Art Exhibits in ScholarWorks

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” –Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts

Flotilla  by Ian K. Smith – Albertsons Library 50th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibit
Boise State University hosted several art exhibitions this year, including the Albertsons Library 50th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibit, the Master of Fine Arts Visual Arts Theses Exhibits, and Ball of Wax – the Spring 2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibit. While we are sad to see the art leave the 2nd floor hallway of the library and other exhibition halls, you can always see images from the exhibits in ScholarWorks!

Elements by Scott Russell Taylor
from his series
Hannibal 218 B.
– BFA Fall 2014

ScholarWorks is a collection of services designed to capture and showcase ALL scholarly output by the Boise State University community. Traditional journal articles and peer-reviewed research make up the majority of the collection; however, we are committed to including more forms of scholarly outputs, especially artwork!

We see how diverse and original the work of the Boise State community is, and ScholarWorks gives everyone an opportunity to see that too. Each image is highlighted, giving the artists a chance to share their works with people all over the world.

Our system is optimized for search engine discoverability which helps people stumble upon a work through Google or find it quickly knowing the title, author, or keywords.

Since posting the Anniversary Exhibit on May 4th, the images have been viewed over 162 times. The three BFA Exhibit collections combined were viewed over 1150 times and the MFA collections, which just launched were viewed 218 times to date.

A map on the ScholarWorks homepage shows where certain works are downloaded giving you an idea of the broad appeal of Boise State scholarship. You can browse through the image galleries and click on an image for more detailed information, often including an artist’s statement to give the reader a better understanding of the artist’s motivation and interpretation.

h@rness f@mi1y sitc0m by Eric S. Mullis – MFA 2015

Using the J.Paul Getty Foundation’s Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA) framework (suggestion for organizing and displaying the information), Library Assistant III, Kimberly Holling, reviewed each piece, selected the appropriate metadata and file formats. As a result most records describe the dimensions and art medium, so you can get a better idea of the materials used and size of the original piece.

Faculty members interested in including more of their own, or their students’, scholarship – in any form (art, papers, posters, videos, etc.) should contact scholarworks@boisestate.edu.           

Amber Sherman, Kimberly Holling, and Michelle Armstrong

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