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

In This Issue
Last Chance to See - August 3, 2013
Opening August 8, 2013
Special Events
The Art of the State
Artwork of the Month

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A Hundred Years Later: Julius Seyler Among 

the Blackfeet

May 2 - August 3, 2013


Julius Seyler 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 


Dashboard Richard 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.


Banner image: Henry Freedman, Postcard from Berlin - 1928, detail, mixed media, 2012 


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

27 x 19 1/2 inches


Image bottom: Richard Buswell, Dashboard, 2006, selenium-toned gelatin silver print, 18 x 14 inches




Henry Freedman: Imagining New Worlds

August 8 - September 21, 2013


Post Card from Berlin

MMAC presents innovative collages and constructions by Missoula artist Henry Freedman. Collage appropriates and re-contextualizes source materials and Freedman combines the austerity of Constructivism with the fantasy of Surrealism. The artist incorporates toys, letters, photographs, fine art prints, books and other objects. Freedman is professor emeritus of art history from Keene State College in New Hampshire. His artwork references a vast knowledge of art history, passion as a collector and love of travel.



Four Collections

August 8 - September 21, 2013 


Collioni and Isabella

This exhibition focuses on four outstanding regional collections that celebrate the richness of international culture and Montana. Included are superb baskets and objects from Canadian and Northwest Tribes courtesy of a Private Collection, exquisite Czech and Slovakian prints from the J. Scott Patnode Collection, exciting Montana contemporary art from the Ruth and Kim Reineking Collection and world-class cameo glass from the Toba Winston Collection. 


Image top: Henry Freedman, Postcard from Berlin - 1928, detail, mixed media, 2012, courtesy of the artist


Image bottom: Jiri Anderle, Collioni and Isabella d'Este, drypoint and mezzotint, courtesy of J. Scott Patnode




Thursday, August 8, 5-7pm, PARTV Center Lobby

Opening reception with music by jazz pianist David Morgenroth, food and refreshments will be served

Wednesday, August 21, 7pm, Masquer Theater

Lecture by glass collector Toba Winston

Tuesday, September 10, 7pm, Masquer Theater

Artist's talk with Henry Freedman

Saturday, September 14, 12pm, Paxson Gallery

Gallery tour with artist Henry Freedman limited to

28 people, RSVP at 243-2019

All events are open to the public. Docent tours available upon request.

 Photo: Pianist David Morgenroth



The Art of the State           

MMAC Celebrates 120 Years with Permanent Collection Guidebook 


In the history of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, there never has been a handbook highlighting the museum's Permanent Collection of nearly 11,000 objects. In celebration of the upcoming 120th anniversary of the collection, MMAC published "The Art of the State: 120 Artworks for 120 Years." 


The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is committed to making its Permanent Collection not only an important resource for the University of Montana but also for the people of the state and region. The guidebook presents 120 carefully selected pieces from the museum's Permanent Collection, highlighting MMAC's most significant resource and providing access to this unique and little-known treasure that belongs to all Montanans. 


"Without countless generous collectors and donors over the past 120 years, the MMAC Permanent Collection would not exist," said Barbara Koostra, director of the MMAC. "The guidebook publicly recognizes donor generosity in building this collection."


The vast collection - Montana's largest public art collection - does not have a dedicated facility. MMAC exhibitions are displayed in the Meloy and Paxson galleries in the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center at UM, and other pieces are displayed in buildings across the campus. The majority of the Permanent Collection remains in storage.


Generous printing support for "The Art of the State: 120 Artworks for 120 Years." was supplied by the Gallagher Western Montana Charitable Foundation. The Morris and Helen Silver Foundation underwrote photography and additional printing costs. Design, editing and printing costs were supported by Cultural and Aesthetic Project grant funds from the state of Montana.  In addition, support was received from the UM offices of the president, provost and vice president for integrated communications and MMAC donors. 


Softcover guidebooks are available for $35 and hardcovers cost $55. For more information or to pre-order the guidebook, call 406-243-2019 or email Shipping and handling apply. For more information about the museum, visit


The MMAC will celebrate its 120th anniversary in 2015. Events include a major exhibition January through May, featuring all 120 pieces included in the guidebook and additional special programs.


 Image: book cover, The Art of the State; 120 Artworks for 120 Years, University of Montana Press, 2013 



  Paxson Anne Stone Day                       

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, 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: Untitled, 1901

Artist: Edgar S. Paxson

Medium: Watercolor on paper 

Size:  16 x 12 inches

Gift of Anne Stone Day, MMAC Permanent Collection