NEWS FOR STUDENTS:

The BFA Review is today, Feb. 7th. ALL ART CLASSES ARE CANCELLED! Students and members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house in the Fine Arts building and the Art Annex from 9-10.30 to view student works.

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

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 fullfill an upper division Art History requirement. Spaces are still available!

CALLS FOR ART:
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.

FOR SALE:

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.

VOULNTEER NEEDED:

The UC Gallery is looking for a voulnteer to work as a gallery attendant from 10-11am on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Christine Cleveland at 243-4991 for more info.

ART EVENTS:

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival announces program highlights at its third annual event with seven days full of screenings, panels, filmmaker Q & As, and public and VIP events. Big Sky brings the best new and classic documentaries to the Rocky Mountain West, with 96 films, as well as special screenings. Now in its third year, Big Sky continues to attract many of the most compelling films from around the world, and is rapidly becoming the most talked about documentary festival in the United States. For more information, visit www.bigskyfilmfest.org.

Thursday, February 9, at 7pm in the Meloy Gallery, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents a lecture with Josh DeWeese, titled Montana’s Ceramic Traditions. Mr. DeWeese is a ceramic artist and Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana. This lecture takes place in conjunction with the exhibition Frances Senska: A Life in Art, on view in the Meloy and Paxson Galleries January 6 – February 25, 2006. Contact Manuela Well-Off-Man at 406.243.2019 museum@umontana.edu or www.umt.edu/partv/famus


ART DEPARTMENT FACULTY AS SCHOLARS AND ARTISTS:

Sculpture Professor Brad Allen has been invited to be part of a discussion panel and slide presentation at “Iron in the West”, and art conference at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, NM. Brad will attend March 3 and 4th.

Professor of Art History, Dr. Rafael Chacon, gave a gallery talk in conjuction with the Missoula Art Museum’s Benefit Auction on January 26th and was interviewed on KUFM’s program, Front Row Center discussing “The Life of Architect A.J. Gibson” on Sunday, January 29th.

Art Professor Elizabeth Dove has two exhibits currently on display. “Contemporary Intaglio” is on display at the University of Indianapolis as part of an invitational exhibition, and “Being in Body” can be seen at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

Ceramics Professor Beth Lo will be part of the Figurative Ceramics Invitational Feb. 2-25 at the Cervini Haas Gallery/ Gallery Materia in Scottsdale, AZ. She is one of 9 people invited to take part in this national invitational.

Art Department Chair and Professor Mary Ann Papanek-Miller has been invited to participate in a national juried exhibition titled, “Watermarks 2005” at Southeast Community College in NC.

First Friday was a big success, thanks to the artists and everyone who came out to have a look. Here are some pics from the GVA show:

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Art Professor Tom Rippon has “She Who Tosses Her Own Salad” on display

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“Wanting it both ways” by Tip Toland

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“Survivor” aldo by Tip Toland
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An untitiled work by retired Art Professor Rudy Autio

THE ART DEPARTMENT CERAMICS GRADAUATE STUDENTS ALSO HAD AN EXHIBITION:


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“What to Give” by Sarah Conway

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Orville Chigbrow’s “Restricted”

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“Mutual Response III” by Hak Kyun Kim

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Alex Kraft’s “Ordinae Yoch”

There was more art, and music, at The Raven Cafe…

Lest readers think I was exaggerating about our own rock star art students, I give you the Victory Smokes:


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Michael Gill sings…

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and plays the guitar…
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while brother Patrick drums…

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and non-art student Ben plays the bass…

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see, I told you they’re rock stars! Vist their website for more.

It was a great show with many bands, fine art and fire spinners:

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Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy art and music and support the Women’s Center!

ART DEPARTMENT ALUMNI:

This blog gets mail! Here is a comment left just the other day:

“Hi! I’m not sure who’s in charge of this blog but I think it’s great that the art dept. has one. If appropriate, would you publish this comment with the info. for my art blog, Thick Paint at http://thickpaint.blogspot.com/?
It’s a great forum for creative discourse, inspirational thoughts and studio news.
Thanks so much.
Shan Bryan-Hanson (M.F.A. 1998)”
Thank you, Shan! Your blog link will be added to the blog roll section from now on.

Speaking of former students, Tawni Shuler, BFA 2005, is currently a graduate student at Arizona State University and was recently described by Southwest Art Magazine as, “One of the country’s top 21 artists under 31.” Congratulations, Tawni.

Thaks again to everyone who made these events so successful, have a great week!

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