Missoula Art Museum - Spring/Summer 2019 Newsletter

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Spr ing/Summer 2019

new exhibitions // 3 traveling exhibitions // 7 art classes // 12 public programs // 14 member events // 15 DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS | Laura J. Millin It is with pride that I announce that for the past four years we have been quietly raising funds to fuel MAM’s creative vision for a bold future—and today we are thrilled to let you know that we have reached 87% of our $5 million goal! When MAM turned 40 in 2015, we took the opportunity to reflect on how we started and how far we have come—from a small county agency living in a converted Carnegie library to an independent contemporary art museum in a beautiful renovated and expanded space. This growth was the impact of many hands and many hearts over the years and the combined vision of our staff, board of directors, and sage museum advisors. We believe that art is like magic in that it has transformative powers. So we started looking at what magic—what transformation—we could make happen in the next 40 years. How could we challenge ourselves to go to the next level in outreach, exhibitions, education, in presenting and commissioning cutting-edge works and art experiences, to expand our footprint outside, to showcase and collect the art and artists of our time and place, especially the Montana modernists and contemporary American Indian artists and to strengthen our collective capacity to deliver this dream—this vision—well into the future. So we started the 40 Forward Campaign—an integrated campaign to conjure that bridge to our next 40 years, to realize all facets of our dream of becoming one of the best contemporary art museums in the Intermountain West. This vision takes financial strength. So we set out to raise $5 million by 2020—to amplify our impact in the areas of artistic innovation, community connection, and organizational excellence. Here’s what we’ve done on our way to realizing our vision: nn We built the Art Park. nn We expanded our free education offerings to include a radical welcome to children in rural areas and on the Flathead Reservation. nn We broadened our commitment to supporting art at its source with artist commissions, residencies, and exhibits. nn We caught the eye of prominent national funders and industry publications, as well as prestigious art museum coalitions, who all have recognized, championed, and supported our innovative programming. nn We strengthened the museum from the inside out with added staff talent and a robust business model. nn And we continue to be open to everyone—free of admission! We have so much more to do. Between now and the end of 2020, we will build on and increase support to achieve the lasting and transformative goals of our campaign. Please consider a generous fiscal year-end gift, and join us in realizing our vision and continue to celebrate the magic MAM brings to our world!

Cover Image: Linda Maria Thompson, Erik and the plane, Naperville IL, USA, 2018, screen-captured image from flood-damaged family 8mm films, archival inkjet print, 7 x 9.5 inches.



John Hitchcock, Bury The Hatchet: Prayer For My P’ah-Be, 2019, mixed media, courtesy of the artist.


May 3–September 14, 2019 // Lynda M. Frost Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery

Art Swing with Exhibition Artists: Friday, May 31, 5–8 pm, Bury the Hatchet performance at 6 pm and 7:30 pm Nate Meng and the Stolen Sea at Zootown Arts Community Center, Saturday, June 1 Bury the Hatchet is Comanche/Kiowa artist John Hitchcock’s mixed-media, cross-disciplinary, multisensory installation. The exhibition is based on the American Frontier and plays off the theme of the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. The variety of elements that form the exhibition were inspired by Hitchcock’s research while he was artist-in-residence at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. He says, “The new artworks will challenge historical perspectives by reframing history and asking new questions about the idea of the Wild West show and the importance of the American Indian objects collected by Buffalo Bill.” Hitchcock’s reinterpretation of Buffalo Bill Cody’s traveling show explores assimilation, acculturation, and the colonial indoctrination of indigenous people through sound, video performance, and screen prints. The installation features a sound stage, neon sculptures, and the work from the print series, Flatlander. The iconic buffalo skull form in glowing neon accentuates the romanticized views of the Wild West while acting as a metaphor for marketing and selling cultural artifacts. Hitchcock regularly uses images of the buffalo and other wildlife as symbols and references in his print work. The Flatlander series includes 40 screen prints that Hitchcock created with MATRIX

Press, University of Montana in 2017. Throughout the installation, a sound recording intertwines storytelling and Kiowa and Comanche songs with soundscapes that include cello, clarinet, accordion, and guitars by Hitchcock and the band, Nate Meng and the Stolen Sea. At the exhibition’s opening reception, Hitchcock and the band will perform live. The visual and sound recordings in the exhibition work together to challenge Western perspectives of the supremacy of the written word by reinforcing indigenous views of oral history passed on from generation to generation through storytelling. Hitchcock is a professor of printmaking and associate dean for the arts, School of Education at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. MAM worked with him in 2017 and 2018 as one of four indigenous artists who participated in the multiyear collaboration with MATRIX Press that ended with the group exhibition The Shape of Things, New Approaches to Indigenous Abstraction. MAM is honored that he chose to debut his ambitious new installation in the Lynda M. Frost Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery. The exhibition has an accompanying limited edition12-inch vinyl album, CD, and set of letterpress prints available through Sunday Night records. This John Hitchcock project is made possible with generous support from the Cultural Vision Fund.




