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Phone: (208) 885-6851
Fax: (208) 885-9428
E-mail: artdesign@uidaho.edu

College of Art and Architecture
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2471
Moscow, Idaho 83844-2471

David Giese with scarf

David Giese


Office: AAN Loft
Phone: (208) 885-5890
Email: dgiese@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Art and Design program
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2471
Moscow, ID 83844-2471

College of Art & Architecture
Art and Design program
Professor Emeritus

With UI Since 1977


  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Reconstructions
    • Collage
    • Mold making
  • Biography
    David Giese has been living and working in Moscow Idaho since 1977 as a Professor of Art and Design, Department of Art and Design, at the University of Idaho. Giese has been exhibiting his work since 1966, logging more than 235 group shows and 24 one-person exhibitions. His work is in numerous private and some public collections in the North America and Europe.

    Giese has developed the mythical “Villa Bitricci”, work in massive concrete laminated and mold-formed depictions of the “ruins” excavated from the villa. These “ruins” combine various period architectural detailing in humorous ways to represent the “rise and fall of taste” in design history.

    In October 2010, Giese had his 10th one-person exhibition at the O.K. Harris Gallery in New York City, celebrating 20 years with Ivan Karp and the gallery. He credits a University of Idaho Research Office Seed Grant opportunity, along with the Boise Art Museum, with help in launching his work on the national stage.

    In September 2010, Giese became the recipient of a 2010 Governor’s Award in the Arts in Idaho. He has been nominated for the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters’ Museum Purchase Program and twice nominated for the Awards in the Visual Arts. His web address is as follows:
    http://www.dgiesevillabitricci.com/

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  • Selected Publications
    • HGTV “Look What I DiD” episode #509, 2007
    • Idaho Arts Quarterly Art Excavation: Cover Artist Profile: “The Singular Geography of Artist David Giese” Bingo Barnes, 2005
    • David Giese: Excavations From The Villa Bitricci, F. R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, CA Michael Zakian, Director, 1996
    • Review “Ivan Rules O.K. Harris” critic J. Bowyer Bell, 1996
    • Invitational Exhibit: “Pushing the Envelope” Curated by Jerry Schefcik Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1996
    • “Art After Art”, Edited by Abigail Demers, Nassau County Museum of Art Library of Congress catalogue # 94-68071, 1994
    • “Las Vegas” Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1994
    • “Art-In, On & Out of the Bag” Nevada Institute of Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1993
    • Artweek, Ron Glowen, “ In the Midst of History” David Giese: Excavations at the Villa Bittricci 1986-1992 at the Whatcom Museum of History & Art, a critical review, 1993
    • Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN. “Faux frescoes of Italian villa have vrai charm” Mary Abbe, a critical review, 1991
  • Outreach Projects
    • Chair of Moscow Arts Commission
    • Curate Art for Campus offices and the President’s Residence
  • Awards and Honors
    • Governor's Award of Excellence in the Arts in Idaho, 2010
    • Inducted into UI Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, 1998 
    • Nominated for American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters’ Museum Purchase Program, 1992
    • Annual Award for Research Excellence, University of Idaho, (spring) 1991 
    • Artist in Residence, Fall Semester, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1990
    • Nominated for Awards in the Visual Arts, funded by BMW of North America, Inc. and The Rockefeller Foundation, 1990
    • Nominated for Awards in the Visual Arts, funded by BMW of North America, Inc. and The Rockefeller Foundation, 1986

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