Idaho Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Idaho Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

Following the links to Resource Library articles and essays are a listing of museums in the state which have provided materials to Resource Library for this or any other topic.

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Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:

As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 81 pages including the state's name, yet no articles or essays specific to this state. We recommend that researchers always search within Resource Library for additional material. Please see TFAO's page How to research topics not listed for more information.


Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

Boise Art Museum


(above: Boise Art Museum. Photo by John Hazeltine. © 2010 John Hazeltine)


Other online information:

Artists from Idaho in Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Courthouse Murals, by Dianna Cammarota, from Boise City Revue. Accessed August, 2015.

Idaho (sampling of artists and works connected to state) from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.

Laura McPhee: The River of No Return is a 2013 exhibit at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art which says: "A journey across geographic place, art historical precedents, and the very history of photographic image making find a dynamic relationship in The River of No Return, a series created by Laura McPhee over a multiyear residency in the Sawtooth Valley in central Idaho, supported by the Alturas Foundation."  Also see artist's website  Accessed 2/19


TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.


Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

One Hundred Years of Idaho Art, 1850-1950: Boise Art Museum, June 23-August 19, 1990, By Sandy Harthorn, Kathleen Bettis, Boise Art Museum, Boise Art Museum. Published by s.n], 1990. 134 pages




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