EXHIBITIONS:

The Department of Art’s BFA SENIOR EXHIBITION I will open Thursday, March 8th. Join the artists Dan Callahan, Lacey Gibbons, John Charles Koelling, Matthew Hayes Lindsay, Jonathan Stanish, Brett Svetlik, and Matthew Wicks in the GVA for the reception from 5-7pm. The exhibit will run until March 22.

The second half of the exhibit, featuring Ian Clark, Margie Hunt and Joseph Knoepfler will be in the UC Gallery with reception from 4-6pm, running until March 22 as well.

Department of Art Graduate Student Kendall Mingey will present her MFA Thesis Exhibit in the Masquer Theater (PAR-TV Building) from March 13-16. The theater will be open from 2.30-6.00pm daily.

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents: George Longfish: A Retrospective, March 9 – April 20, 2007 in the Meloy and Paxson Galleries. This retrospective exhibition features George Longfish’s work of the past 35 years. Longfish (Seneca/Tuscarora) is an internationally noted artist. He was director for the Graduate Program in American Indian Art at UM in 1972, and was Professor of Historical and Contemporary Native American Art at the University of California at Davis 1973-2003. Director of the C.N. Gorman Museum at UC Davis 1974-1996, Longfish has been highly influential is his roles as educator, curator, and artist. He is well-known for his mixed media paintings that stress the importance of owning one’s cultural information and passing it to future generations. His works often use humor and irony to address issues of decolonization and Native identity. After its debut in Missoula, this exhibition, organized by MMAC, will travel throughout the country. It is accompanied by a full color catalog published by The University of Montana Press. Friday, March 9, 4-7pm: Opening Reception. UM PARTV Building. Tuesday, April 3, 4:15pm: Public Lecture by George Longfish, UM Social Sciences Building Rm. 352. Thursday, April 5, 5-7pm: Artist’s Reception, UM PARTV Building. Thursday, April 5, 6pm: Gallery Talk by George Longfish, Meloy Gallery. Gallery hours: Tues. – Thurs. 11am – 3pm; Fri. – Sat. 4 – 8:30pm, 406.243.2019 museum@umontana.edu, www.umt.edu/montanamuseum

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Linda McCray, a painting and drawing graduate student, has a painting entitled “Rising” included in the national juried show “Exploring Spirituality” at the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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UM Department of Art graduates are displaying their works at the The Gold Dust Gallery . ‘The Withdrawing Room’ from printmakers Caleb Sheridan, Craig Weinke, and Christine Cleveland: themes such as repetition, ritual, and ceremony, the three artists have created a show exploring ideas of humanity in nature and social interaction with mass media. The Gold Dust Gallery is open Tuesdays from 2-4 pm or by appointment. Please call PR Director Adelaide Every at 406-360-7452 or Gallery Director Lonney White at 406-860-3813 to schedule a viewing. Alternatively, you may email any inquiries to golddustgallery@ hotmail.com. ‘The Withdrawing Room’
will be at the Gold Dust Gallery until April 2007.

ART VENUES:

Dauphines, formerly The Raven Cafe, is looking for artists to display their works for First Friday exhibits this year. E-mail them HERE for more info.

Liquid Planet is also looking for student work to exhibit. Contact Jerod for more info…

OPPORTUNITIES:

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is accepting applications for artworks to be installed in the new Don Anderson Hall building on campus. The committee overseeing the selection process has several submission requirements, and inquiries may be made to Manuela Well-Off-Man.

Local business owner Chris Henry is looking for art to be displayed in his space. Chris is open to ideas, but is most interested in large objects such as metal or wood sculptures, or ceramics. The business hopes to participate in First Friday exhibitions, but may be willing to retain works for semi-permanent display. You can contact Chris at 721.8446 or by e-mail at hendawg@earcandymusic.nu

The owners of the Whitewater Bar & Grill are looking for an artist to design a logo for their business. Brien and Tyler Hangas are open to ideas regarding the image and ask that inquiries be directed to them at 360.9854 or 360.9853.

Students in the Department of Pharmacy are conducting a contest to find a design for their T-shirts. The shirts will be worn by participants in the “gA.S.P.ing for AIR,” 2007 5K run that will raise money to send children to asthma camp. If you are interested in submitting a logo for the T-shirts, you may bring them to the Art Department’s main offices by Friday, March 16th. The winner will receive a Griz sweatshirt and a $25 gift card to The Bookstore. More info is available on the fliers hanging in the Fine Arts Building.

STUDENT NEWS:

Art student Pam Caughey is featured in the current edition of Missoula Living magazine. The article features Pam, pictures of her works, and her ideas on creating watercolor paintings. You can read a portion of the article by clicking here and scrolling down the page, and view many of her works on her website. Congratulations, Pam!

FACULTY AS ARTISTS AND SCHOLARS:

Beth Lo, Professor of Ceramics, is currently displaying works called “Contemporary Ceramics,” at the Dairy Barn Art Center in Athens, Ohio as well as “Le Mesa” at NCECA in Louisville, KY and “Earthtones” at Actor’s Theater of Louisville.

Dr. Rafael Chacón, Professor of Art History, moderated a Donors’ Forum for the Museum of Art and Culture on February 1, 2007 in conjunction with the exhibition The Collectors’ Art.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!