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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.

STORIES: Wilbur Invitational @ The Emerson

Five Montana artists share eccentric and imaginative stories utilizing non-traditional materials. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 5, beginning with a gallery talk at 5:30 and refreshments 6-8 pm.

Great Falls ceramist Ken Kohoutek features the daily life of several odd and hilarious characters in his brightly colored, ceramic wall tile sculptures (see above left).

Bozeman artist Kenda Minter and Missoula artist Francis Pearson (see right) both recycle found objects discovered in every day life to create highly textured wall-hung and freestanding sculptures.

Former Missoula artist, MA Papanek-Miller layers appropriated pop culture imagery often inspired by children’s toys in her translucent and mysterious paintings.

Bozeman artist Chris Turbuck, a recent MFA graduate of MSU’s School of Art, creates enormous 3 dimensional cartoon narratives that explore our common insecurities with drawn figures that are extraordinarily true-to-life.