News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | June 2009 
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Building Stories
Meloy & Paxson Galleries
UM PARTV Center 
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11am - 3pm
FREE PARKING is available near the NW corner of the PARTV Center
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ON VIEW Beginning June 3, 2009 
  Short Musical by Walter Hook
on Walter Hook
This exhibition pays homage to Montana artist Walter Hook (1919-1989) on the 20th anniversary of his passing. Hook was a faculty member and chair of the UM Department of Art and well-known for his surrealist style. He employed an intense color palette in both abstract works and paintings of everyday objects. The artist's sense of humor is clearly evident throughout his vast and varied body of work.
Image: Walter Hook, Short Musical, mixed-media, 1976  
Chicken Crossing by Walter HookOpening Reception 
Friday, June 5, 2009,
5 - 7pm
An opening reception for Hooked on Walter Hook will be held in the lobby of the PARTV Center as part of Missoula's First Friday Art Walk.
This event is free and open to the public.
Image: Walter Hook, Chickens Crossing, lithograph, 1985 
Carmen Bria Visit
Carmen Bria, renowned art conservator and director of the Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts in Denver, Colorado, visited MMAC in early May. Mr. Bria spent two and a half days meeting with MMAC's curatorial staff and local collectors giving insights into how to conserve valuable artworks.
On Monday, May 11, Mr. Bria gave a public lecture at the Masquer Theatre. The talk was informative and well attended.
Edward O'Brien at Montana Public Radio interviewed Mr. Bria during his visit. The interview aired on Wednesday, May 13, as part of  "Montana Evening Edition." To listen to the interview, click on the link below. (Please note that the interview begins 9 minutes and 16 seconds into the broadcast.)

 Gifted Ed student

Image: Gifted Education Student Hannah Fradkin
encourages people to "Go Ahead and Try Art" 

On Tuesday, May 19, MMAC participated in the first annual Missoula County Public School's Gifted Education Conference for Kids, entitled "Discover Your Future." Two sessions of elementary education students, grades 2-5, visited MMAC to learn about conservation, art, and the various vocational opportunities within the museum industry. The courses were designed to be hands-on, interactive, and thought-provoking.
After looking at works from the Permanent Collection and learning some key museum terms, the students worked on an art project. Each student was given a variety of materials to create something new out of something old. The students did an excellent job making sculpture, collages, and drawings.  The students offered insightful comments about art and the importance of art conservation.
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.
Proper Storage Space
Building with backgroundAt only 2,100 square feet, current museum storage on UM's campus is grossly inadequate for the more than 10,000 pieces in our collection. Museum professionals and experienced architects have recommended that to properly preserve these artistic treasures, we need more than three times that space, which the new building will provide.
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
End Bar June