May 14–October 12, 2019 // Missoula Art Park

Art Swing with Exhibition Artists including Clarice Dreyer: Friday May 31, 5-8 pm, Artist tour 5–6 pm MAM is proud to present another great Montana sculptor this summer in the Missoula Art Park: Clarice Dreyer. Despite numerous awards and accolades, Dreyer has never had an outdoor solo exhibit of her cast sculptures in her home state, and MAM is pleased to now have a dedicated exterior gallery designed by a landscape architect for art to showcase this exceptional work. Dreyer is an artist who creates paintings, prints, and sculpture in cast bronze and aluminum that emulate natural forms, systems, and phenomenon. Dreyer is a lover of nature, birds, and flowers, and her works seemingly insist on a garden setting. Her human-scale pieces are both intricate and strong, evoking an imaginary fairytale world and suggesting utility at the same time. She says, “My work incorporates the mysteries of nature, elements of my own memory, and excerpts from rural life to create a metaphor for ordinary life as an esthetic and spiritual existence. It is this feeling of harmony between humankind and nature that gives life and vision to my art.” Born and raised in Missoula until age 12, she now lives in Bozeman where she and her husband, painter Steve Kelly, ran Botanica, a contemporary art space that specialized in cutting-edge floral


Clarice Dreyer, Crabapple Ridge, 1993, cast aluminum, 144 x 60 x 60 inches, Holter Museum of Art collection, gift of Miriam Sample, courtesy of the artist.

arrangements. Dreyer received her BFA from MSU in Bozeman, and her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. She has completed several public art commissions, exhibited extensively across the country, and is represented in numerous public and private collections. She is the past recipient of the NEA fellowship grant in 1982, 1984, and 1990, and has received numerous other awards. This exhibition includes loans from the Holter Museum of Art, Yellowstone Art Museum, Montana Museum of Art & Culture, private lenders, and the artist. Sponosred by Caras Nursery & Landscape and the Flower Bed.


Richard Misrach, Wall, Los Indios, Texas, 2015, printed 2017 from an edition of 5, pigment print, 61 1/8 × 80 3/4 × 2 1/8 inches, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, courtesy of the artist.


May 28–September 21, 2019 // Faith Pickton and Josephine Aresty Gallery and Carnegie Gallery Pre-Lecture Reception for Members, September 4, 5:30 pm Richard Misrach: Voices in Contemporary Art Lecture/Performance by Guillermo Galindo, September 4, 7 pm First Friday reception with Artists, September 6, 5–8 pm This exhibition is a multisensory experience featuring 10 large-scale photographs by Richard Misrach and eight sculptures accompanied by a sound composition created by experimental composer Guillermo Galindo about the zone surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. The borderlands are home to more than 80 million people in four United States and six Mexican states and extend nearly 2,000 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. The bulk of United States-Mexico trade ($3.8 trillion combined annual GDP) as well as illicit trade, passes through it’s many borders. Misrach, who has photographed the border since 2004, documents landscapes and objects, including things left behind by migrants. Responding to these photographs, Galindo fashions instruments and unique

sound-generating devices, and composes graphic musical scores, many of which use Misrach’s photographs as points of departure. Misrach and Galindo create work that reports on and transforms the artifacts of migration: water bottles, clothing, backpacks, Border Patrol “drag tires,” spent shotgun shells, ladders, and sections of the border wall itself. This exhibition examines issues surrounding dislocation and forced migration and investigates political versus cultural boundaries and human rights. Border Cantos | Sonic Borders is organized by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with generous support for this project provided by .

Guillermo Galindo, Agitanques, 2013, plastic jugs filled with gravel, Art Bridges, courtesy of the artist, photos by Richard Misrach.



May 28–September 7, 2019 // Morris and Helen Silver Foundation and Shott Family Gallery Art Swing with Exhibition Artists: Friday, May 31, 5–8 pm, Artist talk 7 pm Re-Photography Workshop: Saturday, June 1, 9 am–4 pm Emigrant Memoir is the continuation of an ongoing investigation of the visualization of the migrant experience past and present, the collective and the personal. Thompson is a Swedish-American photographer based in Härnösand, Sweden. Her work explores questions surrounding transience and impermanence on both a personal and political scale. Born in Sweden and raised in the U.S., Thompson uses her unique perspective—channeling her roles as both a native of and immigrant to Sweden—in her approach to issues surrounding migration. Emigrant Memoir includes analog, digital, and experimental film processes to explore migration through the documentary image. Thompson says, “Emigrant Memoir is a series of meditations on and through migration spanning personal and collective migration stories in both the United States and Sweden. We still have our hearts in two

