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Biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitational (BOSI)

by Nicky Falkenhayn


Irvine Valley College and the Art Department believe that the visual arts are an essential element of education in a vibrant and informed society, and are dedicated to the growth of the visual arts in Orange County and the greater southern California region. Engaged in an ambitious building program, Irvine Valley College, the School of Fine Arts, and Art Department envision a campus that acts as an open environment for creative investigations and the resulting aesthetic works. It is out of this dedication to the visual arts that the BOSI Project originated.

Biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitational (BOSI) Project provides Irvine Valley College with the ­vehicle to bring new sculptural works by professional and emerging artists onto the campus in an effort to ­promote art, enhance the educational experience for its students, and enrich the working environment for ­administration, faculty and staff. Conceived in 2007-08, funded in 2008-09 and 2010-12011, the BOSI Project provides for the 24-month lease of five awarded works of sculpture. While the BOSI Project ensures that each work will remain on the IVC campus for a two-year ­period, it also provides an opportunity for the purchase of some of these works as additions to IVC’s emerging permanent collection. In May 2010, two of the 2008-09 leased BOSI works were purchased: “Elements in Motion” by Jon Seeman was purchased and graciously donated to the institution from the Associated Students of Irvine Valley College; and "Compression" by Esmoriet Koestier purchased through the institution's general fund.