End of Semester First Friday


May 6 will mark the final First Friday of the 2010-2011 academic year and we are very excited to celebrate with the Missoula art community!  Join us for the following events:

Art major Jackson Goodell presents an exhibition of his photographs at Computer Central (136 W. Broadway) from 5-7pm.

Graduate Students, past and present, from the School of Art will be exhibiting work on  Friday, May 6th from 6:00pm-9:00pm at  FrontierSpace.    The opening reception for “Extended Family” is sure to be a visual EXPLOSION as they pack more than a dozen artists into about 300 square feet of gallery space.  Be sure to come out and see what Missoula’s finest have been up to.  FrontierSpace is located one block west of Higgins in the alley between Pine and Spruce.  Students in the Division of Ceramics will also be exhibiting work in the alley with live music.

Fresh Paint Two:

Student from the School of Art’s Division of Painting will be exhibiting their works in a temporary space around the corner from the Dana Gallery from 5-8pm.

Horizon Bound:

Art majors Louis Habeck, Emily Graslie, Ben Crawford and Eric Wall will have a reception for the exhibition of their latest works installed in the Downstairs Gallery under The Darkroom (135 N. Higgins) from 5-8pm.  The exhibition will be installed until May 27.

Benefit Art Auction:

A Silent Art Auction featuring the work of UM Art Faculty, students and alumni, with live music and refreshments, will be held at Pipestone Mountaineering Space (129 W. Front).   This is a benefit for the children of Katie Jividen, an art major who who died in a car accident in January.  Join us in memory of Katie and support of her family from 5-10p.m.

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture will host a gallery talk and opening reception for Barry Hood Mr. Hood will give a talk at 3pm in the Montana Theatre (UM PARTV Center), followed by an Artist Reception from 4 – 6pm. There will be music and food and all are welcome. Image: Barry Hood, Earth Hart, 2001, cast glass and applied earth pigment, 17 x 9 x 5 inches.

The Missoula Art Museum presents Big Sky High School Artists’ Exhibition.  Meet the talented Big Sky High School artists who created this visual dialogue between the public high school, the museum, and the community. The eclectic composition of the exhibition expresses the excitement, spontaneity, and freedom associated with the making of art. BSHS art teacher Dustin Hoon will talk about the students’ works at 7 PM.

The Brink Gallery  (111 W. Front) is pleased to announce ON DECK 6, a creation of the Montana Skatepark Association (MSA) and an annual fundraiser for the organization whose mission is to fund and facilitate the construction of free, public, concrete skateparks across Montana. This year’s skate art show and auction will feature approximately 50 custom skateboard decks created by artists from across Montana and the United States.  Montana-based artists include Courtney Blazon, Matt LaRubbio, Trevor Parr,  Amber Bushnell and Kelly Smith.  Bidding will begin the night of the opening reception, will continue for two weeks online at montanaskatepark.org.

The Dana Gallery will host the opening reception of the  exhibition featuring new works by international artist Chris Robitaille on First Friday, May 6, from 5 pm – 8 pm.

Bernice’s Bakery
will be hosting the work of School of Art alumnus Marlo Crocifisso the month of May. From her statement, ” This group of paintings was created amongst hearing and seeing the world report of Nations’ rebellions, disasters, and on going conflict.”  Join Marlo from 5-8 p.m.


The University of Montana’s 2011 Commencement will be held at 10am on May 14th in Washington Grizzly Stadium.  The School of Art’s Commencement Ceremony will begin at 2pm in the Montana Theatre (PAR-TV Bldg), but art students should be backstage by 1.45.  Please contact Ed Morrissey at 406.243.4181 with any questions.


The School of Art is offering several courses over the two summer sessions.  Click HERE for a full schedule.


The School of Art would like to thank all the amazing, dedicated and talented students for making this such a great year!  Congratulations to all those completing their degrees; please stay in touch!  We would also like to thank the members of Missoula’s wonderful art community for their continued support of our program and attendance at our events.  Have a great summer, everyone!