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Francesco Gillia paintings @ Exit Gallery

Embrace an exhibition of paintings by MSU graduate student Francesco Gillia at the Exit Gallery.

Art is much like writing, but an artist can speak volumes in only a few inches of paint and canvas. He can paint what is difficult to comprehend or even what is difficult to look at, if he feels. One might have a very conflicting experience standing in front of the colossal nudes by MSU graduate student Francesco Gillia. This artist’s work is stunningly beautiful but the women that he paints have been separated from their most defining features, their faces, arms and legs, and are distilled to a view that focuses directly on their most feminine parts. Not only that, but they are simply massive.

Francesco is Italian and anyone who talks to him for more than ten seconds will have figured that out. His paintings certainly resonate with the great classical Italian statues. One of his models, Tamara Christians, said that Gillia’s paintings “are massive displays of femininity, each one coyly revealing something about the model.” She goes on to talk about the “formula” that develops each work: “belly buttonlandmark, vaginas eye level, hung such that feet, if the giant headless women had them, would stand flat on the floor.” There is much mystery to the women but what they present to the viewer is a beautiful truth about the female body and all its imperfections.

The exhibition Embrace by Francesco Gillia will be in the ASMSU Exit Gallery September 6-16 with an opening reception on Wednesday, September 7th at 5:00 pm. The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University and hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. For more info, please call 406.994.1828 or email exhibits@montana.edu.

Elemental Symbiosis: Ceramic Exhibition by Skylor Swann @ Exit Gallery

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents: Elemental Symbiosis, a collection of ceramic vessels by Skylor Swann. The exhibition will be in the Exit Gallery April 18th – 29th and there will be a free public reception on Wednesday, April 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Skylor chose clay as his medium because he enjoys the challenge of finding the perfect balance of the four natural elements: earth, water, air and fire. His functional vessels incorporate a visual vocabulary of aquatic flora and fauna, bubbles and fire with which he hopes to communicate with the viewer on a primal level. Skylor’s interest in clay began in high school from which his education led him first to MSU Bozeman and then to Southern Utah University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Ceramics and Sculpture working with Susan Harris. After several years of working from home studios Skylor has returned to MSU working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts and intends to pursue a master degree after graduating in May. His long-term goals are to work and study internationally and also to explore the endless possibilities of a life in the ceramic arts.

For more information please call 406.994.1828 or email asmsuexhibits@montana.edu. The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. See you there!

Exit Gallery call for submissions

The ASMSU Exit Gallery is now accepting applications for exhibitions during the fall 2011 semester. If accepted you will be given the opportunity to show your artwork in a two week solo show with paid advertising and reception. This opportunity to expose your work to MSU and the Bozeman community is open to artists working in any media from anywhere in the world (applicants need not be MSU students or even from Montana).

For an application please stop by the Exit Gallery in SUB 212 or e-mail asmsuexhibits@montana.edu. Applications are due July 15, 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.

Contemporary Connections: Paintings by Sheryl Katzenberger at the Exit Gallery

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents: Contemporary Connections a collection of paintings by Sheryl Katzenberger, a Montana native and MSU student. The exhibition will be showing in the Exit Gallery February 28th – March 11th. There will be a free public reception Wednesday, March 2nd from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Sheryl’s paintings may reference landscapes, but the paint takes on a life of its own as “the colors grind and squirm against their foe, the dryness that will bind them down.”  Through the thinness and thickness of the paint, Sheryl’s work creates a dialogue that invites viewers to explore shadows and confront mysteries.  In the artist’s words, “the colors plot, argue, sing and tell scary stories – sometimes all in the same painting”.

Sheryl’s tenacity for learning and creativity has led to an incredibly beautiful, thoughtful and intriguing body of work. After a career for many years as an elementary teacher and businesswoman, Sheryl is now an undergraduate in the MSU School of Art.

Reclaiming Art: Open Call for Submissions to MSU Students

Re-use. Redefine. Reclaim!

Reclaiming Art is a juried project that invites individuals and groups to create artworks from recycled and reclaimed materials. Reclaiming Art encourages MSU Students to reconsider their consumption habits, and to redefine how otherwise discarded or leftover items might be transformed.

Submissions are due March 25th by 5pm to the Exit Gallery, SUB 212 and you must be an MSU student to apply. Applications are available in the Exit Gallery. Works selected for “Reclaiming Art” will be shown in the Exit Gallery April 4-15, with a reception on Wednesday, April 6 at 5pm. Sponsored by ASMSU Arts and Exhibits and the ASMSU Sustainability Center.

Silently Spoken: Installation by Molly McDonald @ Exit Gallery

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents: “Silently Spoken” a painting installation by Molly McDonald an undergraduate student of MSU. The exhibition will be showing in the Exit Gallery February 14–25. There will be a free public reception Wednesday, February 16th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

There are no outlandish colors or striking abstractions within Molly’s paintings. Planes of white and subtle color intersect delicately to induce new perceptual sensations of spaces. Instead of implementing anything specific to the viewer, an element of patience is required as she forces one to look deeper into the subtle manipulation of the painting. The work is outstanding as such strong expression is captivated by such powerful subtly.


Molly Jean McDonald began her exploration of varieties of art forms at home in northern Minnesota.  Molly’s devotion to education has earned her an Associate of Arts Degree at Fergus Falls Community College for Theatrical Stage Design, while graduating High School in 2003.  She then studied Interior Design at North Dakota State University and quickly escaped to find herself a career in Bozeman, MT as a high-end residential Interior Designer at Carole Sisson Designs until 2008.  Most recently, Molly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Fine Art Studios from Montana State University Bozeman.
She has participated in group exhibitions primarily within the School of Art and the local Gallatin Valley community including the Livingston Art Center.

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