MFA Exhibition, Art Sale, and New Video!


School of Art MFA Candidate KENSUKE YAMADA will present his Thesis Exhibition in the GALLERY of VISUAL ARTS beginning with an opening reception on Thursday, December 3rd from 5-7pm.  The exhibition will run until the 17th.

The University of Montana School of Art and Gallery of Visual Arts are honored to present the MFA Thesis Exhibition of Kensuke Yamada entitled Empathetic.  The exhibit will be on display in the Gallery of Visual Arts, located on the first floor of the Social Science Building, December 3-17, and will open with a reception December 3, 5-7 pm.  The public is welcome and there is no admission charge.

Kensuke Yamada creates larger than life ceramic figures that convey common universal attributes. These figures portray multiple emotions and often express the artist’s sense of humor. The placement of these towering figures in relation to one another, as well as their interaction with viewers creates a powerful dialogue. Yamada is interested in creating a narrative through the emotional relationship that occurs between his figures and the viewer.

Kensuke Yamada was born in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan.  His work has been exhibited in the Northwest region in January 2010 he will be an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT.

For more information please contact Cathryn Mallory, Director, Gallery of Visual Arts, The University of Montana, 243-2813.


Meet Missoulian Donna Loos at MAM‘s First Friday

Donna Loos: Silhouette Series

December 4, 2009 – March 28, 2010

Artist Reception and Gallery Talk: December 4, 5-8 PM

The Missoula Art Museum is proud to present this exciting body of work produced by Missoula artist Donna Loos. She states of the series, “I tried to keep a blank mind and to paint unconsciously or subconsciously, or rather, to paint the negative space around a shape. I left the shape dark, and then studied the composition for awhile, looking for shapes as I would look for shapes in a summer cloud. Later I understood that I had painted my autobiography.”

Loos was born in Wyoming, one of eight children of a homesteader mother and Metis father. She began teaching art in the Billings Public Schools system in the early 1960’s while simultaneously carving out a reputation as a prolific and exhibiting artist. In addition to these accomplishments, Loos has held state-level positions in the Montana Art Educators Association, The Montana Institute of the Arts, and the Montana Institute of the Arts Foundation.

Donna Loos: Silhouette Series is scheduled to run through March 28th in the Lynda M. Frost Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery. This gallery is dedicated to honoring the creative cultural contributions of American Indian people to contemporary art, and to ensure that Indian artists will always have a place to celebrate that contribution.

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,, 406.728.0447 x226.

About MAM: FREE EXPRESSION / FREE ADMISSION. MAM educates, challenges and inspires the community through contemporary art. MAM preserves our emerging cultural heritage through the development and conservation of its art collection. Founded in 1975 and accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1987, MAM showcases diverse and thought-provoking contemporary artwork from local and international artists. Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri, 10AM-5PM, Sat, 10AM-3PM. Office hours: Mon-Fri, 9AM-5PM.

MAM / 335 North Pattee, Missoula, MT 59802 / t: 406.728.0447 / /



Support the School of Art students and get yourself some reasonably priced art in the process!  The Annual Art Annex Holiday Show and Sale presented by UMECA (University of Montana Emerging Ceramic Artists) and SSA (Sculpture Students Association) will be Thurs, Fri and Sat December 10, 11, and 12th.
Thurs Dec. 10 4pm -7pm, Awards presented at 5pm
Friday 9am-7pm
Saturday 9am-5pm


Take a look at the video from our most recent STEAMROLLER PRINT PROJECT:


The School  of Art’s Division of Printmaking has its own blog!  Click HERE to take a look at student work and to learn more about the processes and possibilities.


If you have an exhibition or other info to share, send us a note HERE and it will be considered.  In the meantime, get busy and make some art!