Welcome back, new and returning students!

FALL 2010!

The entire School of Art is thrilled to have our returning students back on campus and is excited to work with our new majors!  This week brings some fun and educational art related events, so don’t miss out.

Faculty Exhibition:

The annual School of Art Faculty Exhibition opens on Thursday, September 2rd with a reception in the Gallery of Visual Arts.  Join us in the Social Sciences Building from 6-7pm for snacks, conversation and the amazing art works of our talented faculty.  The exhibition runs until September 22nd.


The School of Art’s professors of Art History will deliver lectures as a component of the Faculty Exhibition.  Dr. Rafael Chacón will speak on “Modernism and the UM campus in the post World War II period” on Thursday, September 2 from 5.10-6pm in Social Science room 356.

Professor Valerie Hedquist will speak on her latest research titled “Constructing biography: what do we really know about Fra Dana?” on Wednesday, September 22 from 5.10-6pm in Social Science room 356.

First Friday:

September 3rd is First Friday, a time for everyone interested in the vibrant and dynamic art community to visit galleries and enjoy the works of local and reginal artists.

At the Montana Museum of Art & Culture you are invited to join as Missoula celebrates the legacy of the area’s best-known and most beloved architect A.J. Gibson, who defined great architecture in Western Montana and Northern Idaho. Gibson designed and built private homes, grand residences and civic structures-including the first five buildings on the UM campus, the Ravalli and Missoula County courthouses and the Daly Mansion. Included are models constructed by members of the American Institute of Architects-Montana chapter, reproductions of Gibson’s architectural plans, original drawings, scrapbooks, photo albums and architectural fragments.

The Missoula Art Museum welcomes you to explore the traditional photography of Snippets from the Bright and From the Shade with nationally known artist David Spear at 7 PM. The tour of Spear’s work moves from Montana in the 70’s, to NYC & East Harlem in the 90’s, and returns to Montana’s Salish/Kootenai Reservation. Join this versatile and multitalented photographer for an evening of discovery. View exhibitions in six galleries, sample delicious wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages. Admission is always free.

Stop by The Catalyst and join Marcy James for “Sketching” an exhibition and reception on September 3d.  The Catalyst is located at 111 N. Higgins.

At The Brink Gallery Renee Adams, Howard Barlow, Justin Colt Beckman, and Justin Gibbens will exhibit their latest works in “Call of the Wild” from September 3 to the 25.  Stop by for the opening reception on Friday, September 3rd from 5 to 8pm. The Brink is located at 111 West Front St.

Exploring myths, mysteries, and stereotypes of the (wild) west, Call of the Wild showcases four artists from rural central Washington. Renee Adams‘ sculptures explore ideal beauty and the natural world, as she scrutinizes two species endemic to the Northwest, the jellyfish and the mushroom. Howard Barlow analyzes contradictions that arise when danger and threat result from attempted safety and protection. His latest sculptures combine antlers with hand-knit wool coverings and vintage military rifle stocks. Justin Colt Beckman an urban transplant from Los Angeles, examines the habits and activities associated with his past ten years in Eastern Washington through photo-based media and video. And, Justin Gibbens using his signature brand of subversive natural history transforms the once-familiar ornithological images of John James Audubon‘s and others into new and peculiar manifestations. By lifting the formal conventions of classic natural science illustration, Gibbens imagines legendary and diabolical beasts through the lens of an 18th century field artist.

A list of other First Friday events can be found HERE.

The UC Gallery is exhibiting the works of Willwm Volkersz in an exhibition titled “In Memoriam” until September 24.  The opening reception will be on Thursday, September 2 at 5pm. 

Coming Up:

School of Art BFA candidate Deegan Fox will display his latest works at Zootown Arts Community Center (235 N. 1st St, West) from September 10 to October 4th.  Join Deegan and friends on September 10 from 5.30 to 8.30 for an opening reception of “Concentric Mysteries”.

The Rocky Mountain School of Photography is offering an “Inspiring evening with Explorers of Light” as an exhibition titled “Igniting the Creative Fire Within” features artist Parish Kohanim on Tuesday, September 7th from 7-9.30pm in the University Center Theatre.  You can learn more about the artist HERE.

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Have a great semester!