Monthly Archives: January 2011

Rick Smith video: (Dis)continuity

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents: (Dis)continuity, a video installation by Rick Smith. The exhibit will be showing in the Exit Gallery January 31st – February 11th. There will be a free public artist reception Wednesday, February 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

For Rick Smith, experimental filmmaking allows him to explore the nature of cinema outside the boundaries that are imposed by the structure of traditional narrative. His films hope to reveal the world beyond our perception and draw on greater truths. The videos were filmed at rates beyond 500 frames per second, which creates an extreme slow motion that transforms the familiar and quotidian into something spectacular.

Rick Smith is a cinematographer and visual artist living in Bozeman, MT. He recently completed his MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at MSU and currently works for Grizzly Creek films as a cinematographer for “Expedition Wild”, a series on National Geographic Television. In 2010 he won a regional Emmy for his work as the Director of Photography on a Montana PBS program called “Before There Were Parks.” In addition to his mainstream work in broadcast television, Rick has started to explore the limits of image making utilizing the latest photographic tools that blur the boundary between photographic and cinematic. Through the use of high-speed and digitally manipulated imagery, Rick’s installation critiques our collective obsession with photographic truth and the atomization of time.

The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. See you there!

Eminence: Jessica Mongeon paintings @ Blue Ocean Center

Eminence is a series of abstracted landscape paintings by Jessica Mongeon focusing on Bozeman area ski resorts and mountain vistas. The opening reception will be held Friday, February 4th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Blue Ocean Innovations, 1820 West Lincoln, Bozeman. Refreshments will be served.

More of the artist’s work can be seen at her web site,

THE ALPHABET PROJECT @ [the art project]

[the art project], an Emerson run gallery space, introduces, THE ALPHABET PROJECT…an exhibit based on the letters of the alphabet. Each letter was randomly selected to a diverse group of creatives in the community. Focusing on an ordinary subject that we see each day, often by the hundreds of thousands, this exhibit conveys 26 letters as more than just shapes. The 26 artists, designers, and other locals in this show conceive and interpret the alphabet in surprising and inventive ways, ranging from graceful and polished to witty and unconventional. Come see the creations!

The mission of [the art project] at the Emerson is to provide a public space that fosters cultural development, self-expression and human interaction through the development and exhibition of art that is contemporary, experimental, and participatory.

Opening Reception:
February 11, 2011, 5-8pm in conjunction with the Emerson Art Walk
Exhibiting until April 4, 2011.
[the art project] is located in the Emerson’s Galleria Hall #110.

For more information check us out online at or call 587-9797.

Love @ Artists’ Gallery

Members of the Artists’ Gallery, Bozeman’s only artist cooperative, have created new work inspired by “Love”. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, these new pieces all measure 8×10 inches or smaller making them perfect for gift giving. The artworks on display are made from a variety of media, and are filled with hearts, passion, and the color red.

We invite you to come to the gallery in the Emerson Center, to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Friday, February 11th from 5-8 p.m., during the Emerson Galleria Art Walk.

Life Drawing Sessions at MSU – Everyone welcome!

Life drawing sessions, hosted by the MSU Painting and Drawing Guild, will begin during the spring semester on January 24th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in room 233 of Haynes Hall on the MSU campus and continue every Monday evening throughout the semester. The room is located in the southwest corner of Haynes Hall on the second floor. There is a $5 admission to draw for each session. Whether you are a novice or experienced artists the experience is a fun and fulfilling chance to improve your technique and learn from others.

The MSU Painting and Drawing Guild is also looking for models to hire. Models are paid $40 for three hours. Modeling is not open to MSU art students.

The first MSU Painting and Drawing Guild meeting (not drawing session) of the semester will be Wednesday, January 26th at 6 pm in the painting room, 227 Haynes Hall. For more information about the Guild, Life Drawing, or modeling please call 605.728.2908.

Vox Populi: undergraduate juried exhibition






Jack Kligerman photographs @ Bozeman Public Library

The Bozeman Public Library Foundation invites the community to the Artist Opening Reception on Friday, January 14, 5:30-7pm for Jack Kligerman’s exhibit Set in Silver: Recent Photographs in the Atrium Gallery. Refreshments will be served. This unique display of silver bromide prints from surrounding national parks, including Yellowstone, Zion, Arches, and Bryce Canyon, as well as from Turkey, Paris, and England, will be on display through the end of February.

