As part of the yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary, Sun Valley Museum of Art (SVMoA) will host a free public lecture on Thursday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sun Valley Community School auditorium. Livestreaming via Crowdcast will also be available for those who wish to view the event remotely. Members of the public are invited to join Glenn Janss, the founder of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts (SVMoA’s original name), and Jim Belson, the organization’s first Executive Director, for “At the Beginning,” a conversation about the Sun Valley Center’s early years.
Exactly 50 years from the day the Sun Valley Center for the Arts was incorporated, Janss and Belson will spend the evening in conversation, sharing stories about the people, programs and philosophy that guided the institution at its beginning. Founded by Janss in 1971 and grounded in the belief that a community can only be made whole with vibrant arts and culture, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts launched as a place for classes and workshops across a range of artistic disciplines, with a focus on ceramics, photography and, eventually, printmaking. Students from around the world traveled to Sun Valley to take master classes from nationally and internationally known instructors.
“We are delighted to hear from Glenn Janss at this historic moment,” said SVMoA Artistic Director Kristin Poole. “Her vision has deeply shaped the Sun Valley Museum of Art. She will share the story of The Center’s founding and its evolution as a teaching organization with its first executive Director, Jim Belson, who was committed to a cross-disciplinary approach to learning, a commitment that remains central to the work SVMoA does today.” Janss and Belson will also talk about the development of the workshop model, reminisce about some of the well-known artists who taught at The Center and talk about the important humanities programs that the Sun Valley Center launched, such as the Institute of the American West.
Tickets to the event are free, but seating is limited and advance -registration is required. All attendees will be required to wear face masks. Those who would like to attend the event virtually should also pre-register to access the Crowdcast link where the talk will be livestreamed. For more information or to register for the event, visit svmoa.org, call 208.726.9491 or visit The Museum box office at 191 Fifth Street East in Ketchum.