Bozeman Collectors Show

 

 

Bozeman Collectors Show

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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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).