From the Curator's Eye: Boise City Arts and History 'Shop Talk' 

Tuesday, March 25

Curators, those keepers of artistic collections, have great jobs--perusing incredible artworks in every medium before selecting the best examples for acquisition.

Peer into the mind of art curator Deborah Paine on Tuesday, March 25, as she shares the particulars of managing a portable artwork collection for the city of Seattle.

Collecting since 1973, Seattle holds nearly 3,000 pieces--everything from sculpture to painting, mixed media to prints, and photography to textiles. Paine's job is twofold: add to the existing selection and coordinate rotating exhibits for display in public spaces.

Of course, having the know-how, talent and experience to assemble a cohesive exhibition from disparate pieces is only part of the picture. The other half is conservation: how to manage and preserve those very same pieces. Since the word curator is derived from the Latin curare, meaning "take care," it makes sense that conservation issues would top the list of curatorial concerns.

Paine has been working in the field of arts for more than 30 years. She describes arriving at the realization of a career in the area she has always felt drawn to as a "delightful discovery." Prior to working with the city of Seattle, Paine managed various art galleries and art collections, as well as curated both public and private art collections.

According to Paine, "putting together a disparate body of artwork in a curated exhibition, and making the works sing," is pure delight.

More than offering a birds-eye view, Paine will also speak to opportunities in the Seattle area--a topic of keen interest for Idaho artists looking to broaden their artistic exposure into new markets.

At presentation's end, Paine will hold an informal Q&A session, so come prepared to ask any burning curatorial questions.

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