Prichard Art Gallery to Feature “SARA.: The Work of Sara Joyce” June 13

Wednesday, June 4 2014

MOSCOW, Idaho – June 3, 2014 -- The University of Idaho Prichard Art Gallery presents “SARA.: The Work of Sara Joyce,” the first of three exhibits exploring the depth and breadth of work by prolific Idaho artist Sara Joyce (1923 – 2011), who signed her work simply, “SARA.” 

The exhibit opens Saturday, June 13, and runs through Saturday, August 2. A reception will be 5-10 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Prichard Art Gallery in connection with Moscow Artwalk. This annual event draws thousands to downtown Moscow for art, demonstrations, music and food. 

Sara Joyce was a lifelong creator who sewed clothing and furnished her homes and studios by hand. Though she had little formal early education, Sara explored many of the vast interests that influenced her art through books and classes in anthropology, studio art, art history, astronomy, literature and linguistics. Sara’s wide-ranging curiosities extended to Jungian psychology, archeology, mythology, symbolism, Eastern philosophy and religion, among others. 

The depth of Sara’s thinking can most clearly be seen in her own journals. The development of her personal vision as an artist came from writing about her thoughts and dreams, expanded
through drawings and small paintings, and evolved into larger oil paintings and fabric and clay sculptures. For Sara, there was little division between the day-to-day world and that of dreams, myths and spirits. 

“Sara would sell her work, go to openings and be part of the gallery scene, but she avoided placing her work in that context. It’s time for SARA. to be appreciated by a wider audience,” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Art Gallery. 

The exhibit is accompanied by a full-color catalog made possible with funds from the Prichard Art Gallery’s Biennial Benefit Auction.

The Prichard Art Gallery hours are 1-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 1-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho College of Art and Architecture, is located at 414 S. Main St. in downtown Moscow. Admission is free. Additional information is available at

Roger Rowley
Prichard Gallery
(208) 885-3586 

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