Current Exhibitions


Stephanie Frostad
Young Atalanta,
2015, Graphite and oil on panel
Collection Linda Carlson

Stephanie J. Frostad: The Evocative Moment

February 28 - June 15, 2019 | Paxson Gallery

Through works spanning the artist’s career, this exhibition surveys Frostad’s creative concern with myths and metaphors brought to life as pictorial realism. The storytelling tradition is vital to her mission: to create a truly democratic art. “As a narrative painter,” she states, “my objective is to present the essential elements of a story […]” In striving toward this aim, she builds pictures that are sometimes joyful, sometimes mysterious, uncanny, even dark.

In the most arresting works, the viewer is struck with a prevailing sense that a pivotal event is looming, or has just taken place. By her own description, this is no accident: “With careful measures of clarity and ambiguity, I hope to create imaginative space for viewers to bring their own perspectives and experiences into the tale.”

In her most recent compositions, Frostad returns to drawing, using graphite to delineate form while imbuing her work with an enigmatic aura. This quality lends her stories a seemingly supernatural, yet universal quality, a morality perhaps most closely identified with fables. Indeed, her fascination with traditions and myths is befitting her long-standing inquiry into identity, relationships, community, and place. As she explains, “I explore these with equal interest in the actual and the metaphorical, striving always to combine convincing naturalism with provocative symbolism.” Ultimately, Frostad is fulfilled by the response her pictures bring about in her viewers, as they respond with their own stories.
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, 
Boating, Undated,  Oil on canvas,
21½ x 25¾" (Unframed),
MMAC Permanent Collection 
Gift by transfer from
Corcoran Gallery of Art 
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot,  
Scene near Douai: Children,
Undated,  Oil on panel,
12¾ x 19¼" (Unframed),
MMAC Permanent Collection
Gift by transfer from
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Thomas Gainsborough, 
A Market Cart, Undated,
Oil on canvas, 15¾ x 18" (Framed),
MMAC Permanent Collection
Gift by transfer from Corcoran Gallery of Art


The William A. Clark Collection: A Homecoming

October 4, 2018 - August 31, 2019 | Meloy Gallery

This exhibition features nine works by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Jean-Charles Cazin, Jules Dupré, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Thomas Gainsborough, and a sculpture attributed to Donatello – all new gifts from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art to the MMAC Permanent Collection. The works once belonged to the estate of “Copper King” William Andrews Clark, a former Montana senator.

Born in 1839, Clark eventually made his way out West working the roles of farmer, teacher, soldier, prospector, woodcutter, teamster, cattle driver, grocer, mining engineer, banker and eventually a real estate tycoon and a railroad magnate. He became one the most powerful and influential 19th-century Americans with peers including John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie. MMAC is one of the only non- Washington D.C. entities to receive works because of Clark’s important Montana history.

Thursday, October 4, 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Opening Reception for the exhibition “The William A. Clark Collection: A Homecoming, in the PARTV Lobby and Meloy and Paxson Galleries. Refreshments will be served. 

Thursday, November 15, 7:00pm, MSU-Billings Department of History Professor and Chair Keith Edgerton, PhD, presents a talk entitled, “Copper King: The Life and Times of W.A. Clark” in the Masquer Theatre, PARTV Center in conjunction with the exhibition William A. Clark Collection: A Homecoming.