First Friday- September!

September’s First Friday is shaping up to be very exciting.  For many of our new students this will be the first First Friday, and we are looking forward to sharing the art and conversation with all of you.

Annual Faculty Exhibition

The public is invited to view works created by University of Montana School of Art faculty when the annual Art Faculty Exhibition opens Tuesday, Sept. 6, in UM’s Gallery of Visual Arts. There is no charge for the exhibition, which runs through Sept. 27.

Several lectures will be held in conjunction with the exhibition, starting with a presentation by H. Rafael Chacón, professor of art history and criticism, titled “Napoleon in the Rice Paddies: It May Go Viral, but is it Art?” from 5:10-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in Social Science Building Room 356.  A reception for the Art Faculty Exhibition will follow from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Gallery of Visual Arts.

Valerie Hedquist, associate professor of art history and criticism, will present “That’s Edutainment: Art History at Sea” from 5:10 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Social Science Building Room 356. A closing reception for the faculty exhibition will follow from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Gallery of Visual Arts.

Each year, School of Art faculty exhibit their work to introduce themselves to students, the campus community and Missoula-area residents. This year’s exhibition will highlight permanent tenure-track faculty and adjunct faculty, including Chacón, Hedquist, Brad Allen, Kevin Bell, Mary Ann Bonjorni, Jennifer Combe, Julia Galloway, Matt Hamon, Trey Hill, Lisa Jarrett, Steven Krutek, Beth Lo, Cathryn Mallory, Nicole Pietrantoni, Edgar Smith and Shalene Valenzuela.

The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of UM’s Social Science Building. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays. Monday viewing hours are available by appointment only.


School of Art graduate students Dean Foster and Ron Geibel will present “Circumstance” in the UC Gallery until September 30th.  Join the School of Art students, staff and faculty for a reception on First Friday from 5-7pm.

The Brink

The Brink Gallery presents “Mindscapes“by Pamela Caughey and Karen McAlister Shimoda.   Shimoda is an artist and freelance editor.  She has a BA  in Art History from Manhattanville College in New York.  Caughey is an artist living in Hamilton. She has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA in painting and drawing from The University of Montana. She is currently a faculty member in the fine arts department at Bitterroot College.  Please join us for a reception with the artists on Friday, September 2nd, 5 – 8pm.
Swing by MAM this Friday, for an amazing night of stop motion! Local artist, Andy Smetanka is a stop motion animator who produces vivid and engaging silhouette narratives using a super 8 camera. His newest production, “City in Shadows” contains meticulous attention to detail and precisely timed movements. Meet the artist and take part in the premiere at 7 PM this First Friday.
Tara Wilson’s “Quiet Pots” will open at The Brink for First Friday.  Quiet Pots initially speak softly yet reveal complexity in both form and surface through continued investigation and use.  Embodied in Tara Wilson’s atmospheric fired vessels is the serenity experienced by surrounding oneself in a rich natural environment.  While the surfaces of the vessels represent the natural world, the forms often relate to the figure, and the inherent relationship of pottery to the figure is accentuated in Tara’s gestural forms.
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