places at once and are still negotiating the in-between, looking forward and backward at the same time.” Thompson holds a BA in photojournalism from the University of Montana and an MA in photojournalism from Mid Sweden University. She was a staff photographer at the Missoulian. She is currently an instructor of photography at Mid Sweden University. Her photographs have been published and exhibited internationally. Her debut monograph In Place of Memory (Teg Publishing 2016), and Emigrant Memoir (self-published 2019), have both been exhibited at the Sune Jonsson Centre for Documentary Photography at the Västerbottens Museum. Emigrant Memoir was made possible with financial support by the Swedish Authors Fund, Helge Ax:son Jonsson Foundation, Region Västernorrland, and Högsjö Folklore Society.

Linda Maria Thompson, Mom and Dad in Bjurholm, Sweden From dad’s first visit to Sweden in 1966, archival inkjet print from slide, courtesy of the artist.




Through May 18 // Faith Pickton and Josephine Aresty Gallery Revel in the creative efforts of Adrian Arleo (Missoula, Mont.), John Buck (Bozeman, Mont.), Richard Notkin (Vaughn, Wash.), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Corrales, N.M.), and Jay Schmidt (Bozeman, Mont.) who created artworks in response to the political and racial content found in Philip Guston’s iconic Cigar, 1969. Cigar has been on view since May 2018, allowing artists to deeply reflect on Guston’s artistic legacy. These artists evoke, investigate, and expand upon the continuing power of Guston’s work as a touchstone for contemporary and American art. MAM is grateful to Art Bridges for making this groundbreaking exhibition and programming possible, and is proud to be acknowledged for being among the top institutions participating in the Art Bridges lending program that are activating the most robust programs through Art Bridges. The exhibition is available to travel through 2021. TOP TO BOTTOM: Adrian Arleo, Portrait of the Artist as a Sphinx, 2019, clay, glaze, wax encaustic, 21 x 58 x 16 inches, courtesy of the artist. // John Buck, Between Two Fires, 2018, carved jelutong and mechanical components, 35 x 83 x 60 x inches, courtesy of the artist. // Jay Schmidt, Money Dogs, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 92 x 138 inches, courtesy of the artist. // Richard Notkin, Philip Guston’s ‘Cigar’ Gets a Notkin Redo, 2018/2019, white earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, underglaze, electrical components, 10 x 16 x 11 inches, courtesy of the artist. // Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Trade Canoe: The Surrounded, 2018/2019, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 168 inches (three panels), courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery.


May 1–August 1, 2019 // Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art


May 1–June 1, 2019 // Carle Gallery at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library

Laura Grace Barrett, Luis Moreno Mara i Isadova, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 36 inches, estate of the artist, photos by Slikati Photo + Video.


James G. Todd, Jr., Tijuana by Day, 2000, hand-colored woodcut, MAM Collection, purchase funded by LEAW Foundation, 2002.


May 10 – September 7 // Lela Autio Education Gallery, Travel Montana Lobby, Goldberg Family Library Where is home? What is freedom? Who decides? With debates erupting daily in volatile national conversations, MAM invites you to uncover new insights in the work of collection artists. These visionaries—hailing from as close as Missoula and the Flathead Reservation to as far away as Sweden and Kenya— are inventors and storytellers, guardians and explorers. They ask vital questions about ourselves and our world through

challenging narratives and subtle abstraction, often referring to borders, migrations, and transgressions. Their voices, preserved over decades through the MAM Collection, form a chorus that ranges from humorous to critical, but is always thoughtful. Through these many doors, Hard Edge/Soft Ground explores what it means to be at the border of access and power.


Butterfield/Buck Studio Visit Saturday, June 29

This day trip is an unprecedented behind-the-scenes visit to Deborah Butterfield and John Buck’s Bozeman studio. Hear from the artists, view works in progress and recently completed, and marvel at their extensive folk and outsider art collection. Meet at MAM for a 9 am departure, arrive in Bozeman and enjoy a light lunch with paired wines, and return to Missoula by dinnertime. The Contemporary Collectors Circle meets three times a year in spring/summer, autumn, and winter. The donations


from this special membership group are dedicated to making an ambitious acquisition to the MAM Collection. The annual acquisition meeting offers an engaging interaction with MAM’s senior curator and the featured artist. Other programs include artist talks and exciting adventures into an artist’s studio or a collector’s home. MAM is now offering tiered membership levels to its Contemporary Collectors Circle for young to seasoned collectors. To join the CCC or learn more, contact Madeleine Ford, development officer, at madeleine@missoulaartmuseum. org or call (406) 728-0447.

