Welcome to the MAM Calendar! Here you can find all our upcoming Happenings – from tours to classes, parties to lectures you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

Public programs help connect art to life. Through its programming, MAM strives to fulfill its mission of engaging audiences of all kinds in the exploration of contemporary art.

Get behind the scenes information from the artists themselves at gallery talks on First Friday, or mix and mingle with other art lovers at member events and previews. Like to get your hands dirty? Bring the whole family in for Saturday Family Art Workshops, and make your own masterpiece!

Check it out – there’s always something going on at MAM!



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Opus Corvus: Photographs by Larry Blackwood
Missoula Art Museum - Details
January 01, 2013 - December 31, 2014
Opus Corvus: Photographs by Larry Blackwood
Crows and ravens are both revered and reviled. Using intelligence and adaptability to survive, their feats of sometimes ruthless ingenuity are nearly unprecedented in the animal world.


Crossing  the River: Hmong Story Cloths
Missoula Art Museum - Details
June 24 - December 24, 2014
Crossing the River: Hmong Story Cloths
Crossing the River: Hmong Story Cloths is an opportunity for MAM to highlight the rich culture of the Hmong people. MAM's permanent collection includes a wonderful variety of over 240 Hmong textiles including clothing, ceremonial garments, flower cloths, and, featured in this exhibit, wonderful Hmong story cloths.


The Art of Human Conflict
Missoula Art Museum - Details
July 08 - December 24, 2014
The Art of Human Conflict
In the exhibit The Art of Human Conflict, MAM turns to its own permanent collection to share the varied subject matter and imagery contemporary artists use to convey disputes and cultural clashes.


Ubiquitous: Migration of Pathogens
Missoula Art Museum - Details
August 01 - December 24, 2014
Ubiquitous: Migration of Pathogens
Although a recent graduate of The University of Montana with an MFA in Drawing, Caughey has never strayed far from her background and training as a biochemist. This remarkable exhibition is
inspired by tracking the routes that pathogens take as they travel throughout the world.


Art in Public Spaces
Missoula Art Museum - Details
August 19, 2014 - August 19, 2015
Art in Public Spaces
Two of Missoula Art Museum's most important supporters are Missoula County and the City of Missoula. The County provides MAM with invaluable operational funding and fine arts insurance while the City, as official owners of the building, provides rent-free occupancy and key maintenance and building care. These are just some of the myriad ways that both of our local governments are committed to nurturing the quality of life and economic activity that a lively arts and heritage-centric community offers.


Above The Fruited Plain: Ledger Drawings By Dwayne Wilcox
Missoula Art Museum - Details
September 04, 2014 - January 04, 2015
Above The Fruited Plain: Ledger Drawings By Dwayne Wilcox
Above The Fruited Plain: Ledger Drawings By Dwayne Wilcox


Kate Hunt: Recent Works
Missoula Art Museum - Details
September 12, 2014 - February 21, 2015
Kate Hunt: Recent Works
MAM is thrilled to share this exhibit of work by one of the West's most important and innovative artists: Kate Hunt. Hunt has mastered transforming an everyday material that is usually used once then discarded into a powerful medium. She uses newspaper to create formally and conceptually strong sculptural works of varied shape, thought provoking content, and strange beauty.


Elizabeth Dove: Corpus of the Unknowable
Missoula Art Museum - Details
September 23, 2014 - January 31, 2015
Elizabeth Dove: Corpus of the Unknowable
This intimate exhibition of nine works from the Corpus of the Unknowable series was created in 2004 by Elizabeth Dove, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Montana. Dove incorporates text into her graphic works as a way of exploring memory and knowledge. She states, "I have been cutting up a dictionary for several years now, letter by letter, and saving the definitions to use in artwork. Corpus of the Unknowable displays about a hundred of these cut-up definitions; each print holding text dust behind a skin-like surface. Selecting dictionary definitions and then cutting them up talks about a perpetual search for meaning, the patient digestion of enormous qualities of information in an effort to understand, the impossibility of stabilizing knowledge."


Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts: Selected Works
Missoula Art Museum - Details
October 17, 2014 - March 21, 2015
Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts: Selected Works
Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts is a nonprofit organization aimed at providing opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. Crow's Shadow's growing and extensive collection and archive is the source of this traveling exhibition of more than 45 prints presented here. With an emphasis on contemporary, fine-art printmaking, they also function as a venue for traditional Native American art practices of the Plateau region. Formally, their mission is to provide educational, social and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development.


