The Gradual Instant: MFA Thesis Exhibition for Michelle Osman

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The Gradual Instant: Michelle Osman, MFA Thesis Show
Exhibition dates: Monday, March 21 – Friday, March 25, 2016
Reception: Thursday, March 24, 2016;  6-8 PM
Helen E. Copeland Gallery
213 Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717
Main contact: Ella Watson, Gallery Director
(406) 994-2562

Montana State University School of Art and the Helen E. Copeland Gallery are pleased to announce the opening of The Gradual Instant: Michelle Osman, MFA Thesis Exhibition .  The Gradual Instant is the culmination of Osman’s artistic research over three years in MSU’s Masters of Fine Arts Program.   This exhibition is free and open to the public. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, March 24, 6-8 PM. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

The following is an excerpt from Osman’s well-refined artist statement:
“My initial attraction to the storms was the way they enter into my life.  Gusts of wind, lighting and changing weather insist on a certain degree of attention that blue skies do not.   They also hold my attention visually.  Over time my interest in storms has expanded to almost all of the skies ephemera. The specificity of the cloud formations manifest their temporality.  Watching a particular cloud formation, or a dramatic storm  I am fully present in the moment.   I see the connections between seemingly disparate aspects of my life.

In modern art the form that I like the least is the grid.  Power lines and human made intrusions into the sky became floor plans.  I had to investigate the thing I felt most viscerally opposed to.  I’m trying to integrate the lines and the vapors as metaphor, to make them resonate as inherently connected elements. I am erasing and layering the floor plans in an act of learning.  The storm stops the mind, if only briefly.”

Osman is from Wyoming.  She grew up in Costa Rica and came to Montana for college receiving a BFA in Painting from MSU in 2005.  After living and traveling around the West, with a three year stint in San Francisco, she has decided that Montana is home.  For more information regarding Osman’s work , she can be contacted via

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