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Boise, ID, 83707

(208) 901-8834

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.

Swell Events Page

Event Listings: Upcoming and Past Events. Swell Artist Collective and Art Gallery, Boise, Idaho.

32 CELLS: ART, SPORTS & RECREATION
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

32 CELLS: ART, SPORTS & RECREATION

Swell Artist Collective and the Old Idaho Penitentiary have partnered up for the fourth year in a row to present 32 Cells! This art show will feature 32 works of art by local artists inspired by the origin stories of Old Idaho Penitentiary inmates and guards. Artwork will hang on prison cell doors for viewing. All pieces will be available for purchase. Event features: self-guided tours, live music, and beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. Join us Saturday, August 10th from 6pm to 10pm (last admission 9pm). Due to the graphic nature and subject matter of this show, it is recommended for ages 13+ only.

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ARTCADE 2
Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

ARTCADE 2

Join Spacebar and Swell Artist Collective for a one night pop up art show/silent auction with more arcade games than you can shake a stick at! Some of Boise's best artists will be making one of a kind, arcade themed small works that will be available to bid upon from 6-10 pm on First Thursday, Oct 3rd at the Spacebar Arcade. This is not to be missed! More info and artist list coming soon…

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ART DECK-O- 7
May
3
5:00 PM17:00

ART DECK-O- 7

Art Deck-O is back for its seventh year! Don't miss one of the biggest and best art events for miles. Join us at the Visual Arts Collective for the coolest silent art auction of the year. One-of-a-kind skate decks will be up for grabs! All the decks will be displayed for one night only. If you are the lucky winner you can take your deck home that night!

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32 CELLS: ORIGINS
Aug
17
6:00 PM18:00

32 CELLS: ORIGINS

Swell Artist Collective and the Old Idaho Penitentiary have partnered up for the third year in a row to present 32 Cells! This art show will feature 32 works of art by local artists inspired by the origin stories of Old Idaho Penitentiary inmates and guards.

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Art Crawl 2018
Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

Art Crawl 2018

Join us for the 3rd annual Boise Art Crawl!

We have paired 28 local artists and 13 downtown pubs and restaurants in what is sure to be the best Crawl yet! Shop great art at the pop-ups, meet artists, enjoy Crawler only drink and food specials all while exploring what downtown Boise has to offer!

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Dino Show 2
Jun
15
5:00 PM17:00

Dino Show 2

So nice we've decided to do it twice!

Please join us Friday, June 15th at Swell Artist Collective to check out our next installment of the Dino Show! 27 artists have come together to bring you their prehistoric offerings and all work will be available for sale.

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Coasters for Miss Cay
Jan
19
5:00 PM17:00

Coasters for Miss Cay

The Swell Artist Community is coming together to help a fellow member. 
Coasters for Miss Cay! 
100% of the proceeds will go towards helping this talented young artist tackle medical bills and insurance. Swell is going to sponsor her website for a year and Evermore Prints will sponsor her annual Swell Artist Collective Membership. Please join us for this opportunity to take part in making someone's day a little brighter and pick up some rad original coaster art from our amazing community of artists!

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Seussed Invitational Artshow
Dec
1
5:30 PM17:30

Seussed Invitational Artshow

An ode to all things Dr Seuss! Dr. Seuss is an inspiration to us all, both tall and short and great and small. But who’s he inspired MOST of all? Artists! 30+ local artists have been invited to participate in this holiday’s Dr. Seuss themed group art show at the Visual Arts Collective. Opens Fri, Dec. 1st at 5:30 pm, and attendance is free! Show runs December - January. Participating artists include: Sean Wyett , Erin Ruiz, Noble Hardesty, Kelly Knopp, Julia Green Illustration, Artwork by Mike Flinn, April VanDeGrift,  Cody Rutty, Danielle Demaray, JAI illustrated, Patrick Kalange, Sarah Terrell Illustration & Design, Francis Fox Sculpture, Miss Cay Artist, D'Arcy Bellamy Sculpture, Toby Davis Art, Jess Tornga, Steve Willhite, Lindsey Loch, Robert Harrah, Shelley Jund, Wil Kirkman, Mike Dreher, BrightEye, Nels Jensen, Peganart, John Warfel, Nicolet Laursen, Seth Emrynt, Sam Paden, Lance Brown, Adam Rosenlund, and Jon Morse

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Veterans Day Pinup Artshow
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Veterans Day Pinup Artshow

Swell Artist Collective is proud to present the Veterans Day Pinup Artshow, opening Friday, November 10th from 5pm-9pm! As huge fans of pinup art and Veterans Day approaching, we felt the time was right to put together this show. Featured artists: Patrick Kalange, Lisa Roggenbuck, Noble Hardesty, Sarah Terrell, Bruce Maurey, Anne Boyles, Adam Rosenlund, Chelsi Brighteye Benger, Steve Willhite, Nicolette Laursen, John Irwin, Mike Dreher, Jay O'Leary, Christian Blackman, Robert Harrah, Christian Mawson, Jessica Tookey, and Seth Emerynt

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Art Crawl
Oct
7
12:00 PM12:00

Art Crawl

Come join us Saturday October 7th for the Second Annual Art Crawl! We have paired over 20 local artist with 11 downtown Boise venues. Check out the latest work from: Nicolette Laursen, Suzanne Lee-Chetwood, Jaki Katz, Lindsey Loch, Mark McGinnis, Stuart Holland, Meg Kahnle, Jay O'Leary, Jennifer Proffitt, Katy Rogan, Chelsi "Bright Eye"Benger, Steve Wilhite, Jessica Tookey, Julie Pegan, Karen Eastman, Betsie Richardson, Toby Davis, Rachel Teannalach, James Mckain, Seth Emrynt, Tyler Bush, Miss Cay, Liz Flores, Andrea Bonadiman, John Irwin, Robert Aden, and Christian Mawson.

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32 Cells: Escape Edition Art Show
Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

32 Cells: Escape Edition Art Show

TAKE A CELL BLOCK TOUR WHILE VIEWING 32 PIECES OF ARTWORK CREATED BY 32 LOCAL ARTISTS BASED ON ACTUAL ESCAPE STORIES.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS INCLUDE: 
APRIL VANDEGRIFT, WARD HOOPER, SEAN WYETT, ERIN RUIZ, ROBERT ADEN, LANCE BROWN, ANNE BOYLES, CHELSI BRIGHTEYE BENGER, MIKE DREHER, TOBY ROBIN, ANDREA BONADIMAN, STEVE WILLHITE, MISS CAY, KELLY KNOPP, NOBLE HARDESTY, JULIA GREEN, ADAM ROSENLUND, BRUCE MAUREY, TOBY DAVIS, JOHN WARFEL, SHELLEY JUND, JAKI KATZ ASHFORD, SUE LATTA, LISA ROGGENBUCK, RANDY VAN DYCK, WIL KIRKMAN, JAY O’LEARY, LORELLE RAU, JULIE PAGEN, NICOLET LAURSEN, SARAH MARSHELL TERRELL, JENNIFER PROFFITT, JAMES MCKAIN

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May
4
5:00 PM17:00

Buildings of Historic Boise Art Show

The Swell Artist Collective and the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office have partnered up to present Buildings of Historic Boise. This show will feature 20 works of art done by local artists inspired by historic structures in Boise. All artwork will be available for purchase.
The show will be part of Downtown Boise First Thursday! Join us at The Owyhee "cafe room" beside The Lobby Bar.

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