This week at the WY Gallery — Melissa Dawn

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Events:            Reminiscence Movement Workshop, Exhibit, and Reception Dates:              Movement Workshop: Sunday, April 2, 2017 10am-2pm
Exhibit: April 3-7, 2017
Reception: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 5-7pm with movement sharing at 5:30pm Gallery:            Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery at the MSU-Bozeman Melvin Graduate Art Studios
2998 West Lincoln Street
Contact:           Melissa Dawn, (406) 579-9189

Reminiscence, a solo exhibit of hand-pulled prints, drawings, and photographs by Melissa Dawn will be exhibited at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery April 3 – 7, 2017.

A movement workshop will be held on Sunday, April 2nd from 10am – 2pm to coincide with the installation of the exhibit.  Last year Melissa Dawn’s dance quartet, also titled Reminiscence, premiered at IndepenDANCE at The Ellen Theatre in Bozeman, MT. She will share how text was used during the process of creating the dance, and participants will create movement phrases based on their own writing about personal memories.  These phrases will be joined into a sequence that will be shared along with Reminiscence at an informal showing during the reception for the art exhibit.  The workshop fee is $15. Registration by Monday, March 27th is preferred, but registration will be open until filled.

A reception will be held on Tuesday, April 4th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  At 5:30 there will be an informal movement sharing of the phrase sequences created at the workshop held on April 2nd and the quartet Reminiscence. This event is free and open to the public.

Reminiscence explores text, movement, and memory.  Dawn’s creative process in dance and art often begins as a response to writings that resonate with her.  The contemplation of the literary works informs her artistic practice by deepening her examination of memory, relationships, anxiety, desire, and the sensuous experience of movement and life. A reminiscence is not just a memory.  It is by definition a memory shared, and psychological studies have shown it aids in the consolidation of memory and can even change one’s perception of the recalled experience.  After creating the dance Reminiscence she began a series of photographs, prints, and drawings that continue to examine the movement and writings explored in the dance. The exhibit shares these explorations.

For further information about the exhibit and to register for the workshop, visit


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The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of the Uno Omaha Exhibition: Selections from the Gary Day Collection 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 Tuesday, February 7th to Thursday, Feb 23rd, 2017.  A reception will take place on Thursday, February 23rd 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 cash bar.

On view will be a series of Prints from the Gary Day Collection, a body of work that was recently donated to the Helen E. Copeland Gallery archive.  The works selected vary from 1977 to 2010 and vary in print processes, concepts and styles.  Artists featured include John Buck, Robert Nelson, Trevor Ball, Alice Aycock and Karla L. Hackenmiller, Robert Barry, Matthew Rose and John Himmelfarb.

The donor of this collection, Gary Day, is an alum of the School of Art at MSU and he taught at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He was also the Director of the UNO Print Workshop and printed for a number of major artists whilst he was there. In 2015, Gary Day donated this substantial collection valued at $79,000 to the Director, Vaughan Judge, for the School of Arts collection and archive. The collection of prints that form the donation are also in recognition that most of his family members attended MSU and his father was an Assistant Dean of the College of Business for many years.  Gary Day studied mostly with Fran Noel, Bob DeWeese, and Jessie Wilbur. Their “patience” in his words: “is greatly appreciated and it would be nice to give a little back to the school”.


VOX POP IS NOW– Submission dates next week


Applications will be available on submission days, outside of room 217, or .right here.  Follow the link to a downloadable word document. 



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 Montana State University 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, January 23rd – Thursday February 2nd, 2017. There will be a public reception on Thursday, February 2nd, 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

Who may submit artwork?

Any current undergraduate student enrolled at Montana State University in Bozeman.

What types of artwork do you accept?

