We want you to start a conversation.
The humanities have long been part of Sun Valley Museum of Art's legacy. Early in our organization’s history, we hosted the Institute of the American West symposia. Today we welcome Featured Speakers as part of the BIG IDEA projects and offer more casual and intimate Talks, Art History Lectures and lively Panel Discussions. SVMoA invites experts from diverse fields to share their knowledge with our community, stimulating dialogue in our homes, in the classroom and on throughout the community.
Sun Valley Museum of Art brings prominent speakers to the Wood River Valley to engage the community in lively, informative discussions about BIG IDEA themes.
2019/2020 Featured Speakers
Kirk Wallace Johnson “The Feather Thief”
Sep 12, 2019
Part of BIG IDEA project Marketplaces: From Open Air to Online.
Generously sponsored by an anonymous gift.
Cheryl Strayed “Wild”
Jan 30, 2020
Part of the BIG IDEA project The Bottomlessness of a Pond: Transcendentalism, Nature and Spirit.
Presented in partnership with The Community Library and is generously supported by an anonymous gift.
John Carreyrou “Bad Blood”
Mar 10, 2020
Part of the BIG IDEA project Marketplaces: From Open Air to Online.
Generously supported by Jane P. Watkins.
Upcoming Lectures, Talks & Panel Discussions
Thu, October 01
Some lectures offer a premium seating area as well as a regular priced seating area. Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged.
Doors open 30 minutes before start time. At some of our venues, parking is a short walk from the venue. Please plan accordingly!
No video, photography or recording of any kind is permitted at SVMoA’s lectures. Professional photographers must contact the museum in advance to receive permission to take photos at our lectures. Permission may be granted, but photographers must follow SVMoA’s guidelines or risk being asked to leave and/or lose the right to photograph future events.
Please be sure to check the lecture location before heading out, and contact us if you have any questions. We use a variety of locations around the valley for our indoor concerts. The Church of the Big Wood has limited parking, although parking is available in the YMCA parking lot across the street. The Argyros has on-street parking nearby, but please do not park in the Village Market parking lot. Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater is located in Hailey and has a parking lot in front of the Community Campus building. If this lot is full, there may be overflow parking available in the high school lots to the north of the Community Campus.
Yes. We do not allow babes in arms for lecture events, and children who do attend must have their own purchased seat. At most lectures, we offer specially priced tickets for students. Please contact Sun Valley Museum of Art at 208.726.9491 for more information about lectures appropriate for kids.
Yes, it's strongly recommended. Seating in this venue is limited. To ensure that you have a seat at this event please call our box office or reserve your FREE ticket online. This helps us to be able to better accommodate the audience that attends these FREE lectures.
Our lecture events are directly followed by a time for the audience to ask questions of the speaker. Our Q&A session generally lasts for about 15 minutes following the end of the formal lecture. Please follow directions from the speaker and staff. At times we ask that when called on you wait for a mic to be given to you to amplify the sound. At times we ask that you make your way to a stationary mic to ask your question or write your question on a piece of paper and pass it to waiting staff. Please keep your question direct and brief so that we can accommodate as many questions in our time as possible.
At many of our events that feature an author, a book signing will follow the event. The signing usually takes place in the lobby or on the stage where the event takes place. Books will be available for purchase through a local book seller. You may also bring a copy that you already own. Please follow signs and directions from staff about lines and photography.
Our venues are ADA accessible, but due to the age of certain venues, some have special concerns. Please contact us at 208.726.9491 to let us know how we can best accommodate you.
Lecture tickets are not exchangeable or refundable. If you cannot use your tickets, you may give them to a friend or return them to Sun Valley Museum of Art before the show for a tax-deductible contribution equal to the price you paid for the tickets (excluding ticketing fees, which are not tax deductible).
If you’ve ordered tickets online or through our box office, they will be held at Will Call at Sun Valley Museum of Art. You may pick up your tickets during regular business hours (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm, and Saturdays during February, March, July and August, 11am–5pm). If you are unable to pick up your tickets in advance, they’ll be at will call at the venue on the day of the event. For some of our events, “Print at Home” is an option. If you print your tickets at home via the “Barcoded ETicket,” you do not need to pick them up at will call.
For reasons beyond our control (e.g., weather, artist scheduling, illness), shows may be canceled or postponed. If this occurs, we will contact ticket holders via email and post announcements on our website and Facebook page to alert patrons of any changes and what SVMoA will do in this particular situation. If you have any questions, please contact us at 208-726-9491.