'Road Stories' exhibit explores the road trip of life

A road trip is a journey. We travel, riding in an automobile with family, friends or alone, and our experience is as much a function of the plan as it is of the unknown. That journey is explored through “Road Stories,” the newest exhibit at The College of Idaho’s Rosenthal Gallery of Art.

The exhibit, on display through Dec. 4, is a mixed media installation that invites the viewer to participate in a journey that takes place from behind the wheel and within the gallery. An artists’ talk and reception is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 14.

The project is the undertaking of artist Sally Graves Machlis and designer Delphine Keim. The mixed media project includes ink painting, screen-printed vector graphics, graphite text, laser cut plexi, and vintage and digital images. The elements of the art pieces focus on the road journey that becomes a microcosm and a metaphor for our life’s journey — for the interplay of our experiences, those unique unto each of us, and those we share universally with others.

Sally Graves Machlis is an art professor chair of the Art and Design program at the University of Idaho. Professor Machlis exhibits her artwork regionally, nationally and internationally in juried and invitational exhibitions. Influenced by a sabbatical in Taiwan, her work includes abstract paintings and books using Chinese and colored inks.

Delphine Keim also is an art professor at the U of I. Her scholarly activities include creating award-winning graphic design for her clients, participating and designing on interdisciplinary grant projects, and writing about design.

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 Professor 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 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