The academic year is off to a great start as we welcome our new and returning students to the School of Art. Here’s a list of some of the exhibition receptions slated for the first First Friday of Autumn 2015:
It’s hard for us to believe that it’s only been one year since School of Art alum and current adjunct Jack Metcalf opened Real Good Studio, but this First Friday marks the first anniversary. Be sure to stop by and wish Jack congratulations on his success and enjoy the exhibition he and current School of Art graduate student Karl Schwiesow have created for September’s First Friday. Regarding the collaborative effort in making Chiasmus, Jack and Karl issued this statement, “We have an idea that the reason we prohibit things so readily is because we have so much. The facts are exactly opposite – the reason we have so much is simply because we prohibit things so readily. Our time is a moment, and a point is our space.” The reception will run from 4-7pm. Real Good is located just across the street from the Clay Studio of Missoula and behind the slightly-less-creepy-than-before van.
According to Facebook, all the cool kids are going to an exhibition called Please Don’t Tell My Dad at Betty’s Divine. The event was described using this cryptic slang of modern youth, “Dad pwned me w/my bae peepin pron & thas rude so we gonna get turnt taggin & baggin: Artz one nite proper. Hip hop w/ZK Fresh & Tha Boogeyman. Tables w/Skyywalker.”
One Facebook user posted, “You would have to shoot me in the fucking head to prevent me from coming to this.” So, obviously this is not something to be missed. Art major Nick Kakavas is among the artists whose work will be on display. Just don’t tell his dad.
School of Art graduate students run an alternative exhibition venue called Frontier Space downtown in the alley behind the Old Post Pub. This September, FrontierSpace welcomes photographer Jordan Swartz. Swartz grew up in Pennsylvania, attended the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington D.C., and has since lived and traveled throughout the U.S. He is a co-founder of the publishing company Empty Stretch and an avid fan of never staying in one place for too long.
Of his photography, Swartz says, “Without attachment to any specific place, I present moments that reject the concept of preciousness. I photograph and create images as documents of a traveler, mile markers of a life spent in transit, the trigger of my documentary approach being intuitive. The resulting images show an un-staged immediacy indistinguishable between art and life.”
The opening will be from 5-9pm this First Friday, with an artist talk at 6:30pm. You don’t want to miss this one!
Art major Halisia Hubbard is featured in a nice Kaimin article about her First Friday exhibition. You can read all about it here. Halisia will show “The Best Dog in the World,” a series of watercolor and ink portraits of Missoula’s dogs at Sweet Peaks Ice Cream as part of September’s First Friday art walk.
Hubbard approached dog owners around Missoula and asked to photograph their animals for the project. Some, like black wire haired dog Sissy, are easily recognized as popular dogs around Missoula. Join her and get some ice cream from 5-8pm.
Our friends over at the clay studio are hosting a reception for Casey Zablocki‘s exhibition Accessories this First Friday. Whereas objects made from clay often serve a specific function, Casey takes the concept further in this exhibit in creating sculptures that resemble such objects as chairs and tables emerging from the rubble. These works reflect how Casey finds influence in his surroundings, natural and industrial alike. Our existence in the natural environment can create both distraction and beauty. He states “As an artist it is my responsibility to find inspiration from the world we live in today.”
Join Casey and the Clay Studio crew from 5:30 to 9:00pm. The Clay Studio of Missoula is located at 1106 Hawthorn, which is across the street from Jack Metcalf’s Real Good Studio. Look for that wacky van!
Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) and SPARK!/ Any Given Child Missoula are teaming up to showcase the second annual Missoula Monster Project. Originally conceived by nine year-old Asa Smetanka, this show is a collaboration between children and adult artists, working together to create “monster art” based on monsters dreamed up by the children. Kindergarten classes from three Missoula County public schools (Lowell, Paxson, and Rattlesnake) will create original monster pieces to put on display at Southgate Mall from April 29th through May 30th. During that time, the organizers will assign each local adult artist a child’s monster to interpret, using his/her own unique style and medium. The results will be displayed in a September 11th art show, featuring both the original child-drawn monsters and the artists’ own interpretations, from 5:30 to 8:30 at the ZACC. Proceeds from the show go to help sponsor direct access to visual arts for MCPS students.
The good people of MAM are proud to present the works of Kathryn Schmidt, and invite you to an opening reception and artist talk this First Friday. Kathryn Schmidt’s paintings and sculptures never spell everything out. They leave enough unsaid that there always remains a mystery for us to fill in as we view her work. This is the magic in her works, the mystery offered by content served up in dark compositions with content that remains unsaid. Kathryn will talk about the mystery of her work at 7 PM. Sample delicious wine, beer, and nonalcoholic beverages while listening to music by KBGA.
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