CTA Architects Engineers will host a First Thursday reception at its office on Thursday, October 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. for artist Troy Passey. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and wine will be provided by Hells Canyon Winery.
Since CTA’s move into the Zions Bank building in March 2014, the firm has featured the work of accomplished artists. Free of charge, the space is open for public viewing from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
About the Artist
Troy Passey grew up on a farm in Paris, Idaho. As a child, Passey aspired to be a writer and began carrying a small notebook where he would scribble ideas, quotes, and observations.
In his formal education, Passey focused on creative writing, contemporary literature, and popular culture. Passey had always been interested in visual arts and while researching his Master’s thesis--an ecological critique of Andy Warhol--Passey ran across a quote by Warhol that changed his life. Warhol said "some people are even better at their second love than their first.” Passey promptly decided to become a visual artist. He began creating art works that incorporated words. His lifelong habit of recording his world became the perfect practice for his text-based artwork.
In a profile on Passey, the writer Cort Conley observed, "He has wooed a subdued elegance out of common materials and basic color values, coupling an introspective mood with a classic formalism meriting the same preeminence that black and white photographs possess in comparison with colored ones."
Passey has had solo exhibitions at the Boise Art Museum, The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and The Ogle Gallery in Portland. His text-based art has been included in three Idaho Triennials, and he was a recipient of an Idaho Commission on the Arts Fellowship. His work has also been shown in group exhibitions in Jackson Hole, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, and Miami. In 2014 and 2015 Passey showed work at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles.
Location: 8th floor, Zions Bank Building; 800 West Main Street
CTA Phone: 208.336.4900