Who We Are

2018 This Land is Whose Land Exhibition

Our Mission

To enrich our community through transformative arts and educational experiences.

SVMoA Celebrating 50 Years of Creativity, Community & Connection

Celebrating 50 Years of Creativity, Community & Connection

Sun Valley Museum of Art has enriched our community through transformative arts and educational experiences for 50 years. Thank you for your support and involvement.

Since 1971, we have served this community—a community that is curious about the world and eager for arts and cultural experiences. We’ve welcomed amazing artists and thinkers. We’ve provided generations of local students with a strong foundation in the arts. We’ve connected our community through creativity, conversation, and BIG IDEAS. 

We are so grateful to our many supporters as we reflect on our past 5o years and look ahead to 100 years

At this pivotal point in our history, we proudly honor our heritage while we look to a dynamic and bright future.

Our Manifesto

At Sun Valley Museum of Art
we want you to think,
we want you to wonder,
we want you to create,
to find inspiration,
to expand your view
and push your boundaries.

In short, we want you to learn
no matter what your age.
We want you to start a conversation.

That’s why we are here.

Our Story

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, now called the Sun Valley Museum of Art, was founded in 1971 on the belief that a community cannot be built solely from the presence of a beautiful mountain but needs arts and culture to be both vital and sustainable. Since its founding SVMoA has aspired to enrich our community through transformative arts and educational experiences. As the oldest arts organization in the Wood River Valley and one of only five institutions in Idaho accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, SVMoA serves as the Wood River Valley’s cultural anchor, bringing families, friends, visitors and residents together for shared arts experiences. We offer exceptional year-round programming in visual arts, music, film, the humanities and Company of Fools professional theatre.

Over the last 50 years, Sun Valley Museum of Art has grown from a handful of people presenting classes and events to a professional arts organization that serves more than 40,000 patrons every year. The original campus of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities was established on land deeded by Bill Janss, owner of Sun Valley Company (1964-1977). Back in the early days when the Union Pacific Railroad owned Sun Valley Resort, the 6-acre property along Trail Creek was the site of kennels where the resort’s sled dogs were kept. For several years, SVMoA flourished at this location as a facility for high-level fine arts residencies. Many of the artists and faculty that worked at SVMoA in its first two decades have gone on to achieve celebrated careers.

Today Sun Valley Museum of Art located in Ketchum has become a cornerstone of the Wood River Valley’s rich and diverse arts scene. Our commitment to education and this community has never wavered and is reflected in programmatic choices that cultivate dialogue around relevant regional and national issues. Recognized as a thought leader in our state and region, our exhibition program is nimble and responsive, considering subjects that enhance our community’s understanding of place or current moment. As a non-collecting institution, SVMoA is uniquely suited to invite the most appropriate artists to explore the specifics of a topic or an issue and we regularly offer opportunities to artists, actors, musicians and playwrights to develop new work.

Our Commitments

Sun Valley Museum of Art’s goals are guided by our core values and reflect our desire to be a place of education and discovery as well as a vehicle through which people can exercise their curiosity and creativity. SVMoA's purpose is to engage the whole community through arts and ideas, shaping our programs to encourage connection, conversation and active reflection.

SVMoA is deeply committed to adult and K-12 arts education. In addition to year round lectures, workshops and classes for adults, and our robust partnerships with local schools enable us to bring artists and authors, musicians and playwrights into direct contact with students in area classrooms. Our many outreach programs supplement the school curriculum through the Classroom Enrichment Program, in-school Professional Artist ResidenciesStudent Exhibition Tours, as well as scholarships and professional development opportunities for local students and educators.

Sun Valley Museum of Art Making an Impact by the numbers 2018-2019

FAQs / About Sun Valley Museum of Art

The People Behind SVMoA