Any medium of artwork is acceptable. The artwork must be finished and ready for installation. If your artwork requires specialized equipment (i.e. headphones, screen, special installation hardware, etc.) you must provide the equipment along with your submission. Please do not submit any work that is not ready for install; for example, charcoals drawing that are not fixed, wet paintings, or works that are being exhibited elsewhere. All paintings must have a proper hanging device (ie, wire, French clip, etc.) Sticking a work of art on a nail is not acceptable and is unprofessional. Unless you have prior authorization from the Gallery Director, lack of a proper hanging device will disqualify the piece from jurying.

Does my 2D artwork need to be framed?

Although framed artworks are preferred, unframed work will be accepted only at your own risk: unframed work is prone to damage and the gallery will not accept responsibility for any damage to unframed art. Unless otherwise requested, works will be hung with t-pins or magnets.

May I submit an audio or video piece?

Absolutely! Audio and video pieces are always welcome. To submit A/V pieces, please complete and submit an entry form during the submission dates. After submitting your entry form, email your file or link to Label the subject line of the email with “VoxPop2017 [Your Name]” and include the title of the artwork in the email so the jurors have it for reference.

What if I want to submit a large-sized installation or sculpture?

Large scale works or installations will be accepted for submission, but keep health and safety in mind. All artists should take into consideration that their work must be safe in a public space. If your sculpture is unstable, toxic, or dangerous to the public, it will not be accepted.

If your artwork includes audio/video or is too large to move, you may submit documentation media (photograph, video, or audio file). To submit digital documentation, complete and submit an entry form during the submission dates. After submitting your entry form – email your media or link to Please label the subject line of the email with “VoxPop2017 [Your Name]” and please include the title of the artwork in the email so the jurors have it for reference.

Proposals for installation pieces, social happenings, performance, etc. should come with a description and or plan in the email. The more information the better, but keep it short and concise. Sketch out the installation, give a small video of the performance, etc so the jurors can get a clear idea of your piece. After submitting your entry form – email your media or link to Please label the subject line of the email with “VoxPop2017 [Your Name]” and please include the title of the artwork in the email so the jurors have it for reference.

Given that online submissions can be problematic, it is requested that you submit a copy of the work on a CD or DVD. It s also suggested that you submit your work earlier in the submission dates, that way if there are issues, we have three days to resove the problem before jurying on Friday, January 20th.

Where and when may I submit my artwork/s?

Turn in submissions in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery on the second floor of Haynes Hall.

There are two days to submit work:
January  18, and 19th, 9 am – 5 pm in the HECG.

May I schedule an alternate time to submit artwork?

No. Submissions will only be accepted on the dates and times listed above.

How many pieces may I submit and how much does it cost?

You may submit as many, or as few, pieces as you like. The submission fee is $8.00 per three pieces. Each additional piece is $3.00.

May I pay with credit card or checks?

No. Only cash will be accepted. Please bring exact change if you can.

Who will be this year’s jurors?

Dean Royce Smith, Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture.

How will I know if my work is accepted into the exhibition?

You will be notified by email if your work is accepted by midnight on Friday, January, 20th, 2017. If you do not receive an email, then your work was not accepted and you must collect your artwork by Monday, January 23rd by 5pm. We will be installing over the weekend, so work should be available for pick up Saturday and Sunday. Times will be specified at a later date. Please note that due to the lack of storage space, artworks must be collected at the above mentioned times. The gallery is not responsible for lost or damaged 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 2nd at 7:30 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, January 23rd – Thursday, February 2nd, 2017. You may collect your work on Friday, February 3rd 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.

I was not accepted into the exhibition. When can I collect my work?

You will be notified by email if your work is accepted by midnight on Friday, January 20th. If you do not receive an email, then your work was not accepted into the exhibition; you must collect your work by 5pm on Monday, January 23rd. 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?

So far we have acquired the following donations from the local community:



Keep posted for updates and prizes for the raffle!  We are adding more daily!



