Monthly Archives: March 2011

“Bray Days” ceramics exhibition @ Exit Gallery

MSU Exit Gallery’s annual Bray Days exhibition features ceramicists from the Archie Bray Foundation.

The ASMSU Exit Gallery presents Bray Days, a ceramic exhibition featuring resident artists Kelly Rathbone, Martha Grover, Steve Lee and Aaron Benson of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. The exhibition will be displayed in the Exit Gallery March 21st to April 1st and there will be a free public reception on Wednesday, March 23rd at 5pm.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Kelly Rathbone and Martha Grover will hold a demonstration workshop and lecture in the MSU Ceramics Studio, room 108 in Haynes Hall also on Wednesday, March 23rd. The workshops will be 8:45-12:00 and 1:00-4:00. Participants will have the opportunity to talk with the visiting artists about their work and the experience of working at the Bray. The event is free and open to the public.

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena is a public, nonprofit educational institution founded in 1951 by brick-maker Archie Bray, who intended it to be “a place to make available for all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work.” For the past few years the Ceramics Guild of MSU and the ASMSU Exit Gallery work together to produce the Bray Days event, that brings a selection of works from up-and-coming ceramic artists to exhibit in the Exit Gallery. This year’s event includes an exciting range of ceramic work including pottery and sculpture.

Kelly Garret Rathbone has studied at Parsons School of Design in New York, The School of Art Institute of Chicago, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Martha Grover received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, has had two other residencies, and has received many awards. Steven Young Lee received his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. He has lectured and taught at numerous universities throughout China as well as within the United States. Lee is currently the Resident Artist Director of the Archie Bray Foundation. Aaron Benson received his BFA in Ceramics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and most recently received the 2010-2011 Bray MJD Fellowship.

Social commentary @ The Emerson: Bently Spang and Re/Vision

Two exhibits of social commentary will open at the Emerson March 11th, 2011. The Jessie Wilber Gallery will feature an installation and video by Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang. entitled New America Relics: Redux 2. Spang exhibits internationally and maintains a studio practice in Billings, Montana.

The exhibit is an edgy yet humorous critique on the perceived preciousness of imagined museum objects and a challenging Native perspective on how white people view Indians and cultural history. The installation is composed of dramatically lit glass “sculptures” cast from molds of commonplace objects from our contemporary corporate society. The video is a tongue-in-cheek interview with a costumed Spang. See the exhibit and video on ArtWalk, March 11, 5-8 pm or at our Open House before the PowWow, Friday,April 1, 5-7. The public is also meet the artist, hear a gallery talk, and see additional videos on Tuesday, March 29, 7 pm. All activities will take place in the Wilber Gallery.

In conjunction with Spang’s exhibit, three Montana artists will exhibit their own brand of commentary and satire in Emerson’s Lobby show entitled Re/Vision. These artists assemble disparate found objects and tell unpredictable stories that may be funny yet thought-provoking. Missoula artist and curator Stephen Glueckert is showing hand-cranked interactive sculptures that depict famous men in history, but with a playful twist that pokes fun at their roles as “celebrities.” Bryan Peterson‘s functional jewelry combines appropriated objects that communicate symbolic narratives about friends and notable characters. Petersen teaches jewelry and metals at Montana State University – Bozeman and the Bear Canyon School of Art & Craft.

Sixth Annual Everybody’s Birthday @ Aunt Dofe’s

Artist Anna Erickson threw the first “Everybody’s Birthday” at Aunt Dofes on March 13, 2006. Because of a format change away from one-person shows, the upcoming birthday will be the last one. It’s an homage to symmetry to have her host the first and the last party. Her landscape has changed in the intervening years. The ghost deer dancing with an umbrella and the two headed chicken will be replaced by things from her new landscape as the fourth generation to eke a living from a Marine County homestead. In her words:

Great-great grandfather built the house,
great-grandmother sewed the curtains
grandfather married the woman,
and had the father
of the girl who
lives there

Everybody’s Birthday Party AKA: GRANDMAS MEMORY INCINERATOR will begin at 6:00 PM Sunday March 13, 2011 at 100 Main Street in Willow Creek.

