Boise State faculty and staff will migrate across Broadway Avenue, along the greenbelt to the Arts and Humanities Institute (AHI) housed in Yanke Family Research Park on April 13 for what has become an anticipated annual tradition: the fifth annual arts and humanities celebration known as Honeycomb. The event takes place from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
While the free public event is in conjunction with Research Month, it also is a celebration of research unlike any other on campus. Recently published books by faculty authors will be on display, thanks to the Albertsons Library, and professors are encouraged to give informal presentations of their research to the gathered crowd of peers and the public.
“With a lot of the types of research that we do at Boise State, the projects are multi-year, have phases, the end is not in sight. I think it’s important to stop every year and say ‘this is what we’ve been doing and here are some things we want to share with you,'” said AHI co-director and English professor Jacky O’Connor. “It’s an evening in what is an ongoing creation and discovery process. Honeycomb offers us the chance to stop, enjoy what we’ve done and celebrate everyone’s success.”
“It’s something that the university didn’t really have before – we have conferences that showcase STEM or undergraduate research, but arts and humanities projects didn’t really have their own showcase until AHI was launched,” added Stephanie Bacon, an art professor and co-director of the institute.
However, thanks to the duo, Honeycomb feels less like a conference than a research-happy fete. They have booked a graduate string quartet to play throughout the evening, there will be appetizers and a no-host bar, and they have even timed the event to coincide with the unveiling of a new art exhibit in the AHI space called Vivid Threads: Moroccan Textiles and Arts.
The collection includes more than 120 rugs, embroideries, metal, ceramic and wood crafts, artworks, furnishings and household objects illustrating the vivid visual culture of Morocco’s nomadic tribes and cosmopolitan towns. These works are on generous loan by Forrest Geerken, who with his wife Lynne collected them during the 1980s when they lived in Morocco.
“We’re interested in exhibits that are not strictly fine arts but have a component of interdisciplinary or material culture – like a museum would,” Bacon said of the exhibit, which took a year to plan. The exhibit will be on display in the AHI gallery from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday until fall 2018. It is free and open to the public.