News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | January 2014

In This Issue
Through February 8, 2014
Special Events
MMAC Student Art Contest Winners
Thank You
MMAC New Acquisition
The Art of The State
Artwork of the Month

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Through February 8, 2014


Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection 


This exhibition focuses on the power of the figure. MMAC presents Modernist paintings and sculptures by major 19th and early 20th century artists. Included are works by Jean Arp, María Blanchard, Marc Chagall, Giorgio De Chirico, Sonia Delaunay, Leon De Smet, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, André Masson,Jean Metzinger, Pablo Picasso and Georges Rouault. This exhibition will examine Modernism as it links visual art with music, dance, opera and literature, through movements including Surrealism, Art Deco, Fauvism, Constructivism, Cubism and Expressionism.


Modernist Prints


Designed to complement Figurative Modernists, this exhibition further illustrates the interdisciplinary approach of Modernism, focusing on the intersection of the visual and literary arts. This exhibition combines selections from the MMAC Permanent Collection with select loans to highlight rare etchings and lithographs by Marc Chagall, Le Corbusier, Aristide Maillol, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault and Jean Signovert among others. Many of the selections are by artists who worked with famous publishers and authors, such as Ambrose Vollard, Fernand Moulot and Henry Kahnweiler, to create original artworks for literary publications. 


Image: Sonia Delaunay, Portrait de M. Dufresne/Portrait of Mr. Dufresne, 1907, oil on canvas, 21 1/2 x 18 inches, Courtesy of a Private Collection

© Pracusa@2013044


Banner image: detail, Ivory West, age 5, Oliviana, 2013, acrylic and oil, MMAC Student Art Contest Winner, age division 5-9 years




Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 5:10pm, UM PARTV Center Lobby

Tour with Dr. H. Rafael Chacón, UM Professor of Art History and Criticism, of the exhibition Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection, Participation is limited to 28 people. RSVP at 243.2019.  This tour is currently full. 


Public Docent Tours:

Wednesday, January 8, 12:10-12:50pm

Thursday, January 16, 5:10-5:50pm 


All events are open to the public. All tours begin in the PARTV Center Lobby.

Docent tours are available on request. For more information call 243.2019.





Student Art Contest Winners

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture invited students age 5-18 to create art based on the Figurative Modernists: Picasso, Chagall and other Masterpieces from a Private Collection and Modernist Prints exhibitions.


Judges were asked to evaluate the artworks based on excellence, imagination, creativity and individuality.  First, second and third place prizes were awarded in each category; ages 5-9, ages 10-14 and ages 15-18.  All winners were awarded professional level art supplies donated by the UC Bookstore, a student membership to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, as well as a one year family annual membership to spectrUM Discovery Area.  All participants also received two free passes to spectrUM Discovery Area.


All winning entries are currently on display in the UM PARTV Center Lobby through February 8, 2014. 

Special thanks to our judges Stephanie Frostad, Annie Garde, and Ginny Merriam, as well as the UC Bookstore, the Missoulian, spectrUM Discovery Area, and all who participated. Winners please pick up prizes at the MMAC office in Main Hall 006, University of Montana and will be notified about picking up their winning artworks.  All other artworks must be picked up by Friday, January 10th, 2014 at spectrUM Discovery Area.  Any pieces left after this date will be donated to a children's organization.  If you have any questions, please contact the MMAC at or (406) 243-2019.      


Click here for more information Student Art Contest Winners


Photo: left to right: MMAC docent Linda Richards, Stephanie Frostad and Annie Garde




Thank you for your generous donations, memberships and sponsorships to the Montana Museum of Art & Culture!  Your donations help provide the financial support necessary to uphold our mission of acquiring and preserving art that expresses the spirit of the American West and its relationship to the world, as well as our work to present exhibitions and educational programs that explore local, regional and global themes.





This drawing by Montana artist Bill Stockton (1921-2002) is the earliest known example of the artist's work in a public collection. It was donated by Stockton's niece, Judy Griffin in 2013. It is a portrait of Stockton's mother, Julianna Erickson Stockton (1882-1975). Bill was born in central Montana four months after his father died. When the family homestead burned down, his widowed mother moved with her four children to Winnett where Bill attended grade school. He completed school in Grass Range. At age seventeen he left for Minneapolis to work. He served in France during World War II, and met his French wife Elvia in Paris. 


The couple returned to the U.S, where Bill studied at the Minneapolis School of Art on the GI Bill, followed by a year in Paris at the Academie de la Grande Chaumière. In 1950, Bill and Elvia returned to Montana to raise sheep and rear children on a ranch west of Grass Range, while Bill made art. He posthumously received the Governor's Award for the Arts. Judging by the age of the sitter in the drawing, this work was completed sometime between 1934-1938, when Bill was a teenager.


The Art of the State  

MMAC Celebrates 120 Years with Permanent Collection Guidebook 


MMAC presents an unprecedented handbook highlighting its Permanent Collection of nearly 11,000 objects. In celebration of its upcoming 120th anniversary in 2015, MMAC presents "The Art of the State: 120 Artworks for 120 Years."  

During the 120th anniversary celebration MMAC will present a major exhibition January through May 2015, featuring all 120 pieces included in the handbook and additional special programs. 


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



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



This Month's Feature: 

Titled: White Peak, no date

Artist: Fra Dana

Medium: watercolor 

Size: 22 x 7 1/2 inches


This watercolor by Fra Dana (1874-1948), is enormously important. It is one of only four known landscapes by Dana (the others are Fenceposts, no date, oil on canvas, 18 3/4 x 17 inches; Storm Coming Down, no date, oil on canvas, 5 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches; and Wyoming Landscape, no date, watercolor, 8 1/2 x 11 inches) and one of only two known watercolors. As an unfinished study, it provides insight into Dana's working methods. Strongly influenced both in approach and composition by her friend American painter Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953), who frequently visited and painted with her on the Dana's 2A Ranch, this work reveals how Dana blocked colors and arranged forms.