C of I senior exhibition connects art and experience

The College of Idaho is pleased to announce “Experiential Continuum,” an exhibition of work by the 14 graduating art majors of 2013. The show opens with a reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 26 and runs through May 18 at the recently renovated Rosenthal Gallery of Art inside Blatchley Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. Admission is free and open to the public between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays or noon and 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

“Experiential Continuum” includes work by Krysti Garcia, Reinaldo Gil, Renee Howells, Chelsea Larsen, Tracey LeGore, Stacy Lewman, Jenette Noe, Kier Padilla, Allison Parrish, Jordyn Price, Kerstin Stokes, Kare Tonning, Laura Wallace and Eddy Walsh. The featured artists originate from diverse backgrounds ranging from agricultural Idaho to Latin America, and their choices of medium and subject matter are just as broad, incorporating memories of home, ideas from photographs and knowledge the artists have gained through their studies at The College of Idaho.

“We are drawing from memories of our pasts, our college experiences and things that have inspired us,” said Stokes, an art and history double major from Boise. “It’s a cycle of what we grow from. I’m looking at my influences of ancient culture, which has inspired me since elementary school, as well as incorporating my friends and family.”

The title of the exhibition reflects John Dewey’s theory “that every experience takes up something from those experiences that have gone before and modifies in some way the quality of those experiences that occur later.” Each C of I artist is showing how he or she has been shaped by the experiential continuum of life through the creative process of art. Lewman uses photos taken where she grew up, breaks them apart and places them on pieces of wood. Howells’ piece “Moments of Impact” uses drawn hands of various sizes to denote significant moments in her life. Gil built a cardboard replica of a “rancho,” or poor house in the slums of Venezuela, and integrated the sounds of the barrio, words and lyrics of traditional songs and distinguishing smells that show the audience his homeland.  

“The idea is that none of us are blank slates to be written upon,” said Noe, an aspiring art teacher from Parma. “Instead, we are constantly shaped by our prior experiences, and these influence our future thoughts and actions. I am seeking to capture my experiences of growing up in the country, in an agricultural community, and translate that into artwork.”

For more information – or to schedule an evening or weekend viewing at the Rosenthal Gallery – please contact C of I art professor Garth Claassen at (208) 459-5321 or gc[email protected].

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