Missoula Art Museum - Details
October 19, 2014 - January 05, 2015
Montana Triennial: 2015 Call for Submissions
Montana artists are invited to submit artwork for consideration in the Missoula Art Museum's 2015 Montana Triennial. The exhibition will be featured in MAM's Carnegie Galleries during the summer of 2015. The intent of the juror, Peter Held, is to curate a cohesive exhibition that reflects the quality of contemporary art in the state. MAM will produce a full color catalogue, sponsored by the Montana Cultural Trust, featuring images as well as an essay by Peter Held. In keeping with our dedication to supporting and nurturing working artists there is no submission fee and MAM will negotiate shipping in cooperation with all accepted artists.

The call for submissions will open October 19, 2014. Look for the call and apply online at:
www.missoulaartmuseum.org.The deadline for artists to submit to the triennial is January 5, 2015.


Pat Zentz: Trio
Missoula Art Museum - Details
October 21, 2014 - March 28, 2015
Pat Zentz: Trio
Trio is a sound installation artwork donated to the Missoula Art Museum in 2011 by Billings art collectors and connoisseurs John and Carol Green. The Greens are avid collectors of Montana art. Concerned that too many artworks by Montana's best and brightest artists were leaving for out-of-state museums and private collections, the Greens have made a focused effort to ensure that significant works of contemporary ceramics, painting and sculpture remain in Montana, available for the enjoyment of Montanans.


Heavy Metal from The Collection
Missoula Art Museum - Details
December 01, 2014 - April 04, 2015
Heavy Metal from The Collection
Come on in and take a look at this small, lobby exhibit featuring four pieces of steel sculpture by two accomplished artists: Ted Waddell and Manuel Izquierdo.


Fifth Grade Identity-In A Box!
Missoula Art Museum - Details
December 01, 2014 - March 13, 2015
Fifth Grade Identity-In A Box!
This year students involved in the 28th Fifth Grade Art Experience were inspired by the work of artist Kate Hunt and encouraged to experiment with materials, found images, paint, wire and wax to create boxes that expressed who they are.


Missoula Art Museum - Details
December 31, 2014
First Night
Times: 12-4 PM
Join us for the following performances to celebrate First Night:
Noon to 1 pm: Blue Hour Jazz Ensemble
1:30 to 2:30: Sid Gustafson (Author reading prose and talkin bout horses)
3 to 4: Michael & Keleren Millham (Folksy guitar duo from Spokane)
Location: Missoula Art Museum


Ruby Jubilee Auction Exhibition
Missoula Art Museum - Details
January 06 - February 04, 2015
Ruby Jubilee Auction Exhibition
The exhibition will open January 6 with the Ruby Jubilee Auction occurring at the UC Ballroom Saturday, February 7. Sponsored by U.S. Bank


Saturday Family Art Workshop: "What If"
Missoula Art Museum - Details
January 10, 2015
Saturday Family Art Workshop: "What If"
Times: 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Inspired by artist Kate Hunt and her curiosity with materials, you will experiment with different ways of manipulating materials using wax, wire, twine, hot glue, paint, and weaving to create small scale-sculptures.
Teachers: Isabelle Tutwiler


After School Art Adventure I

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Missoula Art Museum - Details
January 13 - February 17, 2015
After School Art Adventure I
Times: 3:45-5:15 PM
Young artists will work with Bev on a variety of two and three dimensional projects including clay sculptures, oil pastels and tempera scratch drawings. For ages 7-11 ( 6 consecutive Tuesdays)
Teachers: Bev Glueckert
Price: $50.00
Members: $45.00


Artist Reception & Auction Preview
Missoula Art Museum - Details
January 15, 2015
Artist Reception & Auction Preview
Times: 5-8 PM
Artist Reception & Auction Preview: January 15, 5-8 PM
Location: MAM



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Missoula Art Museum - Details
January 20 - February 17, 2015
Understanding Color
Times: 12-3 PM
Stumped with how color works? Can't quite get that tone matched? This class is helpful for artists of all persuasions ----- painters, interior and graphic designers, decorators and for those who just want to get a better grasp at color use and mixing. (Note: This class meets for five consecutive Tuesdays)
Teachers: Marilyn Bruya
Price: $125.00
Members: $112.00


Understanding Color

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Missoula Art Museum - Details
January 20 - February 17, 2015
Understanding Color
Times: 12-3 PM
For ages 16 and up // Tuesdays for five weeks
Stumped with how color works? Can't quite get that tone matched? This class is helpful for artists of all persuasions ----- painters, interior and graphic designers, decorators and for those who just want to get a better grasp at color use and mixing. Students will learn about colors in nature and how to create color relationships and color schemes. As an artist and art professor for most of her life Marilyn is an expert at color mixing and use. .
Teachers: Marilyn Bruya
Price: $125.00
Members: $112.00


