Boise’s Alexa Rose Foundation announces its 2016 artist grants

As a painter, Alexa Rose was known for her colorful and whimsical works.
As a painter, Alexa Rose was known for her colorful and whimsical works.

The Alexa Rose Foundation announced its 2016 grants that continue Rose’s passion for supporting the work of visual artists in the Treasure Valley.

Artists can use the grants that range from $250 to $5,000 to develop their careers as artists through learning opportunities or acquiring specific equipment and supplies.

For its second granting cycle, the foundation received 88 applications from artists working in mediums such as painting, photography, digital art, film, textiles, ceramics, printmaking, metalwork, sculpture and glass. It granted $64,000 to 30 artists.

2016 Alexa Rose Foundation grant recipients

▪  Gregory Bayne, filmmaking: Post-production expenses for his film “6 Dynamic Laws of Success”

▪  Laurie Blakeslee, photography: Participation in a portfolio review from Photolucida in Portland, Oregon

▪  Ashley Carlson, painting/drawing: Art supplies for an upcoming exhibition

▪  Missy Cory, encaustics: Attendance at a encaustic workshop in New York City

▪  Judson Cottrell, fractal art: Purchase of a 3D printer and related supplies

▪  Kelly Cox, ceramics: Purchase of an electric kiln

▪  Candis Darrah, oil painting: Purchase of portfolio materials

▪  Chad Erpelding, painting: Expenses for a one-month residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina

▪  Lisa Flowers Ross, textiles: Studio lighting improvements

▪  Julia Green, digital illustration” Attendance at an illustration conference in Texas

▪  Stuart Holland, charcoal: Expenses for research in Mexico in preparation for his work “Cimmeria”

▪  Shelley Jund, mixed media Installation workshop at The Atlanta School in Atlanta, Idaho

▪  Brock Landrum, graphic design: Purchase of print drums for a Risograph machine

▪  PennyLea Mackie, ceramics: Expenses to study Acoma Pueblo Pottery in New Mexico

▪  Anna Matejcek, interdisciplinary: Six credit hours tuition toward an MFA at Boise State University

▪  Ken McCall, sculpture: Purchase of a TIG welder

▪  Elizabeth McSurdy, theatrical design: Residency at The Atlanta School in Idaho

▪  Glenn Oakley, photography: Purchase of a camera to support the development of a new film

▪  Samuel Paden, mixed media: Travel expenses to market a body of work in Los Angeles.

▪  Troy Passey, text-based art: Supplies and digital animation fees to produce his “Drift Words” series

▪  Tarey Potter, sculpture: Attendance at a welding class taught by Boise artist Sue Latta

▪  Anika Smulovitz, metal/mixed media: Documentation of a recent body of work

▪  Anna Ura, painting: Attendance at a painting workshop in Colorado

▪  Veiko Valencia, mixed media: Production of Don Santo action figures

▪  Susan Valliquette, photographer: Attendance at an Adobe Lightroom course in Portland, Oregon.

▪  Alexandra Velardes, printmaking: Purchase of a letterpress and supplies

▪  Alice Vinson, mixed media: Repair of an existing letterpress and supplies

▪  William Von Tagen, filmmaking: Musical scoring expenses for his film “After Walpurgisnacht”

▪  Kate Walker, painting/drawing: Laser cutting expenses for an exhibit in New Zealand

▪  Emily Wenner, oil painting: Studio improvements and supplies


Alexa Rose Howell was a painter, arts supporter, writer, teacher and unshakeable optimist, who was a quiet force behind the development of Boise’s cultural infrastructure. She was married to Downtown developer and preservationist Ken Howell who created the foundation to continue her work to support visual artists.

Known for her own colorful and whimsical paintings, and her love of supporting young artists. In 2008, she opened Gallery Alexa Rose in the Idaho Building to showcase the works of a group of young contemporary artists she wanted to support.

“At this point in my life, I wanted to make a contribution, and this is my area,” she said.

A New York City native, Rose also served as the managing director for the Boise Philharmonic in the mid-1970s. She and good friend Ginger Scott created the Ginger-Ales Puppet Theater and did shows wherever they could pitch their stage. She taught art and cooking classes for kids out of her home and wrote a column for the Idaho Statesman in the 1980s.

She died in 2013 at 65 after a 12-year battle with cancer.