Jessie Wilber: A Pioneer of Modernism in Montana

jessie posterThe Helen E. Copeland Gallery (HECG) and the School of Art at Montana State University are pleased to announce the exhibition, Jessie Wilber: A Pioneer of Modernism in Montana at the HEC Gallery, located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT. The show will be on exhibit Monday, March 5th through Thursday, March 22nd, 2018.  A Closing Reception and Lecture will be Thursday, March 22nd 2018 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Starting at 6:00 p.m. there will be a short lecture in Cheever Hall 215 (adjacent to Haynes Hall) by  Guest Curator Michele Corriel. The reception will follow in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery. This free event is open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

 

Jessie Wilber: A Pioneer of Modernism in Montana showcases many of Wilber’s woodblock reliefs and woodblock matrices. Funding to frame the collection of prints by Wilber, which are housed in the School of Art Archives, was provided by the Center for Western Lands and Peoples. Part of the 125th Birthday Celebration of MSU, this exhibition features the enduring art of one of the School of Art’s most legendary artists.

Born in 1912, Jessie Wilber has received praise and recognition for her contribution to introducing Modernism to the state of Montana along with contemporaries such as Robert and Gennie DeWeese, Peter Voulkos, Rudy and Lela Autio, George Conkey, and Frances Senska. Her contemporary approach of the time has lead her to be known best for her printmaking skills and subject matter which ranged from documentation of teepee patterns with Olga Ross Hannon, or her interpretation of musicians after her trip to Africa with Senska.  Within this exhibition, subject matter that has been pictured is from her home life here in Bozeman, depicting owls, cats, huns, and horses.

Wilber came to Montana State College in Bozeman after receiving her A.B. and M.A. at Colorado State Teaching College. She remained at Montana State as an art faculty from 1941 to 1972. Her artistry unfolded in Montana, working along her fellow peers like the DeWeese’s and Frances Senska as one of the earliest founders and teachers of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. By the 1950’s she became Director of the School of Art at Montana State University.

The legacy that Wilber left behind transcends her art and teachings, but her very impact on the community of Bozeman.  It is easy to find old friends and MSU students who tell stories of her graciousness, as well as a professor who cared profoundly for her students. 

Jessie Wilber left her mark on Montana as an artist who wanted to redefine, and allow for a modern interpretation of the western landscape, beyond the traditional representation of mountains and horses, but illustrating the world around her in the new and exciting aesthetic of the time.

In conjunction with the Celebration of the 125th, there will be a curator Lecture + Artwalk featuring Michele Corriel + John Brittingham on Thursday, March 22nd beginning at 6:00 pm in Cheever 215. Artwalk and receptions to follow include:

  • Jessie Wilber: A Pioneer of Modernism in Montana

Helen E. Copeland Gallery – Curated by Michele Corriel

  • Neutra in Montana:  the blurring of architecture + landscape

Cheever’s Main Gallery – Curated by John Brittingham

  • Bob + Gennie DeWeese:  Revisted

Dean’s Gallery (217 Cheever) – Curated by Josh + Tina DeWeese

Being exhibited concurrently with Jessie Wilber for the month of March, is a retrospective of the work of Robert and Gennie DeWeese in the Dean’s Gallery on the second floor of Cheever Hall, adjacent to Haynes Hall.

Finally, following Jessie Wilber: A Pioneer of Modernism in Montana is first of the three MFA candidates, Kelsie Rudolph who will be presenting her thesis exhibition Right Here, Over There from Monday, March 26th – Friday. March 30th, 2018.

Jessie Wilber will be on view from Monday, March 5th – Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery. The HECG is located 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, 9AM – 5PM/Closed on weekends.

For more information on this exhibition, Jessie Wilber: A Pioneer of Modernism in Montana, or on the Helen E. Copeland gallery in general, please visit www.hecgallery.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/msuhecg.

 

 

Photogram: Work by Former Faculty and Staff

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The Helen E. Copeland Gallery (HECG) and the School of Art at Montana State University are pleased to announce the opening of Photogram: Work by Former Faculty and Staff on exhibit Tuesday, February 20 through Thursday, March 1, 2018.  A public reception will be held Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, 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.

