Quadrennial: Spectacular Buckles from the US and Abroad

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Quadrennial: Four Years of Spectacular Buckles from the U.S. and Abroad

Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, November 14th – Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
Reception: Thursday, November 16th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Helen E. Copeland Gallery
213 Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717
https://hecgallery.com
Main Contact: Ella Watson, Gallery Director
Ella.watson@montana.edu
(406) 994-4501

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of Quadrennial: Four Years of Spectacular Buckles from the U.S. and Abroad on exhibit from Tuesday the 14th until November 21st,. A public reception will take place on Thursday, November 16th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, which is located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall. This free event is open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Quadrennial is an invitational exhibition of belt buckles by former participants of  “The World Championship Belt Buckle Competition:” an annual juried, virtual, and online exhibit, highlighting contemporary work within the belt buckle format. Bryan Petersen, the founder of The World Championship Belt Buckle Competition, and current professor of the Metals Department at MSU, is thrilled to have the physical buckles on display as year after year the exhibit has been a virtual one with a one-year online presence.

To create a physical archive of the competition, past WCBBC participant and juror, Nash Quinn, has designed a catalogue available through Blurb books that will be released in time for the exhibit’s opening.  Local Bozeman author Michele Corriel has written a forward for the catalogue. The array of artistic techniques highlighted in this exhibition include:  illustration, plastics, exotic materials, 3-D printing, fused glass on metal, lapidary, and lost wax casting. Contemporary buckle artists comment on narrative themes, gender issues, politics, technology, religion, mythology, and mortality, among many other themes.

This four-year project has taken advantage of our Northwestern Regions culture and lifestyle.  WCBBC has helped fund high-profile visiting artists for the MSU Metalsmithing program, bringing in new jurors annually.  WCBBC is the only exhibition of its kind in that it promotes contemporary art buckles, and elevating the discussion for what form a belt buckle can take.  Petersen has used the Monatana regionalism and cowboy stereotype to bring the world to Bozeman: buckle contestants are from across the globe. Finalists have come from UK, Switzerland, Mexico, Turkey, and Costa Rica to name a few.
According to Petersen, “The biggest challenge of is connecting with these artists and what continues to motivate me to host the event.  Making an effort to promote the event worldwide is tough: there is a Facebook page and WCBBC is advertised on Klimt 02, a European website for jewelers out of Spain.  Mostly my job has been stalking buckle makers with an online presence and inviting them to submit to the juried competition.  During the six months leading up to the first competition, I can remember setting a goal of contacting at least 5 new artists a night.  Now it is easier since the event has a reputation and following, plus there is $500 in prize money, a chance at online exposure, and the possibility to be included in a physical catalog.”

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).

 

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DETECTING AMBIENT PRESSURE: An MFA Thesis Exhibition by Xander Clinthorne

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DETECTING AMBIENT PRESSURE: An MFA Thesis Exhibition by Xander Clinthorne
Exhibition dates: Monday, November 6 – Friday, November 10
Reception: Thursday, November 9 from 6:00pm-8:00pm
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 presents an MFA thesis exhibition by Xander Clinthorne at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery on the second floor of Haynes Hall. The art reception is free and open to the public.

On display is one artists interpretation of gathered creativity exercise results. Artwork will be exhibited in a dark room. If you do not have a smart phone with a flashlight, please bring a light.

Julie Grosche, MSU International Artist-in-Residence, at the HECG

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Between Dog and Wolf: International Artist-in-Residence, Julie Grosche
Opening Reception, and Artist Lecture
Exhibition dates: Thursday, November 2nd
Artist Lecture: Thursday, November 2nd, 4:30 – 5:30 PM in Leon Johnson Room 339 on MSU Bozeman Campus
Reception: Thursday, November 2nd, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Helen E. Copeland Gallery
213 Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717
https://hecgallery.com/
Main contact: Ella Watson, Gallery Director  

The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of Between Dog and Wolf  by Julie Grosche, the MSU School of Art International Artist-in-Residence, at the Helen E. Copeland located on the second floor of Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT. The film that French artist has been creating during her residency will be on view November 2nd and 3rd.   The public reception will be held on Thursday, November 2nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Preceding the reception, on November 2nd from 4:30-5:30 pm, Grosche will present an artist lecture in Room 339 in Leon Johnson Hall on MSU Bozeman Campus.

