News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | December 2008
Season's Greetings from the
Montana Museum of Art & Culture 
Currier and Ives
In This Issue
On View Now
Friends of MMAC
Building Stories
Holiday Greetings
Meloy & Paxson Galleries
UM PARTV Center 
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Meloy Horse
Henry Meloy and His Horses
Paxson Gallery
Follow Henry Meloy's watercolor, graphite and ceramic horses on their journey from sensitive drawings to bold, expressive abstractions.
Jessie Wilber
Robert DeWeese and His Legacy
Meloy Gallery
This exhibition features works by Robert and Gennie DeWeese, Rudy and Lela Autio, Peter Voulkos, Jessie Wilber, Neil Parsons, Jerry Rankin, Freeman Butts, Bill Stockton, Ted Waddell, Patrick Zentz and others who opened the way for modernism, abstraction and contemporary art in Montana.
Images: (Top) Henry Meloy, untitled, ceramic, no date, on permanent loan from the Henry Meloy Educational Trust; (Bottom) Jessie Wilber, Valley, oil on canvas, 1961
Edwin and Janet
Drs. Edwin and Janet House have been steady supporters of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture since 2006. MMAC is very appreciative of donors like the Houses who generously support programs that appeal to them. Recently, Director of Development Sara Portzel sat down with Janet and asked her about their connection to MMAC.
How did you first get involved with MMAC?
It was actually through a friendship with Barbara Koostra, Director. The more we got to know her, the more we wanted to support her efforts and we trusted her leadership.
What makes you decide to support an organization?
Even if you can't make a large gift, making a steady annual donation allows us to see year after year the impact that our dollars are making. Each year we choose a project that we'd like to support and then we follow the progress. In 2008 and 2009, we will be supporting the Pulitzer Prize winning photography show, Capture the Moment. This really makes us feel a connection to the art and that we are helping support the art community.
What have been some of your favorite exhibits or projects?
We were happy to see the A.J. Gibson book published. It would have been a shame if his work had not been collected into a book to be preserved for history. I also love black and white photography and enjoyed the exhibit a few years ago of Christopher Rauschenberg's who rephotographed Parisian scenes originally taken by Eugene Atget. We have one of the "before/after" shots in our dining room that was a gift to us from Rauschenberg. We also enjoy seeing pieces from the museum's Permanent Collection brought out each year.
Are you a collector yourself?
We tend to collect artworks by people we know personally or have met at some point. They are usually amateur artists, but each one tells a story and resonates with us personally. Most recently, we purchased some rugs on our trip to Turkey and those are the first textiles we plan to display as art.
MMAC counts on friends like the Houses who give annually to ensure that we can maintain the highest quality programming and exhibitions. To make a donation  yourself, click here.  
The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is in the process of raising money for a building, which will serve as a new exciting gateway to the UM campus. In each issue we will highlight ways this building and the work of the museum will support our community and create enriching opportunities.
Building with background

Enhanced Learning

When our building is completed, besides significant gallery and public spaces, it will house two 600 square foot classrooms that will enable students of all ages to benefit from educational programs and courses. This will be an important way for MMAC to continue to serve the academic community, the state and the region.
For more information about the MMAC building project, or to discuss naming opportunities, please call Sara Portzel, Director of Development at 406.241.6894 or contact her by email at
Season's Greetings from the entire staff of the
Montana Museum of Art & Culture! 
Image: Nathaniel Currier and James Ives, American Homestead Winter, hand-colored lithograph, 1968, Montana Museum of Art & Culture Permanent Collection, donated by Gilbert A. Millikan