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Edith FreemanEdith Freeman: Montana Seasons 


Edith Freeman (1913-1992) was a noted artist and rancher who taught in Billings public schools for more than 30 years. Her woodblock prints capture the beauty of central Montana in all its varied seasons. A master of reduction woodcut printing, she studied with noted Billings artist Isabelle Johnson. Freeman based her compositions on studies of prairies, rimrocks, river valleys, wildflower meadows, backyard gardens and household plants. This exhibition is drawn from the Yellowstone Art Museum's significant Freeman holdings and includes the artist's woodcarving and printmaking tools. The exhibition is touring under the auspices of the Museum and Art Gallery Directors Association of Montana.


Image: Edith Freeman, In Two Moon Park, no date, woodcut print, Collection of the Yellowstone Art Museum



Aden ArnoldCultural Homesteaders: Montana Institute of the

Arts from the MMAC Permanent Collection


The Montana Institute of the Arts (MIA) collection, begun in 1954, includes a diverse array of artistic styles and approaches. Since 1994, this collection has resided with the Montana Museum of Art & Culture Permanent Collection. The founders and members of the MIA were pioneers, supporting one another and creating artistic opportunities during a time when resources were limited. The collection provides an insight into Montana art history over the course of 30 years.


Image: Aden Arnold,The Pit, oil painting, MMAC Permanent Collection






In May, Richard Trela, Trela Fine Art Conservation of Canyon, Texas toured the Montana Museum of Art & Culture facilities with MMAC staff to assess and evaluate the Permanent Collection through the

Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between Heritage Preservation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States, and the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. CAP assists museums by funding professional conservation specialists to identify needs and improvements to permanent collections and historic buildings through a site assessment. CAP assessors spend two full days surveying the site and then prepare reports that identify conservation priorities.


MMAC director Barbara Koostra says, "I anticipate the CAP findings will make even plainer our need for a museum building. While we adhere to high level professional practices, our staff currently work in seven disparate locations on and off the UM campus, none of which permit enough public access to the Permanent Collection or easily accommodate art movement. A new facility that allows us to uphold the best possible museum practices and collections care is vital to our future success. Despite ambitious exhibitions and collection programming, MMAC cannot live up to its full potential, hampered as it is by physical realities. We welcome the CAP recommendations."


Photo: Richard Trela, CAP Assessor



Advisory dinnerADVISORY COUNCIL  



MMAC's extraordinary and dedicated Advisory Council along with MMAC staff gathered in April before the Advisory Council meeting to share ideas and refreshments.  Many thanks to

Debra Pollard and Greg Timmons for their exceptional hospitality.   


Photo: Advisory Council and MMAC staff





This summer MMAC will launch PastPerfect-Online, a way to provide public access to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture's Permanent Collection via the World Wide Web.


Permanent Collection Handbook 

The Museum of Art & Culture is creating an online Permanent Collection handbook. It will highlight 120 objects from the Permanent Collection for its 120th anniversary in 2015.   




Frances Senska

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is one of the state's oldest and most prominent cultural reserves. The Permanent Collection, begun in 1895,  includes nearly 11,000 original works.


The core holdings of MMAC's Permanent Collection include works of art that denote the aesthetic development of the Rocky Mountain West, historic European works, Southeast Asian collections, American Impressionist works, contemporary Native American art, important ceramics works and public art sited across the campus. Ranging from historical to contemporary, this treasury includes outstanding pieces by diverse artists.


Each month the Montana Museum of Art & Culture highlights artworks from the Permanent Collection.


This month's feature:

Titled: Hill City, 1951

Artist: Frances Senska

Medium: print, 18 x 22 inches

MMAC Permanent Collection







Consider donating to MMAC in honor of a birthday!

An MMAC donor and friend recently celebrated a 70th birthday. In lieu of gifts, he asked that friends and family donate funds to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. We are mightily grateful for these generous gifts in honor of the birthday and Ben Steele.


The Montana Museum of Art & Culture receives no operating support other than staffing through state funds.  We rely on your help and support. Donate now to ensure our continued success in presenting the best exhibitions and programs we can for you!  Thank you.