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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.