Past Exhibitions

Fall Coloring by Joseph Henry Sharp

Landscapes along the Lewis and Clark Trail:
Works from the Permanent Collection

May 5 - August 19, 2006
Meloy and Paxson Galleries

This exhibition features paintings from the museum's Permanent Collection. The lush diversity of Montana's landscape, past and present, is captured in works by E.S. Paxson, Ralph DeCamp, Joseph Henry Sharp, William Standing, and many more.

Image: Joseph Henry Sharp, Fall Coloring, oil on canvas, n.d., 20" x 26", from the MMAC Permanent Collection

Giant by Peter Blake

Two Print Exhibitions:
The Pop Prints of Blake, Kitaj, and Salle
Prints of the 1970s from the Permanent Collection

March 3 - April 29, 2006
Meloy and Paxson Galleries

The Pop Prints of Blake, Kitaj, and Salle: Curated by UM Professor of Art History and Criticism, Valerie Hedquist, Ph.D., and her Advanced Art Criticism students, this exhibition features the wood engravings of Peter Blake and the screenprints of R.B. Kitaj and David Salle.  These works explore marginalized people and cultural experiences with formal and pictorial immediacy.
Prints of the 1970s from the Permanent Collection:  This exhibition highlights prints by Abstract Expressionists Robert Motherwell and Theodoros Stamos, and Pop Artists Ed Ruscha, Patrick Caulfield, and Peter Philips.  The two styles convey the transitions between post WWII art and art of the 1950s and 1960s. 

Image: Peter Blake, Giant, wood engraving, ca. 1975-1978, 6" x 5"

YaBaBo Pot by Frances Senska

Frances Senska: A Life in Art
January 6 - February 25, 2006
Meloy and Paxson Galleries

A retrospective of one of Montana's most influential ceramic artists. This traveling exhibition was coordinated by the Holter Museum of Art, Helena, MT.

Image: Frances Senska, YaBaBo Pot, stoneware, n.d., 9" x 7" diameter

Sleeping Pointer by Branson Stevenson

Creatures from the Permanent Collection
November 22 - December 21, 2005
Paxson Gallery

Creatures from the Permanent Collection presents a diverse selection of works from MMAC's Permanent Collection, all depicting wild and domesticated animals. Included are works by internationally known artists such as Andy Warhol, and regionally important artists such as Walter Hook, and Stephen Glueckert.

Image: Branson Stevenson, Sleeping Pointer, etching, n.d., 5" x 7", from the MMAC Permanent Collection

Cakeo Sleeping by Dirk Lee

The Beauty in Her . . . Paintings by Dirk Lee
October 26 - December 21, 2005
Meloy Gallery

This exhibition features oil paintings by Missoula artist Dirk Lee, depicting female portraits and female nudes in a style reflective of surrealism and mannerism.  Through brilliant use of color, tight brushwork, and refractive textures, Lee's sensitive portraits celebrate female beauty.

Image: Dirk Lee, Cakeo Sleeping, oil on canvas, 1982, 18" x 40"

self portrait by Evelyn Cameron

Photographing Montana 1894 - 1928:
The World of Evelyn Cameron

October 19 - November 12, 2005
Paxson Gallery

This exhibit, organized by the Montana Historical Society, includes 47 striking photographs reproduced from Montana photographer Evelyn Cameron's glass plate nitrate negatives. These photographs are a record of the early days on the western frontier.

Image: Evelyn Cameron, self portrait, photograph, n.d.

White Harmony in September by Wang Guangxin

Ancient Threads, Newly Woven: Recent Art from China's Silk Road
September 6 - October 15, 2005
Meloy and Paxson Galleries

This traveling exhibition, organized by the Meridian International Center, highlights 62 works by artists living in China's Silk Road region. Merging traditional forms with contemporary approaches, this exciting work conveys a unique blend of Eastern and Western influences.

Image: Wang Guangxin, White Harmony in September, oil on canvas, 1994, 63" x 59"