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Last September, MAM painter Donna Loos invited MAM to select one painting from her prolific career to add to the collection. After several hours of careful deliberation the collection committee decided on Family Watch, which MAM featured in Loos’s solo exhibit Silhouette Series in 2009–2010. Just one month after this work was accessioned, Loos passed away in Missoula on October 20, 2018. MAM is grateful for her generosity and vision to ensure that her work remains accessible to our local community. A sense of poetry imbued Loos’s work, whether abstract or figurative. About the Silhouette Series, she said, “I tried to keep a blank mind and to paint unconsciously or subconsciously,

or, rather, to paint the negative space around a shape. I left the shape dark, and then studied the composition for a while, looking for shapes as I would look for shapes in a summer cloud. Later I understood that I had painted my autobiography.” Loos was born in Wyoming in 1931, one of eight children of a homesteader mother and Métis father. She began teaching art in the Billings Public Schools system in the early 1960s, while carving out a reputation as an exhibiting artist. She moved to Missoula in 1995, and continued painting and exhibiting throughout the state right until her passing at age 87 during a retrospective of her work at the Toucan Gallery in Billings.

Donna Loos (Little Shell), Family Watch, 2001, acrylic on canvas, 43 3/4 x 60 1/4 inches, MAM Contemporary American Indian Art Collection, donated by Donna Loos, 2018



Using the collection and works on view, these hands-on workshops connect with the core values and mission of MAM to provide arts educators with enrichment opportunities and share best practices in the field.


Tuesday, June 18, 1–3 pm, 2 PIR credits offered

MAM and OPI are teaming up to provide a free educator training. This experimental workshop is led by Mike Jetty, Indian education specialist from the Office of Public Instruction, and Jenny Bevill, MAM’s educator coordinator. This workshop will explore the Seven Essential Understandings of Indian Education for All and use artwork on view in MAM’s dedicated Contemporary American Indian gallery to dive deeper into the topic. Participants will envision lessons that address issues important in Indian Country today. There will be a gallery experience and hands-on art-making. This workshop will provide necessary strategies and resources for educators. Email Jenny Bevill at jenny@missoulaartmuseum.org for more information or if you’re interested in becoming a teaching artist.

10 Sicily Moon, Eggs, pastel, 18 x 24 inches.


Tuesdays, 3:30–5 pm, May 14, June 25, July 23, August 13 MAM’s education team, Jenny Bevill and Kay Grissom-Kiely, offer monthly trainings for those interested in becoming art guides. These trainings are also appropriate for returning art guides that want to stay in practice and up to date on changing exhibitions. Each training includes an orientation to MAM’s interpretive strategy, which is inquiry-based and aligned with Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS). For those interested in leading tours of museum exhibitions for all ages and abilities and joining a stellar group of beloved volunteers, this class will provide the necessary tools, skills, and practice. MAM art guides must attend a minimum of one training, shadow one tour, and be shadowed for one tour. Email Jenny Bevill at jenny@missoulaartmuseum.org for more information or to RSVP. Art guides are valued volunteers and receive a FREE Membership, which includes a 10% discount on classes, workshops, and bookstore purchases, as well as invitations to member-only events.

EDUCATION + OUTREACH MAM BROADCASTS LIVE FROM ITS ART GALLERIES TO BRING ART DIRECTLY TO THE CLASSROOM! Beginning April 22, MAM will launch a six-week pilot program, MAM as MEGAPHONE: Response Through Art with St. Ignatius Middle School. This interactive program gives students and teachers access to visual art displayed at MAM, and a chance to interact directly with artists and arts educators. Via digital technology, students and teachers are virtually placed inside of MAM looking directly at art, while MAM’s arts educators lead students on an inquiry-based tour to engage and promote self-discovery through dialogue and discussion.


Response Through Art is based on the exhibition In Praise of Folly: Five Artists Respond to Guston. Focusing on Philip Guston’s iconic painting, Cigar, 1969, and the artwork by five artists invited to create art in response to this piece, this Response Through Art challenge prompts students to think deeply about issues that impact their community, explore responses from select artists, and use this as a jumping point to create both collaborative and independent artwork as a response to their own community concerns.

MAM thrives because of dedicated volunteers! Volunteers at MAM are involved with a variety of exciting positions, such as greeting people at programs and events, serving on a committee or the board of directors, assisting teaching artists in the classroom, leading adults and youth on inquiry-based tours through art exhibitions as an art guide, and more. Charlotte Alonas, Chris Merriman, and Claudia Stewart (photo below) attended trainings led by MAM’s education team to learn cutting-edge interpretive strategies necessary to lead school group tours during the Fifth Grade Art Experience. Beyond this fall/winter program, they volunteer as art guides to meet the high demand of school group tours of all ages throughout the year. Volunteers are invited to celebrate and enjoy the Missoula Art Park for the Member and Volunteer Appreciation Picnic on Wednesday, July 17 at 5:30 PM. For more information on this event, please see page 15.

