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Montana Museum of Art & Culture

Ben Steele Portrait

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Current Exhibition


Human Condition: The Art of Ben Steele
June 4 - September 12, 2015
 Paxson Gallery

This exhibition honors MMAC’s commitment to sharing the history of the Bataan Death March through the artwork of WWII prisoner of war and Montana artist Ben Steele.  Steele created one of the only firsthand visual accounts of this tragic experience.  He endured 41 months of starvation, dehydration, hard labor, torture and Japanese ‘hell ships’ while crippled by dysentery, pneumonia, malaria, blood poisoning and beri beri. 

During his internment, he created drawings which record the grim degradation and cruelty to which the prisoners were subjected.  Steele’s artwork provides an aesthetic and historical record of an extraordinary account of war, survival, forgiveness and reconciliation. He attributes his survival to his love of Montana and early experiences on his family’s ranch near Roundup. Steele went on to teach art at Montana State University-Billings and was an active member of the Montana Institute of the Arts.

Hometown: Images of Missoula From the MMAC Permanent Collection
June 4 - September 12, 2015
Meloy Gallery

This exhibition brings together images of the Garden City by artists who call or have called Missoula home. City founders C.P. Higgins, Frank Worden and David Pattee started building a sawmill on East Front Street in November 1864, opening the floodgates of commerce and settlement that led to the establishment of Missoula. However, the birth of Missoula is not attributed to a single event.  Celebrations around the city’s sesquicentennial began in 2014 and continue through 2015. Artists include Tu Baixiong, James Dew, Walter Hook, Marilyn Bruya, Carmen Malsch, Heath Bultman and others.



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