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

In This Issue
Current Exhibitions May 2 - August 3, 2013
Special Events
MMAC Book Project Volunteer
The Art of the State
Artwork of the Month

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MAY 2 - AUGUST 3, 2013


A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among the Blackfeet

May 2 - August 3, 2013


Julius Seyler, Blackfeet Raiders of the Plains A 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 


Skull TreeRichard 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, Blackfeet Raiders of the Plains, ca. 1913, oil on board, 27.5  x 29 inches, Gift of Hans and Betty Kotzinger, MMAC Permanent Collection


Image bottom: Richard Buswell, Skull Tree, 2010, selenium-toned gelatin silver print, 18 x 14 inches




Richard Buswell, M.D.Thursday, June 13, 7:00pm, Masquer Theatre in the


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






All events are open to the public.


Photo: Richard S. Buswell, M.D.



Constance Shepardson             

Helen I. Cappadocia Collection


In May, the Law Library at the School of Law generously agreed to house MMAC's growing library of art-related materials. The collection, which is non-circulating and closed to the public until MMAC has a permanent home, has been donated by Helen I. Cappadocia. Cappadocia has generously given approximately 2,500 books over the past two years with plans for more. The collection is being cataloged using the Library of Congress system by Constance Shepardson. Shepardson, a 2012 UM alumna and current student at the University of British Columbia, is completing her graduate work in Library and Information Science. She is assisted by MMAC Gallery Attendant Jon Carrington, who is moving and shelving the volumes. The Mansfield Library is graciously supporting this project through training, oversight and technical support. The Helen I. Cappadocia collection is the largest collection of art-related material in the region. Our sincere thanks to Helen, Constance, Jon, the Mansfield Library and the Law School!

Photo: Constance Shepardson, MMAC Volunteer



The Art of the State                 

120 Artworks for 120 Years

Selections from the Montana Museum of Art & Culture Permanent Collection


In the history of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana, there has never before been a handbook that highlights the Permanent Collection. MMAC is pleased to announce the publication of The Art of the State: 120 Artworks for 120 Years which presents 120 pieces carefully selected from among its nearly 11,000 objects. MMAC creates stories about the Rocky Mountain West and its place in the world through exhibitions and programs that illuminate and enlighten. Our unique visual library, the Permanent Collection, and visiting exhibitions enlighten visitors through the magic of art. The handbook highlights MMAC's most significant resource and provides access to this unique and little known treasure that belongs to each and every Montanan.


Without countless generous collectors and donors over the past 120 years, the MMAC Permanent Collection would not exist. The handbook publicly recognizes donor generosity in building this collection.  As the only state museum dedicated to fine art and culture, it is vital this vast resource be made more readily available to Montana and the region.

In 2015, MMAC celebrates its 120th anniversary. Celebratory events include an exhibition January-May featuring all 120 pieces included in the publication with additional special programs planned.

Image: book cover, The Art of the State;120 Artworks for 120 Years 



 Rudy Autio - Untitled                     

Born in Butte, Montana, Rudy Autio served for two years in the Navy during World War II. After the war, he studied art at Montana State University in Bozeman on the GI Bill. Under Frances Senska's direction, Autio pursued ceramics. He also met fellow artist Peter Voulkos. When he graduated in 1950, Autio pursued an MFA in sculpture at Washington State University-Pullman. This print was given to fellow student and Spokane artist Harold Balazs in 1950 or 1951 while the two were in a printmaking class. It may be the only known example of this early print by Autio.

In 1952, Autio went on to become a co-founding resident artist, with Voulkos, at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. At the Bray, Autio executed several ceramic mural commissions across the state. He remained at the Bray until 1957, when he moved to Missoula to found the ceramics department at The University of Montana. He served as head of the department and taught for twenty-eight years.


Titled: Untitled, 1950-1951

Artist: Rudy Autio 

Medium: Silkcreen tusche and glue

Size:  19 1/4 x 21 1/4 inches

Gift of J. Scott Patnode in honor of Harold and Rosemary Balazs, MMAC Permanent Collection