HERE’S WHAT A FEW OF OUR DEDICATED ART GUIDES HAVE TO SAY: CHARLOTTE ALONAS: I find volunteering as an art guide invigorating. I enjoy learning about the artists and find engaging with the art stimulating. My background is in education, so it is very rewarding to work with the students and encourage them to engage with the art. So many times I am amazed at the depth with which students connect with the art. The art guide trainings are something I truly enjoy. I’ve not only learned about the artists, but also learned strategies on sharing art with students. Volunteering as an art guide is very rewarding to me and I feel like I’m part of a community. CLAUDIA STEWART: I volunteer because I love teaching kids about what I love (art) and I love spending time at MAM. I’m amazed by the students’ insights about what they see and how they draw from their personal histories to make a connection with the art. CHRIS MERRIMAN: I volunteer because I grow and am inspired by the opportunity to not only learn how to help others feel the depth and insights of art and artists, but learning the language to teach has helped me broaden my perspective. It also feels so powerful to find subtle ways to encourage/entice each student to share their experience rather than learned facts. The trainings about the art exhibits have been exceptional for understanding ways, activities, and the language that can promote a sensitive experience for the students. 11


ome to MAM this summer for an exciting assortment of fun-filled and stimulating art camps. MAM’s spacious classroom, Art Park, and galleries are filled with fantastic contemporary art that inspires creativity! MAM’s teaching artists are passionate about encouraging self-expression while developing techniques and skills. Call (406) 728-0447 or register online at missoulaartmuseum.org. Please ask about available scholarships. Take 10% off second child registration.


Raptors and Art

Bev Beck Glueckert and Kate Davis 10 am–noon // Ages 7–12 // $80/72 Once again Bev and Kate come together to create an unparalleled experience of making art with live raptors! Kate brings an assortment of falcons, hawks and owls from her home in the Bitterroot where she operates her educational program, Raptors of the Rockies. Learn about these magnificent birds with Bev and Kate as you make life-size raptor sculptures and detailed drawings to help you fly into summer. Please note: Priority will be given to children who have not yet taken this class. JUNE 24–28

Art Within Nature

Janaina Vieira-Marques 9 am–noon // Ages 7–12 // $80/72 Sparked by imagination and the natural resources around us, observe and make art inspired by nature. Time together is spent between the museum’s classroom and Greenough Park. Spend time at the creek, listening to the sounds of animals and water, and observing shapes and textures within nature to create original works of art. Please bring water shoes, a hat, water bottle, sunblock and a small lunch to eat at the creek. A backpack is recommended to facilitate transportation to the park.



Start Painting

Jessie Novak 9 am–noon // Ages 6–11 // $80/72 Learn to paint with watercolors and acrylics. Learn different techniques that are combined to create successful pieces of art and increase knowledge of and skill using these mediums. Learn about artists from multiple artistic movements, including (but not limited to) Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Winslow Homer, and complete exercises inspired by their work. Paint from reference images as well as from life (weather permitting, spend time painting outside). JULY 15–19

Drawing Lions, Tigers and Bears (and Your Family Dog!)

Tony Gregori 9 am–noon // Ages 9–12 // $80/72 Learn how to draw basic animal anatomy, from reptiles, bears, cats (big and small), all the way down to a household canine. Work from reference materials and one live model! JULY 22–26

Mixed Media Madness

Jolena Ryan 9 am–noon // Ages 6–11 // $80/72 Create collaborative art with peers: painting, sculpture, masks, photos. Explore mixed media artists and MAM’s own museum, learning how photography, various objects, and thought can be incorporated into artwork. Have fun working together to create collaborative and individual collages, paintings, sculptures, assemblage and photos.


Sensory Fun–Pre-K

Jolena Ryan 10–11:30 am // Ages 3–5 // $35/31.50 or $10 drop-in Little ones are encouraged to engage, explore, and experiment with a wide variety of artmaking tools. Campers make prints, craft with nature, sculpt, collage, and more! This camp is designed to nurture and encourage art exploration. Multiple art-making stations and fun projects keep little hands and minds busy. AUGUST 5–9

Wearable Cardboard Creations

Elisha Harteis 9 am–noon // Ages 7–11 // $80/72 Bend, cut, and glue cardboard to create a robot or animal costume. Cardboard is a versatile material well-suited for creating costumes. Add a few furry, round elements and whiskers and you can have an animal/robot hybrid. This camp ends with a brief, costumed parade around the block! AUGUST 12–16

So Many Kinds 0f Books to Make

Susie Risho 9:00 am–noon // ages 9–12 // $80/72 We will create several different kinds of folded books from accordion to Turkish Map-style. We will experiment with dyeing cloth for covers, sewing pages together, using care in folding papers and designing well balanced, appealing progressions of pages. The book content will include drawing imaginative creatures, using humor, and working with memory.



