Fields: Work by Rachel Hayes and Ron Johnson

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The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the exhibition Fields: Work by Rachel Hayes and Ron Johnson at the Helen E. Copeland located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT.  The show will be on exhibit Friday, August 11 to Friday, September 15, 2017.

On view will be the abstract acrylic paintings of Ron Johnson, a recent Pollock and Krasner Award winner, and fabric installations by Rachel Hayes, the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors. The two artists create work that is a departure from the normal interpretation of landscapes seen in Montana, focusing on light and shape over direct representation.

IMG_5958emailRon Johnson, is a painter based out of Richmond, Virginia and Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. In the Romantic tradition, every summer Johnson drives out west in his truck with his dog for two weeks to seek inspiration.  With the great American love of the open road and the freedom that comes with it, he photographs the mountains, deserts, meandering rivers, etc.  Back in his studio, he translates these images in paintings into organic forms and layers, mimicking not just the colors and shapes, but also references the geologic eons.  Time layering behind time, layered behind time.  Johnson’s paintings are vibrant, engaging and bring a new perspective on interpreting the American landscape. Johnson has shown across the country in NYC, Columbus, OH, Denver, Richmond, and also internationally in Paris France.

IMG_6907Rachel Hayes is a nationally recognized artist based out of Kansas City who creates fabric structures that vibrantly explore painting processes, quilt making, architectural space, light, and shadow. Because of the large-scale nature of her installations and her interests in painting and the craft of sewing, Hayes’ work is a balance of power and fragility. While her work obviously questions contemporary social and cultural issues of fashion and gender, her installations in nature take on an ephemeral note.  Trained as a painter, Hayes’ work examine layers of color upon color, creating new hues and translucencies. Her exuberant tones as well as reflection of colors engage the landscape in new ways, bringing attention to the characteristics of the terrain in which the work is placed.  Hayes has exhibited in the Sculpture Center in NYC, The Nerman Museum in Overland Park, KS, and has attended numerous artist residencies including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in Brooklyn, NY, Roswell Artist-in-Residence in Roswell, NM, and the Art Omi International Artists Residency in Ghent, NY.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall.  Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM).

Helen E. Copeland Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM / Closed on weekends

For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in general, please visit http://hecgallery.com or follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/msuhecg).

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Zack Babat: Work from 2008- 2016

babat image150The School of Art at Montana State University in conjunction with SLAM  is pleased to announce the opening of “Zack Babat: Works from 2008- 2016” at the Helen E. Copeland located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT.  The show will be on exhibit Wednesday, July 19th  – Friday, July 28th, 2017.  Though the exhibition is brief, please come celebrate the life of the work of the late Zack Babat, who passed last year during a plane crash.  He was 44.  This is surely a show for which to make time from a busy day.

 Babat was a professional painter in Southwestern Montana. The animals of the American west are his great love.  His inspiration came from his time spent guiding in Montana and Alaska. Babat painted exclusively with water media, drawing from his life’s experiences in the outdoors. Babat started painting in 2008 and was self-taught finding his while flying and guiding in Alaska and Montana. He loved to paint the personality of the animal, not just the horns, claws or fins; he believed the personalities is what made the animals of the West magnificent. Babat’s artwork brings joy and sometimes laughter to all who have the pleasure of viewing it. His artwork has been selected for the CM Russell Art Auction and he painted at the National Wildlife Art Museum Plein Air.

 According to his wife, Kerry: The time he spent outdoors with animals drove him to paint and gave him a unique perspective into their behaviors that most people never get to see. Even though nature can be cruel, it can have a softer funnier side. Zach told many stories about animals behaving in almost childlike ways. In each of his paintings, he tells a story that he witnessed. When Rainbows Attack recreates a scene from one of Zach’s first days in Alaska over 25 years ago. To quote Zach, “Where I grew up, trout were little fish that ate bugs; in Alaska I found these same fish to be giant voracious carnivores. Here is a scene where a pod of rainbows chase a school of salmon smolt onto a gravel bar, while defending their lunch against invading birds (Arctic terns) looking for an easy meal. Truly wild life, enjoy.”

According to local esteemed artist DG House: During my 22 year career as a full time professional painter, I can look to a handful of fellow wildlife artists who are working at the highest level. Zach Babat was on the top of the list. When I told people they needed to see his work I’d always say because he’s the real deal. However, I know they didn’t need to hear it from me. All you had to do is look at the work. Out in nature, there are various stories going on all around you all the time. Zach knew how to capture these moments in one piece and marry them together into one big story. He was the master of this because of the years he was immersed in the wild lands of the West. He was my colleague, my art compadre and a talent rarely seen. 

To read more of Kerry Babat’s interview, click this link to read the article in Distinctly Montana. http://www.distinctlymontana.com/zach-babat-art

Zach, a cherished Montana artist located in Whitehall, was originally from New York and painted exclusively in water media. He also worked as a hunting guide and was a bush pilot in Alaska for a time.  Unfortunately, at the age off 44, he met an untimely death in a plane crash last September in a mid-air collision.  The School of Arts, Helen E. Copeland Gallery, and SLAM are so happy to display the work of this skillful artist.

SLAM (Support Local Artists and Musicians) is a non-profit dedicated to education in the arts, and promoting and showcasing the artistic, performance and musical talents of the state in an environment that enriches and involves the community. Currently, SLAM sponsors scholarships for high school students, bike racks that by local artists, our bi-yearly art festivals, and now, our new art space.

Also on view in the HECG is “From the Vault—Prints and works on Paper from the Archives.” On view are works from the MSU School of Arts Archives.  Most of the works are prints, including the works of Dufy, Fran Noel, Gesine Janzen, F.G. Grunger, and selections from a London Print exchange organized by Robert Rohyl, and works from the 2008 Mid America Print Council Conference entitled, “What!? A Woodblock?”  Also on display are Japanese woodblock prints and silk screens believed to be donated by Olga Ross Hannon.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall.  Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM).