Teen Art Workshop: A Place Undone
Missoula Art Museum - Details
January 21, 2015
Teen Art Workshop: A Place Undone
Times: 4-6 PM
A Place Undone with Kate Lund
Class will start by looking at the work
of artist Julie Mehretu, who creates
large-scale works based on architectural
drawing. You will do your own drawing of
a place that is important to you, learning
to draw "emotions" associated with that
place. Please bring a photo of a building
with which you are familiar. Kate is a UM
graduate student studying painting.
Teachers: Kate Lund


FGAE Volubteer Appreciation
Missoula Art Museum - Details
January 23, 2015
FGAE Volubteer Appreciation
Times: 10 AM
We would like to thank our wonderful art guides and teachers for a terrific 28th FGAE. Contact Renee Taaffe at reneet@missoulaartmuseum.org for more information.


Ticketholder's Champagne Reception and Tour
Missoula Art Museum - Details
January 29, 2015
Ticketholder's Champagne Reception and Tour
Times: 5 PM
Ticketholder's Champagne Reception and Tour. Enjoy this private preview of the fabulous auction artworks. Curators and artists will describe the works and answer questions. Hors d'oeuvres and music will help create the pre-auction party atomosphere before the 43rd Benefit Art Auction at UM on February 7, 2015.
Location: MAM


MAM's Ruby Jubilee: Celebrating Four Decades of Contemporary Art
Missoula Art Museum - Details
February 07, 2015
MAM's Ruby Jubilee: Celebrating Four Decades of Contemporary Art
Times: 5 PM
MAM's Ruby Jubilee: Celebrating Four Decades of Contemporary Art, Saturday, February 7, 2015, 5 PM, The University of Montana University Center Ballroom // 3rd Floor, Committee Co-Chairs: Jennifer Boyer and Jeff Crouch. Presenting Sponsor US Bank
Location: University of Montana, UC Ballroom


Big Sky Interactive Opening Reception
Missoula Art Museum - Details
February 10, 2015
Big Sky Interactive Opening Reception
Times: 5-8 PM
Big Sky Interactive, a part of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival at MAM, hopes to broaden perceptions about what documentaries are, and what stories can be told with them with this exhibition. The films call upon their viewers to become participants in their creation. Everyone is welcome.


Big Sky Interactive
Missoula Art Museum - Details
February 10 - February 20, 2015
Big Sky Interactive
Big Sky Interactive A Part Of The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival At MAM
Documentaries, at their heart, are a reflection of reality. The features exhibited here are as much an exploration of the possibilities of documentary filmmaking as they are of their individual subjects.


Saturday Family Art Workshop: Simple Printmaking
Missoula Art Museum - Details
February 14, 2015
Saturday Family Art Workshop: Simple Printmaking
Times: 11 AM - 12:30 PM
After visiting the Crow's Shadow Print exhibit and looking at the various ways of making prints, you will head to the classroom to create your own prints using styrofoam, pencils, inks, and rollers.
Teachers: Isabelle Tutwiler


Theo Ellsworth: Thought Clouds
Missoula Art Museum - Details
February 20 - June 26, 2015
Theo Ellsworth: Thought Clouds
Ellsworth is a self-taught artist, comics creator, and elaborate storyteller. He is also a painter, sculptor, mixed-media artist, as well as an illustrator. MAM is thrilled to share a cross section of more than 50 original illustrations to celebrate his first solo museum exhibition. The selected works will be representing a cross-section of his publications.



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February 21, 2015
Experimental Printmaking ( Relief Process)
Times: 12-4:30PM
Particpants will design a printmaking surface using hot glue and other materials. This workshop is suitable for both experienced and non-experienced printmakers. Feel free to bring sketches or images you want to work with. The focus will be on experimenting with the various and fun possiblitiies of ink, color and texture!
For ages 16 and over.
Teachers: Bev glueckert
Price: $40.00
Members: $36.00


After School Art Adventure II

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Missoula Art Museum - Details
February 26, 2015
After School Art Adventure II
Times: 3:45-5:15 PM
"Casting Thoughts for the Future" is the theme Janaina has chosen for this session. Young artists will create plaster casts of body parts, hands, feet, and noses, and these will be the start of a larger sculpture. Kids will also look at the work of Theo Ellsworth and use his art as inspiration, creating stories by sketching and
cartooning.
Teachers: Janaina Vieira-Marques
Price: $50.00
Members: $45.00


Art Guide Training: Theo Ellsworth
Missoula Art Museum - Details
February 27, 2015
Art Guide Training: Theo Ellsworth
Times: 3 PM
Art Guide Training: Meet with artist Theo Ellsworth, 3 PM, as he talks about the creative impulse around his illustrations and stories.


