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Meloy & Paxson Galleries


Wed., Thurs., Sat. 12 - 3pm
Fri. 12 - 6pm




Reclining Lovers by Richard Swanson

60 Artists, 60 Artworks, 60 Years:
Celebrating the Archie Bray Foundation

June 3 - September 10,2011
Meloy and Paxson Galleries

MMAC pays tribute to the 60th anniversary celebration of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. This exhibition will conincide with ceramics exhibitions across the state and include a diverse selection of ceramics created by UM faculty, alumni and past Bray residents. The exhibition continues at the UM Mansfield Library with Peter and Henry Meloy: Collaborations.
Image: Richard Swanson, Reclining Lovers, 1988, ceramic, 6 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches, MMAC Permanent Collection   


Ceramic vase by Rudy Autio 
Friday, June 3, 2011, 4 - 6pm, UM PARTV Center
Opening Reception with music and food. All are welcome.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 7pm, Montana Theatre Stage
Ceramic Collectors Summer Celebration
Starring: Mae Nan Ellingson; Anne and John Bertsche; Lela Autio; Ann Shaner; with your host, Dr. Rafael Chacn. All are welcome.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 5pm, UM PARTV Center
UM Student Welcome/Ceramic Artist Reception
Featuring UM faculty and community artists. These events will be held concurrently with multiple ceramics exhibitions across the state.

Activities associated with the Bray's anniversary "2011: From the Center to the Edge - 60 Years of Creativity and Innovation at the Archie Bray Foundation," will take place June 23 - 25 in Helena. A complete schedule of anniversary activities and statewide exhibitions is availabel online at

Image: Rudy Autio, Untitled, 1959, MMAC Permanent Collection


Barry Hood MOLLI event  
MMAC enjoys an ongoing, fruitful relationship with the MOLLI program. Special members-only events recently included "A Conversation with Barry Hood" which took place on May 17. MOLLI members enjoyed an up-close and personal opportunity to learn about Barry and his artmaking. For more information about MOLLI, visit   


New MMAC advisors Paulette Fisher and Dona HagenMMAC welcomes two new advisors to its Advisory Council: 
Paulette Fisher is originally from Great Falls. She attended UM, where she was a cheerleader and a member of Alpha Phi.  After graduating with a degree in elementary education, she married Dave Fisher. She taught in Missoula for 27 years - grades 2, 3, and 4. She has been extremely active in the community, including helping to found Camp-Make-A-Dream. She served on two Community Hospital Boards and has been involved with the Phyllis J. Washington UM Education Building, where her granddaughter attended preschool. "Because of my love of the University, my love of art and attending museum events, I was touched when Barbara contacted me about becoming involved with the MMAC Advisory Council."  
Dona Hagen, who recently retired, spent her career traveling the great state of Montana helping nonprofit organizations with strategic planning, fundraising and organizational development--a career she enjoyed immensely. Now that she has more time, she is looking forward to serving the MMAC on the Advisory Council. "Art is a passion of mine and if I can be instrumental in helping even one more child or adult discover the power and joy of art and the inspiration and delight art brings to the soul, I will be happy."
Thank you, Paulette and Dona, for joining us! 


Students create artwork during MMAC Gifted Ed courseOn Tuesday, May 19, 2011, MMAC participated in the 3rd Annual Gifted Ed Conference. MCPS, UM, SpectrUM, and other UM and community organizations partnered to offer an exciting, interactive day designed especially for gifted ed students in grades K-8.

MMAC offered two sessions of "Art Experience at MMAC" - Come interact with two fun, contemporary visual art exhibitions: New York abstract artist Laurie Fendrich, and Montana scultural glass artist Barry Hood. Exciting hands-on art activities will challenge students to think differently about art. Prizes. 

The course, taught by Curator of Art Brandon Reintjes, looked at art from three perspectives: as a vocation, as a patron, and as an artist. Students learned about careers in art, were given a thorough tour of the galleries, and then created artworks inspired by the exhibitions.