First Friday and the start of a new academic year!

August’s First Friday is going to be great!  Join members of the School of Art and the Missoula art community at these and other great receptions:


Graduate students in the School of Art have teamed up to bring Missoula a very unique gallery in the alley behind the Old Post Pub.  Join us at FrontierSpace for the latest exhibition, “To Missoula, with Love”Over 200 artists created unique postcards and mailed them from all over the country!  The reception will be from 6-9pm.

Missoula Art Museum

Our friends over at the museum are all set for their reception of not one, but two fantastic young artists: Wendy Red Star & Pat Hoffman. Red Star’s exhibit, My Home is Where My Tipi Sits (Crow Country)” addresses the shifting nature of life on the reservations through a study of the traditional versus current environment. Pat Hoffman’s ceramic installation, Polar Opposites, breaks down tension and relationships on a molecular level. Both artists will speak at 7pm. As always, free!

The Brink Gallery

For August’s First Friday, the awesome Brink Gallery is exhibiting photography by Andrew Kemmis.  This collection features black and white portraits of people who have embraced Missoula’s MOBASH Skate Park.  The reception will be from 5-8pm on August 5th.

The Clay Studio of Missoula

“Bending the Line” will feature wood, soda, and electric fired pottery by the former Executive Director of the Clay Studio of Missoula, Jayson Lawfer.  The exhibition will be on display from August 5-26, 2011, with an opening reception on Friday, August 5, from 5:30-9pm.
In conjunction with his exhibition, Jayson Lawfer will be leading a workshop at the Clay Studio, The Pottery Triangle: Creating, Marketing, and Selling. This workshop, meeting from 9:30 am – 5:30pm on August 13th, will be a hands-on day full of creating and gaining insight into the world of pottery and the many opportunities artists have to market their work.  By discussing the triangle (creating, marketing, and selling), each participant will come out of the workshop with a better feel for their creations and how they can increase their sales and the visibility of their work in the art/craft market. The workshop costs $80 for members, seniors, and students, and $90 for non-members.

Montana Art and Framing

Montana Art and Framing presents the works of Jim Dew, a retired professor of art at The University of Montana.  Some 27 oil paintings, encaustic paintings, watercolors, pastels, and acrylics representing over 40 years of Mr. Dew’s career as a painter and teacher will be on display.  The reception will be from August 5th, from 5 – 9 pm in the gallery at 709 Ronan Street, Missoula. For information call 541-7100 .

Monte Dolack Gallery

For August’s First Friday, the Monte Dolack Gallery is teaming up with Animeals . To benefit this wonderful organization, Monte will paint live at the gallery during First Friday where art and animal lovers will have the opportunity to bid on the painting on his website until September 1st. This is an wonderful opportunity to watch Missoula’s favorite artist create.

The Dana Gallery

Head over to the Dana Gallery for an exhibition and reception based upon their annual “Paint Out!”   The plein air work, as well as studio work from each artist, will hang in the gallery for one month, July 21-August 31, 2011 .   Stop by and view all the wonderful local landscapes and Missoula scenes freshly painted by the talented and diverse group of 21 artists participating in the 2011 “Paint Out!”

The 2011-2012 Academic Year!

The School of Art and everyone at The University of Montana are excited to begin a brand new academic year, and we have quite a bit in store!  This blog will be updated with information regarding all the events surrounding the start of another academic session, so stop by for all the latest.  If you are an incoming freshman, you may want to check out the university’s Orientation Page to get started.  New and returning art majors should EMAIL or call Ed Morrissey at 406.243.4181 with any questions regarding registration or other issues.

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As always, if you have an item you would like to see on this blog, EMAIL us and we will consider it.  Have a safe and fun First Friday; we look forward to seeing you in class soon!