News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | November 2009 
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November Events
Ben Steele Event
Pulitzer Success
Meloy & Paxson Galleries
UM PARTV Center 
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November 13 - December 19, 2009  
Hale's Market Scene
Josephine Hale: Paintings and Sketches by a Montana Pioneer Artist
One of Montana's most extraordinary early 20th century painters, Hale's life and art were shaped by a strong commitment to volunteerism and a love of travel. The daughter of a ranching family and early volunteer with the American Red Cross during WWI, Hale studied art at the Academy Delecluse in Paris, exhibiting in the prestigious Salon of 1934.
Thomas Hart Benton
By the People, For the People: New Deal Prints from the 1930s and 1940s
These 31 prints were created as part of an economic recovery program to pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression. They show art as a means of bolstering morale, combating poverty and creating a common vision for the nation.
Images: (Top) Josephine Hale, Marche Douarnez (Market Scene in Brittany), oil on canvas, n.d.
(Bottom) Thomas Hart Benton, Untitled (Watching the Train), ca. 1926 - 35 
Josephine HaleFriday, November 13, 5-7pm
Opening reception for both exhibitions
Wednesday, November 18, 7pm, Masquer Theatre
Gallery Talk: "In Country, Out of Country: The Life and Art of Josephine Hale"
by Brandon Reintjes, Curator of Art, MMAC
Image: Josephine Hale, La baie des Trespasses, oil on canvas, n.d.
Ben Steele
October Presentation and Book Signing Featured Ben Steele, Artist and Bataan Death March Survivor
On Tuesday, October 20th, MMAC held a special event at the Fact & Fiction in The Bookstore at UM. Ben Steele, artist and Bataan Death March Survivor gave a presentation to a standing-room-only crowd. He detailed his 41-month ordeal as a prisoner of war during the Second World War. Steele's riveting story is the topic of the New York Times best-selling book, Tears in the Darkness: The Story of the Bataan Death March and Its Aftermath. (Available at Fact & Fiction)
While in captivity, Steele began to document his experience with drawings. Upon returning from the war, Steele went on to earn an MA from the University of Denver, becoming a longtime professor of art at Eastern Montana College. He has spent his career creating dozens of paintings and drawings depicting the events that took place during his P.O.W. experience. 
Image: Ben Steele, The Bataan Death March, oil on canvas
Largest Exhibition in MMAC History
Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs
proved to be the highest attended exhibition in MMAC's history. More than 15,000 people came through the galleries in just 11 weeks. That is an average of nearly 1,370 per week, 270 per day, and 50 per hour.
Related speaker events, including Pulitzer winners Michel du Cille, David Leeson, and Exhibition Curator, Cyma Rubin were all filled to capacity.
More than 50 formal tours were arranged for a variety of groups. Approximately 2,000 high school and middle school students came from Montana and Idaho schools as far away as Troy, MT (round trip 360 miles).
This exhibition marked the start of the museum's first-ever docent and membership programs.
Image: 1958 - Policeman leans down to speak to a young boy at a parade in Washington, D.C., William C. Beall, Washington Daily News
End Bar November