Past Exhibitions

Photography by Hedrich Blessing Studio

Glacier National Park Centennial Exhibition
June 11 - August 7, 2010

MMAC celebrates Glacier National Park's strong aesthetic legacy as seen through traditions of the Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet), and the artist patronage of the Great Northern Railway. The exhibition features a rare war record that originally adorned Many Glacier Hotel; tipi designs by Jessie Wilber; works by Elizabeth Lochrie and Branson Stevenson; photographs by Tomer J. Hileman, Edward S Curtis, Roland Reed, Arthur Dailey, Fred Kiser; and paintings by John Fery, Julius Seyler and Winold Reiss who introduced European modernism to the West.

Image: Hedrich-Blessing Studio photograph (Glacier Park and the Great Northern Railway) negative number 7995-F, ca. 1960, 7 x 9 inches, Collection of Jon and Anne Bertsche

MPH by Matthew Wicker

Western Cast Iron Art Conference Exhibition: Elizabeth Kronfield & Matthew Wicker
May 6 - 29, 2010

Held in conjunction with the 2nd Biennial Western Cast Iron Art Conference in Missoula, May 6 - 9, the exhibition honors keynote artists Elizabeth Kronfield and Matthew Wicker. Their work combines cast iron or bronze with evocative materials such as stone, horsehair, ash or cloth. "This work is drawn from my time and experiences in the West--influenced by everything from the vast spaces to individuals to politics to livestock in the backyard to living off a dirt road," says Kronfield.

Image: Matthew Wicker, MPH, 14" x 6" x 3". Cast Iron. 2008.

Photo of Louis Armstrong with children

Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors Embrace the World
March 18 - April 24, 2010

This photographic exhibition chronicles the international tours of legendary jazz musicians who served as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. State Department from the 1950s through the 1970s. Organized by Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., over 80 images portray music greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter and Sarah Vaughn.

Satellite exhibitions:
Joseph S. Sample Collection - PARTV Center Lobby
James Todd Jazz Portraits - Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
Henry Meloy Jazz Portraits - First Interstate Bank (Downtown)

Image: Louis Armstrong entertains children at the Tahhseen Al-Sahha Medical Center, Cairo, Egypt. 1961. Courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum. 

Like Mother Like Daughter by Dana Boussard and Ariana Boussard Reifel

Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate
January 7 - March 6, 2010

In 2004, the Montana Human Rights Network (MHRN) secured 4,000 white supremacist books. Organized by the Holter Museum of Art, this exhibit invited artists nationwide to create works that reflect social justice issues and stimulate civil dialogue. Traveling through the Museum and Art Gallery Directors Association of Montana, the exhibition continues at the Mansfield Library. For their open hours visit

Community partners include: Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, Missoula Public Library, Mansfield Library, Missoula Advocates for Social Justice, Missoula Art Museum, MHRN, National Coalition Building Institute, UM Diversity Advisory Council and Missoula Cultural Council, with calendar of events related to the exhibition at

Image: Dana boussard and Ariana Boussard-Reifel, Like Mother, Like Daughter, 2007, digital images of mother/daughter performance piece set to music

Untitled artwork by Thomas Hart Benton

By the People, For the People: New Deal Prints from the 1930s and 1940s
November 13 - December 19, 2009

These 31 New Deal Prints were created as part of an economic recovery program to pull the U.S. out of the Great Depression. The U.S. government and individual artists worked together towards the idea of stimulating the economy and developing a uniquely American culture. The New Deal art projects represent the largest public art program of their kind in American history, generating energy and excitement when the country was in despair. These prints show the arts as a menans of bolstering morale, combating poverty, and creating a common vision for the nation. Courtesy of the Fine Arts Program of the General Services Administration in Washington D.C.

Image: Thomas Hart Benton, Untitled (Watching the Train), n.d.

Night Scene by Josephine Hale

Josephine Hale, Paintings and Sketches by a Montana Pioneer Artist
November 13 - December 19, 2009

One of Montana's most extraordinary early 20th century painters, Hale's life and art were shaped by a strong commitment to volunteerism and a love of travel. The youngest daughter of a ranching family, she became an early volunteer nurse with the American Red Cross during WWI, receiving an award from the French Government for her service. She returned to Europe to study art at the Academy Delecluse in Paris, exhibiting in the prestigious Salon of 1934. This exhibition shows an artist applying the best academic arts training available at the time to idyllic Montana scenes such as Glacier National Park and the Missouri river.

Image: Josephine Hale, Night Scene, pastel on paper, n.d., donated by Vivian Ellis and Fran Walton

US Marines raise American flag atop Mount Suibachi on Iwo Jima in the South Pacific

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs
August 7 - October 23, 2009

This traveling exhibition organized by the Freedom Forum and the Newseum is the largest display of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever shown in the United States. The show will feature more than 130 award-winning images from 1942 (when the Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism was established) through the most recent awards. Visitors to this exhibition will see one of the most extensive and dramatic traveling displays ever mounted at the museum. Photographic images will be arranged chronologically. Each photograph will be accompanied by a firsthand account of the events leading up to the photograph. Among the historical moments captured are the raising of the American Flag on Iwo Jima, the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby, and many others. These epic moments were captured by photojournalists doing their daily job. Many modestly claim they were simply at the right place at the right time. Yet they had the skill and the daring to seize the opportunity when it presented itself.

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs was developed by the Newseum, the interactive museum of news in association with Business of Entertainment, Inc. NYC, Cyma Rubin Curator.

Image: U.S. Marines raise American flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima in the South Pacific, Feb. 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal, The Associated Press