Monthly Archives: February 2009

Ceramics by Jared Gabriel and Mark Kronfuss @ Exit Gallery

Arts and Exhibits presents Too Hot to Handle, Too Cold to Hold, a collection of ceramics by Jared Gabriel and Mark Kronfuss. The exhibit will show in the gallery March 2-13. There will be a public artist reception Friday, March 6th from 5-7pm. The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Admission is free!

Lori Schilling @ Artists’ Gallery

The Artists’ Gallery, in the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, will host a reception for a new artist, Lori Schilling, on Friday, March 13th, from 5-8 PM.  Schilling grew up in Great Falls and has been creating beaded jewelry most of her life.  Her original designs are beautifully detailed using sterling silver, Swarovski and Czech crystal, and natural stones.  Her beadwork will be exhibited in the gallery through March 28th.  The gallery is located at 111 S. Grand, Suite 106.  Regular hours are 10a-5p, Mon – Sat.

Ian van Coller photographs @ Holter Museum of Art

The Holter Museum of Art in Helena will be exhibiting Interior Relations, a thought-provoking collection of sixteen photographic portraits by Bozeman photographer Ian van Coller, beginning on February 27 and showing through April 19. The richly-colorful yet sometimes somber photographs depict South African domestic workers in their employers’ homes, at often unmanageable distances from the workers’ own homes and families. Taken together, the portraiture explores the complexities of identity that all South Africans face post-Apartheid. A reception with the artist is scheduled from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. on February 27.

For the project, van Coller asked the subjects to wear their favorite clothing and accessories, rather than the plain housecoats and jumpsuits that typify their jobs as housecleaners and childcare workers and gardeners. He encouraged each to become active participants in making their portraits, to facilitate expression of their own aesthetics and identities within the contradictory context. Viewers of the portrait series might initially mistake the subjects as property owners, but upon further attention to the accompanying wall texts will confront the clash of realities permeating that country today—in a fashion parallel to the artist’s own experience.

On Saturday, March 7, van Coller will give an Artist Talk at 10:30 a.m. Then at 11:15 a.m., he will participate in the panel discussion, Creating Ourselves: On Race and Culture, with Holter Cultural Crossroads Artist in Residence Michael Dixon and others, moderated by IR reporter Martin Kidston. Visit for directions and other information. Van Coller’s work can also be seen at

Call for Special Ed Art Teacher and Aide at the Emerson – Fall 2009

Emerson Art Education
Special Ed. Artist-Educator & Special Ed Art Aide
Job Application 2009

The Emerson’s offers community-based art education for teens, adults and children. Emerson Art Education classes and workshops are fun and build artistic skills and creative courage for all students in an inclusive community setting. Our teachers are high-quality educators and artists.

Beginning Fall of 2009, the Emerson will pilot a Special Education art class for grades 6-12 and recent high school graduates. Artist-Educators must have expertise in the media they teach, enthusiasm about working with youth and adults with a range of artistic abilities, an exceptional ability to communicate with parents, students, Emerson staff and the community at large, and a flexible attitude about working in a community-based arts organization. In addition, the Artist-Educator for this position will be certified to teach Special Education and Art, or have demonstrated success and enjoyment with this population. We seek inspiring candidates who are great art teachers and are sensitive to the wide range of issues and talents of students with special needs.

The Frances Senska Pottery Studio has large working tables, slab roller, fully stocked glaze area and glaze making material area, 10 wheels, an electric kiln, a variety of tools, extruder, clay mixer, slide projector and trays, and buckets. It is a community space shared by several teachers and thirty students at any given time. Proactive communication and willingness to pitch in to improve this popular and growing program are imperative.

Emerson’s art classroom, the Green Room, is a multi-use space shared by the Crawford Theater and the Art Education program. There may be times when classes must be moved to accommodate concerts or other community events. While we do our best to provide a consistent location for art classes, you may be asked to relocate your class. Please take this into account when applying for this position.

We currently have funding for a five-week class for 8-10 students that meets for two hours after school once a week during Fall 2009. We are also hiring a classroom aide with demonstrated enjoyment and success in working with students with special needs. We hope to continue the program throughout 2009-2010 and beyond, pending funding.

