News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | May 2013

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Opening May 2, 2013
Special Events
Matrix Press Acquistion
MMAC Interns
Artwork of the Month

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A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet

May 2 - August 3, 2013


Julius SeylerA Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet commemorates German painter Julius Seyler's (1873-1955) centennial visit to Glacier National Park at the invitation of Great Northern Railway President, Louis W. Hill.  Seyler, a celebrated German Expressionist painter, trained at the Munich Academy. He spent two summers there creating a body of work that endures as a record of Blackfeet culture.  Though he never visited Montana again, Seyler continued to make paintings based on his experiences in Glacier. In 2010, UM Professor Emeritus Bill Farr wrote the first-ever monograph on Seyler which chronicled his life and career. Julius Seyler and the Blackfeet, An Impressionist at Glacier National Park is available for sale at MMAC.



Richard Buswell: Close To Home

May 2 - August 3, 2013 


Seed Pods in a CorralRichard Buswell, M.D., a fourth generation Montanan, has been photographing Montana settlement sites, ghost towns, and frontier homesteads for over forty-one years.  In this new body of work, Buswell moves closer to his subject matter. His close-up photographs are rendered abstractly. He uses silver selenide gelatin prints, among the most stable material for long term photographic preservation, to capture fleeting instants, or as he states, "the inspired moment", that may vanish soon after the shutter clicks.  The University of New Mexico Press published Buswell's most recent book which reproduces all 59 images in the exhibition and is available for sale at MMAC.


Image top: Julius Seyler, Searching for the Enemy, no date, oil on board,

27 x 19.5 inches, Collection of Sigrid Reisch


Image bottom: Richard Buswell, Seed Pods in a Corral, 2008, selenium-toned gelatin silver print, 18 x 14 inches




Thursday, May 2, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm, UM PARTV Center Lobby

Opening reception for both exhibitions and book signing with UM Professor of History Emeritus William E. Farr and Richard S. Buswell, M.D.

Featuring food, refreshments and music by Tom Catmull


Thursday, June 13, 7:00pm, Masquer Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

An artist's talk and book signing with Richard S. Buswell, M.D.




All events are open to the public.



Tony Fitzpatrick           

Matrix Press Acquistion to the MMAC Permanent Collection


We are pleased to announce the addition of nineteen prints by internationally-renowned artists which were generously donated by the UM School of Art and Matrix Press. Matrix Press was founded in 1998 by UM Professor of Art James Bailey. The program brings national and international artists to UM to produce limited edition prints in collaboration with students and printmaking faculty. In 2011-2012, UM Professor Emeritus of Art and Humanities James G. Todd, produced the suite Seven Deadly Sins through the Matrix Press. MMAC purchased this suite, which prompted Bailey to identify additional Matrix Press prints for the Permanent Collection. MMAC is committed to preserving this expression of student and faculty collaboration with prominent artists. MMAC seeks to retain an example of past and future Matrix Press Prints. 


Image: Tony Fitzpatrick, Autumn Planets, Four plate color etching, 2001, MMAC Permanent Collection



MMAC Interns                

MMAC Student Interns  


This semester, Spring 2013, MMAC provided internship to UM art students Kari Goettlich and Nerissa Cook. They stated the following about their experiences:


"My time spent working with the MMAC's immense permanent collection and exceptional staff has enriched my educational experience at The University of Montana both personally and academically. I feel so fortunate to have been a part, however small, of such a wonderfully diverse and intricate organization that is constantly striving to enhance our community with the splendor of the visual arts."- Kari Goettlich


"Through my student internship with the MMAC, I have gained valuable experience working in a museum with a permanent collection in several different capacities. Moreover, I've gained a better perspective on how much work goes into museum operations and feel that is something to be praised and deeply appreciated."- Nerissa Cook


This spring Kari and Nerrisa as well as former MMAC student intern Jennifer du Toit will graduate from UM's School of Art.  As BFA candidates in the School of Art, they are required to particiapte in the Senior Thesis Exhibition. The Opening Reception for the 2013 Bachelor's in Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition in the Gallery of Visual Arts will be held May 2, 2013, 5-7pm. 


photo left to right: Kari Goettlich, Jennifer du Toit, Nerissa Cook




 Miriam Schapiro                    

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


The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is one of the state's oldest and most prominent cultural reserves.

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 and public art sited across the campus. Ranging from historical to contemporary, this collection includes outstanding pieces by diverse artists.



Titled: Anonymous Was a Woman II: Mimi's Baby Bonnet, ca. 1999

Artist: Miriam Schapiro 

Medium: Soft ground etching

Size:  15 x 11 inches

Matrix Press print, MMAC Permanent Collection