Past Exhibitions

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I Need to Tell You Something: The Lost Art of Letter Writing and Communication Today February 26-May 6, 2016

Transforming Perspectives

Peruse the rich visual history of art and ideas at The Museum.

Sun Valley Museum of Art has been an American Alliance of Museums accredited museum since 2006, a professional designation of best practices held by fewer than 5% of museums in the United States (only four of which are in Idaho).

We are a non-collecting museum, allowing us to focus on timely, relevant and engaging programs and exhibitions that resonate with our community. We can curate with flexibility, changing our exciting exhibitions five times a year while addressing BIG IDEAS that are challenging, interesting and current. Our exhibitions offer experiences and an investigation of ideas through the arts.

Past Visual Arts Exhibitions & BIG IDEA projects


2017


Museum Exhibition

Art into Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright, Archie Teater and Teater’s Knoll
December 1–January 17, 2018

A BIG IDEA project

The Unreliable Narrator
September 1–November 14, 2017

Museum Exhibition

Night Watch
June 30–August 26, 2017

A BIG IDEA project

Contemplative Practice
March 31–June 23, 2017

A BIG IDEA project

Rayguns, Robots, Drones:
Technology’s Peril & Promise

January 13–March 25, 2017


2018


A BIG IDEA project

At the Table: Kitchen as Home
December 21, 2018–March 1, 2019

A BIG IDEA project

We the People: Protest and Patriotism
September 28–December 14, 2018

Museum Exhibition

Burchfield’s Influence: Hayley Barker, Anna Fidler, Katy Stone
June 29–September 21, 2018

A BIG IDEA project

Bees
April 13–June 22, 2018

A BIG IDEA project

This Land Is Whose Land?
January 26–March 31, 2018


2019


Museum Exhibition

Behind the Sagebrush Curtain: Women Modernists in Montana and Idaho November 15, 2019–January 10, 2020

A BIG IDEA project

Marketplaces: From Open Air to Online
August 30–November 8, 2019

Museum Exhibition

Mirage: Energy, Water and Creativity in the Great Basin
June 12–August 23, 2019

A BIG IDEA project

Unraveling: Reimagining Colonization in the Americas
March 8–May 22, 2019

 


2014


A BIG IDEA project

Under the Influence of Rock & Roll
November 21, 2014–January 30, 2015

A BIG IDEA project

Forests, Foraging and Fires
August 23–November 12, 2014

Museum Exhibition

Western Light, Ecstatic Landscapes
June 6–August 16, 2014

A BIG IDEA project

Creativity at Work
February 21–May 24, 2014


2015


A BIG IDEA project

Role Play
December 11, 2015–February 20, 2016

A BIG IDEA project

Sleight of Hand
September 25–November 27, 2015

Museum Exhibition

Defying Gravity: Interventions in Clay
July 10–September 18, 2015

Museum Exhibition

Moving Pictures: Early Animation and Its Influence
May 1–July 3, 2015

A BIG IDEA project

The Brain
February 6–April 17, 2015


2016


A BIG IDEA project

Idaho Stories
October 21, 2016–January 6, 2017

Museum Exhibition

Dazzle Camouflage: Hiding in Plain Sight
August 5–October 14, 2016

Museum Exhibition

SAFETY ZONE: Dazzle Works by Angela Tsai September 1–29, 2016, Hailey House

A BIG IDEA project

Craters of the Moon
May 20–July 30, 2016: The Museum, Ketchum

May 20–late September, 2016: Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco, ID

A BIG IDEA project

I Need to Tell You Something: The Lost Art of Letter Writing and Communication Today
February 26–May 6, 2016

 


2011


A BIG IDEA project

Thin Ice: Journeys in Polar Regions
December 9, 2011–February 11, 2012

A BIG IDEA project

Awkward Stage: Adolescence and Identity
October 7–December 2, 2011

Museum Exhibition

The Literal Line: Minimalism Then and Now
August 5–September 30, 2011

Museum Exhibition

Geared: The Culture of Bicycles
May 28–July 28, 2011

Museum Exhibition

Social Structures
March 18–May 20, 2011

A BIG IDEA project

Creatures: From Bigfoot to the Yeti Crab
January 14–March 12, 2011


2012


A BIG IDEA project

Crossing Cultures: Ethnicity in Contemporary America
December 7, 2012–February 23, 2013

Museum Exhibition

Happily Ever After?
September 28–November 30, 2012

A BIG IDEA project

Making Camp
July 13–September 19, 2012

A BIG IDEA project

Shoshone Falls: 3 Perspectives
April 20–July 7, 2012

A BIG IDEA project

Urban Lifecycles
February 17–April 13, 2012


2013


A BIG IDEA project

Wish You Were Here
Dec 13, 2013–Feb 15, 2014

A BIG IDEA project

Stories of a Changing China
August 30–November 29, 2013

Museum Exhibition

Floating World: The Influence of Japanese Printmaking
June 14–August 24, 2013

A BIG IDEA project

Home Front
March 1–May 25, 2013

 


2008


A BIG IDEA project

Superheroes & Secret Identities
November 7, 2008–January 7, 2009

A BIG IDEA project

Does DNA Define You?
August 22–October 31, 2008

Museum Exhibition

Birdwatch
June 20–August 16, 2008

 

Museum Exhibition

 

2007 Idaho Triennial
April 18–June 11, 2008

Museum Exhibition

The Seditious Stitch
February 15–April 9, 2008


2009


A BIG IDEA project

Outside In: Indian Art Abroad
December 18, 2009–February 20, 2010

A BIG IDEA project

Prospects: An Exploration of Mining
October 9–December 11, 2009

Museum Exhibition

Modern Parallels: Mary Henry and Helen Lundeberg
August 14–October 2, 2009

Museum Exhibition

The Rural Vernacular
June 5–August 8, 2009

Museum Exhibition

Farming
March 27–May 29, 2009

A BIG IDEA project

Domestic Life
January 16–March 21, 2009


2010


A BIG IDEA project

Cosmic: Artists Consider Astronomy
November 12, 2010–January 7, 2011

A BIG IDEA project

Water
September 12–November 5, 2010

Museum Exhibition with Outdoor Installations in Ketchum and Hailey

Beam Board Breath: An Investigation of Trees
July 9–September 3, 2010

Museum Exhibition

Northwest Artists Draw
May 7–July 3, 2010

A BIG IDEA project

I Spy: Surveillance and Security
February 26–April 30, 2010

 


2006


A BIG IDEA project
Whose Nature? What’s Nature?
October 27, 2006–January 5, 2007
A BIG IDEA project

Album: Shifting Native Stories
August 4–October 20, 2006


2007


A BIG IDEA project

Trabajo Mexicano/Mexican Work
December 14, 2007–February 9, 2008

A BIG IDEA project

Lines in the Earth: Maps, Power and the Imagination
October 5–December 7, 2007

A BIG IDEA project

Profit & Loss
May 26–July 27, 2007

Museum Exhibition

Off the Page
March 23–May 18, 2007

Museum Exhibition

Subversive Moves
January 12–March 17, 2007