At last. Thanks to a renewed appreciation of urban renewal, self-expression and innovation, Boise, Idaho finally has a cultural district. At it’s center is 8th Street Marketplace at BoDo, a truly inspirational location.
8th Street AiR is a first of it’s kind artist-in-residence program. Artists participate in a competitive process and are selected by a panel of prominent Boise business leaders. Artists are in residence for 90 days and work in the commercial space rent-free. They share their process and work with the public by holding exhibits on First Thursday and are typically at work on new pieces at least 20 hours per week. Offering artists a unique opportunity to work in a beautiful, urban, and expansive studio space, AiR alumnae have gone on to professorial positions at major universities, have been selected for private shows in Hong Kong and Portland, and display with well-known Boise galleries. 8th Street AiR supports a creative culture for 8th Street’s commercial and retail tenants and is co-sponsored by Adrian + Sabine Sustainable Marketing, City of Boise Department of Arts & History, and the Boise Weekly/Idaho Arts Quarterly.
Artists in residence from October, 2012 to March 2013:
- Abby Christensen – Sculpture, drawing, found objects (third floor – Northrup)
- Tyler James Bush - Multimedia, video, found objects, clay, silkscreen (second floor - Northrup)
- Mary Lantz - Watercolor, weaving, fiber arts, off loom weaving (firstfloor – Mercantile)