“Even though I photograph wherever I find myself with my camera, the natural world is where I currently feel most comfortable,” said Kligerman. “In the years I have lived abroad, I have focused in addition on aspects of the city.” He claims photographs are made, not taken, resulting in the abstract, one-of-a-kind prints found in his shows.

Kligerman is Professor Emeritus and pas Chair of the Department of English at Lehman College, where he also taught courses in black and white photography and the History of Photography. He has written about American Literature, photography, and nature, and his photographs and essays have appeared in various publications, including Organic Gardening and Smithsonian. In addition to exhibiting in the Atrium Gallery in 2007, Kligerman has also had one- and two-person shows in galleries in New York and New Jersey. He retired to Bozeman in 2003.

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 or 582-2426 for more information about this show or the gallery.

Chelsea Smith @ The Daily

Art work by Chelsea Smith is on display at The Daily Coffee Bar on College Street through January. Her multi-media style is an expression she has developed over the years. Red-Winged Blackbirds at the Bray, one of the pieces from the body of work included, has been accepted into the Missoula Art Museum’s 39th annual art auction benefit this month.

Smith has operated The ArtSplot in Bozeman for 16 years and works with about 600 students per week at up to 15 schools throughout the school year.

MATRIX Press: Master Prints @ The Emerson

The Emerson in Bozeman, Montana invites the community to view two contemporary printmaking exhibits on display this winter from January 10 – February 28. MATRIX Press: Master Prints will be on display in the Jessie Wilber Gallery and Bozeman Printmaking 2011 in the Emerson Lobby. Meet the artists at an opening reception Friday, February 11th, 5- 8 pm and hear printmakers speak about their work at 5:30 pm and 6 pm.

The Lobby exhibit will feature prints created by MSU faculty, faculty emeritus, graduates of the printmaking program, and local printmakers including Kerry Corcoran, Catherine Courtenaye, Gesine Janzen, HJ Mooij, Fran Noel, Robert Royhl, Harold Schlotzhauer, and Jay Schmidt.

Matrix Press: Master Prints showcases nearly forty prints created through MATRIX Press, by nationally recognized artists over the course of the past twelve years. The prints from the MATRIX Press collection represent a broad range of artistic and technical approaches to the print. MATRIX Press was founded in 1998 by Professor of Art, James Bailey, at The University of Montana-Missoula, to educate, develop and promote printmaking and fine art prints. The show was curated by The University of Montana’s Gallery of Visual Arts in conjunction with University of Montana Professor James Bailey.

Artists represented in this exhibition include those who have continued the activist tradition of printmaking such as Richard Mock-best known for his cutting political prints that appeared in the New York Times Op-Ed section from 1980-1996-and Miriam Schapiro who was one of the pioneering artists in the Feminist Art movement to Tom Huck, known for his intricately cut woodcuts inspired by the likes of Albrecht Durer. In addition, colorful abstractions by Arizona artist and past UM alumni John Armstrong show a softer approach to the medium with his whimsical forms, which often reference the landscape. Chicago based artist Tony Fitzpatrick utilizes 50s style tattoo art in his color etchings, while Canadian Artist Peter Von Tiesenhausen‘s boat forms float mysteriously on metallic fields. For further information contact Ellen Ornitz at the Emerson, or consult our website:

Unseen Symmetry: Photography by Patrick Bakken

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents: Unseen Symmetry, an intriguing and creative photography collection by Patrick Bakken. The exhibit will show in the Exit Gallery January 18th to 28th. There will be a free public artist reception Wednesday, January 19th from 5 – 7 pm in the gallery.

In a matter of less than .05 of a second, humans instinctively scan a visual object for symmetrical qualities. Our mind is constantly surveying, consciously and unconsciously, for symmetry. With this series of photographs, and by manipulating them together, they create unseen lines of symmetry and serenity. They create a fascinating play of nature and human manipulation; establishing familiar places that have never been seen before.

Patrick Bakken is a current student of Montana State University and is majoring in photography. Patrick grew up just west of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has always been one for the outdoors and traveling and it’s the passion of adventure and exploration that brought Patrick to Bozeman. Patrick has exhibited pieces in the Emerson Gallery and other artworks were selected to be shown at the undergraduate art exhibit titled “Personal Vision”. With a combination of passions being photography and travel, and with his motivation for both, he will continually push the boundaries of impossible to possible.

The Exit Gallery is a student organized art gallery that hosts seven, two week exhibits per semester as well as other arts events. The Exit Gallery educates, informs, and encourages creativity and is an outlet for emerging artist and new, exciting ideas! The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.