Monthly Archives: October 2010

“Some Big Pictures From the 80’s” by Fran Noel @ the Exit Gallery

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents: Some Big Pictures From the 80’s a photography exhibition by Fran Noel.  The exhibit will be showing in the Exit Gallery November 1 – 12.  There will be a free public artist reception Wednesday, November 3rd from 5 – 7 pm.


Some Big Pictures from the 80’s: A unique collection of artwork featuring eclectic recycled materials, vivid colors, dramatic interplay between two and three dimensions, and a very mysterious narrative. The exhibition involves an attempt to warp space and create illusions without darkroom manipulation. Fran’s idea was to reduce three dimensions of the “real world” into two dimensions within a photograph. Something you just have to see to realize.

Fran received his Bachelors degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado in 1965.  He has received numerous Visual Artists Fellowships and Grants to assist with his work and research and has taught at different universities, including Montana State University. Fran has been published in many different publications and has work displayed in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, sixteen colleges, and many private institutions.

The Exit Gallery is a student organized art gallery which hosts seven two week exhibits per semester as well as other arts events. It is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. See you there!

Upheaval @ MSU

ASMSU and Student Activities invite you to the 7th annual Upheaval Art Sale & Show in the MSU Ballrooms. The sale runs from 10AM to 7PM Monday November 15th through Wednesday November 17th, with a closing reception on the 17th from 5 – 7PM.

On Monday, November 15th at 5:00 Upheaval is hosting “Art Marketing 101: Pricing and Promotion” led by MSU Professor Dean Adams. The workshop is for MSU students only. Located in Cheever 212. Pizza will be provided.

This annual art show gives the Bozeman population a rare and unique opportunity to see and purchase innovative, truly exceptional original artwork produced by MSU students and alumni. Media includes: ceramics, painting, metals/jewelry making, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Add to an existing art collection or start a new one. Invest in art while you invest in the future!

The MSU Ballrooms are located in the Student Union Building on Grant Street, with great parking across from the SUB! For more information please contact the Student Activities office at (406) 994-3591.

Call to Artists-Poster Art for 2010 Christmas Stroll

The Emerson is looking for art for the 2010 Christmas Stroll Poster. These posters are distributed to all businesses downtown and will be included in the Christmas Stroll tab placed in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

Please submit images of your art to office@theemerson.org by November 15 at 5pm. Any 2-D medium and any size are acceptable. The chosen artist must be present at the Christmas Stroll to sign posters on December 04, 2010 from 1-2pm at the Emerson Center. For questions, please email office@theemerson.org or call 587-9797.

Shannon Berg: Disturbance @ Helen E. Copeland Gallery

The School of Art is proud to present Disturbance, the MFA Thesis Exhibition by Shannon Berg in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Haynes Hall.  The exhibition will be open to the public on Monday 1st – Friday 5th November 2010.  The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8AM – 5PM.  Ms Berg’s Oral Defense is scheduled for Monday November 1, 11:30AM.

The Reception for the Thesis Exhibition: Disturbance will be November 4, 2010 7-9pm in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery.

A selection of Shannon’s work can be seen at her web site: shannoncherieberg.com

How to Mix Oil & Water: Annie Bailey @ Atrium Gallery

The Bozeman Public Library Foundation invites the community to the Artist Opening Reception on Friday, October 29, 5:30-7pm for Annie Bailey’s exhibit How to Mix Oil & Water in the Atrium Gallery. Refreshments will be served. This unique show will be on display through the end of December.

Bailey works on canvas with oil and water soluble pencils to create a contrast of the rich, deep pigmentation of the oils and the soft, translucence of the water soluble pencils to evoke a sense of aging.  Once a painting is complete, it is sprayed with a protective varnish. The colors are chosen for their emotional quality, conveying the emotion felt by the artist about the subject upon the first encounter with it.

