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“Montana Women in the Visual Arts” exhibit @ The Emerson

The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture in Bozeman, Montana presents a comprehensive exhibit: Montana Women in the Visual Arts, a two-venue show featuring historic, modern and contemporary works of art in all media. The shows will be on display from September 9 – November 11 with an opening reception, September 9, 5-8 pm. The last time Montana viewers had the opportunity to see such a survey was in the 1980s in Custer County, Montana.

The Emerson’s Jessie Wilber Gallery will feature a survey of works by accomplished women artists from 1850 – 2011. Most of these works are borrowed from the permanent collections of Montana’s major art museums. Emerson’s guest curator Mimi Harris selected compelling artworks that reflect a visual relationship to Montana and represent an overview of women’s interests and concerns. Women artists of both Native and European traditions have representation in this show. The show will feature works by such renowned local artists as Christine Joy, Deborah Butterfield, Frances Senska and Jessie Wilber. Exceptional beaded Native American pouches and dolls highlight the historic components in the exhibit. On display in the Emerson Lobby is a juried exhibit of emerging professional women artists from throughout Montana. Selections for both exhibits included originality of idea, creative use of materials and professional craftsmanship. The combined shows are a springboard for the Emerson’s “Schools in the Gallery” program that offers exhibit tours for students of all ages, with a focus on K-5 elementary school children.

The Emerson is grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Montana Arts Council, the Montana Cultural Trust and the Yellowstone Community Foundation for supporting these programs. For additional information about this exhibit and our education programs please consult www.theemerson.org. or contact Ellen Ornitz: ellen@theemerson.org.


Bear Canyon & Beyond: An Exhibition of MSU Ceramic Alumni

The School of Art at Montana State University in Bozeman has had a long tradition of ceramic art beginning with Frances Senska, and her early students Peter Voulkos and Rudy Autio at Montana State College continuing through today in our program at the University. To highlight the School’s role in the development of contemporary ceramic art, Montana State University School of Art and the Helen E. Copeland Gallery invite the public to Bear Canyon & Beyond: An Exhibition of MSU Ceramic Alumni.

The exhibition dates are Monday June 6 – Thursday September 15, 2011, and it is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.  There will be a closing reception on Thursday September 15 from 6:30-8:30PM.  The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located within The School of Art’s Haynes Hall, on the second floor.

Exhibitors in this exhibition include: Phillip Ahnen, Dean Adams, Rudy Autio, David Beumée, Gail Busch, Tracy Chubb, Packy Cronin, Josh DeWeese, Frank Fabens, Jared Gabriel, Keith Gilyard, Dara Hartman, Miranda Howe, Louis Katz, Ken Kohoutek,  Mark Kronfuss, Stephanie Manuele, Bunny McBride, Karl McDade, Ryan Patrick Mitchell, Robert “Boomer” Moore, Drew Nicklas, Paul Northway, Theresa Welty Northway, Gabriel Ohlson, Michael Peed, Matt Piedalue, Grant Petrelli, Rick Pope, Armando Ramos, Lewis Rifkowitz, Mat Rude, Lisa Salisbury, Frances Senska, Carl Sheehan, Kelly Stevenson, Al Tennant, Benjamin Upchurch, Monica Van den Dool, Peter Voulkos, and Joel Weissman.


MSU Ceramics Collection

Montana State University is proud to present an exhibition of ceramic works from the MSU permanent collection. The works will be on exhibit Monday 30 August – Thursday 16 September, 2010, at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall. The gallery is open Monday through Friday; 9AM – 5PM (except Labor Day, Monday 6 September). There will be a closing reception on Thursday 16 September, 7PM – 9PM, at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, with invited speaker Josh DeWeese.

View rare and incredible ceramic objects from the MSU archives. The front gallery takes viewers back more than 100 years through the astoundingly beautiful Pueblo Pottery of the Southwest United States. These large bowls, polychrome jars and assorted objects represent excellent examples of pots from the Zia, Acoma, Santa Clara, and Santa Domingo Pueblos.

The back gallery represents the MSU Ceramics Research Collection. Included in the exhibition are pieces by alumni, former professors and visiting artists at Montana State University; such as Peter Voulkos, Rudy Autio and Frances Senska. Experience early 1950’s Peter Voulkos glazed, wheel-thrown pottery and witness the beginnings of his raw abstract expressionist forms. This collection also includes raw clay pieces by American masters Rudy Autio, Paul Soldner and Patti Warashina. Included in this show are pieces made by current professors Josh DeWeese and Dean Adams, as well as, current School of Art Graduate Students in Ceramics Dave Peters and Ernest Forward.


Frances Senska (1914 – 2009)

This acorn-shaped bowl, in the Fine Arts Collection of Luther College, is an appropriate symbol of the foundational role played by Frances Senska in the development of modern art at (now) Montana State University and in Montana generally. Her long and eventful life ended on Christmas Day. An extended interview conducted in 2001 is available in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

Update: A small exhibition of Senska’s work, entitled Humble Grace: A Tribute to Frances Senska, will be held at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, March 19 – June 27, 2010.For more information, see the museum announcement.