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C of I art gallery invites guests to PLAY

Giant tinker toys. Comic books. A huge tent. Oversized army men. Colossal crayons. Pick-up sticks. Stuffed animals. Books with interactive video and audio. A barrel of monkeys.

Thanks to artists Alice Vinson and Glen Granzow, The College of Idaho invites patrons young and old to come experience PLAY—the newest exhibit in the Rosenthal Gallery of Art. A delightful collaboration in art and technology, PLAY is sure to bring out the kid in everyone.

“The idea behind the exhibit is to let yourself be a kid again and enjoy playing,” Vinson said. “Everything is oversized to make you feel a little small and give you the idea that maybe the kid inside you should be allowed to play.”

The exhibit is now open and can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, inside Blatchley Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. There will be a public reception at 4:30 p.m. on March 30.

Vinson, a C of I art professor, first got the idea for an immersive art/technology exhibit while in graduate school. But it didn’t take shape until this summer.

While watching her nephews play with Legos, Vinson really wanted to jump in and play along, but the concept of being an adult held her back. So for Christmas, she bought a bunch of Legos and let herself have fun.

“If you start just playing around, you forget about other things,” Vinson said. “And I think that’s really mentally healthy and good for you.”

Vinson had been aided in her pursuit by Granzow, a C of I computer science professor who is putting on his first ever gallery exhibit—something he never thought he’d do.

“When I was in sixth grade, they told me I draw pretty well for a sixth grader,” Granzow said. “And I still draw pretty well for a sixth grader, so I’ve always had an interest in art.”

Together, the duo has created a truly unique exhibit-going experience. There is a book which has a Lego stop-animation video component to it, and even an interactive reading of itsy-bitsy spider with music and a spider that climbs up a house.

It’s all pretty cool and definitely worth stopping by. So if you need a break from the world and want to go back to a simpler time of youthful joy, all you have to do is stop by the Rosenthal Gallery and PLAY.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.