The Missoula Art Museum seeks art teachers for its afterschool classes, Saturday and weekend programs, the Summer Art School, and the Fifth Grade Art Experience.

We are looking for art teachers who are serious about making their own art and communicating their knowledge of the creative process to others, both children and adults. Teaching experience and art expertise are necessary.

Please send a resume, teaching philosophy and images of your artwork to Renee Taaffe, Curator of Education, Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee, Missoula, MT 59802 or call 728-0447 for more information. Preference is given to experienced teachers with advanced degrees in art or art education.

About MAM Teachers

Bev Beck Glueckert lives and works in Missoula, Montana. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout Montana and the Northwest region, as well as nationally. She has been an art instructor and workshop facilitator for adults and children for over 25 years. Bev has served as adjunct faculty in drawing and printmaking at The University of Montana and The University of Great Falls. Bev is a member of the SALTMINE artists group,

She holds a BA degree from the University of Idaho and a MFA degree in printmaking from the University of Montana. She recently participated in a 5-person NW printmakers exhibition at The Prichard Gallery at University of Idaho.

Kate Davis began life with a love of animals and by junior high school in 1973, she was caring for mammals and raptors with the Cincinnati Zoo Junior Zoologists Club. She provided educational programs at the zoo and in the community, as well as illustrating their publications and doing taxidermy work.

After locating in Missoula, Montana in 1978, Kate received a degree in Zoology from the University of Montana in 1982. She founded the non-profit educational organization Raptors of the Rockies 27 years ago, and keeps 18 non-releasable and falconry birds at the facility at her house. Formal programs with these raptors number 1550 for more than 125,000 people, young and old alike. These birds are the subjects and source of inspiration for her photography, drawings, paintings, etchings, welded steel sculptures, and writing.

Her first book Raptors of the Rockies, came out in 2001 and Falcons of North America hit the stands in 2008. Raptors of the West Captured in Photographs won the National Outdoor Book Award. Her fourth book Bald Eagle Nest-A Story of Survival in Photographs came out in 2013 – a nest that fledged four young, a very rare feat. Her latest book, American Kestrel: Pint-sized Predator features 100 photographs in 6 chapters including kestrels in the Twenty-first Century. As the saying goes, “Gotta Love a Kestrel.”

Kate and Bev Glueckert have held Raptors and Art for Kids workshops for a dozen years or more, a spring staple at MAM.

Steven Krutek studied art at Colorado College, the University of Montana, SALT Institute for Documentary Field Studies, and with photographer Stuart Klipper.

Steven teaches drawing, two-dimensional foundations, photography courses, and art education courses at the University of Montana. He has also taught elementary and secondary students in various capacities since 1997.

Steven has exhibited work throughout the Inland Northwest and recently exhibited work in Tokyo at the Ricoh RING CUBE gallery. He was selected to present work at the Society for Photographic Education's 43rd national conference in Chicago. Steven’s work has also recently been selected as the cover image for a collection of poems, Earth Again by Chris Dombrowski and for publication in The Sun Magazine.

Bayla Laks was born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley and now lives in Missoula, MT. While pursuing a career in illustration, Laks studied in countries all over the world, including Italy and Mexico, and at the Camberwell College of Arts-University of Arts London. She has a BFA from the Hartford Art School in Connecticut and has taught painting, drawing, printmaking, and bookbinding to all ages, including coordinating shows for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities. Laks’ exhibition history includes The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY, the National Heirloom Exposition in California, and the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Melissa Madsen is a Montana native who received her BFA from Cornish Institute of Art, Seattle Washington. She has taught art for numerous nonprofit art organizations and schools in Washington and Montana. She currently is the Flagship program coordinator at Willard Alternative High School. Her recent work includes two traffic boxes on the streets of Missoula and a mural for the children’s room in the new Montana Natural History Center.

Jennifer Rudio Ogdenstarted as a teaching assistant at the Imagination Station children’s art center in Missoula and later taught art at a sailing camp in Puget Sound. She guided tours and conducted art lessons at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs contemporary art gallery and after college joined the faculty at the Bemis Art School at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Jennifer is a K-12 art certified teacher. She was the summer arts coordinator for the Missoula Family YMCA for three years and also taught art workshops for Evergreen Kids Corner Summer Explore program. Jennifer has been teaching summer workshops at the MAM for many years, more recently collaborating with a naturalist and a fiber artist. Some of her favorite art workshops included special use of MAM’s permanent collection, access to live insects from Missoula Butterfly House and specimens from Phillip L. Wright zoological museum. Jennifer has been teaching art at Victor Public Schools since 1995.

