Montana Museum of Art and Culture

News Features





The Montana Museum of Art and Culture would like to invite you to the grand opening of our new building, located across from the Adams Center on the University of Montana’s campus. Our new home will open to the public during a free event at 2 PM on September 28th, 2023 and will feature a diverse, comprehensive exhibition of the best works in our 11,000 piece collection.

We invite you to visit the Meloy Gallery each Friday throughout the Spring and Summer to view featured masterpieces from the MMAC permanent collection. Ask our informative docents about the unique stories behind each work and learn about our new building. We rotate artwork throughout the month.

Fridays 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Meloy Gallery, PARTV Center,
University of Montana

The big move is on at MMAC and we need your help. The museum is looking for volunteers. To learn more, email

Welcome to the MMAC!









 Anonymous, Panama, Mola, 20th century, textile, Hoyt Family Collection.




Phil Korell, “Character Sketch of Sego Ridge,” 1974, pen and ink on paper.

Phil Korell, “Character Sketch of Sego Ridge,” 1974, pen and ink on paper.





Recent Exhibitions

Focus on the Figure: The Pattee Canyon Ladies Salon, 1989-2022

The exhibition presents the works of Montana’s oldest active group of contemporary women artists. For over three decades, the group has met regularly in the home and studio of recently deceased artist Nancy Erickson to draw the female model. The show records the history of the PCLS and focuses on the varied works of its current and past members.

Oct. 14, 2022 - Jan. 7, 2023 at MMAC’s PARTV Center galleries

Docent-led tours are also available.


Fiesta De Santos: Latin American Festival and Devotional Arts

July 15 to October 1, 2022 at the Meloy Gallery  in the PARTV Center

This stunning exhibition features inspired folk and fine art from Mexico to Peru. The works include festival masks, sculpted saints, and brightly colored textiles and graphic arts that reveal the popular piety and aesthetic sensibilities of diverse communities across Latin America. In this show, we welcome the Hoyt family back to MMAC as they continue to share their remarkable collections with our community.


An Authentic Voice: The Architecture and Art of Phil Korell

For over 60 years, Montana architect Phil Korell has created buildings of exceptional beauty and integrity of design. Raised on a ranch outside Utica and educated at the University of Washington in traditional methods of design, Korell learned how to shape buildings in harmony with Montana’s distinctive Western landscapes and traditional culture. Korell created some of the state’s most distinctive buildings in the second half of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

The exhibition featured photographs, drawings and plans for Korell’s signature buildings, as well as examples of his fine art drawings and paintings.

April 15 through June 25, 2022 in the Paxson Gallery.


Imagining the West: Selections from the Stan and Donna Goodbar Collection of Western Art

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture was recently humbled by the gift of a significant art collection of 125 works from Stan and Donna Goodbar in 2021. This collection helps reveal how artists interpreted the west during the 20th century. MMAC is proud to present a selection of these works featuring artists who made a living primarily as illustrators, both shaping and reinforcing quintessential myths about the West’s important archetypes, its settlers, cowboys and Indigenous inhabitants.

The exhibition will highlight artists who demonstrate the illustrative traditions of Western art and includes celebrated Montana artists like Ace Powell, Elizabeth Lochrie, John Clarke, Jo De Yong and O.C. Seltzer. The collection also contains works from artists of other western states such as California's Edward Borein, Will James and Olaf Wieghorst and modernists Frances Senska and Peter Voulkos.

February 14 through May 28, 2022 at Meloy Gallery.

Social Justice Directive

MMAC Collections Committee, Directive on Social Justice
Adopted 9/11/2020


The Montana Museum of Art and Culture, the state’s largest publicly-owned collection of art, aspires to be an inclusive organization that supports, collects, and represents creative expression that rises from the breadth of the human experience. 

Our efforts are strengthened by welcoming people of every race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, disability, age, national origin, and citizenship.  

The MMAC Collections Committee pledges to prioritize the acquisition of work by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, women, and other historically marginalized artists. 

We further commit to seeking broadly diverse leadership, input, and participation in all aspects of the MMAC Collections Committee's work.

Letters from Visitors:

"Dear Montana Museum of Art & Culture, I want to tell you that I have been in a lot of museums and I have never seen a museum like that. I think that what you are doing is amazing and don't stop!"

Sincerely, Connor, 6th Grader, Lolo School  

"Does an art museum teach us about the exhibits, or does it make us feel like we want to be a part of it? The Montana Museum of Art and Culture doesn't just teach you about exhibits like any other museum would, this museum makes you feel like you are a part of it…"

Colton Browder, UM Student