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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, ellen@theemerson.org or consult our website: http://www.theemerson.org.

“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!