Helen E. Copeland Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM / Closed on weekends

For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in general, please visit http://hecgallery.com or follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/msuhecg).

For more information on this showcase, if you are interested in showing work at SLAM Space, or for information on SLAM in general, http://www.slamfestivals.org or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SLAMFestivals/

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MSU Art Guilds at Summer SLAM

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It is that time of year again: time for relaxation in the sun, good music, good food, and good art.  It is time for SLAM, which will be taking place in Bogart Park on Saturday and Sunday, August 5th and 6th.  For the second year in a row, SLAM has invited the MSU Art Guilds to present at the Emerging Artist Tent.  In addition, some of our students will be showing their skills at the Ceramic-o-thon on Sunday afternoon.

Come support our growing student artists as they hone their business skills at this event while enjoying the Bozeman summer.  The guilds represented will be the Metalsmith Guild, Ceramics Guild, Printmaking Guild, and the Painting Guild.

We will see you there!

For more information on SLAM, or if you would like to volunteer to help artists in your community, visit  http://www.slamfestivals.org/or follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SLAMFestivals/

 

From the Vault- Prints and works on paper from the Archives

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The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of “From the Vault—Prints and works on Paper from the Archives” at the Helen E. Copeland located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT.  The show is on exhibit now util Friday, July 28th, 2017.

On view are works from the MSU School of Arts Archives.  Most of the works are prints, including the works of Dufy, Fran Noel, Gesine Janzen, F.G. Grunger, and selections from a London Print exchange organized by Robert Rohyl, and works from the 2008 Mid America Print Council Conference entitled, “What!? A Woodblock?”  Also on display are Japanese woodblock prints and silk screens believed to be donated by Olga Ross Hannon.

Process exhibited include etching, lithography, screen prints, digital prints,  and woodblocks.  The exhibit is an excellent assortment of images, displaying the breadth and value of the MSU Art Collection.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall.  Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM).

Helen E. Copeland Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM / Closed on weekends

For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in general, please visit http://hecgallery.com or follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/msuhecg).

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Transmigration: The Work of Terry Karson

Spring 2017 BFA Thesis Exhibition

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2017 Spring BFA Thesis Exhibition
Exhibition dates: Monday, April 17 – Friday, May 5, 2017
Reception: Friday, May 5, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Helen E. Copeland Gallery
213 Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717
Main contact: Ella Watson, Gallery Director
Ella.watson@montana.edu
(406) 994-4501

The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 Spring BFA Thesis Exhibition at the Helen E. Copeland located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT.  The show will be on exhibit Monday, April 17  to Friday, May 5, 2016.  The Friends and Family Reception is Friday, May 5, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, as will a cash bar.

On view will be the thesis works of 10 emerging artists graduating with their Bachelors Degrees in Fine Art. A number of disciplines will be represented: drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and sculpture.

For BFA graduates, the thesis exhibition represents an important transition period from student to working artist. It marks an end to academically assigned work, and the beginning of their individual research and artistic maturity. The exhibited works synthesize the growth of each artist over their years spent at MSU.

The following students will be in the exhibition: John Joyce, Wil Harning, Chelsea Lipscomb, Owen Adams, Adeline Celenza, Connor Bigford, Melissa Livingston DiGiovine, Isaac Helvey, Kira Mari, and Stahsha Lach.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall.  Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM – 6PM).

Helen E. Copeland Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM / Closed on weekends

For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in general, please follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/msuhecg).

 

This week at the WY Gallery — Melissa Dawn

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Events:            Reminiscence Movement Workshop, Exhibit, and Reception Dates:              Movement Workshop: Sunday, April 2, 2017 10am-2pm
Exhibit: April 3-7, 2017
Reception: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 5-7pm with movement sharing at 5:30pm Gallery:            Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery at the MSU-Bozeman Melvin Graduate Art Studios
2998 West Lincoln Street
Contact:           Melissa Dawn, (406) 579-9189
melissa.dawn.artist@gmail.com www.melissadawnartist.com

Reminiscence, a solo exhibit of hand-pulled prints, drawings, and photographs by Melissa Dawn will be exhibited at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery April 3 – 7, 2017.

A movement workshop will be held on Sunday, April 2nd from 10am – 2pm to coincide with the installation of the exhibit.  Last year Melissa Dawn’s dance quartet, also titled Reminiscence, premiered at IndepenDANCE at The Ellen Theatre in Bozeman, MT. She will share how text was used during the process of creating the dance, and participants will create movement phrases based on their own writing about personal memories.  These phrases will be joined into a sequence that will be shared along with Reminiscence at an informal showing during the reception for the art exhibit.  The workshop fee is $15. Registration by Monday, March 27th is preferred, but registration will be open until filled.

A reception will be held on Tuesday, April 4th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  At 5:30 there will be an informal movement sharing of the phrase sequences created at the workshop held on April 2nd and the quartet Reminiscence. This event is free and open to the public.

Reminiscence explores text, movement, and memory.  Dawn’s creative process in dance and art often begins as a response to writings that resonate with her.  The contemplation of the literary works informs her artistic practice by deepening her examination of memory, relationships, anxiety, desire, and the sensuous experience of movement and life. A reminiscence is not just a memory.  It is by definition a memory shared, and psychological studies have shown it aids in the consolidation of memory and can even change one’s perception of the recalled experience.  After creating the dance Reminiscence she began a series of photographs, prints, and drawings that continue to examine the movement and writings explored in the dance. The exhibit shares these explorations.

For further information about the exhibit and to register for the workshop, visit www.melissadawnartist.com.