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Montana State University, Photogram: Work by Former Faculty and Staff showcases the work of 22 former members of the School and Art faculty and staff.  The exhibit begins with a watercolor by F.E. Marshall, the first head of the Art Department in 1894, and ends with the work of Stephanie Newman, graphic designer, who retired in 2017.  

Spanning the 125 years the department has educated Montanans in the creative arts, the showcase also includes works by Olga Ross Hannon, Harold Schlotzhauer, Deborah Butterfield, John Buck, Frances Senska, George Conkey, Willem Volkersz, Jesse Albrecht, Kathryn W. Schmidt, Robert Royhl, John Bashor, Rick Pope, Fran Noel, Jessie Wilber, Robert and Gennie DeWeese, Richard Helzer, Mary Anne Kelly, Anne Garner, and a special piece by Peter Voulkos.  Though the show is on display for a limited time, it features the enduring art of some of the finest artists Montana has to offer.

In addition, there will be a “timeline wall” dedicated to chronicling the rich history of the MSU School of Arts.  Posted on the wall with dates of importance, (such as building of the Archie Bray with the help of Rudy Autio, Voulkos, Senska, and Wilber in 1951 and the birth of KGLT radio in 1968) will be old photographs, building plans, exhibition posters, and other ephemera from the past 125 years.  Post-it notes will be provided for  visitors to contribute by posting events they feel are important to the expansive story of the School of Art in an effort to create a robust depiction of the institution’s history.

The exhibition is titled Photogram in hopes of illustrating the importance of teachers in creating the next generation of artists.  While searching for a title, Gallery Director and curator Ella Watson wanted to find an art process that personified the idea of taking parts to make a whole as each student adopts pieces of their professors to make their own voice.  Looking through the MoMA Glossary, she found this definition of photogram: a photographic print made by placing objects and other elements on photosensitive paper and exposing it to light.

According to Watson, “I was not content with a process that describes taking shreds of a whole and making into something new as in a collage or a montage.  The parts do not undergo a chemical change and they give the idea of a Frankenstein of a student.  Hence, I was enamored with the metaphor of a photogram: the students are the objects, the paper is MSU, and the light (in the true meaning of the Enlightenment) is the knowledge of the professors.  The resulting image is all its own, but not without the influence of the sun.”

Continuing the 125th Celebration of MSU, Photogram will be followed by Jessie Wilber: A Pioneer of Modernism in Montana, a retrospective of the work of Jessie Wilber and guest curated by Michele Corriel.  Funding to frame the collection of prints and woodblocks by Wilber, which come from the School of Art Archives, was provided by the Center for Western Lands and Peoples.  This exhibit will continue through March 22.

Finally, being exhibited concurrently with Photogram and Jessie Wilber for the month of March, is a retrospective of the work of Robert and Gennie DeWeese on display in the Dean’s Gallery on the second floor of Cheever Hall, adjacent to Haynes Hall.   

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). 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 at facebook.com/msuhecg.

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What is Vox Populi?
The title “Vox Populi” means “Voice of the People.” Vox Populi is the annual undergraduate juried exhibition, which takes place at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, located on the second floor of the School of Art Haynes Hall on the Montana State University Bozeman campus. The juried competition is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled at MSU Bozeman, to showcase the diverse range of art methods, techniques and skills of the MSU student body.  In addition, the jurying process is meant to encourage and inform students about professional practices.

When is Vox Populi taking place?
The exhibition dates are Monday, February 5 th – Thursday, February 14 th (2 Weeks).  There will be a public reception on Thursday, February 8th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Who may submit artwork?
Any current undergraduate student enrolled at MSU Bozeman. This includes Special Students.

Who will be this year’s jurors?
Dalton C. Brink, Artistic Director of the Rialto and Founder of the Cottonwood Club
Bruce VanLandingham,  Executive Director of Sundog Fine Art
Greta Hagg, Managing Director of Sundog Fine Art

What is the raffle?
There will be a drawing for raffle prizes for entries; you will receive one raffle ticket per completed entry form.  Your work does not need to be accepted into the exhibition to win a raffle prize.  The winning tickets will be drawn at the opening reception on Thursday, February 8th at 7:00 pm.  Please note that you must be present at the reception to collect your prize.

