All local Bozeman artists are encouraged to submit artwork (via the website, or email to email@example.com) for consideration for the cover of Bozeman Magazine in 2009. A bio or artist feature will be required for all chosen for the cover (1000 words), for now please just let us know who you are and why you would like to be considered.
This year the Sweet Pea Festival is sponsoring a T-shirt art contest, as well as their traditional poster contest. First prize for the T-shirt design is $500; there is also a youth category with a $100 prize. The prize for best poster is $1000. More information and application forms are on the Sweet Pea web site. Deadlines are April 23 for the T-shirt contest and April 30 for the poster contest. That’s for receipt of mailed entries. Hand-delivery is possible until 4pm the follwoing day in each case. See the applications for details.
Edward Curtis, praised as a photographer but often criticized for his romanticized images of American Indians, will be the topic of discussion by curators Michael Fox and Steve Jackson on Thursday, April 2, 6:00-7:00 PM at the Museum of the Rockies. A collection of Curtis photographs is on display at the Museum through May 10.
Artist Loretta Domaszewski presents a Benefit for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust at the Sola Cafe (corner of Kagy and Willson). Purchase one of Domaszewski’s landscape paintings, inspired by local trails and conservation easements, to become a GVLT member or Sponsor a New Member.
An opening reception will be held Friday, April 3, 5pm-9pm. The paintings will be on view until May 31.
“Through my expression of art, it is my hope that the viewer can experience the powerful spirit of nature.”
The Helen E. Copeland Gallery invites everyone to celebrate the openings of the 2008 MFA Thesis exhibitions. The first exhibition, “Ah!”, which runs from March 23rd through March 27th, is the culmination of Drew Nicklas for his Master of Fine Arts at Montana State University – Bozeman.
Nicklas explores the role of contemporary hand thrown pottery and what it means to make it simply and honestly. Nicklas pays a direct reference to Peter Shumann and the Bread and Puppet Theater in the approach that art provides nourishment through discovery. Nicklas encourages the public to stop at the table and eat the bread, enjoy the bread, and enjoy the pottery.
The public is invited to attend Nicklas’s oral defense, Tuesday, March 24th at 10:00 am in the Copeland Gallery. A closing reception will be held Friday, March 27th from 5-7 pm.
Rachel Warkentin is a California based figurative painter working primarily in oil and egg tempera. She will be giving a lecture entitled Process, Memories, and Paint at 5:10-6:30pm, March 24th, in Cheever 215 on the MSU campus.
Warkentin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Art at Oregon State University and is currently finishing her Master of Fine Arts at the Claremont Graduate University. Her work is disciplined, methodical and meditative. Focusing on personal narration, dreams and memories, Ms. Warkentin’s work exhibits a quiet magic in each composition. A hugely prolific artist, Ms. Warkentin’s body of work is ever expanding and will serve to motivate students in their own studio practices. While at MSU, Ms. Warkentin will also give a workshop on the process of using egg tempera and conduct several studio visits.
Lori Hiris will present her MFA thesis exhibition, Atlantis Unbound, in the Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall, MSU School of Art. Hirst creates animated films from continuous reworking of a limited number of drawings. Her exhibit runs April 6-10th, with a reception Thursday, April 9th from 5-7pm.
Atlantis Unbound is loosely inspired by the utopian novel The New Atlantis, written by Sir Francis Bacon in 1627. Bacon, the philosopher of the new science of progress and technology, sets the stage for the main character Francis Galton to ponder the secrets of heredity. Via the metamorphosis of images, myth and history are interwoven through the act of drawing and erasing. Francis Galton is furiously writing letters to his cousin Charles Darwin in the pursuit of discovering the truth of hereditary science. Through conquest and discovery Galton’s mythology develops and his aspirations to improve the race lead to controversy.