Exhibitions & Events

Through its rotating exhibitions program, the MMAC regularly displays works from its Permanent Collection, curates traveling exhibitions, and showcases important regional, national, and international artists. See the Events page for programs associated with these shows. The museum hosts free tours of these exhibitions. Interested in a docent-led tour of our current show? Contact Jill Johns at 243-2019 or email museum@umontana.edu . We're happy to schedule a tour during regular hours for any group of 5 to 25 people.




Alfred Boilot, The Connoisseur,
etching, circa 1880-1900.





Transformation, 2019
Acrylic on Panel
Courtesy of the Artist

Art Under Pressure: Function and Form in Prints from the MMAC Collection

Curated by University of Montana art students studying the history of prints and graphic design, Art Under Pressure examines European and American prints from the MMAC’s Permanent Collection from the 17th to early 20th centuries. Focusing on the myriad historical functions of the printed arts, along with the diverse techniques used to create them, student-curators selected and researched the works on paper and wrote the discursive wall labels. This show begins to bridge the gap between ephemeral visual culture, including newspaper cartoons, playing cards, and fashion plates, and the fine arts prints of old masters and avant-garde artists.
GLI Lounge | 3rd Floor | University Center
The opening of this exhibition has been postponed until further notice.


Monte Dolack: The Artist's Nature
January 17 - August 29, 2020 | Meloy and Paxson Galleries

Visit the Dolack show on YouTube. For an introduction to the exhibition and a virtual tour, go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpG_TkShR1gIYJ9yWTN37Yg?view_as=subscriber

Monte Dolack is one of the most widely recognized and beloved artists in Montana. The artist marks his 70th birthday in the year 2020. Simultaneously, the MMAC will celebrate its 125th anniversary. As the inaugural exhibition of the museum’s sesquicentennial season, the show brings together many original oil paintings, sketches, lithographs, and posters, reflecting Dolack’s love of the natural world and blending his interests in storytelling and mythology with his profound sense of humor.

The artist’s keen observations of nature and his concern for environmental issues have led to commissions from dozens of conservation organizations like American Rivers, Defenders of Wildlife, the Nature Conservancy, and Trout Unlimited; and he has created over 300 posters and prints for various organizations since 1964. Dolack’s works can be found in the collections of the American Association of Museums, the Library of Congress, the National Wildfire Foundation, and many other prestigious museums and corporations.

Dolack has received countless awards. Most recently, in 2018, the Montana Arts Council bestowed on him the Governor’s Arts Award for lifetime achievement. In 2009, along with his late wife Mary Beth Percival, Monte received the Distinguished Fine Arts Alumni Award from UM’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. He was also selected by the Missoulian as one of the 100 most Influential Montanans of the 20th Century. Since 1993, he has managed a flourishing fine art studio/gallery in Missoula, Montana. His work is available at Monte Dolack Fine Art and dolack.com, as well as at The Frame of Mind Gallery in Missoula.