Idaho Artists Receive Visual Arts Fellowship


IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – Three Idaho artists have received visual arts grants.

The artists are Dr. Garth Claassen (Caldwell), Caroline Earley (Boise) and Stephen Fisher (Boise).

The awards, given biennially by the Idaho Commission on the Arts, honor outstanding artists, honoring work deemed to exhibit the highest artistic merit upon peer review. Applicants were vetted anonymously in a highly competitive process by out-of-state panelists and judged based on existing work and work history. The scholarship winners will each receive $5,000.

DR. GARTH CLAASSEN was born and raised in South Africa, before emigrating to the United States and obtaining a doctorate. in art history from Indiana University. He has taught art and art history at the College of Idaho since 1994. Claassen has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been reviewed in Art in America.

CAROLINE EARLEY is a professor of art at Boise State University. She earned her MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. In 2017, she received the Jeffry Mitchell Award for Sculpture from the Museum of Northwest Art. She was the first prize winner at the 2016 Portage Ceramic Awards and the grand prize winner at the 2013 Idaho Triennial. Earley exhibits internationally and is represented by Milford Galleries, Dunedin and exhibits at Whitespace Gallery in Auckland, in New Zealand.

STEPHEN FISHER is Professor of Art at the College of Idaho, where he has taught since 1990. He earned an MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Fisher reinvents historic and traditional ceramic forms like teapots, vases, cups and bowls by working with the vibrant colors and geometric forms of abstract painting and sculpture.

More information about this year’s fellows and the Idaho Commission for the Arts Fellowship Program can be found HERE.


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