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Left: Ashley Rickman Interim Office Administrator at MMAC
Right: Anonymous, Kuba, Democratic Republic of Congo,
“Skirt,” 1900-1970, raffia, Missoula, MT: Molly Shepherd Collection.

Announcing “Kuba Textile Art and the Significance of Raffia Cloth in Bakuba Society,” a free Zoom lecture/discussion introducing the importance of textiles, their functions, production, and artistic prominence in this African society by Ashley Rickman on April 15, 2021 from 12-1:00 PM.
Rickman is the Interim Office Administrator at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture. She grew up in a ranching family in Billings and Absarokee, Montana. A UM alumna, she received a bachelor's degree in 2017 in Visual Arts with a focus in Studio Art and is pursuing a career as an art historian and museum professional.

Time: April 15, 2021 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
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Announcing a new video project by our intern Sean Nettleton interviewing our interns, staff and volunteers about their experiances. We hope you take the time to see why the MMAC is such a special place for our students. The first interview is of the brilliant and charming Salisha Old Bull and you can find it on our Youtube channel here.



Anonymous, Lega(?), Democratic Republic of Congo,
Bwami Society Figure with Outstretched Arm, 1900-1950,
Mixed media (wood and natural pigments)
Missoula, MT: Molly Shepherd Collection.

Due to popular demand, the MMAC is extending the run of its exhibition “Homage to Africa: Selections from the Tony Hoyt and Molly Shepherd Collections.” The new closing date is May 8, 2021.
Please check out virtual tours of the exhibition at: or to schedule a socially-distanced, face-to-face Docent tour for groups under 10, please contact Ashley Rickman at 406-243-2019 or email

img_e6447.jpgTravel with the Director
Ready to travel to Europe? Join MMAC Director Dr. Rafael Chacón as he leads two trips to Portugal and Spain with Smithsonian Journeys this fall. Explore the extraordinary art and culture of the Iberian Peninsula with the celebrated Smithsonian expert and art historian in his research specialty.

“Treasures of Southern Spain and Portugal”
September 13 - 27, 2021
Stay in historic paradores and pousadas as we explore ancient Roman sites, medieval white hill towns, rich Moorish strongholds, and lively cosmopolitan cities that speak of the many cultures that shaped southern Spain and Portugal.
15 days from $5,774 | includes airfare, taxes, and all fees.

“Portrait of Portugal”
September 29 – October 10, 2021
Delve into the so-called “Age of Discovery” on this exciting river and land journey through Portugal. Explore the fascinating history of Portugal’s great capital Lisbon and charming towns such as Porto, then enjoy a seven-night cruise on the Douro River, stopping off at vineyards and villages along the famous wine trail.
12 days from $4,990.
To find out more, click on this link:
 or Request a Brochure

Special benefits are available for MMAC members. Contact Rafael if you have further questions:

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: 


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