Renée Brown: Profusion
Missoula Art Museum - Details
February 27 - June 20, 2015
Renée Brown: Profusion
Missoula-based artist Renée Brown is no stranger to the ceramics community, and we are excited to present her first solo MAM exhibition. The exhibition explores the natural world, with Brown reexamining stones and minerals which so fascinated her in her youth. It is no coincidence that the installation feels like a mineral show. A mature ceramic artist, Brown has been attracted to the natural compositions in gems, minerals, and stones, and in exploring the resulting vision.



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Missoula Art Museum - Details
February 28, 2015
Experimental Printmaking ( Intaglio process)
Times: 12-4:30PM
Participants will be able to continue from the previous week or start fresh with this class. Class will work on a producing a plastic printmaking plate and will incorporate intaglio techniques (cutting, incising).
Teachers: Bev Gueckert
Price: $40.00
Members: $36.00


March First Friday
Missoula Art Museum - Details
March 06, 2015
March First Friday
Times: 5-8 PM
March 6
Renée Brown's exhibition explores the natural world by re-examining the stones and minerals that so fascinated her in her youth. A mature ceramic artist, Brown has been attracted to the natural compositions in gems, minerals, and stones, and into exploring the resulting vision. Join her at 7 PM for a gallery talk.


Theo Ellsworth Book Signing
Missoula Art Museum - Details
March 07, 2015
Theo Ellsworth Book Signing
Times: 1-3 PM
Theo Ellsworth Book Signing
Featuring The Understanding Monster Book One and Two as well as volumes of Capacity. Refreshments courtesy of BlackCoffee


Heroes Are Gang Leaders
Missoula Art Museum - Details
March 13, 2015
Heroes Are Gang Leaders
Times: 9 PM
A language and sound-based literary hip-jazz-blues trio featuring Thomas Sayers Ellis (poet*), James Brandon Lewis (saxophone), and Luke Stewart (bass). Part avant-garde, part standard "in the tradition" trio, performances include instrumental mash-ups and strange brews ranging from Prokofiev to Sun Ra.
Price: $25.00
Members: $15.00


Art Guide Training: Renee Brown
Missoula Art Museum - Details
March 13 - March 15, 2015
Art Guide Training: Renee Brown
Times: 3 PM
Art Guide Training
Meet ceramic artist Renée Brown, 3 PM, as she discusses her new exhibition.


Big Sky High School Art Club
Missoula Art Museum - Details
March 13 - May 29, 2015
Big Sky High School Art Club
MAM has asked the high school art students from Big Sky High Sky to share their work in MAM's Education Gallery. The majority of students are involved with the High School Art Club, and others are students from the advanced art classes. Thanks to Big Sky art reachers Dustin Hoon and an DeGrandpre for helping to organize this exhibit.


Four Decades Of Collecting: Selections From The Permanent Collection
Missoula Art Museum - Details
March 13 - April 18, 2015
Four Decades Of Collecting: Selections From The Permanent Collection
This eclectic selection of artworks showcases a 40-year tradition of giving art to the Missoula Art Museum's permanent collection. Artists, individuals, and estates have contributed over the years to
developing a body of painting, sculpture, print, ceramic, photography, and textiles that capture the variety, dynamism, and genius of contemporary art in Montana.


Saturday Family Art Workshop: Crystallography
Missoula Art Museum - Details
March 14, 2015
Saturday Family Art Workshop: Crystallography
Times: 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Artist Renée Brown will walk you through her ceramic sculpture exhibition of imagined mineral and crystal forms. Then, in the classroom, Renée will help you create your own gorgeous crystals and mineral compositions using paper, paint, and other materials.
Teachers: Renee Brown


Members' Saturday Coffee
Missoula Art Museum - Details
March 21, 2015
Members' Saturday Coffee
Times: 11 AM
All members are invited to a Saturday morning conversation with MAM Registrar Ted Hughes. Ted will present a brief slideshow in MAM's Goldberg Library highlighting the history of MAM's Permanent Collection and some of the important Montana artists featured in the collection.


