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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.


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  • Old Idaho Penitentiary 2445 Old Penitentiary Road Boise, ID, 83712 United States (map)
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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. This unique fusion of art and history features local artists interpreting true stories of Idaho State Penitentiary inmates and how they spent their time in and out of prison. This show, featuring amazing stories of inmate musicians, artists, athletes and craftsmen, is open to all ages, but recommended for ages 13+ due to some mature content. Admission is $8 per person, and ticket sales benefit Swell Artist Collective and the Idaho State Historical Society's Ray Knight Memorial Scholarship for Idaho school field trips. Artwork will hang on prison cell doors for viewing. All pieces will be available for purchase. Join us Saturday, August 10th from 6pm to 10pm (last admission 9pm). Tickets available at:

Featuring brand new original works from:

Join us Saturday, August 10th from 6pm to 10pm (last admission 9pm).

Self-guided tours! Refreshments for purchase:
Food Trucks! Foxy Franks & Rio Grande
Full Bar! Jo's Traveling Bar

Admission is $8 at the door. Due to the graphic nature and subject matter of this show, it is recommended for ages 13+ only. Tickets available here.

Earlier Event: August 2
Swell First Friday Mini Showcase
Later Event: August 24
Boise Comic Arts Festival