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Past Visual Arts Center Exhibitions

ENCOUNTERS : Cheryl K. Shurtleff

January 30th – February 27th, 2014 – Gallery 2 – Hemingway Center
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7th, 2014 6-8pm

The Visual Arts Center gallery at Boise State University presents a solo exhibition of drawings and objects by artist Cheryl K. Shurtleff.  Her recent works of graphite on paper depict the artist’s interest in the representation of animals and animal consciousness. Shurtleff deftly draws animals such as rabbits, songbirds, cats, and wolves juxtaposed in uncommon relationships to other animals, objects, and environments in dark, abstract spaces.  The animal pairings or groups in each image suggest a narrative or dialogue between the animals themselves and a discourse between human and animal. Recognized artists and critics, including Lucy Lippard, Dennis Barrie, Dave Hickey, Ed Paschke and Jay DeFeo, have placed Cheryl K. Shurtleff’s work in exhibitions throughout the United States. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and received a Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Creative Research from the Boise State University College of Arts and Sciences, and a University Foundation Scholar Award for Excellence in Teaching at Boise State where she was a professor in the Art Department from 1978-2013.           

Shurtleff_BirdBunnyPRAn exhibition catalog has been organized and published by the Visual Arts Center in conjunction with the show. Catalog essays by Driek Zirinsky and Christopher Schnoor highlight the conceptual significance and process of Shurtleff’s drawings. These works, created from richly layered graphite, represent spaces where unusual relationships between various domestic and wild animals, the imagined and observed landscape, and the cosmos unfold to address personal narratives and cultural observations.  The exhibition catalog is available and can be previewed and purchased at  A limited number of catalogs will also be available for purchase at the exhibition opening at the Visual Arts Center, please contact Gallery Director Kirsten Furlong to reserve your copy at

Support for the exhibition and catalog has been given by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Arts and Humanities Institute, the Art Department, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and individual community donors.

Image: Cheryl K. Shurtleff, Bird and Bunny, graphite and ink on Bristol paper, 2013


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