Visiting Artist! MFA Exhibition! First Friday!

Wow, it’s going to be a busy few days of art!


Join the School of Art, in conjunction with the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist Lecture Fund, as we welcome CARA TOMLINSON to campus on Thursday, December 1st. The lecture will take place in the Social Science Building, room 356, from 5-6pm.  This event is free and open to the public.


Immediately following the visiting artist lecture on December 1st, please join us for the opening reception of RANDI O’BRIEN’S MFA Thesis Exhibition.  “Seeing Red, Feeling Yellow” will be on display in the Gallery of Visual Arts until December 16th.  The reception will be held on December 1st from 6-7pm and is free and open to the public.  We encourage students and the public to join us for excellent art and tasty snacks as we congratulate Randi on completing her studies in the School of Art.


The University Center Gallery will host an opening reception for its latest exhibition, “The Art of Comedy” on Thursday, December 1st from 5-7pm.  This collaborative exhibition includes works from art students as juried by Ted Hughes, the registrar at the Missoula Art Museum.  The exhibition will run until December 13th.


This month students from Professor Kevin Bell’s painting class will exhibit contemporary work in a temporary gallery downtown.  Named “Fresh Paint”, the gallery will feature work from advanced painting classes at affordable prices.  Located at the corner of Higgins and Broadway ( 248A N Higgins), the gallery will be open Friday and Saturday, December 2rd and 3rd.  Join us for an opening reception on Friday, December 2nd from 5 to 8:00pm.

School of Art graduate students will present an exhibition at FrontierSpace this First Friday. “It Could Be Worse” is an exhibition of work by Josh Eck, Will Hutchinson, and Nathan Tonning.  This show will feature a selection of work ranging from installation to drawings.  Engaging the physical space of the gallery, “It Could be Worse” emphasizes the gallery as a place rather than a neutral environment.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 2nd from 6 pm to 9 pm.  FrontierSpace is located behind the Old Post Pub in the alley between Pine and Spruce, one block west of Higgins.


The Brink Gallery (111 W. Front St.) will host the opening reception for “Reshuffle,” a collaborative exhibition featuring works by School of Art Adjunct Professor Steve Krutek, alumni Jonathan Marquis and Travis David Smith as well as Montana Museum of Art & Culture Curator of Art Brandon Reintjes. The reception will be on December 2nd from 5-8pm.

School of Art student Jen Bardsley will be showing her latest works at House (133 Higgins).  Jen’s new paintings reveal abstracted forms that are derived from geological strata, geographic topography, and the layers of sediment.  The reception will be from 5-8pm.

Art students Melissa Lent and Bessie Bird will present their works in a joint exhibition at First Interstate Bank and Hunter Bay Coffee Bar (101 East Front St.)  “The Silent Interaction” and “A Nascent Town”, respectively, will be on display at the reception from 5-8pm.  The poster in the Fine Arts Building promises a keg of PBR and wine as well as music.

Be sure to stop by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture for their reception on First Friday from 4-6pm.  Two new exhibitions, Fra Dana: American Impressionist in the Rockies” andFrances Carroll Brown: Bitterroot Portraits”  will be on display in the Paxson and Meloy Galleries until January 25th.

Our friends over at the Missoula Art Museum have invited us all to “Gaudete: A celebration of the season with Dolce Canto at 6 PM.  Then join Willem Volkersz for a talk about his sculpture Childhood (Lost). Explore the ways in which it incorporates and contrasts symbols with objects from popular culture at 7 PM.


Join students from Burke Jam’s Introduction to Art Criticism & Global Visual Culture for a symposium on Friday, December 2nd in Fine Arts room 304 from 1:30-3:30pm.  This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions, share ideas and express opinions related to art.  An open forum led by panelists Glenn Bodish, David Regan, Lisa Jarrett and Burke Jam will facilitate the discussion beginning at 1:30.  A slide roulette and panel discussion with Rebecca Weed will follow at 1:45.  At 3:00 there will be a question and answer period with students and panelists.  The symposium will conclude at 3:30.  This event is free and open to the public.


Two exciting events are just around the corner…


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