Call for 2017 iAiR open now. Deadline March 10th, 2017, midnight


iAiR 2017: Montana State University School of Art International Artist in Residence


To foster an environment of international artistic exchange while providing a rich working experience for the artist to practice and grow. The School of Art strives to cultivate a dialogue between the national and international art community and the community of Bozeman, Montana. The iAIR program at the School of Art is supported in part by the Beulah Glaze Waller Endowment.

From the Director of the School of Art:

We are a community of committed, creative people bound together by a shared understanding of visual language and a dedication to the enlightened understanding of visual culture and the histories that generate it. We are at the heart of Montana’s most influential and inventive artistic community, providing an energetic environment in which new ideas can flourish.

Founded in 1893 as the state’s land grant college, MSU’s School of Art was originally a center of creativity promoting good design for the manufacturing and craft industries. Our role has continually evolved and redefined itself to reflect the needs of the communities of which we are apart.

Now as then, our vision remains the same – to provide a world-class creative education, which makes a significant cultural, social, and economic contribution to the university; to the broader community; and to the global community as a whole.


Bozeman is the county seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state.  Bozeman has experienced a healthy pace of growth. Over the past 40 years, it has grown from the 6th to the 4th largest city in the state.  The area continually attracts new residents due to quality of life, scenery, and nearby recreation. In August 2010, Bozeman was selected by Outside Magazine as the best place to live in the west for skiing.

Bozeman is located at an altitude of 4,820 feet (1,468m). The Bridger Mountains are to the north-northeast, the Tobacco Root Mountains to the west-southwest, the Big Belt Mountains and Horseshoe Hills to the northwest, the Hyalite Peaks of the northern Gallatin Range to the south, and the Spanish Peaks of the northern Madison Range to the south-southwest. Bozeman is east of the continental divide, and Interstate 90 passes through the city. It is 84 miles (135 km) east of Butte, 125 miles (201 km) west of Billings, and 93 miles (150 km) north of Yellowstone National Park.

Montana State University is a Tobacco Free campus. It is the policy of MSU to promote the health, wellness, and safety of all employees, students, guests, visitors, and contractors while on campus. Therefore, the campus has been free of tobacco-use since August 1, 2012. The use of tobacco (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco and all other tobacco products) by students, faculty, staff, guests, visitors, and contractors is prohibited on all properties owned or leased by MSU, including:

  1. all interior space on the MSU campus and property leased by MSU, including the agricultural research centers and other remote sites;
  2. all outside property or grounds on MSU’s campuses, including areas such as walkways, breezeways, parking lots, and patios;
  3. all outside property leased by MSU;
  4. all indoor and outdoor athletic facilities.

 Residency Details:

Residency Dates: Monday, October 2, 2017 – Sunday, November 5, 2017

Exhibition Venue & Dates: Helen E. Copeland Gallery (HECG) October 30- November 3rd, 2017

The incoming flight will be scheduled for arrival in Bozeman on Monday, October 2, 2017 ; departure flight will be scheduled on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

The lectures and critique dates will be scheduled in conversation with the iAIR upon arrival in Bozeman.


The iAIR program is a multidisciplinary residency, open to all forms of visual arts and design, selected by a peer review panel of 6-8 members. Applications are open to emerging, mid-career, and established national and international artists.  Artists must be fluent in English in order to communicate and interact with faculty, staff, and students. Artists absent from residency in excess of four (4) days require prior arrangement with Residency Director. Absence may jeopardize artist’s residency. Current undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible to apply for this program.

Application Information:

Applications are to be submitted online at or click here:

Applications will be accepted until Friday, March 10th, 2017 at 6PM MDT (Midnight GMT). There is a $35.00 USD application fee due at the time of submission.

Applicants should submit the following documents: a CV or résumé; an artist statement (maximum 500 words); an image list that corresponds with submitted works; and a residency proposal (maximum 500 words). Please submit each document separately as a Word document or a PDF. In addition to the documents, please submit 8-10 images or A/V files. Images should be a maximum of 1200 x 800 pixels and audio or video clips should not exceed 2 minutes each. Accepted formats are JPEG, TIFF, PNG, MP3, MP4, WAV, and MOV.

