Art & Soul of the Magic Valley is proud to have 2 distinguished judges as part of our contest this year.
Kirsten Furlong is the director of the Visual Arts Center galleries and a lecturer in the Art Department at Boise State University. In her practice as a visual artist, she explores ideas related to humans’ multifaceted relationship to the natural world and utilizes a variety of media including drawing, painting, printmaking, and installations using paper and wood. She received a BFA from the University of Nebraska (Omaha, NE) and a MFA from Boise State University (Boise, ID). For more information go to http://kirstenfurlong.com and https://art.boisestate.edu/visualartscenter/
William Lewis has family roots in the mid-western and southern United States. He lived in New York City and Paris during his art school years attending Parsons School of Design, Hunter College, and New York University. Boise, ID has been his home since 1997. Lewis’s paintings have been included in three Idaho Triennial exhibitions. The city of Boise has collected his work as part of both the Boise Visual Chronicle and the Portable Works Collection. A suite of paintings called Artifact is permanently installed in the Boise Public Library’s Hillcrest branch. Lewis was nominated for the Pacific Northwest Art Awards and was a recipient of the 2011 Fellowship award of the Idaho Commission on the Arts. He also received Merit Awards from the 2010 and 2013 Idaho Triennial exhibitions. His work is represented by the Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, ID.