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Take Care: Monica Thompson
New Opening Date
March 7- MAY 24, 2019

Prairie Smoke, Monica Thompson, 2018, mixed media
March 7- MAY 24, 2019

Please join us for a free exhibition reception and ArtShare with the Artist on Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 5-7:00 P.M.

Monica Thompson lives and works in Missoula, Montana. She studied Fibers and Graphic Design at the University of Michigan and Textiles at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, where she was awarded the Edwina Bringle Scholarship for a student showing excellence in textiles. She has exhibited in solo and juried group exhibitions throughout Montana and the northwest, including the Missoula Art Museum annual auction, the Zootown Art Community Center Mini Show, and the Montana MADE fair. Thompson teaches Elementary art in the Missoula County Public Schools. "In my work, I am striving for order while simultaneously compelled to create chaos, resulting in tension and harmony between these two seemingly incongruous states of being. Inspired by the purity and austerity of Japanese textile processes, I look to deconstruct and re-assemble these ideas to reflect my Midwestern upbringing. Also at play is the inspiration I find in my current home of Montana and the fauna found within. The result is a deliberate mismatch of themes punctuated by abundant color and rich pattern. Technically, I use hand-dyed cotton and silk, which is then often printed on; purposefully choosing impractical labors with the intention of instilling self-imposed purity in my process."


Continuum: Contemporary American Indian Art from the MAM Collection
February 1 - April 15, 2019

Yellow Owl Shirt, Neil Parsons (Southern Pikuni) 2000, mixed media
February 1 - April 15, 2019

Continuum: Contemporary American Indian Art from the MAM Collection

CONTINUUM is a special group show toured through MAGDA and sponsored by the Missoula Art Museum. This exhibition is a survey of art by contemporary American Indian artists from MAM’s Collection, organized by Nikolyn Garner during a curatorial internship at MAM.

Garner’s curatorial statement asserts “Too often, artworks by American Indian artists are subjected to the attempt to impose dichotomies upon it. Is the artist speaking to an authentic American Indian experience or are they responding to their experiences in the non-Indian world? Is their artwork traditional or contemporary? Is it art or is it craft? However, these polarizing tendencies oversimplify the voices of the artists. Many American Indian artists occupy spaces in between cultures. They have varied histories, and they draw from multiple art and craft traditions.

The artists featured in this show represent diverse tribes and life experiences, both on- and off- Reservations. They utilize many techniques in their artwork and have individual voices and means of expression. Yet, they also express the connections between cultures and the continuums that run through the contemporary experiences of all American Indians. This exhibition, Continuum, reflects the continually developing, adapting, and exploratory voices of contemporary American Indian artists.”

-Nikolyn Garner (Kickapoo / Oneida / Cherokee), Curator


From Here to There: Sheila Miles
December 20, 2018 - March 24, 2019

From Here to There: Sheila Miles
December 20, 2018 - March 24, 2019

Please join us for a free exhibition reception and ArtShare with artist Sheila Miles on Thursday, January 24 from 5-7:00 P.M.

Come hear Sheila talk about her career in Montana and her prolific portfolio. Sheila spent 26 years in Montana living (and following jobs) in Laurel, Miles City, Billings, Bozeman and Missoula; prolifically creating and working in the arts. She served as the Curator of Art at the Yellowstone Art Center (now the Yellowstone Art Museum), and taught in the art departments at Montana State University-Billings, Montana State University in Bozeman and the University of Montana in Missoula. In 1999 she received a $20,000 Gottleib Foundation Fellowship, and she was chosen in San Francisco as a Public West Coast Artist for the Public Arts Project. She now resides in Santa Fe, NM with her husband and is a full-time artist.


Cottonwoods & Color: Edd Ender’s West
October 22, 2018 - March 25, 2019

Cottonwoods & Color: Edd Ender’s West
October 22, 2018 - March 25, 2019

Cottonwoods & Color features 14 large oil paintings by Livingston, Montana artist Edd Enders.  The viewer finds themselves swept across Montana landscapes strewn with cottonwoods, fences and telephone lines.  The color and movement in Ender’s work is spellbinding.  “My work is inspired by everything around me.  As I travel around the West, I see things compositionally; how shapes and colors interact.  When a scene moves me—emotionally or visually–I gather information with a sketch and notes.  Back in my studio, I use the sketch as a starting place for my oil paintings and choose colors, often abstract, to convey the mood or meaning I want to evoke.  My intended statement is often more ominous than my vivid colors suggest.  While painting, I focus on composition and fit shapes and colors together like puzzle pieces. I often use iconic imagery like roads, crows, fences, and road signs to add both visual interest and symbolism.  A crucial part of my painting process is the time I contemplate the puzzle of my next painting while building, stretching, sizing, and priming canvases.  I consider myself a contemporary western painter.  I’m not interested in portraying the West as it’s commonly idealized with pristine landscapes and romanticized wildlife, cowboys and Indians. I am deeply connected to the western environment where I’ve grown up, worked, and lived.  I want to portray human’s inevitable activity and impact on this region.  In the bigger picture, I hope that in 100 years people will look at my paintings and learn something about this place and time, as I see it.”

Livingston Montana native Edd Enders was born in 1962, graduated from Park High, and studied art at Montana State University, Bozeman from 1990-1993.  Growing up, he spent his free time outdoors observing nature, drawing, camping, and hunting.  As a young man he worked on archeological survey teams throughout the West and as a hunting guide, packer, wrangler and cowboy from Alaska to Arizona. Enders has been painting since 1989 and has been a prolific full-time painter for two decades.  Widely admired, Enders has collectors ranging from New York to Key West to Chicago to Shanghai and has shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions.