Each weekday from October through January, hundreds of fifth graders from Missoula County Public Schools and beyond will spend the first three hours of their day at MAM interfacing with Cathy Weber's exhibition, Understory/Overstory, and then create their very own bird sculpture project using air dry clay.  The opportunity to work directly with Cathy Weber will impact students on a deeper level, connecting them directly to her artistic process, her creative problem-solving complexities, and the inspirations and challenges that she and most artists encounter when making art. Learn more about the artist in this video produced by Slikati Photo + Video.

Cathy Weber from Slikati on Vimeo.

If you are interested in scheduling a fifth grade tour please contact Jenny Bevill, Educator/Coordinator.


MAM is excited to introduce a new educational initiative this year: professional development trainings for teachers, teaching artists, and Art Guides. These hands-on workshops will connect individuals with the core values and mission of MAM and share best practices in the field. Selected works in the Collection and works on view will provide enrichment opportunities for arts educators in our community.

Professional Development Workshop: How do Artists Respond?

Join us for an experiential workshop led by MAM’s new education team, Jenny Bevill and Kay Grissom-Kiely. Participants will explore the ideas behind Philip Guston’s controversial 1969 painting Cigar that Guston created shortly after he rejected the limitations of abstract expressionism and returned to figurative painting. This shift allowed him to comment more explicitly on the social and political climate of the time. In this workshop we will explore many of the ways in which artists respond through materials, to one another, and to current issues in the wider world. There will be a gallery tour and a hands-on art-making experience.

For Teaching Artists
September 12, 4–6 PM

This training is for current MAM Teaching Artists or individuals interested in teaching classes or workshops at the museum. Contact Jenny Bevill at [email protected] for more information or to register.

For Classroom Teachers
2 PIR Credits Offered, October 18, 1–3 PM

Are you an MCPS or independent school teacher in Montana? Do you enjoy art and want to learn more about how artists think and work? Do you want to incorporate the creative process into your classroom? MAM can help! What might responding look like for you and your students? Contact Jenny Bevill at [email protected] for more information or to register.

For Art Guide Volunteers
Tuesdays: September 4, 11, 18, 25, 8:30–10:30 AM

Are you interested in leading tours of museum exhibitions for all ages and joining our stellar group of beloved volunteers? Would you like to gain professional training in interpretive strategies? We'll provide you with the necessary tools, skills, and practice to help generate discussion and deepen the viewing experience for visitors and students in the Fifth Grade Art Experience. Jenny Bevill and Kay Grissom-Kiely offer trainings for new and returning Art Guides. Trainings include an orientation to MAM’s inquiry-based interpretive strategy. A minimum of one training is required to lead tours.

For Education Volunteers
Thursday, September 6, 4–5 PM

Would you like to work with professional teaching artists and exhibiting artist in the classroom during the Fifth Grade Art Experience or a scheduled class or workshop? Education Volunteers assist with a variety of art classes and workshops for all ages and abilities while gaining training in best practices in art education.

New Art Education Team Comes to MAM- June 2018
Missoula Art Museum has hired a Curator of Education and an Educator/Coordinator who will work collaboratively to deepen the museum’s educational and public programs. As the new Curator of Education, Kay Grissom-Kiely has returned to MAM to lead the educational vision for the museum and Jenny Bevill will take on the position of Educator/Coordinator.

Kay was Director of Education at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago and has been committed to arts education throughout her career. She worked at MAM previously as development director and grant writer. She has an extensive background in art, with a master’s degree in art history, theory, and criticism in modern and contemporary art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she focused on contemporary women artists of Cuba, and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Depauw University in Indiana. While in Chicago, she worked at Marwen and Gallery 37, both inner-city arts centers. She completed a curatorial internship for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, as well as internships in museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art in Indianapolis. Kay brings experience designing and implementing teen mentorship programs in the arts, curriculum-based arts integrated programs, jobs-training programs in the arts, and other interpretive programs from institutions with nationally recognized arts and museum education programs.

Jenny Bevill joins MAM mid-May as the new Educator/Coordinator. She has a master’s degree in art and art education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in illustration from Parsons School of Design. She worked for 10 years at the Guggenheim Museum as a teaching artist and mentor in their Learning Through Art Program, and previously as lead teaching artist in many programs, including an Annenberg Grant through The Center for Arts Education in New York City. Since 2015, Jenny has led professional development training for teachers across the state. She has worked with Flathead Valley Community College, Humanities Montana, the Montana Arts Council, and the Montana Office of Public Instruction to develop online courses in arts integration and to provide experiential instruction in teaching for creativity, social emotional learning, mindfulness, and current best practices in the art classroom.

Are you an art teacher or an art enthusiast who is interested in getting more involved in art education at MAM? Contact Educator/Coordinator Jenny Bevill for more information.

Montana Treasures : Jaune Quick -to -See Smith and Rudy Autio

MAM now has a broad assortment of online cross-curriculum lesson plans and activities associated with two premiere artists from the MAM Permanent Collection: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Rudy Autio. Please feel free to use any of these materials, which will enrich and guide your students in a greater understanding of Montana culture and its artistic legacy.

Learning Through Art:Corwin (Corky) Clairmont and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

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