Jon Bashioum: Beyond the White Cube

Jon Bashioum Poster 2The Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the School of Art at Montana State University are excited to announce Beyond the White Cube, the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition of Jon Bashioum. The exhibition will take place in Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, Montana, April 8th – April 12th, 2019. An additional exhibition will take place April 10th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Beyond Gallery, Bashioum’s mobile gallery, which is being hosted by Bunkhouse Brewery located at 1216 West Lincoln street Bozeman, Montana.


Public receptions will be held April 10th 2019 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at both the Helen E. Copeland Gallery and Bunkhouse Brewery.  Bunkhouse Brewery is only a short 0.4 mile walk due South of Haynes Hall. Bashioum’s mugs will be available for purchase at Bunkhouse with proceeds going to S.L.A.M. (Support Local Artists and Musicians).


Beyond the White Cube will feature functional and sculptural ceramic vessels that explore the place of art in the gallery and in our everyday lives. Works shown in both the Helen E. Copeland Gallery and the Beyond Gallery explore the juxtaposition of standard white-cube gallery practices versus alternative display strategies.  Bashioum’s thesis  questions the appropriateness of the white cube as the standard by which we experience art and propose that, at times, alternative spaces may be a more effective way to exhibit and discuss art.


Bashioum is a wood fire potter that was born in North Carolina and moved away shortly after. Having never seen the place where he was born, he took to rambling around the country and has adopted Montana as his home. After earning his bachelor’s degree in music from Bethany College in West Virginia, and narrowly missing an art degree due to a clerical error, Jon pursued a variety of global experiences in ceramics. The idea of an area being “home” interests him due to his perennial lack of a location designated as home. His explorations of utilitarian wares represent a curiosity in the regional lifestyles that can only exist from long-term inhabitation, but are best appreciated by the traveler. With his eyes ever on the road, Bashioum intends to take the Beyond Gallery on the road for exhibitions and workshops to promote local artists while maintaining an active studio practice.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall, across from the Aasheim Gate off 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 or on the Helen E. Copeland gallery in general, please us, on Facebook at and Instagram @helen.e.copeland. More information about SLAM and Bunkhouse Brewery can be found at and Online information about Bashioum and the Beyond Gallery can be found online at,, and on his neglected Instagram @jon_bashioum and @the_beyond_gallery.