Frances Senska (1914 – 2009)

This acorn-shaped bowl, in the Fine Arts Collection of Luther College, is an appropriate symbol of the foundational role played by Frances Senska in the development of modern art at (now) Montana State University and in Montana generally. Her long and eventful life ended on Christmas Day. An extended interview conducted in 2001 is available in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

Update: A small exhibition of Senska’s work, entitled Humble Grace: A Tribute to Frances Senska, will be held at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, March 19 – June 27, 2010.For more information, see the museum announcement.