UM music Professor Bob Ledbetter leads a recent practice

Percussion Ensemble Combines Old and New to Delight Listeners

A cacophony fills the room in the basement of the Music Building before rehearsal begins. Music students roll marimbas as big as small dining room tables into the classroom one after another.

Um alumnus and artist George Gogas

Annual Celebration of Alumni Artists to Honor George Gogas

George Gogas has been selected as the 2016 honoree for “Odyssey of the Stars” at UM. To accompany Saturday's ceremony, there's also a 40-year survey of Gogas' art at the Montana Museum of Art and...

UM Creative Writing Program graduate student Alida Dean

Creative Writing Grad Student Wins UM’s Merriam-Frontier Award

UM Creative Writing Program graduate student Alida Dean of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, is the recipient of this year’s Merriam-Frontier Award. Her writing explores the space between who people are...

Elton John performs in Billings in 2015

Montana Graduates Crucial in Building Entertainment Scene in State

The number of successful Montanans working in entertainment industry keeps expanding, thanks to UM’s Entertainment Management program, which got off the ground 15 years ago with help from in...

UM School of Media Arts student filmmakers at Slamdance Film Festival

Documentary Created by Media Arts Students Wins Big at Utah Film Festival

A short documentary produced by eight seniors in the filmmaking program at the UM’s School of Media Arts recently won several awards after its premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City,...

UM history Professor Anya Jabour poses with actress Hannah James

Professor’s Work as Historical Consultant Comes to Fruition at PBS Drama Premieres

UM Professor Anya Jabour spent five weeks in Virginia this past spring working as a historical consultant for the new PBS Civil War drama “Mercy Street,” which premieres Sunday, Jan. 17

UM cast members rehearse Treasure Island

Freshman Lands Lead Role in UM's 'Treasure Island'

Without intending the pun, Morgan Solonar said the upcoming production of "Treasure Island" has been unexpected and exciting. "The whole process has been an entire adventure from the beginning,"...

UM campus

President Holds Campus Forum on UM Budget

President Royce Engstrom held a campus forum on Nov. 17 to discuss the University's budget picture. Engstrom spoke with the campus community about the need to realign UM's base budget with current...

Charging Forward piece of art at UM

Montana Museum of Art and Culture Marks 120 Years of Collecting

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture at UM is home to the vast Permanent Collection – Montana’s largest public art collection – but it does not have a dedicated facility. Some pieces are...

UM journalism Professor Jule Banville

Last Best Podcast Festival Takes Audio Storytelling Social

There's no shortage of live music, arts or film festivals in Missoula. Now UM journalism Assistant Professor Jule Banville wants to add another festival to the mix. This one for podcasts and the...

UM West African dance instructor Tarn Ream

Tarn Ream Shares Love of Dance as Student, Teacher

When people ask Tarn Ream what she does, she's never quite sure what to say. One day she's teaching West African dance classes at UM. The next day she might be teaching a community class with...

The Montana Race Project: Everyone has a story.

Students Launch Project Telling Stories About Race in Montana

Students in UM’s School of Journalism have launched a new endeavor to tell the uncovered stories of racial experiences in Montana. The project, “The Montana Race Project: Everyone Has A Story,”...

UM's Chamber Chorale

Chamber Chorale Invited to Perform at Seattle Conference

UM’s Chamber Chorale has been honored by the American Choral Directors Association with an invitation to perform at the association’s 2016 northwest conference March 3-6 in Seattle. It is UM’s...

UM history Professor Anya Jabour poses with actress Hannah James

History Professor Serves as Etiquette Consultant for PBS Drama

Anya Jabour has a pretty strict etiquette list for what a person should and should not do. For instance, she notes, you should speak clearly and without hesitation. You should not fuss or fidget....

Richard Diebenkorn. Photograph by Leo Holub, Santa Monica, Calif., 1984. Credit: Courtesy Estate of Leo Holub.

Rarely Seen Works by Master Painter Diebenkorn Coming to MMAC

After sifting through more than a thousand drawings by Richard Diebenkorn, one curator remains as effusive as ever about the late painter's work. "I'm still waiting to see a bad Diebenkorn," said...

Wild Mercy reading series

Creative Writing Grad Student Offers Glimpse of Program

Graduate student Alana Trumpy shares her thoughts on UM’s Creative Writing Program in a Q-and-A with Niche Magazine, an online literary publication. Trumpy is studying fiction writing with an...

Professor Anya Jabour

Professor Anya Jabour Jumps from Academia to Show Business

Anya Jabour is a professor in academia who recently jumped into show business. Jabour, who teaches history at UM and serves as co-director of its program in women's gender and sexuality, got an...

MontanaPBS Broadcaster William Marcus

Montana Bids Farewell to Broadcast Giant William Marcus

William Marcus is the quiet giant of Montana media, and it is ironic that he will begin his long planned retirement this month. When the career of Marcus began 40 years ago, public television...

Artist Jonathan Marquis at work up high in Glacier National Park

Art Graduate Student Chases Montana’s Melting Glaciers

Jonathan Marquis, a fine arts graduate student at UM, is working on a project to draw all 60 or so of Montana’s remaining glaciers, including those in Glacier Park. Marquis photographs and draws...

