Eric Mullis and Kelly Cox, both master’s students in Boise State University’s Art Department, will be the Boise City Department of Arts and History’s Artists in Residence at the Sesqui-shop, 1008 W. Main St., in Downtown Boise.
Set up for the city’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2013, the Downtown storefront became such a touchstone for the city's cultural events. It was so successful that it stuck around. Now, the city is turning it into an artist residency. This round the artists were asked to explore ideas of water and environment.
Originally from Madison, Wisc., Mullis and Cox are married and are mixed media artists who work in ceramics and other mediums. The received their undergraduate degrees from the University of Montana and have collaborated for many years with their MulloxStudios. You can see some of their collaborations and learn more about them here.
They will create an installation that tells the stories of the Boise River from its headwaters to its urban waterways starting in October, Mullis says.
For October’s First Thursday they will invite the pubic to the Sesqui-shop to share their personal stories, either on paper or digital recording. They have spent time traveling to Atlanta, to explore the river’s origins.
The model they’ve created is show above. They plan to fill the space with flat planes of particleboard that will each hold a small landscape based on either their own experience or a story brought to them, created from wood, paint, projected light and ceramics.
People can watch the progress of the piece through the month and see the completed installation on November’s First Thursday.
They will get a $5,000 stipend to create the piece in October. It will be on display through November.