SPRING 2009!

As Winter Session continues, we at the Department of Art hope you are enjoying your courses or break.  Here’s what’s going on as we prepare for Spring Semester 2009:

First off, the Department is thrilled to welcome its new chairperson, Julia Galloway!

DEPARTMENT EVENTS:

The BFA review for Spring 2009 is scheduled for Feb. 11th.  Applications are available in the Art Office or on the web by clicking here.

The Gallery of Visual Arts is pleased to present the works of Tracy Linder from January 29 to February 27.  The gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, January 29 from 5-7pm, with a gallery talk by the artist at 6pm that evening.

Department of Art professors Bobby Tilton and Beth Lo will discuss their recent sabbatical trip to China at the Missoula Art Museum on January 25th.  They will be joined by artists Vivan Xang, Janet Whaley and Phil Hamilton.

ART EVENTS:

MAM’s 37th Benefit Art Auction Exhibition!

Auction Pre-Party for Business Partners: February 21, 4-5 PM

37th Benefit Art Auction: February 21, 5 PM

MAM is honored to host the 37th Benefit Art Auction. This important benefit auction – Missoula’s longest running – is critical for MAM to continue serving its 40,000 visitors each year. The juried exhibition will feature over 70 artists, including artists with regional careers and national reputations such as Jim Bailey and Beth Lo. The prestigious works are original and run the gamut of media, from ceramics and sculpture to paintings and photography. The exhibition includes work by nationally recognized artists like Nancy Erickson, Lela Autio, and Mark Abrahmson, plus regional favorites including Stephanie Frostad, Jeneese Hilton, and Doug Baldwin. Visit http://www.missoulaartmuseum.org on January 9 to view the artwork.

MAM will also feature the 4th Artini: Auction ~ In Your Face, on February 19. Prior to the auction, the Carnegie Galleries will be emptied to allow twelve artists to create art during this exciting new event. The Artini Committee and MAM seized this opportunity and asked a small number of artists to spend the day creating an original piece of art to be auctioned that night.  The gallery will open as a studio beginning at 9 AM on February 19, giving each artist until 7 PM to complete an artwork that will go into a live auction. The event reception will begin at 5:30 PM, and guests will be allowed to explore the gallery and observe the artists at work. Participating artists include Brad Allen, Courtney Blazon, Elizabeth Dove, Dustin Hoon, Bob Phinney, Kerri Rosenstein, Stephanie Frostad, and Jonathan Marquis (artists known at the time of publication).

MAM’s Art Auction Exhibition culminates with the 37th Benefit Art Auction on February 21 at the Hilton Garden Inn. For questions regarding the art auctions, to purchase tickets or to view art auction items go to www.missoulaartmuseum.org. Advance Tickets: $70 MAM Members and $80 Non-members. Tickets at the door: $95.

Contact:  For more information please contact the Missoula Art Museum at 406-728-0447, visit the MAM website at www.missoulaartmuseum,org or contact Stephen Glueckert, Exhibitions Curator, stevegl@missoulaartmuseum.org, 406.728.0447 x226