MFA II and First Friday!

The School of Art is proud to have on display the MFA Thesis Exhibitions of Josh Eck, Ron Geibel and Burke Jam.  Be sure to check out the amazing work in the GVA before the show comes down on March 6th.



As part of his MFA Thesis Exhibition, Burke Jam will present “Site Performance: Sonification 1-3″ in the Music Recital Hall, Music Building, beginning at 6:30pm this First Friday.

Burke Jam March 2013


FrontierSpace is the funky fresh alternative gallery space located in the alley behind the Old Post Pub.  And that, readers, is my favorite sentence ever posted on this blog. Join graduate student Jack Metcalf this First Friday for “Viewers Like You: Silent Auction” where proceeds from the sale of works by many distinguished Missoula artists will go to Montana Public Broadcasting.

Viewers Like You Auction

Montana Art & Framing:

This year the College of Visual and Performing Arts honors UM alumnae Nancy Erickson for her achievements in the the arts at the annual fundraiser, “The Odyssey of the Stars“. Nancy’s work is on display in two venues this month.  Montana Art & Framing is proud to host the First Friday reception for this distinguished local artist from 5-7pm at their Ronan St. Gallery. In addition, though not a First Friday event, The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is displaying Nancy’s work as well.  Located in the PAR-TV Building on campus, the Paxson Gallery is the current home to may of Nancy’s soft sculptures.



Our friends over at MAM are hosting the opening reception for their latest exhibition, an installation by artist Gary Horinek.  Horinek is a farmer who has created a bridge between the agricultural world and the art world by setting his sights on creating installations. It is important to note that farming, and a deep-seated appreciation of the land and sustenance that the land provides, is at the core of Horinek’s creative expressions. Join Horinek on a walk-through his exhibit at 7 PM to hear his stories.

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This month’s Brink Gallery exhibition will feature the work of Courtney Blazon.  “Drawings and sculptures that burrow into the porcine trough of dependence and debasement, myth and materiality, and the lines between the divine and the disgusting.” (Blazon)

Courtney Blazon is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, where she received a BFA in illustration. She is working as an artist and illustrator in Missoula. Her work has been featured at local and regional art galleries and venues, and she has had been in numerous regional group shows and has had solo shows at Pony Club Gallery in Portland, OR, Victrola Coffee and Art in Seattle, WA, and Dana Gallery, and most recently, at the UC Gallery at the University. She was a recipient of a 2011 Montana Arts Council Artists Innovation Award.


It’s not *that* far out of your way! Head over to the Clay Studio of Missoula (1106 Hawthorne St) for their First Friday exhibition, which features the diverse and exciting work created by their students, members, and studio artists. Open to all who have participated in the Clay Studio in 2012/13, this exhibition promises to be a great show, as well as a reminder of the strong artistic talent we have right here in our Missoula community. The exhibition will be on display at the Clay Studio of Missoula from March 1-29, 2013, with an opening reception on Friday, March 1, from 5:30-9pm.  Gallery events are free and open to the public.

Clay Studio Sign

Betty’s Divine:

Who is Gaston? This local artist of one name recently returned to America after thrilling audiences in Europe with his art, mustache and shoulder mounted paintbrush holster.  Stop by Betty’s (521 S. Higgins) to see his latest works, and maybe, just maybe, meet the artist himself!

Gaston March 2013


Those crazy kids over at MCAT have another First Friday event up their collective sleeve! This time the MCAT Movie Club will be meeting on First Friday and opening their doors to anyone interested in a night of horror and potential involvement in upcoming projects. Movie Club screens films during their meetings in the MCAT Studio Theatre. Starting things off is the 1988 featurette “Good Taste Made Bad Taste” a documentary examining acclaimed director Peter Jackson’s (Hobbit, Lord of the Rings series) first horror movie “Bad Taste.” Following Peter Jackson is Missoula’s own master of horror, Christian Ackerman with a world premiere of his new film “Wisconsin Project X” (released by Brain Damage Films). For those curious as to how Ackerman made this work “The Making of Wisconsin Project X” will be screened directly after the debut. Movie Club is a great way share your love of film with like minded Missoulians. Come down, get involved in a project, enjoy some great films and refreshment and learn how you can become more involved with MCAT and the Movie Club. All are welcome.




Nicole Pietrantoni & Amy Sacksteder present their latest works in a joint exhibition titled, “Island Projects: Middle Westuntil March 29th.  The opening reception will be on Thursday, February 28 from 5-7pm.

UC Gallery March 2013



Art teacher Mark Gunderson wanted to share the news that his students from Whitehall High (GO, TROJANS!) will present a new exhibition in the month of March.  Join them for, “The Great Outdoors” at The Observatory, which is the gallery located in the art room inside the middle school building.  The reception will run from 5-7pm on March 5th. The exhibition will be up until March 28.

Whitehall HS March 2013THIS BLOG:

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