Grosche has been filming Between Dog and Wolf during her one month residency at MSU.  While dwelling in Bozeman, Grosche has traveled to the Pryor Mountains, Yellowstone, Hyalite Canyon, and other Montana locations to illustrate her narrative.  Using volunteers and students in the fictional film, Grosche’s research investigates the Medieval myth of the supernatural horse, Bayard.  A horse of extraordinary talents, Bayard is depicted in texts from the 12th – 19th centuries in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.  Believed to be the progeny of a serpent and dragon who was freed from a mythical volcanic island, Bayard earned the ire of King Charlemagne by elongating his back and ferrying four knights who were escaping the king. Given to Charlemagne as a peace-offering for the offense, Bayard was thrown in the bottom of the Rhine with heavy stones around his neck.  Escaping this death, Bayard fled into the Ardennes Forest and, according to legend, can be heard neighing in the forest during the summer solstice.

Grosche transposed this myth from the European forests onto the landscape of Montana – itself a mythic site in the Western and American imagination. Fusing the image of the wild mustang and Bozeman local knowledge of the lands and horses, Grosche filmed the wilds of the Montana autumn to reconstruct a new legend:

“This piece is about dissecting an ancestral object filled with collective and personal memories, a key to the evolution of humanity, the dream of a young child, a strong animal often attributed to girl’s dreams, a vehicle, a weapon of war but also an image. The horse has always been portrayed by artists who fascinated by them, never stopped reproducing them. Like a sculptor, I’m defining it’s contours and through different stories, legends, and relations as I construct a new image.”

Between Dog and Wolf is a single-channel film accompanied by song and music created by Julie Grosche and musician Airport. Students have joined Grosche on outdoor ventures, learning from a career artist.  Gathering volunteers to demonstrate behaviors such as wrestling, breathing, and running in a pack-like manner, Grosche’s film tells the story of humans making a new way of life, as from the viewpoint of that mystical horse:

“Between myth and a cult I really try to interrogate systems of beliefs. Believing into a magical horse, reality TV, believing that we make empathetic choices, that the wind or solar energy is the future. In this video, a new group gather around a new belief, a new trend, a new diet, they codify their new religion built around worshipping a horse.”

Julie Grosche (b.1986, France) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and Richmond, VA and is a graduate of Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art in Dijon, France. Grosche has exhibited internationally including in NYC, Barcelona, Paris, Brussels, Cleveland, MIami, and Los Angeles. She co-founded PMgalerie in Berlin; Bcc, an itinerant curatorial platform; and ASMBLY based in NYC. She is the director of the Summer Studio Program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

For more information on Julie Grosche and her work, please visit www.juliegrosche.com.

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).

For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in general, please follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/msuhecg.) For more information, please email the Gallery Director, Ella Watson at ella.watson@Montana.edu or call the School of Arts at (406) 994-4501.

 

 

 

 

 

Layered Expressions at the HECG

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Layered Expressions: Pat Lambrecht-Hould & Juliane Ketcher

Exhibition dates: Monday, October 9th – Thursday, October 26th, 2017
Reception: Thursday, October 26, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Helen E. Copeland Gallery
213 Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT 59715
Main contact: Ella Watson, Gallery Director  

The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of Layered Expressions: Pat Lambrecht-Hould and Juliane Ketcher at the Helen E. Copeland located on the second floor of Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT. The show will be on exhibit Monday, October 9th to Thursday, October 25th. A free and public reception will be held Thursday, October 26th  from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

On view will be a variety of works by painter, Pat Lambrecht-Hould and fiber artist, Juliane Ketcher. Pat Lambrecht-Hould, is a mixed media painter, produces the majority of her works on canvases with gold, copper, or silver leaf on them, using the reflective qualities of the material as an element in her paintings. Juliane Ketcher is a mixed media artist, but will be presenting Sculptural fiber works that are produced through a variety of techniques, including felting. Juliane and Pat met 30 years ago and started their artist journey together, culminating in this show.

Pat Lambrecht-Hould received her formal training at the University of Montana, Montana State University, and Eastern Montana College. Lambrecht-Hould teaches, jurors, and lectures for groups across the country between sessions, Pat paints out of her Studio in Lakeside, Montana. Lambrecht-Hould’s experimental approach generates abstractions that celebrate luminescence and hue variation.   According to Lambrecht-Hould, “My work is about a journey, primarily abstract…it incorporates a love for color and experimentation with mixed media. I work on very large canvases that are gold, copper, and silver leafed using the leaf as a reflected light source for many intriguing acrylic glazes over each area…it’s exciting and constantly changing with one’s natural light source…the work is a process of layering, with multiple design elements incorporated into the paintings…It is truly a fusion of many layers of leafing, collage and acrylic glazes.”

