Faculty Exhibition, First Friday-September and Fall Semester 2012

Faculty Exhibition:

The School of Art is proud to present the Annual Permanent Faculty Exhibition and Lecture.  Join us in the Gallery of Visual Arts on Thursday, September 6 from 5-7pm for an opening reception.  In conjunction with this exhibition, Art History Professor H. Rafael Chacón will present a lecture on September 13 in Social Science room 356 from 5.10-6.00pm.  The exhibition will be on display until September 21 and is free and open to the public.


Exhibition Reception:

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture presents a reception for its latest exhibitions, Labor & Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection” which is on display in the Meloy Gallery and, Impressionism: Masterpieces on Paper which is installed in the Paxson Gallery.  The reception will be held in the PAR-TV Building lobby from 5-7pm on Thursday, September 6 with music by Bonnie Birch.  The exhibitions will be on display until January 5, 2013.

First Friday:

There are a lot of events lined up for First Friday, but let’s start with the one all the art faculty, staff and students are talking about: Professor Jim Bailey has an exhibition at the Brink Gallery!  Join us for an opening reception for the exhibition, “you are here” on Friday, September 7 from 5-8pm.

Professor Bailey’s work examines maps/mapping as both objects and acts by exploring the systems and conventions of depicting, charting, categorizing and interpreting our environment and experiences. Through his investigations he re-presents his data through the lens of personal experience. The works in this exhibition are his explorations of Missoula. Through the use of both literal and  abstract elements, his work represents a sort of personal geography.

“I am interested in the narrative of the map, the story it may tell, through its combination of science and art. Maps may be seen as portraits of a place, acting as symbolic devices to interpret a complex system. The fact and fiction of how we visualize and elucidate our world, and how that data is ultimately relayed to the viewer is what I am interested in exploring.”

Professor Bailey has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in over 200 exhibitions and national print portfolios throughout the United States and abroad. His work can be found in numerous public and private collections including those of the Walker Art Center, New York Public Library, Jundt Art Museum, Boise Art Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Hililard University Art Museum and Sioux City Arts Center.

School of Art graduate students run an alternative art gallery called FrontierSpaceMissoula in the alley behind The Old Post Pub.  For First Friday September they are hosting a reception for their latest exhibition, “What is the Institution?”  which asks the questions “Why do we find it necessary to go to art schools in order to call ourselves artists? What do we get in return for our financial, intellectual and emotional sacrifice? What is the point of it all? Does the piece of paper we get after three years really make us any superior than the guy tagging walls and bridges throughout town? Does the whole pretense of creating work in an academic setting limit our creativity and lead to artistic inbreeding? Furthermore, what is the point of a gallery these days? Why do we find it necessary to display art in white cubed walls in order for it to achieve a sense of legitimacy? Is art viewed in this traditional, archaic setting really superior than whatever we find in a Google search or on the sidewalk or inside Pier 1 for that matter?”

This group exhibition at FrontierSpaceMissoula hopes to answer these questions by bringing together the works of several MFA candidates at The University of Montana. The hope is that by coupling these varied artistic voices a productive and provocative dialogue can be generated about the unquestionably crucial role that art schools, the MFA degree and the gallery need to and should play in the 21st century to further the evolution of intellectual and philosophical discourse within the visual arts.

In addition to the grad student exhibition, FrontierSpaceMissoula is hosting running a reading series called “Industrial Lightning Physics“, an electric collaboration effort that will be merging different fields and many spectacular efforts will be experienced. Their first readers will be Jane Wong (graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and current University of Washington English PhD candidate, and author of the chapbooks: Dendrochronology (dancing girl press) and Impossible Map (forthcoming, Fact-Simile)), Ed Skoog, (graduate of the University of Montana MFA, and author of Mister Skylight and the forthcoming collection Rough Day Copper Canyon Press), and Paul Vega (graduate of the University of Washington MFA). The first reading will take place on Saturday, September 8 at 6pm.

The Clay Studio of Missoula:

Be sure to head over to The Clay Studio of Missoula for Alison Reintjes‘ latest exhibition, “Crystallography“.  The exhibition will feature a wall drawing made of long, thin porcelain canes that describe geometric atomic structures, and is designed to encompass the viewer in a visual experience. Alison Reintjes has completed residencies at Greenwich House Pottery in New York, Jentel in Wyoming, Mount St. Francis in southern Indiana, and is currently a resident at The Clay Studio of Missoula. She has exhibited at the Oregon College of Arts & Crafts, AKAR Gallery, Museu de Ceramica de l’Alcora in Spain, ASU Ceramic Research Center, Lill Street Art Center and the Northern Clay Center, among others.

The exhibition will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula from September 7-28, 2012, with an opening reception on Friday, September 7, from 5:30-9pm. Gallery events are free and open to the public.

The Missoula Art Museum:

Please join us for a First Friday Opening Reception with the Collectors of Selected Works from the Susan and Roy O’Connor Collection. MAM will take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge the contributions of Susan and Roy O’Connor in generously making this exhibition a reality. At 7 PM, join Fredericka Hunter, the owner of Texas Gallery in Houston, TX, to hear her firsthand experiences representing many of Contemporary Art’s pioneers including Chuck Close, William Wegman, Brice Marden, and Ed Ruscha. Hunter also helped facilitate the growth of the O’Connor Collection. This is a must see exhibition for art students and community members!

Art students should become familiar with MCAT (Missoula Community Access Television) as it serves as a great resource for cameras, editing software and a full TV studio with green screens, chroma-key and special effect capabilities.  Stop by for their First Friday reception of the “1 Minute Missoula Festival“. 1-Minute Missoula is a festival of one-minute films about Missoula made by the people who live here. The mission of the festival’s producer, Amy Stout, is to encourage everyone to be cultural producers. MCAT is proud to sponsor this event which is free and open to the public for September’s First Friday.

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