“My paintings are a way for me to create stillness in a moving world,” said Bailey. “I create an envelope of quietness around the subjects I choose, making them the center of attention in the painting, while in the real world they are lost and unnoticed. The abandoned trains, decaying grain elevators, and quirky café’s found throughout Montana are the real treasures I love to paint.”

Bailey grew up in Montana on her family’s ranch in the Smith River Valley. Her love of Montana constantly stimulates her to create new work and make connections to the state’s past. She uses both humor and tension in her work, as she finds that life is always a balance between the two.

All artwork is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Bozeman Library Foundation to benefit the Library. Contact Paula Beswick at director@bozemanlibraryfoundation.org or 582-2426 for more information about this show or the gallery.

Ceramic Sculpture Exhibit in Willow Creek: Ellen Ornitz & Vanessa Rogers

Local artists Ellen Ornitz and Vanessa Rogers are exhibiting their ceramic sculptures at Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory in Willow Creek, Montana for the month of November.  Join us for a reception and refreshments on Sunday, November 7, 3-7 pm. The gallery is located at 102 Main Street and will be open from 3-9 pm. Both artists are inspired by natural forms and manipulate cone-six porcelain in their process. Rogers creates highly detailed carved vessels with colorful glazes. She explores hand-carved wheel thrown pottery, creating one-of-a-kind works that are primarily sculptural. Ornitz’s sculptures are fabricated through assembling press-molded porcelain and mixed media. She casts elements of the human body, bones and plant detritus that are combined with concrete, paper and painted boards creating free-standing works and wall-hung tableaus. Her most recent works explore the ambiguity and polarized associations of evocative words.

Vanessa Rogers and Ellen Ornitz both work at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture in Bozeman. Rogers teaches ceramics for the Emerson in the Frances Senska Pottery Studio; her classes include wheel throwing and hand building of porcelain and midrange stoneware followed by surface treatments such as carving and glazing. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from Humboldt State University in California.  Rogers has studied with ceramic artists Akio Takamori and Kurt Weiser at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena.

Ornitz is the Emerson’s curator of exhibits and education, selecting exhibits and outreach for the Jessie Wilber Gallery, the Weaver Room and the Lobby. She also directs the Emerson’s Schools in the Gallery docent-led tour program and the pottery classes. Ellen earned her B.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.A. in Secondary Art Education from Indiana University and post graduate work in ceramics at Montana State University.

For further information about this exhibit, please contact Dave Kirk at Aunt Dofe’s, 285.6996.

Local artists Ellen Ornitz and Vanessa Rogers are exhibiting their ceramic sculptures at Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory in Willow Creek, Montana for the month of November.  Join us for a reception and refreshments on Sunday, November 7, 3-7 pm. The gallery is located at 102 Main Street and will be open from 3-9 pm. Both artists are inspired by natural forms and manipulate cone-six porcelain in their process. Rogers creates highly detailed carved vessels with colorful glazes. She explores hand-carved wheel thrown pottery, creating one-of-a-kind works that are primarily sculptural. Ornitz’s sculptures are fabricated through assembling press-molded porcelain and mixed media. She casts elements of the human body, bones and plant detritus that are combined with concrete, paper and painted boards creating free-standing works and wall-hung tableaus. Her most recent works explore the ambiguity and polarized associations of evocative words.

Vanessa Rogers and Ellen Ornitz both work at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture in Bozeman. Rogers teaches ceramics for the Emerson in the Frances Senska Pottery Studio; her classes include wheel throwing and hand building of porcelain and midrange stoneware followed by surface treatments such as carving and glazing. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from Humboldt State University in California.  Rogers has studied with ceramic artists Akio Takamori and Kurt Weiser at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena.

Ornitz is the Emerson’s curator of exhibits and education, selecting exhibits and outreach for the Jessie Wilber Gallery, the Weaver Room and the Lobby. She also directs the Emerson’s Schools in the Gallery docent-led tour program and the pottery classes. Ellen earned her B.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.A. in Secondary Art Education from Indiana University and post graduate work in ceramics at Montana State University.

