Spatial Dichotomy: Kovatch and O’Brien at the WYG

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Spatial Dichotomy: Nicholas Kovatch and Kelly O’Brien
Exhibition Dates: Monday, March 26th – Thursday, March 29th 2018
Reception: Wednesday, March 28th from 5:30 -7-30 pm
Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery
MSU Melvin Graduate Studios
2998 W. Lincoln Street
Bozeman, MT 59718

The Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery is pleased to announce Spatial Dichotomy an installation by Nicholas Kovatch and Kelly O’Brien.   This short, but worthwhile installation will be on display Monday, March 26th – Thursday, March 29th.  A public reception will be held Wednesday, March 28th from 5:30 -7-30 pm

Clashing solid forms with slinking fabrics, Nicholas Kovatch and Kelly O’Brien explore Spatial Dichotomy. With their unique three-dimensional practices, which explore specifics of material associations, visual contrast takes over the viewer’s perception. The dichotomy between their practices is stimulating; one utilizes materials that are considered construction grade, while the other employs soft, glitzy and artificial textiles. Kovatch and O’Brien create an immersive installation that brings attention to contemporary consumerism through the duality of art practices. Through placement of our works, we will prompt viewers to slow down and contextualize their surroundings through colorful materials and minimalist objects. This juxtaposition merges some of O’Brien’s site sensitive installations against Kovatch’s hyper-aware formalism.

About the Artists:

Kelly O’Brien and Nicholas Kovatch have been active artists in the Twin Cities area for the past five years. Kovatch, an alumnus of Montana State University-Bozeman, saw the call for exhibitions at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery and thought it was a great opportunity to return to his alma-mater with another extraordinary sculpture and friend, O’Brien.

Kelly O’Brien is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Contemporary Sculptural Practices at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, WI, and is an MFA Mentor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in MN. O’Brien has her MFA in Sculpture from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA and BFA in sculpture and painting and BA in philosophy from Buffalo State College, NY. Recent accomplishments include a 2015 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, nomination for a Joan Mitchell award, and a solo show review in ARTFORUM.com, and has been featured in New American Paintings, Midwest. Solo shows include SooVAC in Minneapolis, Kibbee Gallery in Atlanta, and an upcoming show at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Commissions include an educational installation for The Alliance Theater at the Woodruff Art Center, Atlanta, and a stage Installation for TEDxTalk, at TEDxPeachtree.

Nicholas Kovatch is an active sculptor, installation artist, and Adjunct Professor based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montana State University-Bozeman’s School of Art. Recent accomplishments are a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in 2014 and was a fellow at the Arteles Creative Center in 2016. Kovatch received his MFA in Visual Studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his work is currently exhibited at the Bemidji Sculpture Park in Bemidji, MN.

The Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery is located on the west side of 19th Ave. Head west on Garfield and take a left at the blue MSU School of Agriculture sign. Continue on the dirt road until you reach an intersection with another sign indicating the Melvin Graduate Art Studios located to the right. After turning right, pass the equestrian and Farrier building until you read the Melvin Graduate Art Studios. Please drive under 15 mph once you leave Garfield St.

Waller-Yoblonsky Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM / Closed on Weekends.

To schedule and appointment to see the exhibit, please email Ella Watson or the Gallery Managers, Victoria Burchill at victorialburchill@gmail.com or Alyssa Willard at alyssa_@q.com or visit http://www.hecgallery.com.

Mama: Angela Yonke at the WYG April 4th – 6th

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Exhibition Dates: Monday, April 2nd – Friday, April 6th, 2018
Reception: Friday, April 6th 5:30-7:30pm
Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery
MSU Melvin Graduate Studios
2998 W. Lincoln Street
Bozeman, MT 59718

Main contact: Ella Watson, Gallery Director
ella.watson@montana.edu
406.994.4501

The Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery is pleased to announce a very personal photographic show more than 14 years in the making.  Artist Angela J. Yonke will be showing her ongoing series called Mama: Healing Portraits featuring photographic, mixed media and video work April 2nd-6th. A closing reception will be held Friday, April 6th 5:30-7:30pm.

Through these images Yonke explores a complex relationship with her mother and family members, and the subsequent impact made by the illness and death of her mother on her work and life. Many images on display were taken during her mother’s struggle with cancer spanning 2001-2003. Until recently these photographs had not been printed, shown or shared by the artist, unable to contemplate the series and give it light.

Since printing these negatives Yonke has also produced a body of mixed media works combining photographs, painting, sewing and paper along with written pieces which serve to document her continuing story. Hand-made is a continuing technique and theme in Yonke’s work and connections between this skill taught to her by her mother are very present and connect the past and present. These words and pictures have served to give Yonke some healing and closure.

This work is incredibly vulnerable. It recognizes a great sense of loss and an emotional toll but also delves into the process of healing and is a celebration of life. The artist does not mean to shock or distress the audience with her images, merely put forth raw beauty and strength and tell her story. Art is about vulnerability and this is hers.

Proceeds from any sales of these works will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

About the Artist:

Angela J. Yonke is a photographer, art teacher and artist currently living mostly in Bozeman, MT. She has degrees in Art Education, Photography and Environmental Studies from Western Michigan University. She has taught Art and Photography since 2004 at public, private and non-profit organizations in Michigan, Chicago and Bozeman. Themes in her multi-media work deal with hands, gesture, humor, non-verbal communication and human relationships.

For more information: www.ayonkephotography.com
269-385-9035
yonkeangela@hotmail.com

The Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery is located on the west side of 19th Ave. Head west on Garfield and take a left at the blue MSU School of Agriculture sign. Continue on the dirt road until you reach an intersection with another sign indicating the Melvin Graduate Art Studios located to the right. After turning right, pass the equestrian and Farrier building until you read the Melvin Graduate Art Studios. Please drive under 15 mph once you leave Garfield St.

Waller-Yoblonsky Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM / Closed on Weekends.

To schedule and appointment to see the exhibit, please email Ella Watson or the Gallery Managers, Victoria Burchill at victorialburchill@gmail.com or Alyssa Willard at alyssa_@q.com or visit http://www.hecgallery.com.

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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

For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in general,  follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/msuhecg).