NEW Teen Artist Summer Open Studio

All materials are provided. 2 pm–5 pm, FREE Each Wednesday MAM hosts open studio time for teens. Set in an inspiring and informal environment, teens can bring in their own artwork or use materials in the classroom to make their own creations. Professional artists and mentors, Jeff Brown and Ben Crawford, will be present to teach, share, and support teens. This is a unique opportunity for teens interested in visual art. Bring your friends!

FOR FAMILIES Saturday Family Workshops, Free

11 am–12:30 pm The whole family is invited to make art together in these free artist-led workshops. Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure a spot. Children under seven should be accompanied by an adult. All materials provided—just bring an open and creative mind. Throughout the summer, MAM’s Saturday Family Workshops will collaborate with the CIVICKIDS initiative.

CIVICKIDS: Make Art. Make a Difference.

This is a yearlong series of exhibitions, community events, and digital art calls hosted by Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York City. Each month, CMA will issue a digital artmaking challenge based on themes of civic engagement including environmentalism, identity, equity, leadership, sustainability, kindness, and freedom. All participants are invited to share photos, thereby completing the digital challenge with #CMACIVICKIDS. The photos will be added to our online exhibition at cmany.org/civickids. SATURDAY, MAY 18

Found Sound

Jennifer Ogden Inspired by the exhibition Border Cantos | Sonic Borders we will use cardboard, wire, string, and other found materials to create sculptures that make sound. When we re-combine these up-cycled parts and then tap, pluck, or blow into them we will discover previously unknown instruments. CIVICKIDS Connection: Celebration SATURDAY, JUNE 15

Make a Family Map

Ben Crawford Work together to build an imaginative map representing your own family’s past and present. Using symbols and narrative images, use painting, drawing, and collage to explore how memory and story create the world around us. CIVICKIDS connection: Reflection


Compassion for Nature

Jessie Novak Have you ever thought about how humans impact nature? Inspired by Clarice Dreyer’s sculpture, Crabapple Ridge, on view this summer in our Art Park, create 3-D, monochromatic, sculptures from recycled materials and objects found in nature. Inspiration will come from our favorite things to do in nature and ways we can enjoy nature without harming it. CIVICKIDS Connection: Compassion SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

Word Art and Superpowers

Jennifer Ogden Many artists have explored incorporating text into their art. Inspired by Hard Edge/Soft Ground: Access and Power, we will brainstorm to uncover our personal “power word.” Using simple watercolor techniques to emphasize or fade the letter shapes into an abstracted, unified composition, and possibly adding imagery, we will create artworks that show our power. CIVICKIDS Connection: Empowerment


Skin Stories: Contemporary Artists Engage with Race

Aja Mujinga Sherrard 10 am–12 pm // $20/18 Both a social construct and a lived reality, the subject of race is certainly a complicated one. This lecture, museum walk-through, and discussion will highlight how contemporary artists explore themes of identity and belonging, otherness, injustice, celebration, and confusion. Expect lively and productive dialogue on the many ways race is understood and experienced. SATURDAY, JUNE 1

Exploring Change Through Re-Photography Linda Maria Thompson 10 am–4 pm // $80/$72 Re-photography is a powerful tool to show change, and juxtapose and

explore both sense of place and time. This is a workshop in which we use historic Missoula images as our inspiration to find and re-photograph. Re-photography is, for instance, often used to explore issues surrounding climate change and gentrification. MAY 6, JUNE 3

Art in the Moment

A Program for those with Dementia and their Caregivers Mondays, 10 am–12:30 pm This program at MAM provides a comforting art-viewing and artmaking experience for those in the early stages of dementia and their caregivers. Based on the Museum of Modern Art’s Meet Me program, Art in the Moment creates a dementiafriendly learning community and provides an opportunity for caregivers and those with dementia to be together in a creative and relaxed environment. This program is generously sponsored by the Montana Geriatric Education Center and Dementia Friendly Missoula. SATURDAY, AUGUST 3

Block Print Bonanza

David Miles Lusk 2 pm–5 pm // $40/36 Learn the basics of relief printing and make a small print. David Miles Lusk will walk you through the process of creating a relief “block” print, from preparing an image on the block, to carving, and printing.

Open Figure Drawing Collaboration with ZACC Continues

2 pm–4 pm Ages 18+ // non-instructed // Model fee $10/$8 In collaboration with Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC), MAM will offer an opportunity to draw from a live model twice monthly on the second and the fourth Saturdays: May 11, May 25, June 8, June 22, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24. ZACC will host on first and third Saturdays!


