News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | August 2012

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On View Through August 25, 2012
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MMAC Permanent Collection Handbook Volunteer
Hendler Family Donations
Artwork of the Month

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FreemanFlowerbedEdith 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 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.


Banner Image: Edith Freeman, In the Bull Mountains, no date, woodcut print, Collection of the Yellowstone Art Museum


Image: Edith Freeman, Flowerbed, no date, woodcut print, Collection of the Yellowstone Art Museum



David ShanerCultural 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: David Shaner, Untitled, 1978, stoneware, MMAC Permanent Collection




Labor & Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces

from a Private Collection  


Impressionism: Masterpieces on Paper 

September 6 - January 5, 2013 


Claude MonetThis selection of masterpieces from a Private Collection features scenes of labor and leisure by important 19th and early 20th century artists including: Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, William Adolphe Bouguereau, John William Waterhouse, Jules Breton, Pierre Eugene Montezin, Léon August Lhermitte, Stanhope Alexander Forbes, Eugène Boudin, Edouard Bisson, John William Godward, and Sir Alfred James Munnings. The exhibition brings together select Impressionist and Realist masterpieces that document radical changes to19th century society and culture. The vast social and economic changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution dramatically changed life.  Technology advanced, rural populations declined, urban centers flourished, occupational opportunities expanded and wages increased. Numerous 19th century artists were drawn to subjects that seemed on the verge of disappearing, such as nostalgic scenes of rural life and pastoral settings.  In contrast, many Impressionist artists depicted images of leisure: boating scenes, promenades, picnics and grand-fêtes.



Edwin John AugustusThis exhibition combines selections from the MMAC Permanent Collection with private loans to highlight seldom-seen etchings and lithographs from important Impressionists.  Although Impressionism originated in France, this exhibition includes artists from England and Sweden as examples of how Impressionism revolutionized art history.  Artists include: Pierre-August Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Jean Louis Forain, Honoré Daumier, Gustave Leheutre, Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin, Charles François Daubigny, Félix Braquemand, Jean-François Millet, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Augustus Edwin John and Anders Zorn.


Image top: Claude Monet (1840-1926), Prairie de Limetz, ca 1887-1888, oil on canvas

Image bottom: Edwin John Augustus (1878-1961), Woman Gathering Sticks, ca 1906, etching,

MMAC Permanent Collection, Capra Jones Collection




Membership to Montana Museum of Art & Culture


By joining MMAC as a member, you demonstrate your passion for art in Montana. We could not do what we do without the support of the community and friends like you. Please consider joining us with your membership and discover the many benefits of being part of MMAC. Your donation will help us continue to bring incredible art to Montana as well as display and preserve YOUR own Permanent Collection.


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Montana Museum of Art & Culture
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Post Office Box 7159
Missoula, Montana 59807-7159





Cheryl LeiboldMMAC thanks Cheryl Leibold, retired archivist for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia. This summer, and for the past two summers as well, Ms. Leibold has volunteered to research artists and artwork represented in the MMAC Permanent Collection.  She is busily writing artist biographical summaries and researching art pieces for the MMAC Permanent Collection Handbook. The handbook, due out in 2015, will highlight 120 objects from the MMAC Permanent Collection at the time of its 120th anniversary.  Thanks so much, Cheryl! We are so grateful for volunteers like you. 



In 1957, six members of the Hendler family of Baltimore, MD, donated outstanding paintings and decorative objects to MMAC.  Lionel Manuel Hendler, or L.M., his four children, Albert, Bernice, Naomi and Florence, and his brother Ben, or B.R., donated artworks that comprise the cornerstone of MMAC's European and American collections.


 Read More about the Hendler family donations




Abraham von Stry-Young Sweethearts 

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 collection 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: The Young Fruit Seller, ca. 1820s

Artist: Abraham van Strij (Dutch, 1753-1826)

Medium: oil on panel, 39 1/2 x 34 1/2 inches

Donated by Naomi H. Legum