While many regions of the country are known for their mastery of other mediums, in Montana, the ceramic arts are the touchstone of art and culture. This exhibition serves as a snap shot of the world class activity that is happening today in the state. The exhibition coincides with the Archie Bray Foundation's 60th birthday and is intended to celebrate not only this milestone birthday, but the long-lived strength of the clay medium in the state of Montana. The professional artists in this exhibit are a selection of the many clay artists who are currently recognized leaders in their communities.
National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF, and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
Persistence in Clay: Contemporary Ceramics in Montana is a 100 page exhibition catalog with essays by UM Professor and art historian Dr. H. Rafael Chacon, MAM Exhibitions Curator Stephen Glueckert, and noted scholar and essayist Rick Newby. The book also contains biographies and photos highlighting the 19 exhibiting artist and a CD containing interviews with the artists in their studios. This publication was made possible with support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
Persistence in Clay: Contemporary Ceramics in Montana Travels to:
Nicolaysen Art Museum // Casper, WY // January 27-May 6, 2012
Crossroads Carnegie Art Center // Baker, OR // July - August 2012
Persistence in Clay on the Web
An interactive web component, created by web designer and filmmaker Geoff Pepos, accompanies this exhibition. It features interviews with the artists in their studios and more.
MAM's Related Events:
June 3, 5-8 PM, Exhibition Opening and Artists' Reception: Music by Salsa Loca & beer garden by Flathead Lake Brewing Co. of Missoula
June 3, 7 PM, Artist' Gallery Talk: Julia Galloway and Beth Lo
12 PM: Exhibition Tour with Beth Lo
1 PM: Film Screening with Geoff Pepos
3 PM: Persistence in Clay Artists' Panel: Moderator Trey Hill, Panelists: Sarah Jaeger, Julia Galloway, Richard Notkin, Robert Harrison. MAMbers who attend the panel will receive one free Persistence of Clay catalog (one per membership).
June 11, 11 AM - 12:30 PM, Saturday Family Art Workshop: Clay Play
June 15, 6-8:30 PM Modeling the Figure in Clay: Beth Lo
June 25, 12 PM , Persistence in Clay Tour: Alison Reintjes
July 23, 11 AM - 2:30 PM, Clay Day
July 23, 12 PM, Persistence in Clay Tour: David Scott Smith