The idea of hosting gallery space in our architecture and engineering firm was born during the programming phase for our new offices. We facilitated multiple sessions, asking CTA colleagues: “What is important to you regarding your working environment?” We focused on three areas: the physical environment, culture, and an “anything goes” wishlist.
Through this process, we learned the arts and a connection to the community were among top priorities. Rather than showcasing our own work, we decided to highlight pieces from accomplished artists within our region. Our overarching goal: to inspire the public to visit our office and give artists the opportunity to display their work. We encourage featured artists to be innovative and exploratory — mirroring the culture we enjoy at CTA Architects Engineers.
CTA Architects Engineers commissioned Gallery CTA’s first exhibitor, Cody Rutty, for a piece that still hangs in the main conference room.


Collateral Beauty
a collection by Chris Binion
“I started this body of work several years ago, stopped, and only recently returned to it because it held an interest that hadn’t dimmed over the years. My favorite course in college was Art History, taught by the fascinating, dramatic and spirited Dr. Elizabeth Sasser. Beautiful slides and great backstories kept me awake in the darkened room three times a week for two semesters. It was there I was drawn to the folded and glowing landscapes of the fabrics that adorned the saints and royalty of the era, particularly those of the High Renaissance and Baroque eras, and those of the Low Countries of the same period.
“In this work, I have eschewed the drama, the atmosphere, and the persona, and explored the beauty of capes, dresses, and robes. This close-up examination produces almost abstract arrangements of forms and colors, revealing compositions within compositions. I have given the secondary primary position.”
Chris Binion is a self-taught Boise artist who works in oils and watercolors. His subjects have concentrated on detailed still-lifes and various landscapes. This new work is a departure from his usual subjects while employing the techniques and focus seen in his other paintings. His work has also extended to museum installations, public sculpture, and commissions, as well as design of the elements for two major hospital chapels and a memorial rose garden. He is the recipient of a Fellowship from the Idaho Commission on the Arts.
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