Artist April Marie Hale to exhibit MFA show, “Nature of the Human Animal”

April Marie Hale will be exhibiting her Master’s thesis show, Nature of the Human Animal, in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery at the School of Art at Montana State University from March 21-25, 2011. There will be an artist’s reception on March 24 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. April’s thesis work encompasses adornment, sculpture, and fiber art made from locally gathered natural materials. The exhibition addresses our relationships with plants, animals, ourselves, and the wilderness. The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact the artist at

Looking for artists: Bozeman Public Library Atrium Gallery

The Bozeman Public Library will choose the solo and group art exhibits for 2012 in the Atrium Gallery. Each exhibit will be on display for one to three months.

The Atrium Gallery will showcase both traditional and innovative contemporary art forms, as the Library is committed to exhibits that will expand the public’s appreciation of art, as well as reflecting the diversity of the community. Selections are chosen by the Library Art Committee, consisting of local artists, community members, Library Foundation, and Library staff.

To apply for 2012 or to learn more, please see the Call to Artists on the library web site, or contact Paula Beswick, Library Foundation Director at 582-2426. Proposals will be accepted through April 30, 2011.

Mary Ellen Carroll: “Architecture is not Art”

Montana State University, School of Architecture, is proud to present Mary Ellen Carroll, who will present her lecture, “Architecture is not Art”, on Friday, March 4th at 5:30 p.m., in Gaines Hall 101.

Mary Ellen Carroll is a conceptual artist living and working in New York City and Houston, Texas. Her career, spanning more than twenty years, has focused on the single, fundamental question, “What do we consider a work of art?” The results are multifarious, provocative, and often wry outpourings in architecture, writing, performance, photography, filmmaking, printmaking, sculpture, and painting that interrogate the relationship between subjectivity, language, and power.

Carroll teaches architecture at Rice University in Houston where she has manifested what she terms her opus, prototype 180 – a ten year project that involves the revolution of a single family home on its foundation, conceived as a way of making architecture perform. For her daring and compelling work, Carroll has received much recognition including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Pollack/Krasner Award and most recently, the artistic honor award by the American Institute of Architects in Houston.

Ms. Carroll currently has an exhibition at Columbia University’s Buell Gallery on prototype 180.

Registered for one hour of AIA Continuing Education Units. To request public accommodation or accommodation to participate in the above event, please contact Sharon Matney at 994-2921, or Diane Letendre, Director, Affirmative Action, 994-2042. For more details on this event please contact Barry Newton, 406-994-6534 or

Noah Massey showing new paintings @ The Emerson

New and startling works by Noah Massey are being hosted by the Emerson Cultural Center’s Weaver Room. Nine works by Massey, a native Bozemanite, are on display at the Emerson Cultural Center from March 1st to June 10th. The artist will have a reception on May 13th from 5 to 8 PM, with an artists talk at 6 PM.

Massey is primarily a figure painter and each of the nine works in this show depicts a local Bozeman resident in the guise of Catholic saint. “I start my paintings with the personality of the model in mind and filter that through all the hagiography stored in my head. Eventually that leads to an interesting combination of antiquity and modernity that, I think, suggests an enduring universality of the human spirit and our ability to overcome adversity.”

Recent objections to Massey’s work have required the Emerson to cover the works while there are children in the Weaver Room.

Looking For Luck @ Artists’ Gallery

Many of us have a something special we turn to for luck. Whether it’s finding a lucky penny on the sidewalk, carrying an unusual stone in our pocket, or wishing on a captivating dragonfly that flutters past. The members of the Artists’ Gallery, Bozeman’s only artist cooperative, are displaying some of their “lucky” artwork during the month of March. Most of the pieces measure 8×10 inches or smaller. The artworks on display are made from a variety of media, and are sure to bring some luck your way.

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, March 11th from 5-8 p.m., during the Emerson Galleria Art Walk.