Each summer, MAM partners with a diverse array of social service organizations offering summer camps to engage under-resourced kids. Designed after MAM’s Fifth Grade Art Experience, this summer program provides an opportunity for a diverse cross-section of Missoula’s youth and kids from surrounding rural communities and the Flathead Nation to experience contemporary art in an interactive and creative way, through open-ended interpretation, and a hands-on art project taught by professional, practicing artists. Last summer, several participants stepped off the Flathead Reservation for the very first time to visit MAM and engage with contemporary art. In its fourth year, this project has reached over 2,500 youth. This program is generously funded by The Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation. 13


Experience MAM’s engaging exhibitions for free on the first Friday of each month from 5 to 8 pm on May 3, June 7, (closed July 5), August 2, and September 6. Enjoy a no-host bar, great live music or hand-selected playlists by Missoula’s favorite DJs, and unique art-viewing experiences thanks to the support of the and KBGA radio. MAY 3: LIVE MUSIC BY KIA COONS AND THE MAGGIES FIDDLE TRIO MAM welcomes UM graduates, students and families with live music by Maggie Gammons, Kia Coon, and Maggie Magee, the 2014 Montana State Old Time Junior Champion Fiddler. The trio met as part of the Dillon Junior Fiddlers and began playing together when they moved to Missoula to attend UM. JUNE 7: MAM ART PARK Explore the wonderful mysteries of outdoor exhibit In the Garden. Check out MAM on the Move in the Missoula Art Park, or come inside and explore the museum after hours. A no-host bar will be provided along with music DJ’d by KBGA radio. Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Moving and Storage. AUG. 2: MAM ON THE MOVE Beat the August heat at MAM while you and your family get back to your roots with exhibit Emigrant Memoir. Check out MAM on the Move. Enjoy a nohost bar and music by KBGA while you ponder the issues of migration, memory, and identity. Sponsored by Slikati Photo + Video. SEPT. 6: BORDER CANTOS | SONIC BORDERS: RICHARD MISRACH AND GUILLERMO GALINDO Join us as we welcome the artists of Border Cantos |Sonic Borders for a First Friday reception complete with a no-host bar. With special thanks to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art with support provided by Art Bridges.


Saturday, June 15, 1 pm The second talk in this conversation series is with Lily Gervais and Donnie Wetzel, both Blackfeet tribal members. Lily Gervais is a licensed clinical and addiction social worker and works as the clinic director at the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center. Donnie Wetzel interfaces with Indigenous youth across the state as the American Indian Youth Development Coordinator for the Indigenous Montana Behavioral Institute, Office of Public Instruction. MAM’s summer exhibitions explore relevant issues of migration and immigration. Gervais and Wetzel will discuss how historical memory, trauma, misrepresentation, and displacement impact American Indian communities today and the movement to shift thinking toward a reconciliation with the past in order to thrive. This event is made possible by support from the Cultural Vision Fund and The Llewellyn Foundation. This series of Saturday afternoon discussions complements MAM’s contemporary American Indian exhibitions, and is aimed at providing a platform for research, innovation, and traditional knowledge by American Indian artists, scholars, researchers, and cultural advocates. Free and open to the public. This series is timed to follow MAM’s Saturday Family Workshops, so come to make art, bring a sack lunch, and stay for the talk!


Wednesday, Aug 14, 7 pm Everyone has a personal migration story, and we want to hear yours! In an open mic style event, participants will be able to sign up for storytelling timeslots. Share your positive experiences of identity, family, and culture, as well as the challenges and hardships of border crossing, detention, and relocation. Presented in conjunction with the International Rescue Committee and Soft Landing Missoula.



Wednesday, Sept. 4, 7–8:30 pm, at MCT Center for Performing Arts Enjoy an evening with the artists from the MAM exhibition Border Cantos | Sonic Borders. Photographer Misrach will speak about his work documenting the controversies of immigration and forced migration. Guillermo Galindo will present a performance of experimental compositions and uniquelycreated instruments. Open to the public. Tickets are $5 (free for members and students). Call (406) 728-0447 to RSVP or purchase tickets. Made possible by Art Bridges.


In mid-November (date to be determined), join executive director Laura Millin and senior curator Brandon Reintjes on a tour to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Named for the natural springs and architectural bridge designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, Crystal Bridges has assembled one of the best collections of American art held by a public institution. Participants will receive a private tour of the collections lead by Crystal Bridges curators, view current exhibitions, and meet with the wonderful staff that have helped facilitate loans and traveling exhibitions to MAM. Amenities include a restaurant on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds, a museum store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and outdoor sculptures situated along walking trails that link the museum’s 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. To reserve a place on this exclusive museum tour, contact Madeleine Ford, development officer, at madeleine@missoulaartmuseum.org or call (406) 728-0447.


Renée Taaffe. Photo by Tom Bauer, Missoulian.

