Welcome, students, to Spring 2006! The Art Department is pleased to resume publication of this blog to bring you the latest in art related news as well as University information.


If you have completed 70 or more credits and still not taken the Upper Division Writing Placement Exam, you may register now. Go to www.umt.edu/writingcenter for dates and times.

The Deadline for submission of BFA review applications is Feb. 1st, pick up your app on the third floor of the Fine Arts Building.

The Art Department is offering several classes for the Summer Sessions, register now on Cyberbear.

Dr. Ardi Kia is teaching a course called Artistic Traditions of Central and Southwest Asia this Spring.  This course will fulfill an upper division Art History requirement.  Spaces are still available! [Editor Note: As of February 27, 2014, this course no longer fulfills the upper division Art History requirement.]

The Life Drawing Session is being held every Tuesday from 7-10pm in FA 401. Contact Jenna at 240-8227 for more details.

WORD (Women’s Opportunity & Resource Development, inc.) Invites all women photographers to submit photos for their annual fundraiser and auction, “The Many Faces of Women,” scheduled for March 11. Contact Suzin Kratina at 543.3550, ext 57 for more info, or visit their website at www.wordinc.org

The Missoula Art Museum is offering a six week expressive drawing workshop with Patricia Thornton on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm, Feb 14th through March 21. Call 728.0447 for more info.

Tobacco Free Hamilton is looking for artists or art students to work with middle and high school kids on a project that involves graffiti art. Contract Ari at 375-9588 to get involved.


Local darkroom set-up being sold-MAKE AN OFFER. Complete set-up for color and b/w, excellent enlarger in great shape, developing and processing equipment: trays, timers, etc. DOZENS OF BOOKS. Contact Terry Russell at 543-7584.


Art Department Graduate Students Orville Chigbrow, Sarah Conway, Hak Kyun Kim and Alex Kraft will be presenting “Associations,” an exhibit of ceramics, in the UC Gallery until Feb 17. They will give a slide presentation on Friday, Feb 3 from 4-5pm with an opening reception to follow. This is one of two ceramics exhibitions on campus, the other is in the GVA.
Art students, brothers, and rock stars Michael and Patrick Gill will be performing with their band Victory Smokes at the Raven for First Friday. This show is a fundraiser for The Vagina Monologues, and includes local bands The Hermans, Hail Man, Well Met and Raise Your Hands. The show starts at 6pm.

Former Art Student Gabriel Foxworthy is announcing an “art extravaganza” that features his recent works and his “glorius collaborations” [sic] with Sheilah Healow. Gabe says there will be live music and wine at Crazey Daisey from 5-8pm First Friday.

Professor of Sculpture Brad Allen will host the opening reception for his exhibition at The Gold Dust Galley this Friday. Brad’s show is called, “A Bridge With No Ends” be sure to check out this exhibition.

The Gallery of Visual Arts (Social Science Building) will be hosting TWO First Friday Openings for their exhibitions, “Ceramic Selections from the Montana Museum of Art & Culture Permanent Collection” and “States of Being” which features works by former Art Department Professor Rudy Autio and current Adjunct David Reagan as well as several other talented artists. The exhibitions will run until March 2. The opening reception for both shows will be from 5-7pm. The Gallery of Visual Arts is open Mon-Fri 11am-4pm.

Frances Senska: A Life in Art will be at the Meloy and Paxson galleries of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture from Friday, Jan. 6, through Saturday, Feb. 25. The museum’s galleries are located in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Building at The University of Montana.
This retrospective exhibition provides an important glimpse into one of the most influential
Montana artists who helped shape the nature of contemporary ceramics. It presents a wide breadth of work Senska has created over the course of her life. Included are watercolors and prints that she produced as a student in the 1930s as well as a diverse representation of ceramic pieces. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for admission, and free parking now is available near the northwest corner of the PAR/TV Building. A First Friday reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 3 at the museum. Contact: Manuela Well-Off-Man, Curator, 243-2019museum@umontana.edu or www.umt.edu/partv/famus


Josh DeWeese, a ceramic artist and Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art in Helena, will give a gallery talk titled, “Montana’s Ceramic Traditions” on Thursday, Feb 9th at 7pm in the Meloy Gallery, UM PARTV building.

PHOTOS: (Firefox users can right click to “view image” as larger pic)

Brad Allen and students cast metal

Professor Allen (blue hard hat) and students cast bronze in the sculpture yard recently.

Casting Bronze

One of the casting pots in use

Students discuss casting
Art students Shilo Stott (center) and John Driessen discuss casting techniques

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