First Friday! Day of the Dead! Student Juried Applications!


Be sure to visit the latest exhibition in the UC Gallery! Featuring School of Art alumni and other artists, “An Aesthetic Taxonomy” is a different kind of art show.  Actual stuffed animals from The University of Montana Zoological Museum (UMZM) will be on display along side the works by the visual artists. This exhibit is a celebration of the various stories these remains tell and about the mysterious transition into death.

Don’t forget to stop by and visit our friends at The Montana Museum of Art & Culture and enjoy the reception for, “Labor and Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection and Impressionism: Masterpieces on Paper” These exhibitions include works by important 19th and early 20th century artists including: Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, William Adolphe Bouguereau, John William Waterhouse, Jules Breton, Pierre Eugene Montezin, Léon August Lhermitte, Stanhope Alexander Forbes, Eugène Boudin, Edouard Bisson, John William Godward, and Sir Alfred James Munnings. The exhibition brings together select Impressionist and Realist masterpieces that document radical changes to 19th century society and culture. The reception will be held Thursday, November 1st from 5-7pm in the PAR-TV building lobby.


This year marks the 12th Annual Day of the Dead Steamroller Printing.  We will be displaying the banners in the parade downtown on Friday, November 2nd.  The parade will start at 6:30pm at Circle Square and be led by Soul City Brass Band.  Performances at Caras Park at the end of the parade will start around7:15p by the UM African Dance Class and Unity Dance & Drum group.

Check out the print process and parade here:

In this video School of Art Professor of Art History Dr.H. Rafael Chacón discusses the culture and history behind the holiday as well as Missoula’s tradition.  Click HERE to watch!


School of Art alumnae Nancy Rishoff will be exhibiting her new works at Garden Mother Herbs (345 W. Front St. Ste. C) from 5-9pm.  Nancy tells us that there will be fire dancing beginning at 7pm! Join Nancy and the art community for beer, wine, tea, snacks and “Paintings of Children on Leashes.”

The Historic Union Club:

Art students from Professor MaryAnn Bonjorni’s class invite you to see their works at the Union Club this First Friday.  Stop over to 208 E. Main and check out the art!

The Brink Gallery:

Join the Missoula Art Community this First Friday as we enjoy the latest works of Renee CoutureCurrently living on seven acres in rural southern Oregon, Couture graduated from Buena Vista University (Storm Lake, IA) with a BA in Studio Art and Spanish in 1999.  She received her MFA in Visual Art from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT, in 2010. Couture’s work has exhibited nationally and she currently teaches in the Fine Art Department at Umpqua Community College.

School of Art graduate students maintain an alternative gallery space in the alley behind the Old Post Pub.  Join us at FrontierSpace for a First Friday reception titled, “Everything you Wanted to Know About Dave Wilson, But Were Afraid to Ask.” It is not clear at this time if there will be a question and answer period, but you can be sure to see new paintings by Dave Wilson from 6-9pm.


The Clay Studio of Missoula (1106 Hawthorne Unit A) will present Night Shade in the Blue Hour, a collaborative installation by Philadelphia artists Andrea Marquis and Paul Swenbeck. These artists share a common heritage that led them to explore the alchemical world of ceramics. Both were born in Salem, Massachusetts: a place where the occult permeates everyday life. In their first collaborative venture, Night Shade in the Blue Hour, the artists will be creating an installation of moving sculptures, objects and projections that will take the viewer through their interpretation of twilight sleep.


Visit MAM for First Friday from 5-8 pm. Meet nationally acclaimed artist Ric Gendron, a member of the Arrow Lakes Band of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville. Gendron’s painterly, expressive style is rooted in his culture’s traditions and the stories of his own experiences. The exhibition was organized by independent Curator Ben Mitchell, and includes a survey of contemporary paintings by Gendron and historic and contemporary cultural objects from the artist’s family. Join Gendron and Mitchell at 7 PM for a discussion of how new and old illuminate the foundations of creativity.


Local movie makers, story tellers and all around cool guys Austin Valley and Kyle McAfee turn MCAT to MTV for a night, showing music videos from local artists such as Tonsofun, Enzymes, Inhumans and the world premiere of “Negative Gold” by Traff the Wiz. In addition to Austin and Kyle’s fun stuff, this is a great opportunity for Missoulians to check out the MCAT facility and learn what Community Access Television is all about.  Tasty snacks and delicious libations provided free of charge.


The School of Art’s student group, The University of Montana Artist Collective, is soliciting submissions for its 18th Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition.  You can download an application HERE.

The UC Gallery is also accepting applications for student art!


The good folks of the UC Gallery pose the question, “If the world ended tomorrow…what art would you make today?”


If you have information you would like to share with art students or the greater art community, please EMAIL us and we will consider your item for publication!

Have a safe and happy First Friday! See lots of art and enjoy one of Missoula’s great traditions, the Day of the Dead Parade!