The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to present Red Apples: Faculty and Staff 2019, on view Wednesday, January 9th – Friday, February 1st in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall on the Bozeman campus. In conjunction with Across the Divide at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena from January – April, Red Apples will display the many techniques and media used by the School of Art faculty and staff.
Every three years, the Helen E. Copeland Gallery hosts an exhibition of work by the School of Art faculty and staff to allow every cohort of students to see the work of their mentors. Such exhibitions illustrate that artists often straddle two careers: one of passion (their practice) and one to economically support their practice. Artists are self-driven members of the community, who attempt to balance their responsibilities and professional obligations with their purpose and passion.
Across the Divide at the Holter Museum of Art will feature the same artists, as well as the faculty and staff in the School of Art at University of Montana in Missoula. Combining forces, the faculty and staff of both universities hope to highlight the importance of Fine Art to the Montana public, as well as legislators and lawmakers. According to Gallery Director, Ella Watson, “There is no competition between Missoula and Bozeman for the Arts. I think that both communities understand the importance of art advocacy and in the end, both schools are quite intertwined. What is good for Missoula is good for MSU, and adversely, both universities are impacted by funding cuts at the other university.”
The list of artists providing work in Red Apples is as follows:
For Red Apples, Professor and Director of the School of Art Vaughan Judge chose a photographic piece entitled “Sisyphus” which sheds light on the irony of toxic masculinity in the 21st century. A Neo-conceptualist photographer, Judge’s work captures tableaus of his design, in which every detail is a conscious decision, ultimately tallying to a larger commentary on the ills of society. Judge is also celebrating his newest publication, Undergraduate Research in Art published by Routledge Press.
Dean Adams, nationally and internationally shown ceramicist provides an eclectic look to his pieces of phallic interpretation in ceramics. Using humor to make his subject matter more approachable, Adams provides a commentary on how unbridled masculinity does not need to be pornographic, abusive, or reactive. With his wide array of ceramic work, along with his many roles in organizations such as the Wild Clay Research Project at MSU and Integrative Teaching International, Dean mentors students on not just artistic practice, but also how to be successful through many varying ventures and ideas.
Drawing and Painting professor Rollin Beamish’s sophisticated use of graphite enmeshes his political and social commentaries, often with ironic qualifications. His pieces are as profoundly skillful and as they are conceptually layered, and often bring attention to the architecture of the gallery space through his use of wall stencils and vinyl applications. Hours can be spent of his work, deciphering the puzzling meanings and relationships between images and texts.
Graphic designer professor, photographer, and author Jeffrey Conger has been providing a first-hand, behind the scenes view of motor sport photography for over the past 20 years. Having written and photographed for more than all the major motor sport publications, Conger produces vibrant depictions of racers, bikers, cars, and cycles. In Red Apples, Conger provided three images from his Salt Flats portfolio.
Ceramic Professor, Josh DeWeese states, “I am inspired and challenged by the art of pottery and strive to make work that is successful on multiple levels. I want my pots to be well designed and comfortable to use; to be rich with ceramic wonder; seductive to behold; and to have reference to history and the field of ceramic art to spark the imagination.” DeWeese’s signature style investigates painting on three-dimensional forms, as can be seen by the five salt-fired jars in the exhibition.
New this academic year, Graphic designer and architecture specialist, Ashley Fuchs engages questions of locality and environment through her work. By creating interactive pieces that facilitate both modern technology and older techniques, Fuchs attempts to acknowledge the locality of the gallery space and the local identity of the community.
Ceramic professor, Jeremy Hatch, who also has an exhibition at Old Main Gallery in Downtown Bozeman, recontextualizes childhood iconography through his impeccable use of slip-casted porcelain.
Like the fluidity of water, Gesine Janzen has a body of work that flows through the soul. A primarily woodblock printmaker, Janzen focuses largely on movement and line work through the bold lines of excavated wood grain. Coming off of her recent sabbatical, in Red Apples, Janzen has chosen a large scale Sumi ink watercolor from her body of work that researched “water” in all its forms in the Northwest.
Though her painting medium of choice is encaustic, Painting professor Sara Mast, facilitates multiple mediums to provide the viewers an opportunity for exploration and discovery. Often collaborating with other artists or scientists, Mast uses animation, film, and sculpture to engage the viewer in interactive installations that are both entertaining and educational. Her CAVE collaboration will be on view in the new Norm Asbjornson Hall this spring.
Through the expression of graphic design, print, and typography, Graphic design professor Meta Newhouse empowers her students to use graphic design to solve relevant problems. In her own work, Newhouse employs sense of nostalgia using letterpress to reference pop cultural such as her pieces Red Apple. In this exhibition, multiple letterpress pieces of movie titles in Italian are hung salon style, providing the viewer with glimpse of Newhouse’s masterful ability to pair type face with cinematic personality.
When looking closely into the issues of popular culture, the plight of native people, and colonialism, one should look at the work of Metals professor, Bryan Peterson. Using sustainable materials such as tin, Petersen considers the cultural associations in his material choices with the over arching conceptual intention of his work. For Red Apples, Petersen is exhibiting jewelry that references the impacts of EPA deregulation though color and material.
Through the innovative use of cold wax and oil paint that is applied and removed with clay tools, Gallery Director Ella Watson is inspired by local nature, though her work is autobiographical. In Red Apples, Watson is exhibiting two works she began during SLAM this past summer. However, her overall practice is becoming more socially and politically centered, as she has been inspired by MSU students in her role as co-advisor for the Black Student Union. Watson also has work on display at the YAM; her first year being included in the museum’s annual auction.
With the works of Jim Zimpel, personal experience is translated from memory to sculpture. A master woodcrafter, Zimpel’s works are also autobiographical, though there is social commentary surrounding masculinity in his work. For Red Apples, Zimpel is presenting his newest creation: an 8’portable basketball hoop rendered in lumber—an exquisitely crafted piece that her created just for this exhibition.
For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, please visit https://hecgallery.com or follow us on Facebook under the Helen E. Copeland Gallery.
The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located at 213 Haynes Hall on the second floor of Haynes Hall, across from the Aasheim Gate off of 11th, with the Ski Swing out front. Please note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM-6PM). Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, (9:00 AM – 5:00PM/ Closed on weekends. For more information, visit www.hecgallery.com, email the Gallery Director, Ella Watson at email@example.com, or call (406)994-4501 during business hours.