Exhibits that Feature Idaho Artists and Organizations Throughout the State
Idaho’s Capitol building truly is the “People’s House." Changing exhibition galleries provide an exciting opportunity for artists and organizations to feature their creative work and histories. We encourage your interest in learning about the Capitol Changing Exhibition program; for more information e-mail the Capitol Curator, or call (877) OLD-GEMS.
Temporary Exhibit Program
While on the Garden Level, take a look at the temporary exhibits along the hallways of the legislative wings. Throughout the year, the Historical Society changes these exhibits that feature the works of artists from across the state.
In partnership with the Idaho Commission on the Arts "The Narrative Thread" is a collection of quilted and stitched artworks which focuses on the use of narrative story telling in textile design. From mountainous lakeside scenes of sport and leisure, from images of expedition, work, and family legacy, to journeys and lives in transition, these pieces embody the collective voices of Idaho residents.
Statuary Hall was restored during the Capitol Project and is now a light filled 3-D changing exhibition space. Like the Garden Level, this temporary exhibit space features the artistic talent of Idaho in addition to the Capitol Historic Tree project.
Capitol Historic Trees Project
During restoration of the capitol, workers had to remove several historic trees, including those planted by presidents Benjamin Harrison in 1891 and Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. Representative Max Black spearheaded an effort to save the lumber and created a unique program to use it. He offered Idaho artisans the opportunity to create objects and furniture from the wood and donate the pieces to the collection of the Idaho State Historical Society. Visitors can enjoy a changing exhibit in Statuary Hall of the more than 200 items crafted from the historic trees.
Garden Level Display Cases
Interested in highlighting your organization for longer than a day? The Garden Level Display Cases provide organizations and individuals with a unique opportunity for a small temporary exhibit in the Garden Level Central Rotunda throughout the year. These display cases can be reserved through the Capitol Curator.