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Visiting Artists

The School of Art at the University of Montana has a vibrant visiting artist program; hosting an average of 6-12 visiting artist each year. Through the support of the Jim and Jane Dew Foundation these visiting artist enhance the School of Art’s curriculum, as well as enrich the community. Artists of national and international recognition are invited to campus to provide students and faculty with a variety of meaningful experiences and professional development. The School of Art collaborates with the Gallery of Visual Arts (GVA), the Museum of Arts and Culture (MMAC), the Missoula Art Museum (MAM), and the School of Journalism (SOJ) to exhibit visiting artist artwork. 

2013-14 Visiting Artists

Valerie Hedquist Sept 5 Lecture SS 356 5:10-6pm
H. Rafael Chacón Sept 25 Lecture SS 356 5:10-6pm
Michael Murphy & Bernadette Sweeney Oct 3-24 Exhibition GVA  
Del Harrow Oct 17 Lecture SS 356 5:30-6:20pm
Steamroller Prints Oct 23 Event Adj. to FA 10am-4pm
Nico Arze & Katiushka Melo Oct 24 Lecture FA 302 5:10-6pm
Sean Starwars Nov 5 Lecture SS 356 5:10-6pm
Sarah Rockett

Feb 6-Mar 5
Feb 6


Lecture & reception
SS 356


Archie Bray Day

March 11


 AA 128
SS 356
10-12, 1-4pm
R.L. Tillman April 8  Lecture  SS 356  6-7pm

Fall 2013

Valerie Hedquist, Associate Professor of Art Criticism and History will lecture on the topic, "Miss Linwood's Picture Gallery in Leicester Square", 5:10-6pm, Social Science Building, Room 356. Dr. Hedquist teaches the introductory courses in Art History and Art Criticism, with a special emphasis on the art of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. She writes about the art of Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Gabriel Metsu, with a special interest in  Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy. Dr. Hedquist earned her PhD with honors from the University of Kansas.

H. Rafael Chacón, Professor of Art History and Criticism presents "Wanted: Indian Art Majors", 5:10-6pm, Social Science 356.  Dr. Chacón teaches courses on African Art, American Art, Ancient American Art, Critical Theories, European Art of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Latin American Art, Renaissance Art and Theory, Art and War, Art and Insanity, and Spanist Art at the University of Montana.  His current academic interests lie in American architectural history and historic preservation.  Dr. Chacón earned his PhD with honors from the University of Chicago and his MA from the University of Chicago, Il.

Michael Murphy, and Bernadette Sweeney collaborate for a multi-media presentation.  "The work presents two women - one present in the space and one on film. Who they are to each other is a creation of the relationship between on-stage and in-film actions and reactions.  The spark of the past comes alive in the present moment as each woman tries to resolve a critical point in her life."  Mr. Murphy is a Professor at UM Media Arts, and Ms. Sweeney is an Assistant Professor in UM Theatre/Dance.

Del Harrow is a professor at Colorado State University in ceramics and 3D.  His "current studio practice consists of two activities: the production/fabrication of objects from a range of materials, and then, a sustained investigation of these objects by way of successive experiments with strategies for placement, arrangement, and organization. Individual objects emerge from a confluence of form, material and process.

Many sculptures begin as digital models – employing computer software as a tool for generating abstract form. As material culture an objects’ subtle textures and marks contain and reveal information about methods of fabrication – manual or mechanized production – and by extension the scale of economy, culture, and the objects meaning within it."

The Steamroller Print Project takes place October 23, from 10am to 4pm in front of the George and Jane Dennison Theatre, Fine Arts building.  This event is open to the public, and fun to watch. Students will show their finished work in the annual Missoula Festival of the Dead procession on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. on Higgins Avenue.

Nico Arze and Katiushka Melo, Chilean collaborative artists now working in NYC will present a public lecture and meet with School of Art students.  This dynamic duo has exhibited their multi-media work and performance art in Beijing, China, Santiago, Chile, Brooklyn, NY, Hong Kong, Mexico City and France.

Sean Starwars received his MFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and his BFA from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.  He has taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, and Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA.  Sean has been a visiting artist at over 40 institutions across the United States and exhibited his work throughout the US and abroad.

Spring 2014

Denver artist, Sarah Rockett is an interdisciplinary artist that creates large-scale three-dimensional drawings and installations using non-traditional materials and digital media. In addition to her exhibition in the Gallery of Visual Arts, Ms. Rockett will be working with students in the Fine Arts Student Gallery to create a collaborative installation.  Ms. Rockett received her MFA from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and is currently an adjunct instructor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and Front Range Community College, Westminster, CO.

Archie Bray Day for spring 2014 features artists Giselle Hicks, Andrew Gilliatt and Adam Field.  This event is sponsored by the School of Art, UMECA (University of Montana Emerging Ceramic Artists), and the Jim and Jane Dew Visiting Artist fund.  These three 'artists-in-residence' from the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana will demonstrate their techniques and lecture about their artwork at this annual, all-day event.

Visiting artist R.L. Tillman was born and is based in Baltimorre, MD.  He is an artist, teacher, and curator.  In his creative work, he twists and tweaks the visual culture of our time to explore issues in society, politics, and art.  Often working in unusual venues, he uses many means; graphic media, installation, performance, publication, writing and more.