News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | April 2009
April Masthead 
Montana Museum of Art & Culture
In This Issue
On View Now
Upcoming Events
Campus Picks Essays
Sneak Peak
Building Stories
Meloy & Paxson Galleries
UM PARTV Center 
Gallery Hours:
ON VIEW Through May 16, 2009

Ryan Mitchell
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.
Wildflowers by Fra Dana 
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) Ryan Mitchell, Untitled, 2005, ceramic
(Bottom) Fra Dana, Wildflowers, n.d., oil on canvas 
Campus Picks Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 23, 7pm, Meloy Gallery
A panel discussion moderated by Bobby Tilton, UM Professor of Art Education, will feature three campus picks participants: Anne Delaney, Dept. Chair for Health Professions and Radiology Program Director, UM C.O.T.; Caitlin Finley, UM Art Student; and Monte the UM Mascot.  
Fra Dana Storm Coming DownGallery Talk by Carmen Bria, Thursday, May 11, 2009, 7pm,
Masquer Theatre
Carmen Bria will present a Gallery Talk 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.
Images: (Top) Jose Chávez, Chacho, 2008, fiberglass, hair and dust
(Bottom) Fra Dana, Storm Coming Down, n.d., oil on canvas 
Daumier Histoire AncienneAce Powell, Indians on Horseback, ca. 1950, oil on canvas
Essay by Robin Selvig, Head Women's Basketball Coach, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
I chose this painting because it took me home. It reminds me of the rugged openness of the Big Sky country on the eastern Montana plains where I grew up. It inspired my imagination of the millions of buffalo that roamed not so long ago and the fascinating culture of the Native Americans who so proudly lived off this land. Ace captures the colors and rugged beauty of this land masterfully. It made me think of hunting for buffalo bones and Native American artifacts as a young boy and how I thought and dreamed about the people that lived there before me.
Honore Daumier Histoire AncienneHonoré Daumier, Histoire Ancienne: Le Supplice de Tantale, 19th century, lithograph
Essay by James Laskin, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
While I really appreciate art and the creative process, I am one whose artistic abilities are significantly impaired. As a layperson to the art world, I went through the catalogue for the Campus Picks exhibition many, many times. I lumped what I saw into three categories: 1) that which I really did not like, 2) that which while I appreciated it I would not want it in my home, and 3) that which I covet. Most of what I saw fell into category 2! Not having been exposed to caricatures, except those being created at the local farmer's market, I was drawn to Honoré Daumier's work - it was grotesque and fascinating at the same time. The piece, Histoire Ancienne: Le Supplice de Tantale, really made me stop and wonder what it was about. I felt the same way with this image. It is like a bad dream. As I sit in my office totally stressed and tied down by what I have to do, I too, am trying to escape to the beauty all around me, fly fishing, walking the dog, Out-to-Lunch at Caras Park, and all of the other things that I am just too busy to enjoy. I printed up a copy of this work and placed it on my peg board as a reminder to not forget what is important.
Flat Cat by Walter Hook
Hooked on Walter Hook
June 3 - July 19, 2009
Image: Walter Hook, Flat Cat, 1986, hand-colored silk screen, print 43/200
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
MMAC offers rich interdisciplinary programs which involve artists, scholars, departments and schools from across the UM campus and Montana community. UM partners include the School of Fine Arts, the Journalism Department, the Mansfield Center, UM Press, Native American Studies and Women's Studies among others. Recent collaborations with external organizations have included joint ventures with the Missoula Writing Collaborative, Missoula Symphony Association, the Missoula Museum Collective, Dana Gallery, Archie Bray Foundation, the MOLLI program, and others.   
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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