First Friday, Juried Student Exhibition, Visiting Artist!


UM Art Majors Bonnie Clark and Sean Bryers will be presenting new works for First Friday at Frankie’s Mercantile (223 W. Front St).  Their exhibition will feature art pieces created by layering alternative materials titled, “Making Thoughts Stand Still.”

School of Art alumnus Stony Sasser will present her latest works in an exhibition titled, “The Last Supper” in the UC Gallery.  There will be a reception on Thursday, March 3, and Stony will speak about her art at 5pm  This show will be on display until April 1st.

Art majors Amber Proudy, Zach Hamersley, Claire Lueders and Adam Lynn have correctly pointed out that one can not spell party without art.  Join them for their exhibition, titled, well, “Party” at the Stensrud Events Center (314 N. 1St W-across from the ZACC) from 6-11pm this First Friday.

School of Art graduate students Nate Tonning and Will Hutchinson have booked two new artists for a First Friday exhibition at their gallery “FrontierSpace“.  Join Andrew Reisert and Michael Vallera in the alley behind the Old Post, next to New West for a joint showing called, “COMA” from 6-9pm.
From the press release:
“Our interface with the physical world is a measure of our consciousness. We have a constant access to the gift of the land, as well as the retreat offered by the infrastructure surrounding us. COMA is an exercise in documenting the grey state in between. Using symmetry, abstraction and fact, these works act as a vehicle for transformation.  What is universal becomes intimate.  What is real seems impossible.”

The Missoula Art Museum invites you to meet your friends at MAM for First Friday from 5-8 PM. Meet local artists Phoebe Toland and Marvie Redmond as they come together to discuss both of their exciting exhibitions. View beautiful sculptural forms within two-dimensional prints inspired by world events in Toland’s High Impact. In Redmond’s Skyscapes, admire atmospheric paintings depicting the skyscapes unique to our area. Her savvy sense of realism communicates beauty and transcendence in the world around us. Let Toland inspire at 7 PM and reflect with Redmond at 7:30 PM.  While at the MAM, don’t miss the School of Art’s very own Cathryn Mallory who has works on display.  An opening reception is scheduled for March 17th.

Join the Montana Museum of Art & Culture for a First Friday Celebration on March 4 from 4 – 6pm. On view “Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin and other European Masterpieces from a Private Collection”, and “Three Centuries of European Prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection”. Food and live music.

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture will present a lecture by MMAC Curator of Art Brandon Reintjes on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at 7pm in the Masquer Theatre at UM. The lecture will focus on masterpieces as unique historical objects as they pass from continent to continent and through lives over the span of decades or centuries. Free and open to the public.

Our friends over at the Brink Gallery are excited for another First Friday reception.  This month they are proud to present Danny Crump‘s, “seeing constructs,” wood-fired ceramics  from March 4 – 26, 2011.  Crump is currently the wood-fire resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula. He has a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from Utah State University in Logan. He has exhibited nationally and completed residencies in Utah, Montana, and New Zealand. He has also studied porcelain in Jingdezhen, China, and will begin a residency at Da Wang Art Center in Shenzhen, China in April.

The School of Art’s Annual Student Juried Exhibition is fast approaching!  The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 3rd.  You can download the application  HERE The opening reception and award ceremony will be from 5-7 on March 10th.


The School of Art  will host artist Steven Pearsosn’s public lecture about his paintings on March 9, 2011, in Social Sciences Room 356, from 5:30-6:30pm. Pearson’s painting style overflows with color, energy, and a playful approach towards layering and abstracting the natural world.


Art students, this is huge!

The City of Missoula Public Art Committee invites artists residing in Missoula County to apply for a public art project to create art on traffic signal boxes (TSB) located throughout Missoula. The goal of the project is to use local traffic signalboxes as “canvases.” The Traffic Signal Box Art Project – Phase IV is designed to enhance our city by adding works of art to streetscape on surfaces that are often targeted by graffiti vandals. Artwork on TSBs functions as a form of communication to a moving audience with the goal of creating a safe, inclusive and interesting environment. Successful proposals will foster community pride and convey the sense of community. When designing your artwork, think of the relevance of the image to the project site and its users (pedestrians, commuters, and neighborhood citizens). Consider what makes Missoula unique: the arts, history, music, community events, recreational opportunities, and special attractions. For an application and further information, please visit The deadline is April 1, 2011.