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Art instructor honored at Idaho Triennial Exhibition

College of Idaho alumnus and art instructor Goran Fazil’s piece “Hegelian Constructs” won second place during the Nov. 16 opening reception for the 2013 Boise Art Museum Idaho Triennial Exhibition. It is a prestigious honor for Fazil, who claimed second prize amongst 40 exhibitors chosen from more than 200 entrants for the annual BAM exhibition in downtown Boise.

“It was rewarding just to be in the exhibition, so being recognized like this, it makes you feel good and like you are heading in the right direction in the studio,” Fazil said. “[Hegelian Constructs] is part of a larger series I’m working on, so it is important to me for that piece to get recognized.”

Fazil earned his bachelor’s degree in art from The College of Idaho in 2001 and also holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Boise State University and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Idaho. Fazil currently teaches drawing and design at the C of I and also teaches at the College of Western Idaho. To learn more about Fazil and his artwork, visit www.goranfazil.com.

In “Hegelian Constructs,” Fazil wrestles with the idea of building upon concepts that have unstable foundations. This idea is related to the Hegelian theory of society’s continuous progression toward an absolute truth or goal through thesis, antithesis and synthesis. By representing unstable foundations, Fazil seeks to open dialogue to the idea that anything can collapse at any moment – like what happened in his home country of Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Fazil’s award-winning work will be on display at the Idaho Triennial Exhibition through April 27, 2014. He also has a solo exhibition coming to The College of Idaho’s Rosenthal Gallery of Art during spring 2014.

For more details about the Idaho Triennial Exhibition, please visit www.boiseartmuseum.org.

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 seven 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.