News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | December 2010
Giacomo Nevay
Giacomo Nevay (Italian, 1764-1791), Untitled (plate one), 20 1/2 x 15 inches

Hoping your Holiday Season
is a Masterpiece 

"As the creative expression of the human experience, art emerges both from the urge to provoke reflection and insight, and from the desire to evoke those unique yet universal qualities that represent the sense of beauty and wonder, the cultural and spiritual beliefs, and the rich range of emotions that define mankind. Art represents the highest striving toward human meaning, as represented in visual art, music, poetry and literature, and dramatic performance."

~Dr. Herbert Swick, MMAC Advisory Council Member and MMAC Docent
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Meloy & Paxson Galleries


Mon. - Wed./Sat. 12 - 3pm
Thurs. - Fri. 12 - 6pm

Open Between Semesters

Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Open New Year's Eve 12 - 6pm
Closed New Year's Day

Renoir painting
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mademoiselle Grimprel au ruban rouge, 1880, oil on canvas, 17 1/2 x 13 7/8 inches
First Friday Celebration
December 3, 2010
4 - 6pm

UM PARTV Center Lobby

Join the Montana Museum of Art & Culture this Friday for food and live music with Loy Marks. This event is free and open to the public.

MOLLI Class Featuring Masterpieces

A six-week course will be held Fridays beginning January 21, 2011 from 1 -2:30pm. Brandon Reintjes, MMAC's Curator of Art will lead the class, highlighting connoisseurship, or the judgment of quality in a work of art. To learn more, call 243.2905 or visit
ON VIEW through March 12, 2011 

Rosa Bonheur's Monarchs of the Forest
Rosa Bonheur (French, 1822-1899) Monarchs of the Forest, circa 1895-97, oil on canvas, 48 1/2 x 36 1/4 inches 

Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin, and other European Masterpieces from a Private Collection

This exhibition provides an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to experience works by notable artists from the late 18th to early 20th centuries. Centered on portraiture, the exhibition includes works by Alexander Archipenko, Rosa Bonheur, William Bouguereau, Max Ernst, Paul Gauguin, Ren Magritte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, George Romney, Thophile van Rysselberghe and John William Waterhouse.

A full-color exhibition catalog is available for just $10.


Marc Chagall, David and Abraham
Marc Chagall (Russian-French, 1887-1985),  David and Abraham, circa 1952-56, hand colored lithograph, MMAC Permanent Collection


Three Centuries of European Prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection

This exhibition includes never before exhibited prints from MMAC's Permanent Collection by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Charles-Nicolas Cochin, Nicolas De Larmessin, Jean-Michel Moreau and Fran
ois Boucher, as well as more familiar works by Honor Daumier, Jean Louis Forain, Eugne Delacrois, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Marc Chagall, Kthe Kollwitz, Alberto Giancometti, Pablo Picasso and Joan Mir.

Dr. Herbert Swick
Dr. Herbert Swick greets visitors at the Meloy Gallery

Thanks to help from Pam Caughey, Docent Coordinator, and input from Yumi Molloy, Museum Education Specialist, MMAC has a wonderful group of docents leading tours of the European Masterpieces exhibition.

These docent volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds including art, education, medicine and history. We are grateful to this diverse and talented group of individuals.


Tours are available by appointment on Mondays, 12 - 3pm and Thursdays, 12 - 6pm, and we ask that you please allow one week's notice. To set up a guided tour, call 406.243.2019 or email


Board of Regents Reception
Guests attend Board of Regents event

Montana Board of Regents Visits the Exhibitions

On Thursday, November 18, a very special event was held at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. More than 200 people from across Montana attended a reception for the Montana Board of Regents including UM representatives, MMAC Advisors, and others.  

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), Spaccato interno della Basilica di S. Paolo fuori delle mura, ca. 1760, etching,
19 1/2 x 25 3/8 inches

Our second year of membership is going very well. We are very grateful to those of you who have joined. Your membership goes a long way in supporting exhibitions like Renoir, Magritte, Gauguin and other European Masterpieces from a Private Collection and Three Centuries of European Prints from the MMAC Permanent Collection.

Please join now! Memberships are tiered and start at just $25 or $10 for students. Consider holiday gift memberships for family members and friends.  

Join now at the $250 level or above and you will be invited to a special V.I.P. event scheduled early next year. It will be an elegant evening of delicious cuisine and entertainment.