The MMAC mourns the passing of Bruce Crocker in Palo Alto, California on Monday, February 22, 2021. Please join us in celebrating the life of this great man who did so much for the MMAC and The University of Montana.
The MMAC announces a free series called “The Director Speaks: Homage to Africa.” This is a 6-part series by Dr. Rafael Chacón on the splendid arts of Africa in conjunction with the current exhibition. The half-hour presentations can be found at MMAC’s YouTube channel by clicking on:
Take a virtual docent tour of “Homage to Africa” online. For the Tony Hoyt Collection, click on:
 and for the Molly Shepherd exhibition, visit: 
You can still visit the “Works in Progress” exhibition at: 
and the “Bookish” exhibition at: 
Dear Friends,
We are experiencing divisive and polarizing times all around the world and it is incumbent on America’s cultural institutions to take a bold stance on the side of inclusivity and unity.

It gives me great pleasure to share with you the MMAC Collections Committee’s Directive on Social Justice:

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture, the state’s largest publicly-owned collection of art, aspires to be an inclusive organization that supports, collects, and represents creative expression that rises from the breadth of the human experience. 

Our efforts are strengthened by welcoming people of every race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, disability, age, national origin, and citizenship.  

The MMAC Collections Committee pledges to prioritize the acquisition of work by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, women, and other historically marginalized artists. 

We further commit to seeking broadly diverse leadership, input, and participation in all aspects of the MMAC Collections Committee's work.

Understanding the centrality of our Permanent Collection in the life of the museum, university, and state, I am proud to share this directive which our Collections Committee adopted unanimously on September 11, 2020, demonstrating that the MMAC can be a unifying force in our democracy. This document will go far to transform the institution from within; it will guide not just the Collection Committee’ deliberations, but also the museum staff in our future decision-making. For that, I am grateful.


H. Rafael Chacón, he/him/his, Ph.D.                                               

Bruce and Suzanne Crocker Director



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