Summer 2006 Report 

June • July • August

SVCA Awarded Accreditation by AAM

The American Association of Museums (AAM) recently awarded the Sun Valley Center for the Arts with accreditation. This marks just the fifth time the AAM has accredited an Idaho museum. The other accredited museums in the state are the Boise Art Museum and Idaho State Historical Museum in Boise, the Herrett Center for Arts and Sciences in Twin Falls, and the Idaho Museum of Natural History in Pocatello. The AAM has been accrediting museums since 1971, the same year the SVCA was founded. It typically takes several years to gain accreditation.

The SVCA's programs range from visual and performing arts to awarding scholarships and hosting a summer concert series, all of which help to make it the largest museum in the Wood River Valley. The AAM Accreditation Commission complimented the SVCA for understanding, responding to and offering rich cultural opportunities to the surrounding community. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts can be found at 191 5th St. E. in Ketchum, and in Hailey at 314 S. 2nd Ave., and contacted by phone at (208) 726-9491 or on the Web at

Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau names Dick Brown as Arts Advocate of the Year

On April 14, Dick Brown was honored as the Arts Advocate of the Year by the Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau. A Mississippi native, Brown moved to the Wood River Valley in 1999 with his wife Billie and promptly established himself as a respected musical director, conductor and teacher in the area. The chamber credits him with "unselfish work through music as a special mentor and leader for many kids and adults throughout the [Wood River] Valley."

Brown founded and now directs the Caritas Chorale in Ketchum and Anam Cara, the Chamber Choir of Idaho. He also teaches at the Community School. According to the Anam Cara Web site (, his real name is Carl R. Brown, "but nobody knows that."

Art Notables Barbara Guggenheim, Francoise Gilot and Steve Wynn to Speak at The Sun Valley Visual Arts Forum

In the midst of their 25th anniversary, the Sun Valley Gallery Association (SVGA) is sponsoring the Sun Valley Visual Arts Forum. The SVGA touts the forum as "a high quality event that is of regional and national interest." Scheduled for June 23 and 24, the event includes a Friday night forum with Francoise Gilot and Steve Wynn, new exhibitions at SVGA galleries on Saturday morning, a discussion with Barbara Guggenheim on Saturday afternoon and an outdoor sculpture exhibition.

The national and international recognition of the forum's guests is impressive. Francoise Gilot is an internationally renowned artist whose time with Picasso was chronicled in her autobiography, Life with Picasso. In 1996, the book received the Hollywood treatment in a film starring Anthony Hopkins. Barbara Guggenheim works in both Los Angeles and New York City with Guggenheim, Asher Associates, her nationally recognized art consultant firm. Multimillionaire Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn, a longtime supporter of the Sun Valley art scene, is an avid art collector with international fame.

The Sun Valley Gallery Association prides itself with providing a home for "everything from works of the modern masters to the work of emerging contemporary artists." For information regarding the Sun Valley Visual Arts Forum, including how to register, visit, or contact Robin Reiners at (208) 726-8180.

See the Central Idaho feature on page 16 for much, much more about the festival.

Sun Valley Writer's Conference

The Sun Valley Writer's Conference is scheduled to run from August 18 through August 21. The conference features a large cast of notable writers from around the world, including Associate Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, author of Active Liberty, and, according to the SVWC Web site, will bring "discerning readers and writers together in a congenial environment to consider ideas set forth in fiction, nonfiction, journalism, poetry and filmmaking." Visit the conference on the Web at or contact by phone at (208) 672-8660.

College of Southern Idaho Bans Nude Art at Show

There is a new development in the ongoing saga of how Idaho will be imagined by the rest of the world. The Associated Press reported on April 18th that the College of Southern Idaho banned nude art at their annual art show in the Herrett Center. The decision was made by CSI President Jerry Beck due to complaints from the community. Michael Youngman, an art professor at CSI, feels supported by the administration regardless. He points to the alternative art show, which included the nude works, that was funded by the college at the off-campus Lamphouse Theatre. However, some students accused the administration of censorship and planned to protest the Herrett Center show. Indicating how the rest of the world might imagine Idaho through this story, Ryan Merryman of Louisiana State University's The Daily Reveille compared the ban to a Puritan-inspired "prudery" whose "zombefied form stalks the field again."

Register For the Ketchum Art Festival

According to its Web site, the Ketchum Arts Festival of 2006 will feature the work of more than 80 Wood River Valley resident artists, musicians, chefs and brewers. The festival takes place from July 7 through July 9 in the Festival Meadows along Sun Valley Road. To submit an artist application to participate, leave a message at (208) 309-1960 or write to KAF, P.O. Box 3849, Ketchum, ID 83340. Get more information on the festival on the Web at


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