For further information about this exhibit, please contact Dave Kirk at Aunt Dofe’s, 285.6996.Local artists Ellen Ornitz and Vanessa Rogers are exhibiting their ceramic sculptures at Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory in Willow Creek, Montana for the month of November.  Join us for a reception and refreshments on Sunday, November 7, 3-7 pm. The gallery is located at 102 Main Street and will be open from 3-9 pm. Both artists are inspired by natural forms and manipulate cone-six porcelain in their process. Rogers creates highly detailed carved vessels with colorful glazes. She explores hand-carved wheel thrown pottery, creating one-of-a-kind works that are primarily sculptural. Ornitz’s sculptures are fabricated through assembling press-molded porcelain and mixed media. She casts elements of the human body, bones and plant detritus that are combined with concrete, paper and painted boards creating free-standing works and wall-hung tableaus. Her most recent works explore the ambiguity and polarized associations of evocative words.

Vanessa Rogers and Ellen Ornitz both work at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture in Bozeman. Rogers teaches ceramics for the Emerson in the Frances Senska Pottery Studio; her classes include wheel throwing and hand building of porcelain and midrange stoneware followed by surface treatments such as carving and glazing. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from Humboldt State University in California.  Rogers has studied with ceramic artists Akio Takamori and Kurt Weiser at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena.

Ornitz is the Emerson’s curator of exhibits and education, selecting exhibits and outreach for the Jessie Wilber Gallery, the Weaver Room and the Lobby. She also directs the Emerson’s Schools in the Gallery docent-led tour program and the pottery classes. Ellen earned her B.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.A. in Secondary Art Education from Indiana University and post graduate work in ceramics at Montana State University.

For further information about this exhibit, please contact Dave Kirk at Aunt Dofe’s, 285.6996.Local artists Ellen Ornitz and Vanessa Rogers are exhibiting their ceramic sculptures at Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory in Willow Creek, Montana for the month of November.  Join us for a reception and refreshments on Sunday, November 7, 3-7 pm. The gallery is located at 102 Main Street and will be open from 3-9 pm. Both artists are inspired by natural forms and manipulate cone-six porcelain in their process. Rogers creates highly detailed carved vessels with colorful glazes. She explores hand-carved wheel thrown pottery, creating one-of-a-kind works that are primarily sculptural. Ornitz’s sculptures are fabricated through assembling press-molded porcelain and mixed media. She casts elements of the human body, bones and plant detritus that are combined with concrete, paper and painted boards creating free-standing works and wall-hung tableaus. Her most recent works explore the ambiguity and polarized associations of evocative words.

Vanessa Rogers and Ellen Ornitz both work at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture in Bozeman. Rogers teaches ceramics for the Emerson in the Frances Senska Pottery Studio; her classes include wheel throwing and hand building of porcelain and midrange stoneware followed by surface treatments such as carving and glazing. She earned a BA in Fine Arts from Humboldt State University in California.  Rogers has studied with ceramic artists Akio Takamori and Kurt Weiser at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena.

Ornitz is the Emerson’s curator of exhibits and education, selecting exhibits and outreach for the Jessie Wilber Gallery, the Weaver Room and the Lobby. She also directs the Emerson’s Schools in the Gallery docent-led tour program and the pottery classes. Ellen earned her B.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the University of California at Santa Cruz, an M.A. in Secondary Art Education from Indiana University and post graduate work in ceramics at Montana State University.

For further information about this exhibit, please contact Dave Kirk at Aunt Dofe’s, 285.6996.

Christensen and students: The Pod Bay Door and more

The exhibition at The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is a collaborative project by the students at Montana State University and the international artist-in-residence, Jan Christensen. The installation in the gallery consists of a video, artworks and props by the students that were made in response to the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey by Stanley Kubrick (1968). There will be an opening reception on Thursday 21 September, 7PM – 9PM, at the gallery.

