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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.

Wil Kirkman

Swell Artist Collective’s Wil Kirkman creates neon glass sculptures; conduits of encased illuminated color. Inspired by the organic nature of the rare earth elements that fluoresce under ultraviolet light, his custom works fuse design, use of color and the artistic component, pushing the boundaries of neon art technology. Kirkman was born in New York City, spending his childhood traveling with his family between the U.S. and Asia as urban missionaries. He ventured all over Asia as a boy, running wild with his friends and stirring up trouble before returning to the States for his secondary education. He decided to attend the College of Idaho, spending most of his time in the art department where he began working with glass. Kirkman graduated with a degree in history then traversed into a series of fruitless jobs, still he always kept his kiln and a studio wherever he went. He found work as an apprentice in a little neon shop where he began to develop skills and methods of lighting and forming glass and eventually decided to open his own shop, Rocket Neon.

WIL KIRKMAN


Wil Kirkman’s neon glass sculptures are conduits of encased illuminated color. Inspired by the organic nature of the rare earth elements that fluoresce under ultraviolet light, his custom works fuse design, use of color and the artistic component, pushing the boundaries of neon art technology. Kirkman was born in New York City, spending his childhood traveling with his family between the U.S. and Asia as urban missionaries. He ventured all over Asia as a boy, running wild with his friends and stirring up trouble before returning to the States for his secondary education. He decided to attend the College of Idaho, spending most of his time in the art department where he began working with glass. Kirkman graduated with a degree in history then traversed into a series of fruitless jobs, still he always kept his kiln and a studio wherever he went. He found work as an apprentice in a little neon shop where he began to develop skills and methods of lighting and forming glass and eventually decided to open his own shop, Rocket Neon.

More work can be found on: www.rocketneon.wordpress.com

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