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Part 3. Services, Functions and Facilities Use
Section VII. Speakers and Fine Arts
A. Art Galleries/Museums
1. John B. Davis Gallery
The John B. Davis Gallery, named in 1970 in honor of a former chairman of the Art Department, is located in the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The Gallery plays a major role in the Art Departmentís undergraduate and graduate programs and brings regional and national exhibitions to Southeast Idaho to enrich the cultural experience of the community as well as the University. The Davis Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters.
2. Idaho Museum of Natural History
The Idaho Museum of Natural History has a dual function, serving as the State museum of natural history and as a University museum. In its role as the State museum of natural history, it is mandated to collect, preserve, study, interpret, and display tangible objects and documents reflecting the natural heritage of Idaho. It is further charged with the responsibility of supporting and encouraging local and municipal natural history museums throughout the State of Idaho. As a University museum it has the responsibility of contributing to the Universityís academic, research, and public service programs.
The Museumís primary role is the development and preservation of collections of Idahoís natural history objects. These collections are used for the interpretation of Idahoís natural heritage through research and instruction at the University, research by other scholars, education programs for children and adults, and exhibit programs. They strengthen academic programs in anthropology, biology, education, and geology and promote appreciation of the Stateís natural heritage. Museum resources enhance both general education programs and the education of nontraditional students.
The Museum encourages the enjoyment and understanding of natural history within the University and in the State at large. Idahoís rich natural resources draw many people to this state, including ISU faculty and students. As the only museum of its kind in Idaho, ideally located on a major corridor to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, it has tremendous potential for attracting visitors to Southeast Idaho, visitors who normally would not stop on their way to these national parks. The Museum also serves as a powerful public relations tool for the University and the State. Thousands of students visit the Museum every year. For many this is their first contact with the University; consequently, these visits can be used to build a positive image for the University and to plant the seeds for recruitment in the future.
The Museum collections contain approximately 350,000 objects, of which fewer than one percent are on exhibit. These collections include 200,000 archaeological objects from the 24 counties of Southeast Idaho, 60,000 vertebrate and 9,000 invertebrate fossils, 60,000 flowering plant specimens (the Ray Jay Davis Herbarium), 10,000 ethnographic artifacts, 3,700 insects and other invertebrates, 3,000 comparative osteological specimens, 1,000 modern fish and reptiles, 2,000 mammal and bird skins, and 1,500 historic photographs.
The Museum library contains approximately 850 books, 750 journals and series, and 20,000 reprints in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, museology, paleontology, vertebrate zoology, and Idaho history. The exchange program, involving the Museumís publication series, provides the means for continued acquisitions of national and international journals and series.
3. Mindís Eye Gallery
The Mindís Eye Gallery is a small photography gallery located on the lower level of the Pond Student Union Building. Exhibits are scheduled during the academic year and are selected by a student Program Board Chairperson. Exhibits range from students and local artists to internationally renown artists. Hours are Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Monday - Thursday, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
4. Transition Gallery
The Transition Gallery is a multimedia gallery displaying paintings, sculpture, and other art forms, located on the lower level of the Pond Student Union Building. The scheduling for exhibits is the responsibility of the Program Board Transition Gallery Chairperson. Academic year hours are Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Monday - Thursday, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.