J.K. Simmons holds his Oscar

UM Oscar Winner Describes How Family Launched His Career

On the biggest stage in Hollywood, Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons ’78 delivered a simple get potent message: Call your mom and dad, because he can’t call his. Simmons won the Academy Award for best...
a young art enthusiast views a painting at the MMAC

More Than 1,500 Students Tour Montana Museum of Art & Culture

Since the opening of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture’s “The Art of the State: Celebrating 120 Years of the MMAC Permanent Collection,” more than 1,500 school-aged children have toured the...

sunset in Missoula

Missoula Ranked No. 9 on List of Top College Towns

The American Institute for Economic Research College Destinations Index recently ranked Missoula, home to the University of Montana, among the top College Towns in the U.S. The index lists the top...

Art students' work on display at UM exhibit

Art Students Show Off BFA Theses, Final Hurdle Before Graduation

While they might be about to graduate and leave UM, 22 of the school’s art students had one more hurdle in front of them, display their work as part of the annual bachelor of fine arts senior...

actors rehearse the play Welcome Home Jenny Sutter

UM Play, Theater Project Gives Voice to Returning Veterans

As part of an effort to give a voice to veterans issues, a UM play will include stories from former military members currently on campus. Veterans who have returned to UM following their service...

MMAC art gallery

Montana Museum of Art & Culture Makes List of Great Museums

 TripAdvisor’s travel blog Travel Pod has named the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the UM an Editor’s Choice pick in its list of best museums in the United States. MMAC is the only museum or...

UM student in Media Arts works on the computer

Online Students Find Community in Media Arts Program

At first, Alli Bargelski worried the sound design class she is taking online at UM would leave her feeling adrift. The BFA student in Media Arts doesn't feel that way anymore. The sophomore with a...

UM campus

Three UM Employees Earn Missoula Cultural Council Awards

The Missoula Cultural Council handed out its annual awards this week and three of the honors went to UM employees. William Marcus, director of UM’s Broadcast Media Center and Montana Public...

the cast of Pippin rehearses

'Pippin' Offers Fresh Look at Classic Musical

The UM production of “Pippin,” should feel fresh to audience members enchanted by the original 1972 Broadway musical or the recent revival, both of which won a shelf of Tony Awards. Director...

Casting director Rene Haynes

Scouting Talent: Odyssey of Stars Honoree Casts Hollywood Films

Rene Haynes has lived in Los Angeles for decades now, and she still makes it back to Montana to visit. Sometimes she heads to Great Falls, where the C.M. Russell High School graduate still has...

Tommy Livoti works at a dig site at Fort Missoula

Doctoral Student Envisions Way to Protect Antiquities During Wartime

Walking the ancient streets of Babylon allowed Tommy Livoti to find his path in life. In 2003, the Missoula native and UM grad was a Marine Corps platoon commander in Iraq. Livoti saw a...

Comics writer Tim Daniel shows some of his work

UM Staff Member’s Comic to be Adapted for Television Series

UM staff member Tim Daniel, who turned a hobby into a second career as a comics writer, will soon see his creation adapted into a live-action television show. The Missoula writer's title,...

UM Entertainment Management students and program director at Pollstar Live conference

Entertainment Management Students Attend Industry Conference

Several UM students recently traveled to Nashville to attend Pollstar Live! 2015, the premier conference and trade show for the concert industry. The students from UM’s Entertainment Management...

a demonstration in UM's new planetarium

UM’s State-of-the-Art Planetarium Up and Running

It's understandable if you're unaware of the hidden planetarium beneath the Native American Center. The project has been in the works since 2013, but the astronomy department has kept it pretty...

Schoolchildren dance on stage with adults

Missoula Schoolchildren Learn Fire Science Through Interactive Dance

Missoula schoolchildren became flames and trees Tuesday during “Fire Speaks the Land,” an interactive dance performance at UM that taught students about fire science. CoMotion Dance Project used...

Jace Laakso, UM staff member and artist, stands in front of his exhibit in the UC Gallery

Missoula Artist Sketches Self-Portrait a Day for a Year

In the University Center Gallery, 365 small self-portraits are arranged in rows on the north wall. They start on May 6, 2013, when Jace Laakso, an artist who works in information technology at UM,...

UM Production concert posters

For Those About To Rock: UM Concert Posters Spark Memories

“What was your first concert? It’s a great question—a surefire conversation starter in pretty much any setting. Mine happened to be Pearl Jam, who played an intimate show for about 1,200 lucky...

Three of Missoula's young filmmakers pose in front of the Wilma Theatre

Hip Flicks: Meet Missoula's Up-and-Coming Filmmakers

Every year, filmmakers from across the world apply to have their films screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. This year, four filmmakers under 30 from the festival’s home city made the...

UM student Rebecca Collins reaches Santiago

Reaching Santiago: UM Student Reflects on Pilgrimage

Last fall, UM student Rebecca Collins completed 12 credits of independent study on the Camino de Santiago, a medieval pilgrimage in southern France and northern Spain. Equipped with knowledge from...

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