I was accepted into the exhibition. When can I collect my work after the exhibition?
The exhibition dates are Monday, February 5 th – Thursday, February 14 th.  You may collect your work on Friday, February 15th from 9am – 5pm.  Please note that due to the lack of storage space, work must be collected at the above mentioned times. The gallery is not responsible for lost or damaged art.

Where can I find the most current information regarding Vox Populi?
On this website and the Helen E. Copeland Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Fay Peck: American Expressionist

poster flowers webThe Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of Fay Peck: American Expressionist on exhibit from Monday, January 8th – Wednesday, January, 24th, 2018.  A public reception will be held on Thursday, January 18th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, in 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.

Fay Peck: American Expressionist is an exhibition of works from the prolific career of the late Fay Peck, an internationally shown painter and printmaker who spent the final years of her life with her family in Bozeman.  Showcasing landscapes, portraits, and nudes from the extensive career of this little-known gem, Fay Peck: American Expressionist displays a portfolio through a very strong and empowered feminine lens.

With large-scale landscapes rich in impasto and vibrant hues, Peck’s landscapes have a physicality that encompasses the viewers full visual frame. According to Franz Schulz in Art in America:

 “Her technique is unstintingly painterly: bold, impetuously brushed color areas are ungirded by a strong, even willful line.  To see this kind of painting in today’s cool, impersonal art environment is to be impressed by the force of Fay’s commitment and courage in fashioning a vision of her own.”

An excellent juxtaposition to her landscapes, Peck’s nudes are adorned with retro patterns of the 70’s.  Speaking to Second-wave feminism of the time, Peck’s female gaze allows for the nude women to be depicted in their imperfect form with wide thighs and cellulite, yet retain their beauty. These nudes are not demure nor stoic nor stolid, but approachable while still demanding the viewer’s attention and respect.

The portraiture of Peck is equally engaging.  Trusting in her single gesture line, Peck’s people have individual personalities, humble with flaws and imperfections.  Using oil pastel over monotype, her figures are comical and playful, bringing a smile to the viewer’s pate. Of her drawings and prints, Rainer Michael Mason in the Tribune de Genéve stated:

 “One feels an authentic personality, full of ardor […] Her drawings, which do not lack fullness, contrast a background of floral tapestry with bodies which make the whiteness of the paper sing.”

Fay Peck was born in 1931 and grew up in River Forest, Illinois, where she acquired a great love of nature.  Peck attended University of Miami, and continued her education at summer programs at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Oslo, Norway.  While keeping her own studio at her home in Illinois, Peck often painted en plein air in private meadows and the outdoors of Snowmass, CO.  She participated in print workshops at the Anderson Ranch in Aspen, CO and at the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, IL where she studied under Paul Wieghardt.  Describing her outdoor practice, Peck stated:

 “I drove to locations in my station wagon or my Harvester Scout, which I owned for about 20 years.  I would load the back up with heavy Masonite boards, two palettes with mounds of fresh oil paint, two easels, a folding chair, six TV tray tables, a large basket of oil paints and brushes, and one or two German Shepherds.  It would take about four days on location.”

Peck’s work is included in the collections of Robert B. Meyer, Founder of the Chicago Museum of Art; Rice University; First National Bank of Chicago; the New York Stock Exchange; Goldman Sachs; and various US embassies. She was married to her husband for 45 years and is survived by her four children and ten grandchildren. Peck passed away in 2016, but not before she saw her granddaughter, Carling Peck, graduate at MSU School of Art with a degree in graphic design.

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).

 

2017 BFA Thesis Exhibition

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Exhibition dates: Monday, December 4th   – Friday, December 15, 2017
Reception: Friday, December 15th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of the 2017 Fall 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, December 4th   – Friday, December 15, 2017.  The Public Reception is Friday, December 15th 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 six 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: Nettie Davis, Melissa Dawn, Hayley Drury, Raechel Haverstick, Lindsey Redmond, and Bradly Strock.

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

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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.