Alan Giltzow, ceramics


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Alan works his irreverent and humorous imagination into clay and mixed media. He lived in Boise from 1946 until 2006 and now resides with his wife Benita in Donnelly, Idaho.

He attended Boise Junior College after graduating from Borah high school, studying art under Louis Peck and Lavar Steele. He transferred to the University of Idaho to take advantage of the architecture program where he also minored in art, a student of George Roberts and Alf Dunn. After graduating with a degree in architecture, he continued evening art classes with Louis Peck and John Killmaster at Boise State University.

Alan was a founding partner of ZGA Architects in Boise in 1973. He served as ZGA’s Corporate President for many years, completing literally hundreds of projects as a Principal-in-Charge. Many of these projects have been recognized for design excellence by the Idaho Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Preservation Idaho and Remodeling Magazine. His passion for fine art was essentially put on hold until retiring from architecture in 2002 when he resumed his love of the arts and began taking clay art courses at the Boise Art Center under the direction of Rick Jenkins.

He entered the Art Source Gallery’s 2006 Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition and had two pieces accepted for the show. He is now a member of the Art Source Gallery in Boise and Gallery Fifty-Five in McCall.

2006 Art Source Gallery Juried Exhibition (2 pieces)
2007 Dalton Award, Idaho Press Club (Commissioned piece)
2008 Dalton Award, Idaho Press Club (Commissioned piece)
2008/2009 President Art Source Gallery – Boise, Idaho
2009 Featured Artist (February), Happy Fish – Boise, Idaho