Artists

Learn. Discover. Explore.

Our partnering artists – domestic and international – always create something special and new. Their works of inspiration encompass both art and culture that connect us to remarkable stories of the human journey portrayed through their experience, talents, and imagination. Funding sources such as grants, sponsorships, and donations enable the IMID to host biannual art+culture exhibits in spring and fall.

Ceramic Sculptor

Hallie Maxwell is a ceramic figurative sculptor from Idaho and currently resides in Meridian. She has studied the human form through models intensely at California Lutheran University. Through her art, she explores the shared human conditions of love and suffering by creating emotional human forms that are both realistic and abstract. A majority of the figures Maxwell creates are from her imagination. Maxwell’s grandparents and great grandmother are survivors of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. This tragic event is a common theme in her work. Her passion for Japanese American history extends beyond her artworks. She has written the essay “Art in the Japanese Internment Camps”, for which she was an award winner of the Dibble Living Trust Art History Essay Competition, and guest lectures on the subject at California Lutheran University.   

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Batik Artist

Tunde Odunlade is a print and textile artist who has recorded several CDs that integrate poetry and music. He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria and has exhibited extensively within Nigeria and throughout Africa, North America, and Europe. Odunlade’s work is part of the collections of renowned institutions including the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Victoria and Albert Museum in London, MacArthur Foundation Collection in Chicago, and State House in Lagos, Nigeria. Private collectors have included his work as part of their personal collections in parts of North America, Europe, and Nigeria.

Illustrator

Luan (Lu-on) Teed is a freelance illustrator living in Boise, Idaho. She graduated in May 2020 from Boise State University with a BFA in Illustration and a minor in Arts Entrepreneurship. Teed was adopted from Wuzhou, China when she was a year old. She has struggled with the transracial adoption paradox; the joining of racially different (majority white) parents and (ethnic minority) children together in a family. Her artwork has been a conduit for exploring her unknown origin and reconnecting with her Chinese culture. Teed’s work continues to pull inspiration from art history, her travels abroad, and other Asian cultures from around the world. Her strong sense of pattern and characterization of lines give her illustrations a fresh and vibrant feeling. Teed is excited to create a career in editorial illustration, surface design, and character design.

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