Now Accepting Artist’s Proposals!


Send us your proposal today!

Art Selection Criteria [Download this document]
Application Process & Checklist [Download this List] In order to best represent your work, please be very careful to include all requested materials in your packet.

Your packet should include the following:

  • Completed CAH application form. Download here.
  • A one-page cover letter describing the intent and content of your proposed exhibition. For group shows, provide a list of participating artists, including contact information.
  • If available, catalogs, invitations, newspaper clippings, etc. from prior shows.
  • Artist’s statement (not more than one page).
  • Current resume.
  • Brief biographical statement (approximately half a page).
  • Inventory list of information on your images. See example.
  • CD with five to twenty images (depending on the size of your work and the gallery you are choosing to exhibit) of your current work (jpeg files, 1-3 megabytes), which may include detail views if any. Files must be labeled with your last name, title of piece, media and size, separated by underscore – i.e.: SMITH_ImpressionSunrise_OilonCanvas_35x49inches.
  • Choose gallery – click here.

Please submit hardcopies of all materials above to:

Vilas Tonape, Associate Director LCSC Center for Arts & History
415 Main Street Lewiston, ID 83501
Phone: 208-792-2243

Quick Facts:

  • All spaces recently renovated (2010)
  • Air conditioning throughout the building
  • Quality, professional, fulltime staff
  • Museum quality lighting
  • Modern security system
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-4pm
  • Convenient parking and loading zones
  • Gallery Maps

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Art Walk 2012

Visitors browse the main gallery at the the Center for Arts & History during Art Walk on Sept. 28, 2012.

September 28, 2012 marked the second Art Walk for downtown Lewiston – and it was a smashing success! The Center for Arts & History counted over 1000 visitors! Inside we enjoyed music by Daniel Faller and a chance for new and return visitors to see our current exhibitions on both floors. Outside was a wood-turning demonstration courtesy of the Cambium Collective wood turner group also displaying inside. Earlier in the day, the Center hosted Tri-Cities area performing poet Jordan Chaney for a spoken word workshop. That evening Chaney performed his own works at the Blue Lantern Coffee House across the street. The following day, the Center for Arts & History hosted a brunch reception for participating Art Walk artists at the Orchid Room in Morgan’s Alley.

The Center for Arts & History is so proud to be a partner in this event with Beautiful Downtown Lewiston (BDL). We light up when we see the streets come alive with engaged people and positive energy – all in an effort to support arts and culture in downtown! Great things are happening in Lewiston, Idaho! Can you feel it?

Art Walk committee members Breanne Durham, Lisa Jones, Vilas Tonape, and Sarah Reaves mark over 25 locations in downtown with balloons and signs.

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Welcome Vilas Tonape, Associate Director


Associate Director for CAH starts August 23

The Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History (CAH) has hired an Associate Director.

According to CAH Director Lisa Jones, Vilas Tonape, an “exceptional and accomplished international artist and arts professional,” is being hired for the recently-created position at the Center. Tonape, who has been teaching at Polk State College in Lakeland, Florida, will begin his new job on August 23, and will be introduced at an all-campus meeting at LCSC on that same day. The general public will be introduced to him at the next exhibition opening for the Cambium Collective and Laurel Macdonald at the Center for Arts & History on September 7, from 6-8 p.m.

Tonape is a native of India and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Sir J.J. School of Art, University of Bombay (India). His graduate (Master of Fine Arts) work was from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. His own work has been exhibited internationally, including venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Ontario, and Bombay. Tonape brings over nine years of teaching experience, ranging from continuing education to senior level teaching in college, has authored handbooks for artists, and is a curriculum designer.

Jones said that during the interview process, which included a tour of the Center, the LC Valley, and LCSC campus, Tonape described the Center for Arts & History as “raw gold” with “great potential” and expressed enthusiasm about moving to the area. Jones said he also expressed interest in offering public lectures in art appreciation and special art topics that would be “teasers” to learn more – by taking art classes at LCSC or just coming back to visit and experience the gallery.

“Vilas is an internationally recognized artist who has been solicited to present, teach, demonstrate, jury and review art across the United States and in India,” Jones said.

Tonape will be traveling to India to visit family prior to starting his position at Lewis-Clark State College.

You are invited to meet Vilas during our exhibition reception on Friday, September 7 from 6pm-8pm.

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Thank you, supporters!

Northwest Children's Home

A painting from the Northwest Children’s Home, shown during the Regional Jr./Sr. High School Exhibition in May 2012. All proceeds of this exhibit go directly to exhibiting students.

This month we’ve been overwhelmed by increased support and interest in the LCSC Center for Arts & History. Recently we’ve learned that we recieved an increase in financial support from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, USBancorp, and the Associated Students of Lewis-Clark State College! That means even better quality exhibits and programs for 2012-2013! We already have exciting exhibitions and programs in the works that we can’t wait to share with you!

Sponsors, members, and individual donors have also shown support in growing numbers. Your investment and involvement is what keeps us going. Your continued interest every time you sign our guest book, volunteer in our gallery, or comment on our Facebook page is what proves that what we are doing is meaningful. Whether you have dropped a dollar in our donation box, opted in for a membership, sponsored an exhibit, or attended an event, we want to extend a giant THANK YOU to you!

For more information about membership, sponsorship, and donation options, call Angie at 792-2336.

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Shelli Markee: Bird Show

Shelli Markee: Bird Show

June 8 – August 17
Markee’s wire birds are installed in an organic realistic flock formation circling the room. The exhibition is experimentation with the projection of light creating dramatic shadows. Markee’s work is highly influenced by nature and by the beauty she recognizes in organic forms. From her home studio in Seattle, Markee carefully handcrafts each piece in her collection. Her background in fine arts is evident in each one-of-a-kind piece she creates. Form is important in her work, and this shows in her finished pieces which have a feel that is at once rustic and modern.


June 5, 2012 · 2:53 pm

Chinese Remembering 2012 Exhibit

Chinese Remembering 2012 Exhibit

June 8 – August 17
Inspired by and in partnership with the Chinese Remembering Conference. This exhibit includes a historical interpretation and reflection of the Chinese influence and impact in north central Idaho, specifically in the LC Valley, during the turn of the century. This exhibit highlights the lives of the Chinese in the area during the great mining boom, and explores the history of racism and exclusion, while offering a chance for reflection and healing.

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June 5, 2012 · 2:47 pm

A Note from Noah

My name is Noah Schuerman and I am currently in my sophomore year at Lewis-Clark State College.  Since the fall of 2011 I have been employed at the Center for Arts and History as a work-study.  During the last few months at the center, I have been exposed to a wonderful world of art that I had only experienced through pictures.  In fact, on my very first day of work I was able to assist in the installation of the Confluence Project exhibit, work by international artist Maya Lin.  For someone who has never experienced this type of art up close and personal, this was a great experience.  Not only has CAH exposed me to new art, they have also given me an opportunity to get my work out there for the world (okay, maybe just the region) to see.  Later this spring, I will join numerous other college, junior, and high school students in a group art exhibit at the center.  Being one of the few outlets for artistic creativity here in Lewiston, the Center for Arts & History is definitely invaluable to students and artists like me. I hope you will will join me in being a part of what the center has to offer!


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