The exhibition includes sketches and notes documenting the process of making the video and organizing the show. The original film by Kubrick has been dissected and thoroughly discussed, resulting in a production of fragmented points of views as the different groups of students worked on the separate parts of the story. The constant discussion and critical reading of the work is reflected in documentation of meetings and production scenes, and there is an emphasis on the supercomputer Hal and his distrust of the human beings and his superiority to man, paralleled in the discussions between the students on the actual realization of the project.

The re-make, entitled 2010: The Pod Bay Door, is also an experiment on how to use the simplest means available to produce a video work. Certain parts are more elaborate, but most of the filming has been done with the simplest hand-held digital cameras. The actual title refers to the point in the film where Hal shuts the door of the spaceship in an attempt to leave two astronauts to die in space.

Jan Christensen lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He was born in 1977 in Copenhagen, Denmark and studied at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD/KHiO) in Oslo 1997-2000. If you’d like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview, please call Kate Jo at 406/994-2562 or email her at katejo@montana.edu

Calling all artists: conversation with curator of Northwest art at Portland Art Museum

All artists and arts professionals are invited to an informal conversation with Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the new curator of Northwest art with the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, on Friday, October 15th, 5:30 pm at The Emerson’s Jessie Wilber Gallery. She will discuss her curatorial focus and answer your questions regarding opportunities at the museum for Montana artists to show their work. From her letter:

Firstly I am holding, what I am calling, focus group meetings for artists and arts professionals (college arts administrators, gallery owners etc.) to present the Portland Art Museum’s curatorial focus on Northwest art and to outline the opportunities and limitations inherent to the position. Below is a brief position description describing my responsibilities, listing the number and type of exhibits for which the Curator of Northwest Art is responsible annually.

The Curator of Northwest art is responsible for the care, research, exhibition, growth and custody of all objects in the Northwest art collection belonging to or on loan to the Portland Art Museum. The position serves a five-state region including Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. Duties include developing temporary exhibitions, especially the biennial Contemporary Northwest Art Awards and three-to-four, usually single artist, changing exhibitions per year know as “APEX” exhibitions. The curator works on exhibition related programs, garnering support and writing and speaking about Northwest art.  The curator supervises presentation of all traveling exhibitions of Northwest art scheduled by the Museum and serves as advisor to the Northwest Art Council.  The Curator of Northwest Art reports to the Museum’s Chief Curator.

Secondly, I have received nominations for the second biennial Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition and I am visiting nominee’s studios. I am very interested to see work of artists who have not been nominated as well and want to begin building a library of discs of current and past work, so as I am planning exhibitions I will know who is doing strong work in the five state region.

Refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited… spread the word!

Printmaker Michael Sims lectures @ MSU

The MSU Printmaking area will present a lecture by Visiting Artist Michael Sims on Thursday October 14, 2010, at 5:10 PM in Cheever 213.

Michael Sims established The Lawrence Lithography Workshop in 1979 in Lawrence, Kansas as a contract printing and teaching facility for local and regional artist. It provided a place where artists with little or no printmaking experience could collaborate with a master printer to produce original lithographs.

Sims received his M.F.A. in printmaking in 1971 from Ohio University and began teaching lithography and drawing at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He has also taught at Western Michigan University, Centro de Ensenafzua Graficas (Center for the Study of Graphic Arts) in Caracas, Venezuela and Western New Mexico University. In 1978, he left KU to work as an assistant at Landfall Press in Chicago. Sims returned to Lawrence the following year with a number of lithographic stones and a small antique Fuchs & Lang press. Those tools, along with the support of area artists and friends, prompted him to set up shop at 7 East Seventh Street, where the workshop operated and grew for eighteen years. In 1997 Sims closed the shop in Lawrence and moved the facility to Sunland Park, New Mexico; one more move in 2001 relocated the shop to its current location in Kansas City, MO. This 3600 sq. ft. facility boasts a large press room with 2 electric flatbed litho presses and an etching press, a 465 sq. ft. gallery, and abundant storage and office space.