News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | July 2009 
In This Issue
On View Now
Hook Items for Sale
MMAC's New Curator of Art
Pulitzer Opens in August!
Building Stories
Meloy & Paxson Galleries
UM PARTV Center 
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Saturday
11am - 3pm
FREE PARKING is available near the NW corner of the PARTV Center
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"Whatever art offered the men and women of previous eras, what it offers our own, it seems to me, is space--a certain breathing room for the spirit."
--John Updike
Through July 15 (Please note new closing date.)
Hooked on Walter Hook
Meloy & Paxson Galleries 
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, Untitled, acrylic on board, 1987, From the collection of Jan Hook Julin
MMAC has available in its galleries copies of Celebration: The Art of Walter Hook. This full-color hardback book was published 1997. There is a foreward by Rudy Autio, plus anecdotes about Walter from numerous local artists. There are less than 50 copies available. The sale price is $20.
Also for sale during this exhibition are a limited number of Walter Hook's 31 Seagulls. This archival print measures 20"x 28", is undated, and sells for $300. A portion of these proceeds will benefit MMAC.
Brandon ReintjesBrandon Reintjes has been selected as the new Curator of Art for MMAC. As Curator, he will be responsible for the overall management of the museum's Permanent Collection, have primary input on selecting and curating exhibitions, and serve as an important liaison to the regional artist community.
Brandon is originally from Bozeman, received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and completed a master's of art in curatorial and critical studies at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Welcome, Brandon!! 
Capture the Moment:
August 7 - October 23, 2009 
The largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever shown in the United States will open Friday, August 7, at MMAC and the Gallery of Visual Arts.
You are invited to the Opening Reception, Friday, August 7, 2009,
5-8pm in the Meloy and Paxson Galleries (UM PARTV Center) and the Gallery of Visual Arts (UM Social Sciences Building).  
A number of exciting events are planned around this exhibition, including lectures by two Pulitzer-winning photojournalists, a visit from the curator of the exhibition, Cyma Rubin, and a special showing of the Pulitzer film. Keep checking our website at for more details.
Image: 2003 Award. Exhausted firefighter Daniel Crawford pausing to catch his breath after a long day of battling the Hayman Fire north of Lake George, Colorado. Photo: Rocky Mountain News Staff, Rocky Mountain News, June 11, 2002  
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.
Security and Safety
Building with backgroundThe new building will bring with it the latest in security standards as recommended by the American Association of Museums. These will include the most recent advances in alarm systems.  
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