Karl LeClair, Public Art Program Manager

Karl LeClair promotes public art projects and cultural policies for the City of Boise’s Percent-for-Art program and Boise’s neighborhoods. Together with the city’s Arts and History Commission and community-based review panels, he cultivates and manages Boise’s public artist selection process and oversees new public art projects.

A versatile arts professional and trusted department emissary, LeClair worked his way through multiple roles within the Department. In the past couple of years, LeClair focused his attention and resources in the public art realm, working with and promoting the work of emerging and established Boise artists.  Now, LeClair leads the process of initiating and managing new public artworks. A high point in his service to the City has been hanging, arranging and curating the Boise Visual Chronicle, an impressive collection of work produced exclusively by local artists.

“Nothing compares to discovering a public artwork rising unexpectedly from the landscape.”

In addition to being an energetic and trusted team player in the Department of Arts & History, LeClair happens to be a superb printmaker, maintaining an active artist studio practice. He serves on the board at Surel’s Place Artist Residency and is a member of the Rocky Mountain Printmaking Alliance and Southern Graphics Council International. LeClair’s work has been exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, CT, the Fine Arts Gallery within Boise State’s Student Union, as well as the Boise Art Museum. He has a BFA in Art Education, Printmaking, and Art History from Boise State University.