‘Fish in the Museum’ exhibit to open at Idaho Museum of Natural History

POCATELLO – The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University will open “Fish in the Museum” with fish art created by artists from Idaho youth and local Idaho artists on Feb. 26.

Each artist produced a representation of an Idaho native fish species. Idaho fish species can be up to 6-feet long or as small as 6 inches. The fish art includes paintings, sculptures, graphic art, and drawings. The art is as diverse as the fish species of Idaho.

Speckled Dace by Faith Tan, IMNH graphic design.

Speckled Dace by Faith Tan, IMNH graphic design.

IMNH also welcomes a rotating exhibit of the fieldwork of ISU instructor Amy Howard and students Devin Meldrum and Derek Viall. They were contracted to head research in Southeast Idaho for the Rivers and Headwaters project, a multi-state National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) funded fieldwork project with the aim “to identify and document tradition bearers and traditional activities related to rivers, headwaters, and watersheds in the Columbia and Snake River watersheds.”

Their research was comprised of a series of interviews in communities from Sugar City to Pocatello. The fieldwork concentrated on the importance of the Snake River and Snake River Plains to these communities, specifically the role of water in farming and ranching, stories and restoration efforts after the Teton River flood, recreational fishing and Idaho’s fisheries, and narrative traditions of the Shoshone-Bannock. The exhibit will highlight a portion of the folkways and folklore they collected.

On Feb. 26 between 3 and 6 p.m. the public is invited to meet many of those interviewed for this project. From 3 to 5 p.m. join them in the gallery for living history, fly tying demonstrations and live cowboy music. Then at 5 p.m. stay to hear them tell stories and reflections about Southeast Idaho from the Rivers and Headwaters project.

For more information about IMNH please visit imnh.isu.edu.