ICL’s Artist in Residence for 2019

ICL’s artist in residence program (AIR) explores the nexus of art and nature. Launched in 2013 and now on its sixth artist, the program exists to share the beauty of the places we work to protect and tell the Idaho story in creative new ways to expanded audiences.

Meet Carl Rowe, this year’s ICL artist in residence, a professional contemporary landscape painter with a strong love of the land.

Carl Rowe

ICL’s Artist in Residence for 2019

We are delighted that this year’s artist in residence is Carl Rowe. Carl’s contemporary paintings portray the rugged, muscular contours of Idaho landscapes and use the natural light that plays over their forms to emphasize their vast scale. He has been a professional landscape painter in Idaho for 25 years.

Carl was inspired to begin painting in order to interact with the land that mesmerized him. He says of his initial attraction to southern Idaho, “As a flatlander Illinois native, this terrain held a sumptuous allure and a sinewy, mysterious beauty.”

His appreciation of the land’s beauty quickly led to an understanding of its vulnerability and a desire to protect it. He was invited to use one of his images on the 2001 Foothills Levy poster and was thrilled to contribute to the successful effort to protect Boise’s unique, natural backdrop.

He looks forward to exploring more of Idaho’s special places this year as ICL artist in residence and immersing himself in places that “deserve preservation and reverence as areas of intact ecosystems and as sources for aesthetic experiences and sensations unique to our land.”

You can see more of Carl Rowe’s work on his website. He is represented by the Kneeland Gallery in Ketchum, the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene, the Attic Gallery in Camas, WA, and the Schomburg Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. He’s also on Facebook.

Special thanks to this year’s selection committee: Rachel Teannalach (fine artist and ICL’s first artist in residence), Mike Rogers (fine metal artist, Precious Metal Arts), Juta Geurtsen (Idaho Commission on the Arts community development director), Aimee Moran (owner of Moran Consulting, LLC, and former ICL development director), and Mary Beth Whitaker (ICL editor and designer).

Gratitude goes to ARTA River Trips, sponsor of the ICL artist in residence program, and to an anonymous donor for their generosity in supporting our artists.

By the way, if you purchase work from Carl that he creates during his residency, 25% comes back to ICL!

Artist Words

“I live here because of the land, and the land retains its character in large part because the ICL has ensured large swaths of it stay in their natural state. Partnering with the ICL would perfectly reflect my relationship with my home and the artistic journey that land created for me. ”
— Carl Rowe

Call for Artists

ICL puts out a call to artists and accepts applications for the artist in residence program every year in October.

Previous ICL Artists in Residence

2018Jessica L. Bryant

2017—Linda Lantzy

2016—Josh Udesen

2015Peter Lovera

2013–2014Rachel Teannalach

ICL Artist in Residence Sponsor

The ICL AIR program is sponsored by ARTA River Trips, a nonprofit river rafting organization with over 50 years of experience taking people on amazing journeys down the majestic rivers of the western United States.

Our gratitude also goes to an anonymous donor for their generous support of our artists.