All documents and files should be labeled with your first initial and surname followed by submission type (i.e. h.miller_cv, h.miller_image1, h.miller_audio2, etc.).

Studios and Special Facilities Available:

The iAIR will have access to a private office space in the Melvin Graduate Art Studios. The Melvin Graduate Art Studios look out at either the Gallatin Mountain Range or the Bridger and Spanish Peaks Range. There is a tool room with band saws, a table saw, and a drill press. With a private electric salt kiln, ceramicists are free from the sharing of mass kiln firings. The Melvin Graduate Art Studio also provides Internet access through several shared computer stations (PC and Mac) and Wi-Fi. Following appropriate inductions, the iAIR will also have access to the following facilities at Haynes Hall: ceramics, printmaking, letterpress, digital labs, wood workshop, metals workshop, sculpture yard, and a small B&W darkroom.


In the five-week residency, the artist will live in a private, furnished apartment on campus; which is a 5-minute walk to the School of Art in Haynes Hall and a 15-20 minute walk to their studio space at the Melvin Graduate Art Studios. Laundry facilities are not provided in the apartment. However, there are many facilities available on campus and within Bozeman. The apartment also includes one parking space should the iAIR should wish to rent a car. Artists are expected to keep their apartments in a neat and orderly fashion. The apartments are furnished and clean upon arrival and should be left in the same condition upon departure, normal wear and tear excepted. No unauthorized persons or pets are allowed to reside in apartment with the artist. Please note that Montana State University is a Tobacco Free campus.


Facilities are fully accessible.

Artists Responsible for the following:

Application fee – $35.00 USD, US Visa Expenses, personal medical insurance, living expenses, material costs above what is provided by the School of Art, transportation once in residence, and any shipping of artwork to and from the residency.

MSU School of Art provides:

Roundtrip airfare to Bozeman, pick-up and drop-off at the airport, housing/utilities, office space, materials assistance (up to $250.00 USD), program administration, and a general stipend of $1000.00 USD ($900.00 upon arrival and $100.00 as room deposit will be given to the iAIR upon completion of the residency.)

Other Expectations and Opportunities:

The School of Art at Montana State University has created this program to develop a relationship between the artist with the students, faculty, and community of Bozeman, MT. “Conversations about Art” is an informal dinner gathering that seeks to create a forum for exchange between the iAIR, faculty members, and graduate students. “Ways of Seeing” includes a public lecture and image presentation on their practice to introduce the iAIR to the community. It is also expected of the iAIR to participate in a minimum of one lecture for the School of Art Foundation classes and at least one group critique session with the graduate students. Further participation in teaching and lectures across the School of Art is expected throughout the residency. The iAIR is also expected to participate in an onsite exhibition at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery at the School of Art. Residents may participate in any of the other classes, critiques, or workshops offered at the School of Art during their stay.


BFA Fall Thesis December 1st – 16th at the HECG!!

The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the opening of the 2016 Fall BFA Thesis Exhibition at the Helen E. Copeland (HECG) located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman MT. The show will be on exhibit Friday, December 1st to Friday, December 16th. The Public Reception is Friday, December 16th, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and will be free and open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, as well as a full cash bar.

On view will be the thesis works of three emerging artists graduating with their Bachelors Degrees in Fine Art. Damon Stevens, Megan Culbertson, and Rosanna Tallon will be presenting in their chosen disciplines of painting, metalsmithing, printmaking.

For BFA graduates, the thesis show is a pivotal opportunity to present the culmination of their individual research and works of art created during their time at MSU. It marks an end to academically assigned work, and the beginning of their individual research and artistic maturity.

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). Haynes Hall is located on 11th across from the duck pond, with the skichair sculpture out front.

Helen E. Copeland Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – 5PM / Closed on weekends

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