improv performance by members of the Dance 416 and Art 360 classes will entertain the audience. The performance is led by Belle Baggs and Stacey Isenbarger.

Individual or teams of up to three are welcome to register. A $10 registration fee is required. Proceeds will support the children’s outreach programs of the Prichard Art Gallery. Registrations must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The idea for the competition was created due to the success of the Prichard Art Gallery’s current exhibit “Acts of Chairs.” The artist, Michael Hosaluk, uses chair frames with four legs and backs – but he’s removed their seats. In this condition, the chairs become a building block for people to use. Gallery guests are welcome to play with the chairs, rearrange them in patterns, organize them in groupings, stack them and build with them. Viewers of the exhibit are encouraged to respond to the displays that other visitors have created and leave something for others. The exhibit runs through Dec. 1 at the Prichard Art Gallery.

“After working with many area class visits and see what they did with the chairs, I thought it would be great to create a tournament style event to challenge people to see what they could do. It’s going to be fast paced and fun,” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Art Gallery.

The Prichard Chair Tournament is sponsored by the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture, the VandalStore, La Casa Lopez, Bloom, the Broiler and Swilly’s.

For more information or to view the rules of the tournament, visit

This exhibit is free and open to the public. The Prichard Art Gallery hours are: Tuesdays -Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho College of Art & Architecture, is located at 414/416 S. Main St. on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow. Additional information is available at
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