Erin Roberts has been teaching at Bonner School for twelve years, working with special needs students at first, then she began the art program here a few years later, which is now thriving, serving the entire school, kindergarten through eighth grade. Erin received her undergraduate degree from UM and was lucky enough to serve as Bobby Tilton’s TA during my tenure. She has been teaching at MAM since she was an undergrad. Erin graduated from The Creative Pulse in 2014, granting her an MFA. She has displayed hery artwork locally, huge paintings inspired by color and nature, life adventures, and my experience living in Santa Fe. Erin's most recent work has been a response to where she wants or needs to be. She is looking forward to getting into more sculptural pieces this summer that take a look more deeply into our obsession with collections.

Shelley Reisig and Martha Elizabeth began marbling together in the nineteen-nineties. They've taught marbling to both adults and children. ("Marbling" is to float paint on thickened water and print on paper laid on top.) Shelly taught middle school English in Seattle after graduating from the University of Washington. She has worked as a bookbinder in Missoula for twenty years while raising children and helping with the family business. Her love for the book arts led her to investigate marbling at Colophon Book Arts. She recently returned from a bookbinding workshop at the American Academy of Bookbinding.

Martha earned a BA in drama at UVa, an interdisciplinary MA at University of North Texas, and an MFA in creative writing at University of Montana. She taught introductory college English along the way, studying art as research for writing and somehow becoming an artist. She works in various media but is best known for marbling--faces, flowers, scarves and cards. She has taken classes in marbling paper and fabric at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Shelly's traditional training and Martha's experimental sensibility complement one other as they create unique paper. They plan to make one-of-a-kind books.

Jolena Ryan is a Montana native that attended The U of M. She completed a BFA in photography and painting and also minored in art history. Upon completion of her BFA she moved to Boston, MA where she attained a Masters of art education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She taught art in Somerville, MA for short time and was eager to move back to Missoula. Since her return she has taught afterschool and weekend workshops, along with summer and spring art camps for the last two years and is excited to continue. She is always altering and adapting curriculums according to current exhibits, trends and new fun creative ideas.

Patricia Thornton: Artist Statement: “For the last twelve years I have been working on a mixed media collage series I call, Misfits, Monsters and Pretty Things. I created my cast of anthropomorphic characters to communicate with artists who inspire me, and to playfully explore societal dysfunctions and natural beauty. Currently I make videos with my toys, using vine and iMovie. I create dioramas for these characters, photograph them, and then make drawings and prints from these same scenes. These still and animated vignettes are like comic strips. My characters go on adventures, interact with nature, and they make people laugh.”

Tim T. Thornton was born and raised in Eagle Rock, CA a small suburb of Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the California College of Arts in 1984. Upon leaving art school, he found full time employment as a scene painter in Hollywood painting set and backdrops for film, television, and theater. He was later hired by the University of California, Berkeley, as a charge scenic artist for the Performing Arts program.

In 2005, he relocated to Montana with his wife, Patricia, where they have made a home in the supportive and lively community that is Missoula. His large scale paintings are in serval collections, and have been featured in the Missoula Art Museum’s annual auction.

Janaína Vieira-Marques is a Brazilian-American visual artist and a teaching artist who has called Missoula, MT home for the last 8 years. She brings a multi-cultural perspective to all of her work.

Mrs. Vieira-Marques began her career in graphic design and then film production for leading international agencies in Brazil. As a visual artist she has exhibited her work several galleries. She has collaborated with Choreographer Amy Ragsdale on the Bus Tour and has founded the Missoula Mandala Project .She is currently an artist in residence in Missoula Public Schools through the Spark program for arts integration and is a teaching artist at MAM. She earned a BA from Panamericana de Artes in São Paulo, Brazil and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Montana in 2013. In 2015 she was selected to participate in the National Seminar for Teaching Artists in Washington, D.C.

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