Moscow— April 21, 2021 Visit Moscow Contemporary on Saturday, April 30 at 10:30 a.m. for a Coffee Talk. LCSC Professor Emeritus Rhett Diessner will join artists Ellen Vieth and Jean Arnold for a conversation on the topic of beauty.

Rhett Diessner is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Lewis-Clark State College and Global Affiliated Faculty member at the Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education. He earned a doctorate at Harvard and a master’s at the University of Oregon. His research interests are engagement with natural beauty, artistic beauty, moral beauty, and beautiful ideas. He is the author of the book Understanding the Beauty Appreciation Trait (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and has published in such journals as Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts; Journal of Aesthetic Education; Ecopsychology; Journal of Moral Education, and Review of General Psychology.

The work by Vieth and Arnold within the exhibit presents beauty as both the subject and a challenge, providing the perfect backdrop to the wide-ranging approach Diessner takes in addressing the subject.


Coffee provided by One World Café. The exhibition continues through May 14, 2022.


Since August 1, 2021, Moscow Contemporary has been transforming the space at 414 S. Main Street into the best gallery in Idaho. It received its IRS 501c3 tax-exempt status in November 2021. Its mission: Moscow Contemporary connects, supports, and creates community through art and arts education.