Thursday, June 24, 2021
Sun Valley Museum of Arts Kicks off Celebration of 50 Years
Jim Romberg leads a ceramics workshop at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in the mid-1970s.
Thursday, April 29, 2021


It started out in 1971 as a center of creativity for those wishing to come Sun Valley to learn the art of ceramics, photography and printmaking under nationally and internationally recognized instructors.

Today—50 years later—the Sun Valley Museum of Arts is still fostering creativity but with a broader outreach to the community via school workshops, concerts featuring eclectic musicians, lecture series, theater, film series and museum exhibitions.

The new exhibition “Clay, Silver, Ink: Sun Valley Center at 50” takes a look at the early years of what was formerly known as the Sun Valley Center for the Arts through artwork made by some of the artists who taught here in the 1970s and ‘80s.

The exhibition, which opens April 30 and runs through July 31 at the SVMoA in Ketchum, was curated by Photographer Peter DeLory and Ceramicist Jim Romberg. Romberg was director of Ceramics from 1973 to 1986. DeLory began teaching in 1974 and was director of Photography from 1976 and the summers of 1982 and 1983.

The exhibition, features the work of 61 artists, including Tina Barney, Sheila Gardner, Jim Romberg, Robert Sperry, Ted Villa, Theodore Waddell and Larry Williams.

It’s remarkable to see this history compiled,” said SVMoA Artistic Director Kristin Poole. “The exhibition offers an opportunity to reflect on the role our organization played in launching the careers of dozens of artists and to trace the history of the organization itself, from a teaching institution to an accredited museum.

“While the Sun Valley Museum of Art has transformed through the decades, its values have remained rooted in those of the early Sun Valley Center,” she added. “We’ve worked to deliver transformative arts and educational experiences that stimulate the imagination, offer opportunities for discovery and build community. Looking back, it’s so evident how the community and The Center have grown alongside one another to become a place that values art and ideas.”

Admission to the museum is free. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays in July.

Free evening tours will be held at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 13; Thurday, June 17 and Thursday, July 8.

Events associated with this exhibition include special events, such as art talks and lectures, a street party celebration and an outdoor community picnic/birthday party from June 24-27:

  • CRAFT SERIES WORKSHOP “Three Color Reduction Prints” with Chad Seelig: Saturday, May 22, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • CRAFT SERIES WORKSHOP “Build a Ceramic Transformation Vessel” with Bob Dix: Thursday, June 3 & June 17, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
  • ADULT CLASS A THOUSAND WORDS "Guided Writing About the Art You See" with Sarah Sentilles: Tuesday, June 15, 6–7:30 p.m.
  • FREE AFTERNOON ART for Families with Kids Ages 5–12: Wednesday, June 16, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m.
  • FREE EVENING EXHIBITION TOURS: Thursday, June 17, 4:30 & 5:30 p.m.
  • FREE LECTURE “At the Beginning: A Conversation with Glenn Janss and Jim Belson”: Thursday, June 24, 5:30 p.m.
  • FREE Exhibition Celebration and Birthday Party: Friday, June 25, 5–7 p.m.
  • FREE AFTERNOON ART for Families with Kids Ages 5–12: Wednesday, June 30, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m.
  • FREE EVENING EXHIBITION TOURS: Thursday, July 8, 4:30 & 5:30 p.m.
  • FREE AFTERNOON ART for Families with Kids Ages 5–12: Wednesday, July 14, 2:30 & 3:30 p.m.
  • CRAFT SERIES WORKSHOP “Capturing Your Best iPhone Photos” with Stacie Brew: Tuesday, July 27 & Aug. 3, 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.



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