Center for Arts & History

Exhibits & Events

Featured Workshop

Next Second Saturday, Family art day is June 8.

Bring the whole family from 1-3PM and make a unique arts and craft project together for your child to take home. 

Future Second Saturday Dates: 

  • July 13
  • August 10
  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14

Current Exhibits


Three programs will be part of an exhibit that examines the regional dams and salmon controversy, all at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, located at 415 Main St. in Lewiston.

The exhibit, called DAMS.FISH.CONTROVERSY, runs through June 22 at the Center. The exhibit looks at the dam system development on the Columbia and Snake rivers for the past 60-plus years and the effect they have had on Nez Perce and Wallowa tribal cultures and fishing. The exhibit was originally developed by the Tamástslikt Cultural Institute on the Umatilla Reservation in Pendleton, Ore., and the Josephy Center for Arts & Culture in Joseph, Ore. The exhibit features a section on Celilo Falls and the dam at The Dalles that flooded those falls in 1957. It also provides contrasting stories of economic and energy gains with the losses of fish and Indian culture, and protests against dam building.

The first program is “Confluence Project Story Gathering,” which will be held on May 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Center. The program features first-person story telling from an Indigenous point of view on understanding histories, cultures, environments, and how the people and the places on the Columbia River system are interconnected.

The second program is May 30 at 6 p.m. and features Nez Perce fishery biologists Lora Tennant and Brian Simmons. They will discuss how the Imnaha salmon and steelhead fare as they migrate through the dam systems. Their talk is called “The Oregon Emigrant Trail, Imnaha Smolt Version: Navigating the Imnaha and Beyond.”

“Hydro Dams History and Issues in Nez Perce Treaty Lands and Watersheds” will be the final program and will be held June 6 at 5 p.m. Nez Perce Tribal elder Silas Whitman will talk about culture, salmon and the Snake River dams, with special attention to one dam that did not get built, the Wallowa, and speculation on proposed plans to build that dam.

The exhibit and programming are sponsored by the LCSC Social Sciences Division with grant funding from the Idaho Humanities Council and US Bank. The program partner is the Confluence Project.

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Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History presents a three artist collaborative exhibit opening May 17 at 5:30 p.m. with an artist reception. The exhibit runs through June 29 and concludes with an Artist Talk at 1 p.m. that day at the Center for Arts & History, located at 415 Main Street in Lewiston. The exhibit coincides with two other exhibits at the Center: FISH.DAMS.CONTROVERSY and the Idaho Bookers Dozen.

DESCENDANT CONSTRUCTS is a group exhibition featuring Rob McKirdie, Tybre Newcomer and Cozette Phillips. The work includes a wide range of mediums and techniques to create sculptural objects. The artists state: “Inspiration comes in many forms, as artists we are constantly seeking it to stimulate our creative passions. We are inspired by the words of Maya Lin who wrote, “Each of my works originates from a simple desire to make people aware of their surroundings, not just the physical world but also the psychological world we live in”. We want to create an exhibition that lives by engaging the attention, imagination, and intelligence of all who enter the LCSC.”

Rob McKirdie’s sculptural works test the concepts of woodcraft and craftsmanship in relation to his source materials. He works with primarily wood and metal integrating found and fabricated objects. His artistic practice focuses on mold making, fabrication and metal casting. Pieces range in size from small works on pedestals to large-scale floor works. Mediums include wood, metal, concrete and found objects. McKirdie earned a BS in Sculpture and a BFA in Studio Practices in 2011 from Portland State University and an MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. McKirdie joined the fine arts faculty at Spokane Falls Community College in 2015. Rob teaches classes in drawing, 3D Design and sculpture.

Tybre Newcomer’s sculptural works are minimalist in style, taking inspiration from the forms of traditional hand tools. Concerned with the idea of the endangered craftsman, his work is both a look to the past, while exploring how craft is used today. His work ranges in size from small works on pedestals to large-scale floor works. Mediums include ceramic, wood and metal. Newcomer received his BFA in Ceramics at Missouri State University. He received his MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Crafts with an emphasis in Ceramic Sculpture and a minor in Furniture Design. Newcomer taught at several institutions before joining Spokane Falls Community College in 2016.

Cozette Phillips’s works to raise ecological consciousness. Phillips’s work interprets natural forms by combining materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, and recycled plastics to evoke the impact of industry and development on the natural environment. Pieces range in size from small works on pedestals to large-scale floor works. Phillips received her BFA in Sculpture and Illustration at Columbus College of Art and Design. Phillips then attended Missouri State University studying Jewelry and Metal. She received her MFA at State University of New York.

The exhibit is sponsored by Charles A. Brown, Attorney at Law and brought to the community through grant funding from ARTSIdaho and US Bank.  

Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Center features free admission but donations are welcome. For more information about the exhibitions or to schedule a docent tour, visit, or call 208-792-2447. 


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Our exhibit season brought to the community through grants from:

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