New C of I art instructor exhibits work on campus

The College of Idaho’s Rosenthal Gallery of Art is set for its first exhibition of the 2014-15 academic year. “12 now reset: Artist’s Books and Installation Work,” featuring the work of newly hired C of I professor Alice Vinson, will be on display Sept. 25-Oct. 17 at the Rosenthal Gallery, located inside Blatchley Hall on the C of I campus in Caldwell. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

“Alice’s poetic use of the installation and the book-arts genres is very exciting,” C of I art professor Garth Claassen said. “It provides our students with a model of the interdisciplinary thinking that is so vital to a liberal arts college, and it will enlarge their understanding of what is possible in the visual arts.”

Vinson joined the C of I faculty this fall as an assistant professor in the Department of Art, focusing on visual communication. Vinson received her bachelor’s degree in studio art/sculpture and MFA in studio art/visual communication from the University of Arizona. Her ongoing research explores the book in both traditional and non-traditional forms as well as through multimedia installations that “aim to move the book beyond the limits of the bound format.” Her work is held in the University of Arizona Library Special Collection and Poetry Center. Her art also has appeared in Showcase 500 Handmade Books, 500 Handmade Books, Handmade Books and The Desert Leaf.

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 Garth Claassen via phone at (208) 459-5321 or email at [email protected]. For more information about the gallery, please visit

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 12 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