Fra Dana, On the Window Seat, n.d.,
oil on canvas, 16" x 19"
In 2015, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture Permanent Collection celebrates its 120th anniversary. To honor this important institutional milestone the museum will host the exhibition The Art of the State: Celebrating 120 Years of the MMAC Permanent Collection, highlighting various pieces from the museum's holdings.
The MMAC Permanent Collection, begun in 1895, includes nearly 11,000 objects. Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection include a wide range of art and artifacts of significant quality from various periods, cultures, countries and categories, including the work of living artists.
The core holdings of MMAC’s Permanent Collection include works of art that describe the aesthetic development of the Rocky Mountain west, historic European works, Southeast Asian collections, American Impressionist works, contemporary Native American art, important ceramics works and public art sited across the campus. Permanent Collection holdings are also on loan to other Montana institutions including the Charles W. Clark Chateau in Butte, the Daly Mansion in Hamilton, the Conrad Mansion in Kalispell and the Federal Reserve Bank in Helena.
The MMAC Permanent Collection includes European masters such as Rembrandt Van Rijn, Gerrit Dou, Honoré Daumier, Eugene Delacroix, Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Jean-François Millet, Virgilio Narcisso Diaz de la Pena, Abraham van Strij, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, François Boucher, the Master of St. Gregory and others.
Significant 20th century European artists include Augustus John, Joan Miró, Alberto Giacometti, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Marc Chagall, Georges Rouault, Max Pechstein, Käthe Kollwitz, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Peter Blake, Dieter Roth, Patrick Caulfield
American artists include Edgar Paxson, Frederic Remington, Ralph DeCamp, Elizabeth Lochrie, William Standing, Julius Seyler, John Fery, William Merritt Chase, Joseph Henry Sharp, Alfred Maurer, Fra Dana, Josephine Hale, Frances Carroll Brown, Norman Rockwell, Rockwell Kent, Emmy Lou Packard, Charles Burchfield, R.B. Kitaj, Robert Motherwell, David Salle, Larry Rivers, Edward Ruscha, Theodore Stamos, Wolf Kahn, John Buck, Rudy Autio, Peter Voulkos , Dennis Oppenheim and Andy Warhol among others. The collection of Contemporary Native art includes work by Erica Lord, Jim Denomie, Neil Parsons, Jenesse Hilton, Jane Ash Poitras Midewiwin, Gloria Emerson, Percy Bull Child and others
Long term loans include the Henry Meloy Collection and a Collection of New Deal Prints Courtesy of the U.S. General Services Administration.
A focus collection of Asian art, an array of vintage clothing, and an emphasis on Montana art-including both historical and contemporary American Indian Art-rounds out the collection.