Modern Art Now Accepting Submissions 

Plus info on the City's performing arts grants and SVCA's Urban Lifecycles

Spring into SVCA and check out Urban Lifecycles.

Design 99 - Future Mattress Stack

Spring into SVCA and check out Urban Lifecycles.

"Olly olly oxen free," is the yowl that ends a game of hide-and-seek, calling for winners to show themselves. The Modern Hotel is issuing a similar cry to local artists. The Modern is now accepting submissions for its fifth-annual art crazyfest, Modern Art, which takes place on First Thursday, May 3.

Entry forms can be found at The Modern's front desk or online at All submissions are due by Thursday, March 1, so whether you're a fire-breather, sword-swallower, contortionist or BW cover artist, The Modern wants you to come out from your hiding spot.

The Boise City Department of Arts and History is also on the hunt for artists. The department recently announced a new mini-grant program called Performing Arts for Cultural and Community Celebrations grants. The city has earmarked $12,000 "specifically for hiring performing artists and for costs associated with incorporating performances into public events, such as renting sound and stage equipment."

In order to qualify for up to $2,000, your event must take place between Friday, March 23, and Sunday, Sept. 30, and some performance component of the event must be free to the public. According to the city, "neighborhood groups, cultural organizations, artists' collectives and other organizers who have a sincere interest in creating or continuing existing community celebrations and events are encouraged to apply."

Applications are due Thursday, March 1, and available at

The department is also seeking painters, graphic designers and illustrators to design murals for the city's traffic control boxes. Interested artists are asked to submit 10 digital examples of past work along with a letter of interest and a resume. Those selected will be handed a check for $1,000 to design a community-related mural, which will then be transformed into a vinyl wrap and installed on a traffic box. Applications are due by Thursday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. For more info, contact Karen Bubb at 208-433-5677 or email

And in opening news, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts is gearing up to debut a new exhibit that will explore "ideas about urban growth, sprawl, decay and revitalization in cities in the U.S. and around the world." In addition to work from artists like Gustavo Acosta and Design 99, Boise's Amanda Hamilton will create an installation that explores the history of Ketchum over the last 150 years.

Urban Lifecycles opens on Friday, Feb. 17, from 5-8 p.m. and will remain up through Friday, April 13.

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