Your application packet should include the following:
• Cover letter, including: your specific interest in teaching, class ideas
• Resumé or narrative describing related training, teaching and community-based art experience
• Artist’s statement, if applicable
• CD with five – ten images of your current work (jpeg files, 1 – 3 megabyte), if applicable
Please send your packet to: Visual Arts Director Ellen Ornitz
The Emerson 111 South Grand, Bozeman, MT 59715
Please do not email your application.

Deadline for receipt of materials – June 1, 2009 or until position filled
Notification of acceptance – July 1, 2009 or until position filled
Fall Session – September – December 2009 (first class no earlier than September 14, 2009)

Everybody’s Birthday Party and Kate Huston @ Aunt Dofe’s

Fourth annual Everybody’s Birthday Party at Aunt Dofe’s, Sunday, March
15 from 3PM until 9PM
, 100 Main Street, Willow Creek, phone 285 6996.
This year hosted by Kate Huston…Band or Jam (BYI) begins about 4
PM…piñata implosion soon after…Cake…Pizza…good times.
A show of Kate Huston‘s work titled ” LYRICAL ILLUSIONS”  will be in
the main gallery.

Contemporary Ceramic Vessels: Josh DeWeese slide lecture @ The Emerson

Ceramic artist and teacher Josh DeWeese presents Contemporary Ceramic Vessels, a slide lecture that introduces the public to a variety of established and emerging international artists working in both functional and sculptural vessel forms. The presentation, which takes place Thursday, February 26, at 7 pm in the Weaver Room, will highlight a wide variety of ceramic techniques and content matter.

Deweese teaches at Montana State University, as the Assistant Professor of Art in ceramics; and served as the Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for over a decade. He holds an MFA from Alfred University, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. He has exhibited and taught internationally and his work is included in numerous collections.
This event is free and open to the public. For further information call Ellen Ornitz, 587-9797.

MSU Artist-in-Residence, Jonathon Keats: Mandeville Cantata and Cinema Botanica: Pornography for Plants

The School of Art will welcome Jonathon Keats, an installation artist, writer, art critic, and scientist. Keats has been invited to demonstrate contemporary methodologies and philosophies he currently experiments with and his unique position in the world of conceptual, contemporary art. In Cinema Botanica: Pornography for Plants, Keats presents an uncensored act of explicit pollination, filmed in photosynthetic silhouette for projection onto the exposed foliage of white flowering plants. It is a conceptual work that uses the gallery experience to engage the audience into an otherwise second-hand experience.

Keats will give a slide lecture Monday, February 23, at 5pm in Cheever Hall room 215, titled, Extraterrestrial Aesthetics, Divine Genetics, and Other Thought Experiments. Keats will discuss how his art is research. His methods and materials are the processes and paperwork we encounter every day and often overlook. The talk will describe the processes he uses, whether political, economic, scientific, or aesthetic.

Keats will host a workshop on Tuesday, February 24, in which a composition of a song cycle titled Mandeville Cantata will be created. Those attending will map the creek, listen to the tempo, and determine how to recreate the creek in the Copeland Gallery using their mapping techniques and boulders. The project will reflect Keats’ interdisciplinary researching techniques and how they apply to his art exhibitions.

A reception will be held for both exhibitions on Wednesday, February 25 in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery from 5-7pm. Keats will give an informal talk as well as those who participated in the workshop to give a better understanding of the entire project.

This project has been made possible by the MSU School of Art, and NSF EPSCoR. All events are free and open to the public. The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall on the MSU-Bozeman campus. Haynes Hall is on 11th Avenue near the duck pond. For more information, please call Erin W. Anderson at 994-2562.

Call for submissions: Native American traditional beadwork

autio by Molly Murphy
The Emerson is looking for a Native American traditional beadwork artist with a body of work to exhibit with the contemporary beadwork of Molly Murphy (Oglala, Lakota), who specializes in contemporary native beadwork and printmaking.

Exhibit opens June 2009 – to be considered, please download an application form here and submit as soon as possible.