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404 South 8th Street Suite L105
Boise, ID, 83702

Swell Artist Collective is an open studio and Art Gallery located in Boise's historic downtown. Formed in November of 2015 and managed by artists Julia GreenNoble HardestyKelly Knopp, Stuart Holland, and Victor A. Jimenez, Swell is located on the lower level of the Old Mercantile Building in Boise's BoDo district. 

By combining their individual artistic practices and ideas into a common space, the five artists' mission revolves around creating a vibrant studio and gallery environment that is open to the public and intent on helping bolster the community's rapidly-growing arts culture. Swell will be host to both First Thursday and independently organized artistic events while maintaining hours of operation during which people can visit.   

Erin Ruiz

Swell Artist Collective's Erin Ruiz is an illustrator and tattoo artist from Boise, Idaho. A drawer since birth and a painter by trade, Ruiz works in a variety of media - anything from oil paint to skin and ink. In her younger days, Erin chose to leave the comfort of hermitage to attend Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned her Undergraduate Award and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. She moved back home to Boise to pursue a career in the illustrative arts. It wasn’t long into her freelance illustration career that she was persuaded to try her hand as a tattoo artist and she hasn't looked back. Inspired by comics, typography, movies, and music, there’s no artistic challenge she doesn’t enjoy getting her hands on. Her process usually involves a lot of investigative work - thinking, researching, listening, watching, and then a swift, planned out execution. Her illustrative clients include the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Deep Magazine, the Downtown Boise Association and more, alongside local galleries, mixed-use spaces, newsweeklies, and smatterings of album covers and shirt designs.

Erin Ruiz


Erin Ruiz is an illustrator and tattoo artist from Boise, Idaho. A drawer since birth and a painter by trade, Ruiz works in a variety of media - anything from oil paint to skin and ink. In her younger days, Erin chose to leave the comfort of hermitage to attend Savannah College of Art and Design, where she earned her Undergraduate Award and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. She moved back home to Boise to pursue a career in the illustrative arts. It wasn’t long into her freelance illustration career that she was persuaded to try her hand as a tattoo artist and she hasn't looked back. Inspired by comics, typography, movies, and music, there’s no artistic challenge she doesn’t enjoy getting her hands on. Her process usually involves a lot of investigative work - thinking, researching, listening, watching, and then a swift, planned out execution. Her illustrative clients include the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Deep Magazine, the Downtown Boise Association and more, alongside local galleries, mixed-use spaces, newsweeklies, and smatterings of album covers and shirt designs.

More work can be found on: www.erinruiz.com

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