Sun Valley Museum of Art (SVMoA) invites the community to attend a free evening exhibition tour of its current visual arts exhibition, “Clay, Silver, Ink: Sun Valley Center at 50,” (April 28–July 31, 2021) on Thursday, June 17, 2021. The event will take place at The Museum in Ketchum and will consist of two separate tours, the first at 4:30 and the second at 5:30 p.m., pre-registration required, space is limited. An upcoming exhibition tour is scheduled for Thursday, July 8, at 4:30 & 5:30 p.m.
The exhibition is guest-curated by artists Jim Romberg, Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ Director of Ceramics from 1973 to 1986, and Peter de Lory, who began teaching in 1974 and was Director of Photography from 1976 to 1979 and during the summers of 1982 and 1983.
“It’s remarkable to see this history compiled,” said SVMoA Artistic Director Kristin Poole. “The exhibition offers an opportunity to reflect on the role our organization played in launching the careers of dozens of artists and to trace the history of the organization itself, from a teaching institution to an accredited museum.”
“Clay, Silver, Ink” will be on view at The Museum in Ketchum through July 31, 2020. Admission to The Museum is always free, and the public is invited to visit the exhibition during The Museum’s open hours, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and on Saturdays in July, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
The exhibition looks back at the Sun Valley Center’s early years and features artwork made by artists who taught there in the 1970s and 1980s, many of whom are nationally and internationally acclaimed. When Sun Valley Center for the Arts launched in 1971, it was a place for classes and workshops in a range of artistic disciplines, with a focus on ceramics, photography and printmaking. Students from around the world traveled to Sun Valley to take master classes from nationally and internationally known instructors.
“While Sun Valley Museum of Art has transformed through the decades, its values have remained rooted in those of the early Sun Valley Center,” continued Poole. “We’ve worked to deliver transformative arts and educational experiences that stimulate the imagination, offer opportunities for discovery and build community. Looking back, it’s so evident how the community and The Center have grown alongside one another to become a place that values art and ideas.”
“Clay, Silver, Ink” features artwork by 60 photographers, ceramic artists and printmakers, as well as several painters, who led classes and workshops at Sun Valley Center for the Arts during the organization’s first 15 years. Many of the labels will include quotes from the artists that reflect on their experience at The Center. A slideshow of student work and snapshots from the era will also be included in the exhibition.
Participating artists include:
Peter de Lory
Robert Glenn Ketchum
This exhibition has been generously supported by Ann O’Nomus, Wendy and Alan Pesky, Barbara and John Lehman, Jeri L. Wolfson, Glenn C. Janss, and two anonymous gifts. Additional support was awarded by the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) Regional Arts Resilience Fund, which was established as part of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s COVID-19 response to sustain the arts and humanities.
Walk-in visitors are always welcome, but those who would like to learn more about the exhibition may arrange free private tours for families and small groups. Private tours are available in English and Spanish. To schedule a tour with SVMoA’s curators, visitors may call The Museum at 208.726.9491.
SVMoA is closely following CDC and state and local guidelines regarding health and safety measures. Our staff is fully vaccinated. In The Museum, our classrooms and the Hailey house we ask that you wear a mask if you are not yet vaccinated or have underlying medical conditions