Welcome to Spring 2011!

The faculty and staff of the School of Art are thrilled to welcome our new and continuing students as we move through another semester packed with art!  Be sure to check this blog often to keep up to date with all the latest news, event, deadlines and other important information art majors need to know.


The School of Art offers scholarships to its majors each year.  Click here for the  Scholarship Application. The deadline is February 14th, so don’t miss your chance to receive some financial assistance! 


The School of Art is pleased to welcome China Marks to campus and we invite you all to check out her work in the Gallery of Visual Arts from February 1 to 25.  There will be an opening reception on Feb. 3 from 5-7pm.

China Marks was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri.  She earned a B.F.A. in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis.  In l976, she moved to New York City. She now lives and makes art in Long Island City, NY, using an industrial sewing machine to make process-directed drawings and books out of fabric and thread. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a 2005 NYFA fellowship for her sewn drawings.  For exhibition hours, please call the Gallery of Visual Arts, Interim Director Lisa Jarrett, at 406-243-2813.

The School of Art’s student group “The Artists’ Collective” is hosting a joint exhibition of their member’s works in the UC Gallery until February 25th.  There will be an opening reception on February 3rd from 5-7pm.  Stop by and take a look at what these dedicated artists have been making lately.

The University of Montana School of Art Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist fund and UMECA (University of Montana Emerging Ceramic Artists) are pleased to host its annual Archie Bray Day, Tues February 15 from 10am to 7pm in the Ceramics lab in the Art Annex.  Each year, three of the current resident artists from the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena are invited to demonstrate their skills in ceramic art for students and the general public.  Approximately 10 residents work and study at the Archie Bray Foundation and have been selected from over 100 applicants from around the world.  This year the University of Montana will host Sean Erwin, Courtney Murphy and Aaron Benson.  Demonstrations will take place from approximately 10am to 1pm, and 2-6pm.  Slide lectures of the artists work will be shown from 6-7pm.  Archie Bray Days are free and open to the public.  For more information call Beth Lo 243-6476 or 243-5893.

Last month Israel Davis came to Missoula to exhibit his works at FrontierSpace.  By popular demand, Mr. Davis now has his works on display in the Gallery of Visual Arts.  You may view “Minutes, Daydreams, and Recollections” through February 25th.  Join us for an opening reception this First Friday from 5-7pm in the GVA.

Be sure to join us for the annual Archie Bray Day in the Art Annex!  Visiting artists will be giving demonstrations and discussions regarding ceramic arts.  This is a great opportunity for you to meet professionals in the field and ask questions of these accomplished artists. 

School of Art graduate students Nate Tonning and Will Hutchinson own a gallery called FrontierSpace and have been very busy bringing visiting artists to Missoula for lectures, demos and First Friday exhibitions.  This month Benjamin Love’s JMH Is My Spirit Guide will be the first solo exhibition of his most recent body of work.

The work in the exhibition spans various media including digital video, sound, sculpture, and installation. The sound piece Ultra Depth Pas Life Regression, leads the listener into a relaxed state, then guides them to reflect on a past life experience to be able to get insight into how it is affecting their current life. The Transfiguration Of JMH, a digital video loop, traps the performer, forever in his moment of transfiguration. Through the reinvigoration and re-contextualization of cast off material and subject matter, Love’s work examines the cult of the individual, revealing its destructive and consumptive power.

The Historic Union Club is proud to present the works of Crystal Kingston this First Friday.  Mrs. Kingston’s prints will be on display in the dining area of the club; an opening reception will be held from 5-7pm on Friday, February 4th.

Many, many people associated with the School of Art are participating in the Clay Studio of Missoula‘s Teapot Show!  The list of names is too long to type, but it includes Eva Champagne, Josh DeWeese, Julia Galloway, Beth Lo, Randi O’Brien and Ron Geibel. Click on the announcement card to read the entire list of talented artists taking part in this exhibit.   The opening reception will be First Friday, February 4th from 5.30-9pm, with the exhibition running until Feb. 25th.  Stop by and enjoy these wonderful ceramic pots, meet the artists and snack on the Clay Studio’s signature Goldfish Crackers!


If you have art related events, exhibitions, etc that you would like to see posted on this blog, feel free to email us HERE.


As far as we can tell, The University of Montana has the only School of Art FishCam in the country.  We could be wrong…


Once again, we welcome you to the School of Art and hope this semester brings you much success and plenty of great art!