Visiting Artist and First Friday!

Visiting Artist:

Doug Anderson will be on campus this week giving demos to students and a lecture for the public.  Join us in Social Science room 356 on Thursday, September 30th from 5-6pm to hear him speak about his latest works.  An opening reception will follow the lecture from 6-7pm in the Gallery of Visual Arts, so take this opportunity to view Mr. Anderson’s art and ask him questions.  Anderson received his MFA  from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.F.A. from the University of Arizona- Tucson. The artist currently resides in New York and serves as an Associate Professor of Art at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo, New York.

First Friday:

There are many events lined up for October’s First Friday, but one is of particular interest to us in the School of Art.  Join us from 5-7pm at the Historic Union Hall (208 E. Main St.) for a memorial exhibition reception celebrating the life and art of Andrew McDonald.  Andrew was a UM student and prolific painter who passed away suddenly this summer.  His paintings are emotional, complex and vary in both scale and influence.  Special thanks to Maggie, the manager of the Union Club, for allowing us to host this special event at her venue.

Art major Nancy Rishoff will be hosting a reception of her latest works at Computer Central ( 136 E. Broadway).  Join Nancy and friends and take in her wonderful new exhibition titled, “Completely Foiled”.  Nancy’s drawings are all on tin foil!

Art major Joseph Kellogg will be displaying his latest works at the Western Montana Community Center (127 N. Higgins Ave., Suite 202).

School of Art alumna Adelaide Gale Every has art at Bernice’s Bakery (190 S 3rd St W), which she describes as, “So shiny, so colorful, and just as sweet, these new works in plexiglass by Adelaide Every are pure indulgence minus the calories. Utilizing plexiglass as her canvas, and adding pinches of acrylic, spraypaint, vinyl, and found objects…”

The Brink Gallery (111 w front St.) has this message to share, “The Brink Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibit “fix yourself”, by Toni Matlock. With video, sculptures, and drawings, Matlock explores the process of learning and communication. Learning is on-going. Once something is learned, it is learned and re-learned continually in different ways. There is also a question as to whether a moment of true knowledge exists. Matlock’s video entitled “you don’t hear me”, deals with communication and miscommunication, where the same language is used, but understanding is elusive. Making use of light and line, Matlock’s sculptures and drawings combine symbols and shared knowledge for a new narrative in a different place and time. Rich in thoughtfulness and simplicity, fix yourself chases moments of clarity, combining movies and sculpture to subtly scrutinize the clutches and skirmishes of memory and the mundane.”  Be sure to check out Toni’s exhibition in this wonderful space!

School of Art graduate Gabriel Schmitt will present his latest works at Butterfly Herbs (2323 N. Higgins).  Gabriel will be showing a new series of Paintings and Drawings. The body is comprised of works that utilize quick construction techniques and lo-fi aesthetics.
There is a new gallery in Missoula!  A space previously used by the School of Art and other groups has been transformed into a permanent feature on the local art scene!  Check out the alley behind the Old Post Pub which has been named, “Frontierspace.”  Here is their First Friday announcement, “Frontierspace, Missoula’s newest gallery presents Nationwide Repercussions for the month of October. Featuring artists from Detroit, Chicago, Rural Georgia, and Seattle, Nationwide Repercussions will feature work in a variety of media addressing the ideas of place and location. Frontierspace will be open Friday, October 1st from 6pm to 11pm. Frontierspace is located one block west of Higgins in the alley between Pine and Spruce.”  We all welcome this addition to our First Friday route!
Be sure to check out The Clay Studio of Missoula, enjoy awesome art and their signature Goldfish Crackers this First Friday.  On display in the gallery will be “Folk Dreams”, New Work by Phil Mahn.
The UC Gallery is hosting an exhibition that will change throughout its installation period.  Stop by and take a look at “Art in Progress” and “observe, interact and be a part of the creative process as artists create diversity themed works of art.”  It’s all part of the university’s Day of Dialog, so don’t miss out!
Our dear friends at the Missoula Art Museum invite you to “Join Michael Sarich for a gallery talk about his paintings, ceramics, and large assembled puppets which are laced with his characteristic imagery and wry social commentaries. Investigate the symbolic nature of the work, spanning imagery of Mickey Mouse, tattoos, beach balls, and cartoons as they rise above their original, intended visual and commercial appeal. Sarich will share his personal history at 6 PM. View exhibitions in six galleries, sample delicious wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages.”
Other News:
If you are an art student who has wanted to go to Europe, you are in luck!  Drs. Chacón and Hedquist are planning a Art History course in both Rome and Istanbul for winter session 2011!  Who better to show you the sights and explain the art and architecture than these two dynamic and engaging professors?  An informational meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 29th at 5.00pm in the Art History and Criticism Resource Center (FA 202).
The School of Art’s student group, the Artists’ Collective, will have an informational meeting on Wednesday, September 29th at 6pm in Fine Arts 102.  If you are interested in learning more about this active group of art students, please be sure to attend.

The Missoula Art Museum is pleased to present cellist Pansy Chang and pianist Lydia Brown at the Distinguished Artist Lecture and Concert Series on October 14, 7:30 PM. These artists will perform “A Night of Firsts,” a program comprised of Beethoven’s First Piano and Cello Sonata, Bach’s First Suite for Solo Cello, Brahms’ First Cello and Piano Sonata and a world premiere by award-winning composer Jack Perla. MAM will host a dessert and champagne reception following the concert where guests will be able to meet and mingle with the artists.

Pansy Chang, cellist, is presently Associate Professor of Cello at Miami University of Ohio. She has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Chamber Music Northwest, on Bob Sherman’s “Listening Room” – WQXR in New York, and in both the Yale University Spectrum Series at Weill Hall and the Yale University Faculty Artist Series.  Concerto appearances include performances with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Oregon Symphony, and many regional orchestras in the Washington, DC and Portland, OR metropolitan areas.  Ms. Chang also performs regularly with the Portland, Oregon-based band, Pink Martini, whose numerous appearances with orchestra include performances with the Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has performed in North America, Europe, Asia, and Israel and can be heard on the Albany and Amosoya Music and Planet Arts Recording labels.

Pianist Lydia Brown has performed extensively as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the world. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she currently serves as assistant conductor at The Metropolitan Opera.  Miss Brown won the Second Prize of the 1996 New Orleans International Piano Competition and was honored as a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Miss Brown has appeared in recital at Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y, Steinway Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum , the Goethe Institute of New York and the Phillips and Freer Galleries of the Smithsonian, among others. Miss Brown has performed at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Weill Recital Hall and with the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music Series and Santa Fe New Music.  In 2007, Miss Brown joined the Vocal Program of the Marlboro Music Festival. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Yale University and The Juilliard School.

Tickets: MAM Members $10, students $5, general public $15. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 406.728.0447 to purchase tickets.

Sponsored in part by the Gallagher Foundation and Wilma Lofts.

Contact:  For more information please contact the Missoula Art Museum at 406-728-0447, visit the MAM website at or contact Katie Stanton, Marketing and Communications Director,, 406.728.0447 x231.

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