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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, Idaho’s historic downtown, on the lower level of the Old Mercantile Building in The BoDo District.

By combining individual artistic practices and ideas into a common space, their 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.

Jess Tornga

Swell Artist Collective's Jess Tornga explores themes of mental health, emotional connection, feminism, and social justice. She works primarily as an illustrator and printmaker guided by a love of process; she explores the tactile elements of carving wood and linoleum block for printmaking, as well as the clean simplicity of digital illustration. Her work fluidly moves between digital and traditional methods as her internal process of self-exploration relies on balancing these two worlds, nostalgia for hands-on methodology with reverence for technology and adaptability.

She graduated in 2014 having studied international and environmental politics, and returned to school in 2016 to pursue art. Her art is politically informed by her education, work with Americorps NCCC, and cycling advocacy with Bike and Build, while her experiences with counseling, religion, and bullying feed the more emotive elements of her work.

Jess Tornga


The art of Jess Tornga explores themes of mental health, emotional connection, feminism, and social justice. She works primarily as an illustrator and printmaker guided by a love of process; she explores the tactile elements of carving wood and linoleum block for printmaking, as well as the clean simplicity of digital illustration. Her work fluidly moves between digital and traditional methods as her internal process of self-exploration relies on balancing these two worlds, nostalgia for hands-on methodology with reverence for technology and adaptability.

She graduated in 2014 having studied international and environmental politics, and returned to school in 2016 to pursue art. Her art is politically informed by her education, work with Americorps NCCC, and cycling advocacy with Bike and Build, while her experiences with counseling, religion, and bullying feed the more emotive elements of her work.

More work can be found here: www.jesstornga.com

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