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.
The 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 currently in it's second cycle, 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" was purchased and graciously donated to the institution from the Associated Students of Irvine Valley College.
BOSI 2010-2011 Awarded Artists
"An Incomplete Life" From coast to coast, Jud Bergeron has lived as a vibrant working sculptor. Jud's move from New York to San Francisco at the end of 2010 makes him our only California artist in this year's BOSI Project. Educated at the Old Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut, and the Vogel Sculpture Studio in France, Mr. Bergeron's work reflects his interest in classical sculpture, but with a contemporary 'take'. Jud has participated in over twenty group shows from LA to Santa Fe to Denver to New York, held a curatorial position in San Francisco, and completed residencies at the Eugene Glass School (OR) and I-Park (CT). His piece "An Incomplete Life" is dedicated to his close friend, poet Bill Reynolds.
"Column" Sculptor Nicky Falkenhayn lives and works at her studio in Portland Oregon. Born in Florida and raised in Holland and Switzerland, Ms. Falkenhayn has traveled extensively. After working as a professional instructor in Physical Education and Sports for more than two decades, she came to making art only after moving to the northwest coast. Nicky has trained at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she quickly gained a reputation first in fiber and later in jewelry. Today, Nicky combines her training and experience to create sculptural works in steel, glass and knitted wire.
"Balance" Born in Rhode Island, Michael Johnson holds a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati. A Fulbright Scholar who worked in Slovakia, Michael has taught at Baylor University in Texas, the University of Delaware, and currently, is a professor of art at the University of Puget Sound. His works have been exhibited at venues across the globe, including the Seattle Museum of Art and the Izu-Kogen Art Museum in Japan. Mr. Johnson currently lives and runs his studio in Gig Harbor, Washington.
"It's Not About the Scrolls" A product of the California Community College system, Jason Butler received his AA in art in 1998 at Mendocino College. In 2002, he completed a BA in art at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and in 2006 was awarded an MFA from the University of Arizona. Mr. Butler has held faculty positions in both California and Arizona. He currently teaches Blacksmithing and 3-D Design at Pima Community College, as well as Metalwork Immersion at Khalsa Montessori School—both in Tucson. He has been involved in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and his works are in multiple permanent collections in Kansas, Arizona, and California. Mr. Butler is an Eagle Scout and has spent time engaged in humanitarian aid and teaching English in Argentina.
(Seated Left to Right) Artists Nicky Falkenhayn, C. J. Rench, Michael Johnson, Jason E. Butler and Jud Bergeron
(Standing) IVC President Glenn Roquemore and BOSI Project Coordinator Lisa Davis Allen