First Friday-January, 2011


School of Art graduate students Anna Lemnitzer and Rebecca Weed have been selected from a nationwide call for MFA artists to participate in the National Wet Paint Exhibition 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  The exhibition will take place from January 21st to March 12th, 2011.

The National Wet Paint Exhibition is an outlook and an overview of emerging artists across the United States currently working in the medium of painting. Wet Paint refers to the idea that this is a fresh group of artists. They are MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) candidates and recent MFA recipients working primarily in the medium of painting.

The National Wet Paint Exhibition consists of 45 paintings by artists selected from a national call which resulted in 280 submissions. The exhibition takes place in the 6000 sq/ft main gallery of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. The Zhou B Art Center is a private, non-government funded art center designed to facilitate the exchange of contemporary art between Chicago and the international art community. The 87,000 square feet art center offers innumerable possibilities for exploring the arts in a charismatic location and collectively form an extravagant art center fusing culture and creativity.

All the works in the exhibition will be permanently available online at The National Wet Paint Exhibition was curated and organized by Sergio Gomez, independent curator at the Zhou B Art Center.   Opening Date/Reception: Friday, January 21, 2011 7 pm to 10 pm at the Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St, 1st Floor, Chicago, IL.  Contact:, 708-837-4534 (Sergio Gomez).  Congratulations to Anna and Rebecca!

First Friday:

The very first First Friday of 2011 is shaping up to be a great one.  Be sure to join us downtown for fantastic art, refreshments and friends.

School of Art graduate students Will Hutchinson and Nate Tonning are back at it, this time bringing a joint exhibition to FrontierSpace.  Join us as we welcome Alex Gartelmann and Jonas Sebura to Missoula’s newest gallery.  Their exhibition titled “This is How it Feels” will feature collaborative text-based signage that elicits uncomfortable or emotional response on display through the month of January. Utilizing sculptural and installation based techniques, Alex and Jonas will be showing a variety of work in and out of the gallery.  FrontierSpace will be open from 6-9pm on First Friday, it is located in the alley behind The Old Post.

Graduate student Jack Metcalf will displaying new works at the Brink Gallery from 5-8pm this First Sriday.  Join us at 111 W. Front St. to see Jack’s latest exhibition, “Considering Content.

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture invites everyone to their First Friday exhibition of “Renoir, Magritte, Guguin and other European Materpieces from a Private Collection” on display in the Meloy Gallery.  Just across the hall, in the Paxson Gallery, you will find “Three Centuries of European Prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection”. The reception will be from 4-6pm in the PAR-TV Building.  For more information, call 243.2019.

Over at the Missoula Art Museum, the talk is all about the 39th Benefit Art Auction. Preview the exceptional contemporary art available at the auction, purchase your tickets, and celebrate the generosity and spirit of these artists. The impressive exhibition ranges from paintings and drawings to ceramics and photography and highlights some of the best emerging and established artists in our region. Sample tasty hors d’oeuvres and join Pam Caughey, Andy Cline, and Hadley Ferguson for an exhibiting artists’ gallery talk at 7 PM. Enjoy the country ballads of Russ Nasset throughout the night. View exhibitions in six galleries and a cash bar.

Butterfly Herbs is hosting a reception for new works by Dirk Lee ( one collaboration with Noah Ptolemy).  Butterfly Herbs is located at 232 N. Higgins.

Fine Arts Missoula presents their second annual Friday Art Walk Gallery opening at the Missoula AIDS Council (500N. Higgins). The gallery will feature digital art and mixed media works from artist Bree Sutherland, among others.  Come enjoy a wide selection of fine art, directly and indirectly focused around the LGBTQQI community and beyond, an evening of good company, fine wine, and organic hors d’ouerves.  All Proceeds from Fine Arts Missoula benefit the Missoula Aids Council and the Western Montana Community Center with a 60%/40% split of all procceds.

In Other News:

In other news, the School of Art is very excited to announce the return of FishCam!  Live streaming video of the fish tank on this blogger’s very own desk is back and available for viewing during regular school hours.  Enjoy!