Idaho State University to showcase retrospective art exhibition of alum in Pond Student Union Transition Gallery; reception set Sept. 1

POCATELLO – Idaho State University alumnus and Shoshone-Bannock artist Ramon Murillo will have a retrospective of his work featured in a ISU Pond Student Union Transition Gallery exhibit until Sept. 18.

Murillo graduated from ISU in 1980 and 1988. The exhibit features Murillo’s print paintings and mixed media works. The retrospective covers Murillo’s career work, his first painting dating back to 1979. This will be the first time that Murillo will see all of his artwork together in an exhibit.

There will be an opening reception on Sept. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Transition Gallery. Murillo will give a short talk about his prints at 6 p.m.

Ramon Murillo fish print.

Ramon Murillo fish print.

The exhibit and Murillo’s visit are sponsored by grants from ISU’s Cultural Events Committee and the Art Department Graduate Student Visiting Artists Fund.

The exhibit is in conjunction with Andrea Ferber’s art history class on contemporary Native American art. Ferber is an assistant professor of art history and co-director of the Transition Gallery. The gallery will feature two more exhibits with Native American ties this semester.

Ramon Murillo, Dancing on the Lewis & Clark Trail

Ramon Murillo, Dancing on the Lewis & Clark Trail

“The quality of Ramon’s work stood out to me first on a national level,” said Ferber, who first saw Murillo’s lithograph “Salmon Spirit II” at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis. “I then found out that he had ties locally. His work stood out first, aesthetically and conceptually.”

The Transition Gallery is located on the lower level of the Pond Student Union. Admission is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.