MAM’S MISSION MAM serves the public by engaging audiences and artists in the exploration of contemporary art relevant to the community, state, and region. John Smart, New Atlas Bar, 1995, digital ink image.


RSVP is required for each event by calling MAM at (406)728-0447


Wednesday, May 15, 4–6:30 pm, $15 members Join us for happy hour at MAM. This is the unofficial closing reception for the exhibitions Montana Bars and Eddie’s Club Adjunct Collection. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a selection of craft beers expertly selected by Worden’s Market expert brewmeister Mark Thomsen. Jean Belangie-Nye will lead an informal talk about Lee Nye’s Eddie’s Club photography collection and recent gifts to MAM’s Collection. RSVP. Sponsored by Windfall.


Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 pm Enjoy summer in the Missoula Art Park while MAM honors the members and volunteers that keep the Missoula Art Museum alive! Enjoy a complimentary lunch and a no-host bar while grooving to some summer tunes. Screen-print your very own MAM bandanna! Free for members and current volunteers. Please RSVP to Joseph Kellogg, event coordinator, at joe@missoulaartmuseum.org or call (406) 728-0447.


Wednesday, September 4, 5:30 pm MAM members are invited to the museum for a pre-lecture party to celebrate the work of Guillermo Galindo and Richard Misrach. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, good company, and a no-host bar at the museum, before strolling over to Missoula Children’s Theater Center for the Performing Arts for a lecture and performance by the artists. Free for members.


Saturday, May 4, 10 AM-2 PM Volunteers needed. Please call MAM at 406.728.0447 to sign up.


Congratulations to Dylan Running Crane, who was recently selected to take part in a paid 12-week internship in support of exhibitions, collections, and education at MAM. This program, supported by the American Association of Museum Directors (AAMD), is part of their first-ever diversity internship aimed at increasing the number of Indigenous museum professionals. In addition to working with MAM’s Contemporary American Indian Art Collection, Running Crane will attend the AAMD’s annual conference in New Orleans and a professional development gathering in New York City.

HOURS: Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm Closed Sunday and Monday

MAM BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Betsy Wachernagel Bach, Stephanie Christensen, Lara Dorman, Paul Filicetti (Vice President), Matt Gibson, Josh Gimpelson, Becca Nasgovitz, Brian Sippy (President), Cathay Smith, Sara Smith (Treasurer), Kate Sutherland (Secretary), Taylor Valliant, R. David Wilson

MAM STAFF: Jenny Bevill (Educator Coordinator), John Calsbeek (Associate Curator), Tracy Cosgrove (Deputy Director for Finance and Advancement), Madeleine Ford (Development Officer), Kay Grissom- Kiely (Education Curator), Joseph Kellog, John Knight, Laura J. Millin (Executive Director), Jennifer Reifsneider (Registrar), Brandon Reintjes (Senior Curator), Cheyenne Rivers (Visitor Engagement/Security Officers), Cassidy Tucker (Membership and Finance Assistant) MAM IS FUNDED IN PART by Missoula County and the City of Missoula. Additional support is generously provided by Art Bridges, the Cultural Vision Fund, the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Montana Arts Council, Montana Cultural Trust, 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, Art Associates of Missoula, business members, and MAM patrons and members. MAM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Missoula Art Museum is wheelchairaccessible from the building’s main entrance at Pattee Street. MAM staff is available to meet special needs.

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Friday, May 31, 5–8 pm, with Bury the Hatchet performances at 5 pm and 7 pm Enjoy catered hors d’oeuvres, a no-host bar, live music, gallery tours, and one-on-one conversation with exhibiting artists Clarice Dreyer, John Hitchcock, and Linda Maria Thompson. Hitchcock and musicians from his band The Stolen Sea will perform the composition from the Bury the Hatchet installation throughout the evening. Free for members! $10 adults/$5 students. Tickets are nontransferable. Call (406) 728-0447 to RSVP or purchase additional tickets. Sponsored by WGM Group.

LAST BEST CONFERENCE May 29–31 Including Jay Schmidt’s art collective Paintallica and exhibiting artist John Hitchcock. For more information visit lastbestconference.com

Wednesday, June 19, 5:30 pm All MAM friends and supporters are invited to join us for an evening honoring this year’s MAM Award recipients, George and Lynn Gogas and Rocky Mountain Moving and Storage, who have been stalwart MAM supporters for decades. RMMS, which has been owned and run by Barney and Catherine White since 1989, has been an invaluable help and resource to MAM for 30 years, perfecting the art of packing, moving, and storing artworks with heart. Lynn and George Gogas have lived a life in service to their community, and they have contributed generous support and demonstrated unwavering belief in MAM. Please help us honor these special members of our community for dedication to MAM.


MAM has partnered with the MBF for several years and looks forward to helping present accomplished authors once again. For more information, visit montanabookfestival.org