Work of artist Willem Volkersz, ’65, lights up museum

Artist Willem Volkersz came to the U.S. from his native Holland in 1953 after spending his early life under Nazi occupation. A pioneer in the use of neon in art, he developed a love of photography, travel, American roadside culture, pop art, and folk and visionary art. Volkersz, ’65, will have an exhibit of his work, “The View From Here,” on display at the Boise Art Museum from Oct. 8 to Jan. 8. Above is his 2000 image, “America the Beautiful,” made of neon, wood and acrylic/latex paint.