MFA I and First Friday!


The School of Art is proud to present the first of two Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions this semester.  Please join us as we congratulate Will Hutchinson, Nathan Tonning and Yaro Shon Neils in the Gallery of Visual Arts from 5-7pm on Thursday, March 1st.  Refreshments will be provided, lively conversation and wonderful works of art are expected as well.  This event is free and open to the public.


The University Center Gallery will host an opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, March 1st from 5-7pm.  Join us as we view Courtney Blazon’s My Street has Strange Houses” and listen as she discusses the work on display.


School of Art Professor Matt Hamon will present recent drawings in an exhibition titled, “On The Cartographic Sublime” at FrontierSpace for First Friday.  Professor Hamon sent this quote:

“This recent suite of drawings emerges from a collaborative inquiry I am conducting with advanced students in Special Topics; Mappings (ARTZ 595) within the School of Art at the University of Montana. This student-generated curriculum aims to explore the aesthetic and function of maps, charts, graphs, and diagrams. While my initial interest in cartography has been purely aesthetic, the unfolding discourse with my students has revealed maps as Western tools of colonization and control of the land, the mind, people, and ethnicity. Within this dialogue, I have gathered cadastral data, statistical data, and images. This source material is then manipulated with a variety of open-source applications and data processing to immerge as vector graphic data, which is plotted on a vinyl cutter. Recently, I have been considering the resulting images within the aesthetic theory of the sublime.”

School of Art students in Adjunct Professor Nicole Pietrantoni‘s printmaking class will have a collaborative exhibition at Downtown Dance Collective (121 W. Main St).  Join Nicole and her students for “En Masse: The Power of the Multiple,” an exhibition that features the artwork of 19 students.  Taking advantage of the printmakers’ ability to create multiples, each student or collaborative team printed 100 images of something to be installed en masse. From cells and dollar bills to butterflies and mushrooms, students screenprinted imagery onto a wide variety of materials including plastic, paper towels, shrinky-dinks, and paper.

Prinstallations by the following artists are included in the exhibition: Christine Borchers, Tiffany Carpenter, Sarah Christenson, Kayla Crooks, Alison Dillon, Yana Dryden, Jennifer DuToit, David Foust, Torrence Gustafson, Hannah Halland, Oscar Insua, Brock Jones, Robert Lepiane, David Lusk, Samantha Mitchell, Sara Newgard, Heather Rasley, Chelsey VonEhrenkrook, and Kari Worman.

School of Art BFA student Richie Carter will present his latest works at a First Friday reception at Le Petit Outre beginning at 6pm. Danny Whitney and The Best Westerns will perform.

School of Art graduate students have combined efforts for a new exhibition called, “Out of the Wilderness” which will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula (1106 Hawthorne).

School of Art major Jennifer Bardsley will be presenting her works in two entirely seperate venues this week.  Jen has an installation in the Fine Arts Building’s Light Shaft (third floor) that depicts, “…an interactive space featuring a little girl’s play-space in the 1970s. Items includes a tent fort built with my mothers bedding, toys, dress up clothes, and paintings & poetry made by an 11yr old girl.” This [her] second art piece in a series of installations dealing with childhood and creating sanctuary.

In addition to that, Jennifer is part of “Atari Aesthetic”, a juried art exhibition at The Brink Gallery (111 W. Front St.)  Artists were encouraged to incorporate and explore the cultural phenomenon of Atari and create works from videos to sculptures, drawings, paintings, and more. The juror, Jen Erickson, is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. Jen is an alumna of the School of Art; she has a BFA from The University of Montana and an MFA from Central Washington University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Saranac Art Projects and is active with PUNCH, an artist run gallery in Seattle, Washington.  An opening reception will be held this First Friday, March 2nd, 5 – 8pm.

Draught Works is billing itself as Missoula’s newest brewery and has jumped right into the First Friday scene as well!  Head on over to 915 Toole St. to see School of Art major Jason Bohman‘s live stage performance of “Music Fusion Painting from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. this First Friday.

Recent School of Art graduate Rachael Marne Jones will present her latest exhibition titled, “Found” at The Rock Bottom at the Top Hat.  Stop by to see what Rachael has been up to since graduating.

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture  will present a First Friday Reception for its two latest exhibitions, “Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib – Black Hole/Whiteout and Curiosity – Selections from the Permanent Collection” from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the PARTV Center Lobby.  The artists will be giving a gallery talk at 5:15 p.m.

The Missoula Art Museum will be hosting a dance performance in conjunction with the exhibitions on display in its six galleries.  Stop by 335 N. Pattee for the Bear Bait Dance, an innovative performance by the artist in residence at the Downtown Dance Collective at 7:00 p.m.

School of Art alumna Pam Caughey is exhibiting mixed media prints, encaustic wax paintings, sculptural wall installations in her solo exhibit at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture. Her beautiful, yet haunting exhibit addresses contemporary notions of global security through a wide variety of media and approaches. This compelling exhibit serves as a springboard for Montana State University student outreach of docent-led tours. The Emerson chooses exhibits based on relevance, educational value and professionalism. The exhibition will run from March 6 to April 21st with a reception on Friday, March 9 from 5-8pm and a slide presentation and gallery talk on Tuesday, April 3 at 6pm.

Pam also has a piece in the 10th NW Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum, which just opened in January; you can read all about it an article that appeared recently in the Missoulian.

Call for Entries

Professor Mary Ann Bonjorni is calling upon artists to enter their work for possible inclusion in an Artini event at the Missoula Art Museum.  Click on this CALL FOR ENTRIES form for more information!

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