Fish in the Museum

The Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU) will open Fish in the Museum with fish art created by artists from Idaho K-12 and local artists on February 26th.

Fish in the Museum

Fish in the Museum

The Fish in the Museum exhibit is open for students to celebrate the creativity of Idaho students and will teach students about Idaho’s native fish.

Each artist produced a representation of an Idaho native fish species. Idaho fish species can be up to 6-feet long or as small as 6-inches. The fish art includes paintings, sculptures, graphic art, and drawings. The art is as diverse as the fish species of Idaho!

The pieces will be on display until mid-May, when artists will have the option to sell their piece in the gift shop.

Each artist produced an artistic representation of an Idaho native fish species. Idaho fish species can be up to 6-feet long or as small as 6-inches. The fish art includes paintings, sculptures, graphic art, and drawings. The art is as diverse as the fish species of Idaho!

IMNH also welcomes a rotating exhibit of the fieldwork of ISU instructor Amy Howard and students Devin Meldrum and Derek Viall. They were contracted to head research in Southeast Idaho for the Rivers and Headwaters project, a multi-state National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) funded fieldwork project with the aim “to identify and document tradition bearers and traditional activities related to rivers, headwaters, and watersheds in the Columbia and Snake River watersheds.”

Their research was comprised of a series of interviews in communities from Sugar City to Pocatello. The fieldwork concentrated on the importance of the Snake River and Snake River Plains to these communities, specifically the role of water in farming and ranching, stories and restoration efforts after the Teton River flood, recreational fishing and Idaho’s fisheries, and narrative traditions of the Shoshone-Bannock. The exhibit will highlight a portion of the folkways and folklore they collected.

On February 26th the public is invited to meet many of those interviewed between 3pm and 6pm. From 3pm to 5pm they will be in the gallery and at 5pm hear about the Southeast Idaho for the Rivers and Headwaters project and stories from those interviewed.

Sponsors of the Southeast Idaho for the Rivers and Headwaters Project:

Western Imagination Through the Arts Idaho Commission on the Arts National Endowment of the Arts

 

 

 

Idaho’s 39 Native Fish:

White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus), Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka), Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytshca), Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), Steelhead/Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus), Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii), Torrent Sculpin (Cottus rhotheus), Wood River Sculpin (Cottus leipomus), Bear Lake Sculpin (Cottus extensus), Mottled Sculpin (Cottus bairdii), Paiute Sculpin (Cottus beldingii), Shoshone Sculpin (Cottus greenei), Shorthead Sculpin (Cottus confusus), Slimy Sculpin (Cottus cognatus), Bluehead Sucker (Catostomus discobolus), Bridgelip Sucker (Catostomus columbianus), Largescale Sucker (Catostomus macrocheilus), Longnose Sucker (Catostomus catostomus), Mountain Sucker (Catostomus platyrhunchus), Utah Sucker (Catostomous ardens), Sand Roller (Percopsis transmontana), Burbot (Lota lota), Peamouth (Mylocheilus caurinus), Redside Shiner (Richardsonius balteatus), Pacific Lamprey (Entosphenus tridentata), Bonneville Cisco (Prospium gemmifer), Bear Lake Whitefish (Prospoium abyssicola), Bonneville Whitefish (Prosopium apilonotus), Mountain Whitefish (Prosopium williamsoni), Pygmy Whitefish (Prosopium coulterii), Chiselmouth (Acrocheilus alutaceus), Lake Chub (Couesius plumbeus), Leatherside Chub (Lepidomeda copei), Utah Chub (Gila atraria), Leopard Dace (Rhinichthys falcatus), Longnose Dace (Rhinichthys cataractae),  Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys osculus), and Northern Pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus oregonensis). 

To learn more about Idaho Native Fish consider purchasing Native Fishes of Idaho from American Fisheries Society.