April First Friday
Missoula Art Museum - Details
April 03, 2015
April First Friday
Times: 5-8 PM
Theo Ellsworth's work touches people of all ages through engaging illustrations and surreal storytelling. The exhibit contains a cross-section of more than 50 original illustrations celebrating his publications.


Jeneese Hilton: Raven Reviewing Modern
Missoula Art Museum - Details
April 03 - August 22, 2015
Jeneese Hilton: Raven Reviewing Modern
St. Ignatius artist Jeneese Hilton is a painter's painter. Her lush canvases of expressively applied paint deftly capture light and color, form and content. The themes of her paintings are richly layered, drawing from myth, history, literature and spirituality, the personal and the communal. Imagery from her own Blackfeet tradition recurs, with creatures suggestive of Native American animism and sacredness, such as the horse, turtle, raven, bison, and bear. The fields of thick color and compelling forms invite the viewer to ponder and find meaning in the paintings.


Members' Preview: Andy Warhol
Missoula Art Museum - Details
April 08, 2015
Members' Preview: Andy Warhol
Times: 5:30 PM
Join us for a very special member event hosted by MAM and the Roxy Theater. We will start at MAM with a preview of Andy Warhol Collection: Museum of Art/WSU and gallery talk by UM Professor of Art, Matt Hamon. Then we'll all load into a bus and head over to the theater for dessert and to view the first part of Andy Warhol: A Documentary.
Location: MAM


Andy Warhol Collection: Museum of Art, WSU
Missoula Art Museum - Details
April 09 - August 15, 2015
Andy Warhol Collection: Museum of Art, WSU
In 2008, the Museum of Art/WSU was awarded a gift of 100 original Polaroid photographs and 50 silver gelatin prints by Andy Warhol from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The gift derived from the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, which sought meaningful homes in museums across the United States for selections of more than 28,500 of his photographs.


Community Ties Gala
Missoula Art Museum - Details
April 11, 2015
Community Ties Gala
Times: 5 PM
Please join us for Community Ties, an elegant progressive event to collectively celebrate the anniversaries of the Missoula Art Museum, Carousel for Missoula, Missoula Children's Theatre, Missoula Symphony Orchestra, Garden City Ballet, and String Orchestra of the Rockies. Please visit missoulaartmuseum.org for tickets and more information.
Location: MAM


Drawing and Painting Exploration

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Missoula Art Museum - Details
April 11, 2015
Drawing and Painting Exploration
Times: 1-3 PM
Saturdays, April 11 - May 2, 1-3 PM, Ages: 8 - 12, $45/40.50
Students will learn basic observational drawing skills, as well as proper use of watercolor paints. Employing techniques such as blind contour drawing and the use of salt, rubbing alcohol, and plastic wrap with watercolor, students will see how happy accidents make for exciting results. Line, form, texture, color, and value will be explored as students expand their technical and problem-solving skills, and have fun being exposed to new materials and ways of making art.
Teachers: Bayla Laks
Price: $45.00
Members: $40.00


Saturday Family Art Workshop: Book Sculpture
Missoula Art Museum - Details
April 11, 2015
Saturday Family Art Workshop: Book Sculpture
Times: 11 AM - 12:30 PM
Book Sculpture with Jolena Ryan Using old text books to create a 3-D sculpture, you will fold the pages into different patterns and make the books come to life as magical sculptures.
Teachers: Jolena Ryan


Art Guide Training: Andy Warhol
Missoula Art Museum - Details
April 13, 2015
Art Guide Training: Andy Warhol
Times: 3 PM
Art Guide Training: Warhol Photo Discussion
Learn about the impact Andy Warhol has had on contemporary art with MAM Registrar Ted Hughes.


Lecture: Portraits That You Can't Mess Up"Andy Warhol's Big Shot Photographs
Missoula Art Museum - Details
April 16, 2015
Lecture: Portraits That You Can't Mess Up"Andy Warhol's Big Shot Photographs
Times: 7 PM
Join Valerie Hedquist, Ph.D., Professor of Art History and Criticism, for a talk about Andy Warhol's photographs. Open to everyone.


Andy Warhol: A Documentary Pt. II
Missoula Art Museum - Details
April 29, 2015
Andy Warhol: A Documentary Pt. II
Times: 7 PM
Warhol and Cinema: Andy Warhol: A Documentary, 7 PM, Roxy Theater, Free
View the second half of the four-part documentary by Rick Burns at the Roxy Theater.
Location: Roxy Theatre




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