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Rosenthal Gallery hosts senior art show ‘The XIV’

The College of Idaho is pleased to announce the opening of “The XIV,” a gallery of work created by graduating senior art majors. The show opens April 20 and continues through May 12 at the David and Blanche Rosenthal Gallery of Art, located inside Blatchley Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. There will be a catered reception from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday during which the community is invited to meet the artists and view their work.

“The XIV” is named for the 14 young women whose art it features. The show represents not only the culmination of several months’ dedication as a class, but also the unique growth of each individual artist over the course of their artistic careers.

“When I first started this collection, I wanted to challenge myself and show my own growth,” said artist Becky Mulberry, who is displaying her collection of abstract, environmentally low-impact paintings. “Now, I’ve become a more thoughtful artist. I think about it more and make art with a purpose.”

For most of the students, the exhibit marks their first experience putting together their own show – complete with frames, lighting, setup and takedown – with the objective of creating a unified body of work. The featured artists are Larissa Beck, Laura Beyer, Danielle Danker, Macy Egerman, Michelle Eide, Michaela Haflinger, Rebekah Hunter, Nicole Loffelmacher, Rebecca Mulberry, Meghan Strong, Altan Urbaeva, Alyssa Valdez, Kailee Wehde, and Lea Williams.

“The collection is an ambitious statement of what they are capable of doing,” said Garth Claassen, a professor of art and director of the Rosenthal Gallery at the C of I. Claassen added that much of the art in this year’s exhibition stems from personal struggles and triumphs that are difficult to convey in words, making the show a truly inspiring event.

The Rosenthal Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Visitors who wish to view the exhibition outside of gallery hours may make an appointment with Claassen via email at gclaassen@collegeofidaho.edu. For more information about the gallery, please visit www.collegeofidaho.edu/rosenthalgallery.

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another 11 Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.