 Juxtapositioning Lambrecht-Hould’s experimental technique, the work of Juliane Ketcher has topographical and travel roots.  In 1970, Ketcher joined Pan American World Airways as a flight attendant and moved to the USA. Extensive worldwide travel allowed her to study a myriad of artistic expressions and ethnic forms. Ketcher’s art is a creative diary of her travels and childhood experiences:

A flight attendant for many years, I saw the world from above. I was forever fascinated by the splendor of the land. It appeared as a huge patchwork of geometric shapes, a grid of squares within squares, connected by curvilinear movements created by rivers, farming patterns and transversal lines of infrastructure. My art evolves from these inner visions. The connection I experience with my work is a unique journey that weaves together past and present insights.

I am searching for a oneness within myself, my creativity, and the soul of the viewer.

Presently, Ketcher resides in Prescott, Arizona and Lakeside, Montana.

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).

For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in general, please visit  https://hecgallery.com or follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/msuhecg.) For more information, please email the Gallery Director, Ella Watson at ella.watson@Montana.edu or call the School of Arts at (406) 994-4501.

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Bozeman Collectors Show

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Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, September 19th – Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Reception: Thursday, September 21, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Helen E. Copeland Gallery
213 Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717
Main Contact: Ella Watson, Gallery Director
 

The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce Bozeman Collectors Show at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT. The show will be on exhibit Friday, September 19th until Wednesday, October 4th, 2017. The reception is Thursday, September 21, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, as will a full cash bar.

On view will be a variety of works from four local collectors: Jonnie and Bruce VanLandingham; The Collection of Professor Emeritus Willem Volkersz and Diane Volkersz; collectors Kristi Dunks and Richard Nelson of the Silver Bow Art Museum; and retired diplomat, Ross Rodgers and MSU’s KGLT Radio Manager, Ellen King-Rodgers. The exhibition, hung salon style, will include works by artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Noah Massey, Gene Davis, Gail Singer, José Bartoli, Sergio Gonzales Tornero, and Robert E. Smith, and more.

According to Michele Corriel in her article “Collector’s Eye:  Native American folk Art Collector, Bruce VanLandingham” in Western Art and Architecture, “With a vast knowledge in the history and authenticity of their collection, Bruce and Jonnie VanLandingham have been passionately collecting art for more than 40 years. Since opening Sundog Fine Art in 2014, they have successfully brought the traditions of Native-American and western folk art, as well as its contemporary fine-art forms to the Bozeman scene. From Navajo textiles and found objects to contemporary paintings and photographs, the VanLandingham’s collection showcases the relationship between yesterday’s western works with those they have inspired today.

When asked to describe their own collection, Bruce VanLandingham had this to say:

“We collect art. Passionately”

Complementing these will be American folk and outsider works belonging to collectors Willem and Diane Volkersz. “I have collected since childhood,” Willem tells, “I still have a coin collection that I started in the 1940’s. I now collect ceramic objects, globes, and other “found objects” that then become an integral part of my sculpture.  Together, Diane and I have collected many things, a.o. quilts, contemporary American folk art, tinware, ceramics and work by contemporary Montana artists.” The Volkersz recently donated 38 objects to the Missoula Art Museum and 372 to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. No stranger to MSU, Professor Emeritus Volkersz is a renown artist himself with an explorative familiarity of the American West which his personal collection certainly personifies. Willem Volkersz–American Landscapes is currently at the Oats Park Art Center in Fallon, Nevada through mid-November.

Also contributing to the exhibition, Ross Rodgers and Ellen King-Rodgers’ collection is “very eclectic, with emphasis on American modern and contemporary, Asian art, and support for local artists.” The couple states,  “We hang wall art salon style and, in our small home, have long since run out of space on the walls for more, so that collecting anything new means taking down something already there.” As world travelers and art lovers, they collect everything from Depression era glass to Nepalese religious icons.  Greeted by their flirtatious cats and dogs (who will lick your ear from above while you view the work hanging over the staircase), guests in their home can sense their earnest love of art in their collection. Personal items such as small paintings by Ellen’s mother, to works by A-list artists, to stylized finds from yard sales and local fairs, Ellen and Ross’ collection shows their opposing aesthetics, while converging to illustrate a marriage full of mutual appreciation for the other’s unique tastes.

 

Lastly, Kristi Dunks and Richard Nelson collect art, both individually and as a couple. A former engineer and consummate art lover, Richard Nelson has a history as a printmaker himself.  When viewing the work adorning every inch of their home (even the closets),  Richard regales guests with personal anecdotes of the artists, as he has befriended many of prolific creators through the years.  In conjunction with Silver Bow Art, the couple dedicates their time to the preservation and curation of recently produced artworks from around the world. They both strongly believe that “To have a house filled with beautiful spirits, friends, and artwork, seems like something good to do,” but the couple begs the more important question, “What do you think?”

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).

 

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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