News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | March 2009   
Masthead March  
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
In This Issue
Upcoming Exhibitions
MMAC Headlines
Building Stories
Meloy & Paxson Galleries
UM PARTV Center 
Gallery Hours:
Campus Picks is an exhibition curated by 25 individuals from across The University of Montana campus, who selected a favorite artwork from the MMAC Permanent Collection and wrote a descriptive essay.
This exhibition showcases recent preservation and conservation efforts of works by Fra Dana, as well as her teachers and friends William Merritt Chase, Alfred Maurer, and Joseph Henry Sharp.
Images: (Top) Joan Miró, Ceramic De Miro, 1974, lithograph
(Bottom) Fra Dana, Breakfast, n.d., oil on canvas 
Rolling Head - birch bark scroll  ScholderIndianFeatherFan
Last Chance to see American Indian Exhibitions
The current exhibitions, Fritz Scholder: Lithographs and Spirit Trails and Sky Beings will close after Saturday, March 7. If you haven't made plans to see them, you'll want to do so this week. To set up a tour, call 406.243.2019.
Opening Reception for Upcoming Exhibitions Set for
Thursday, March 19, 2009, 5-7pm
Please join us at the PARTV Center on Thursday, March 19, 5 - 7pm as we debut our latest exhibitions in the Meloy and Paxson Galleries. This event is free and open to the public.
Panel Discussion in Conjunction with Campus Picks Exhibition
On Thursday, April 23 at 7pm in the Meloy Gallery, a panel discussion will be moderated by Bobby Tilton, PhD, UM Professor of Art Education. Panelists will include three members of the Campus Picks "curator committee": Anne Delaney, Radiologic Technology Program Director, UM College of Technology; Caitlin Finley, UM Art Student, and Monte the UM Mascot.  
Expert Conservator Carmen Bria Will Speak in May
Carmen Bria will present a Gallery Talk on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 7pm in the Masquer Theatre in conjunction with The Fra Dana Collection: Preservation & Conservation. Mr. Bria is an expert in the field of conservation of art and is the lead conservator for the Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts in Denver, Colorado.
All MMAC events are free and open to the public.  
Image: (Left) Richard LaFromboise, Rolling Head, 1998, birch bark scroll
(Right) Fritz Scholder, Indian with Feather Fan, 1975, lithograph 
Dr. Foor serves as docent for American Indian exhibitions
Dr. Tom Foor, who gave a program last month in conjunction with the current exhibitions, has volunteered to lead several groups through the galleries. Here he is visiting with a group of Advanced Art juniors and seniors from Ronan High School. Dr. Foor is Professor Emeritus, UM Anthropology Department. He has spent more than 30 years studying American Indian culture. Acting Co-Curator, Kay Grissom-Kiely, and Programs & Publications Coordinator, Becky Garner, have also been leading tours. If you would like to set up a tour, call the museum at 406.243.2019.
Ceramics by Don Reitz
New Acquisition
MMAC is pleased to announce a recent donation from the UM Department of Art of three ceramic pieces by legendary ceramics artist Don Reitz. Considered to be one of the most important and influential ceramic artists of this century, Don is represented in numerous museum collections, including the Smithsonian Institute, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Coming up July 10-12, 2009, Don will lead a workshop at the Archie Bray Foundation entitled, "All the things you want to know about clay but couldn't find someone to ask".
"Europa" A Huge Success
Last month's free showing of the documentary film, "The Rape of Europa" was very well attended. More than 130 people showed up to see the film on the big screen at the University Center Theatre. Throughout the show, you could hear the emotion in the audience--gasps and sighs--as the film detailed the destructive acts of the Nazis and the heroic efforts of citizens who fought back to save precious European art from Hitler's looting. At the end of the film, the crowd broke out in spontaneous applause.
MMAC hopes to show more films, including "Moment of Impact: Stories of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs" as part of next fall's Capture the Moment exhibition.The film won the 1999 Emmy Award for Best Documentary. More details to come.   
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
The Anthropology Department at UM has an extensive collection of cultural artifacts and ethnographic materials and nowhere to display or share them with the public. The museum will afford them permanent display space and enhanced, climate controlled storage in the new building.       
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
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