New Semester, First Friday, MFA Exhibtions!

It’s going to be a busy week for art students and the community on campus and in Missoula!


Spring semester has begun! Click HERE for the official academic calendar.

MFA Thesis Exhibiion:

On Thursday, January 31st from 5-7pm The Gallery of Visual Arts will present the opening reception for the first of two MFA Thesis Exhibitions. This exhibition will feature the works of Josh Eck, Brett Hargesheimer and Suzanne Lussier.  

MFA I Spring 2013


The University Center Gallery will also be displaying the works of a School of Art graduate student.  Join us for the opening reception of “Everybody’s Fine, an exhibition of the works of James Louks.  The innovative work, displaying collages that remove imagery from their original context to create a new narrative, will open at the University Center Gallery on Monday, Jan. 28, the first day of spring semester. Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, January 31st from 5-7pm.


Montana Museum of Art & Culture:

The MMAC, located in the PAR-TV Building, is hosting the opening receptions of two new exhibitions.  In the Meloy Gallery, local artist Nancy Erickson will have her latest works on display in an exhibition titled, “Kindred Spirits.Across the lobby, in the Paxson Gallery, will be “Follow That Tread: Fashion and Textiles from the MMAC Permanent Collection.” Both of these events are open and free to the public.


First Friday:

This month’s First Friday is packed with art and art related events!

Art major Lukas Phelan invites you to view his latest works at Butterfly Herbs (232 N. Higgins).  Lukas has hinted at the possibility of snacks, but bases that upon the contingency of “if you’re lucky.” See you there!

Phelan Feb 2013

Betty’s Divine will showcase the artwork of art major Joanna Nasvik.  Stop by and see Jo’s latest works,  primarily with mixed media and found objects.

Adjunct Professor Edgar Smith is presenting his latest paintings at The Brink Gallery for First Friday.  Smith’s body of work represents a response to public vs. private land issues in the Northwest. This exhibit focuses specifically on the Clark Fork River drainage in Montana . The concepts that surround thes works range from the impact of heavy industry, to simply celebrating the Clark Fork watershed’s unique qualities. The paintings are map-like aerial views of industrial sites, including the recently established remediation ponds of the Opportunity/Anaconda Superfund site, built in conjunction with the Milltown site clean up. The wall installation, made from Cottonwood bark, beeswax, and mine tailings, functions as a metaphor of the Clark Fork River and its complex history.

Smith Feb 2013


Graduate students in the School of Art have created an alternative gallery space in the alley behind the Old Post Pub.  Join them this First Friday for, “The Civil War in Montana” new works from Michael Flynn, School of Art alum.  6-9pm.  Michael Flynn may or may not be present.

FrontierSpace Feb 2013

Last but not least this First Friday comes a very special event.  School of Art graduate student Jack Metcalf will host, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” A Mister Rogers tribute/homage/celebration with a verbatim performance of his classic album, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Jeff Medley (vocals), Josh Farmer (keys), the art of Jack Metcalf ( and a guest or two will transport you to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. The performances will take place the first two weekends in February, being the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. The Friday evening shows will begin at 8pm and the Saturday afternoon shows will begin at 2pm. Bring binoculars and/or small telescopes (small enough not to impede a neighbor’s view) to study the details of Jack Metcalf’s woodblock print set and to zoom in and out on the performers. Tickets will be $10 for adult human beings and $5 for those under the age of 18. Tickets will be available at the Downtown Dance Collective and on-line in the very near future. Flash photography is encouraged.

Fred Rogers

Missoula Community Access Television:

Our friends over at MCAT (500 N. Higgins) are reporting great success with their First Friday events lately.  Stop by to take a tour of the television studio and enjoy locally produced video art.  Tasty snacks are provided and it’s a great opportunity to learn how you can produce your own TV show! 5-8pm.


Missoula Art Museum:

The Annual Missoula Art Museum’s 41st Benefit Art Auction will take place this Saturday, February 2nd in the University Center ballroom.  The event will feature a live auction, silent auction, cocktails, raffles, and of course the warm fuzzy feeling from supporting the arts in Missoula. There are just a few tickets left to this awesome event, so click HERE to get in on one of Missoula’s premier social occasions.


Coming Up:

Don’t miss Professor Elizabeth Dove‘s lecture, “yep 3,060” on February 7th in LA 11 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.

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Scholarship Opportunity:

Art majors, download the School of Art’s scholarship application and submit it to Ed Morrissey in FA 204 by February 14!

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Have a great week, an awesome First Friday, see you at the MAM Auction! Make Art!