First Thursday: Boise Art Museum 

The Higher Ground exhibition doesn't officially open until Saturday, March 7, but on First Thursday, the Boise Art Museum will give visitors a sneak preview. Higher Ground is a biennial juried art show that features art by Boise High School and West Ada High School students. BAM volunteer docents will take the public on tours of the 61 works in the show.

Terra Feast, BAM's curator of education, said the jury process for Higher Ground holds students to the same standard as professional artists living and working in Idaho. BAM awards scholarships to the students whose works place first, second and third.

"We wanted to do something that would prepare them for a professional art career," Feast said. This year, 300 students submitted paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs.

As always, admission into BAM on First Thursday is by donation, and the museum is open until 8 p.m. The art studios will also be open to give visitors a chance to create a sculpture inspired by the current Modern and Contemporary Ceramics exhibit.

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