Crossroads of Discovery at the HECG

Screen Shot 2019-10-21 at 3.17.17 PMCrossroads of Discovery: Research in the College of Arts and Architecture
Reception: Thursday, November 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Panel at 5:00 pm in Cheever 215
Exhibition:  Saturday, October 26 – Friday, November 22, 2019
Helen E. Copeland Gallery (HECG)
213 Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717

The School of Art at Montana State University is pleased to announce the Crossroads of Discovery: Research in the College of Arts and Architecture at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery located in the School of Art in Haynes Hall, Bozeman, MT. On view will be the research and work from students across the College of Arts and Architecture, representing the following disciplines and concentrations: Architecture, Music, Photography, Art Education, Art History, Studio Art, Graphic Design, and Film.

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Bella Reber, Photography

To kick off the exhibit, the School of Art is pleased to be a part of a larger Crossroads of Discovery Open House across the MSU University on October 26 from 1 – 4 pm.  Community members are welcome to come check out this art exhibit, as well as other events and presentations across the university.  As a whole, the Crossroads of Discovery Open House hopes to provide the Gallatin Valley community a chance to see what happens and what is produced on campus.  For more information on the Open House event, please visit or click here for the press release.

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Kiln Building in Brazil, Studio Art

After the Open House is over, the show will continue to be on exhibit through Wednesday November 22. A panel and reception will be held on Thursday, November 7 from 5 – 8 P.M. The panel “From Ideas to Action in Undergraduate Research” will begin at 5 pm in Cheever 215.  Moderated By Dean Royce Smith, panelists Vaughan Judge (Director of the School of Art), Dr. Lucia Ricciardelli (Film Associate Professor of Documentary Studies), Jason Bolte (Associate Professor in Music and Coordinator of Music Technology), Alexis Pike (Associate Professor of Film & Photography), and Andrew Vernooy (Professor of Architecture) will discuss what constitutes “research” in art, as well as methods for teaching undergraduate art courses.  The reception will follow in the gallery from 6 – 8 pm. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.  All events are free and open to the public.


Jessica Bone, Architecture

In the exhibition itself, viewers will get to see the final product and discussions or elements of the research that went into that product.  Alongside the exhibits will be an audio tour: short interviews with the artists about their work and process.  The interviews on individual artist pages can be accessed through the website or QR codes, so be sure to bring your smart phones and headsets!


Thomas Callahan, Film

The following students will be in the exhibition: Jessica Bone, Thomas Callahan, Mo Easterly, Anna Pirkey, Bella Reber, Carlos Palmer, Ian Baldwin, Matt Biasotti, Ned Bardsley, and Spencer Potter.  The subjects will range widely including architectural design with an emphasis on communal living and sustainability; kiln-building in Brazil; eco-friendly design; research into the Founder of the School of Art, female botanical artist F.E. Marshall; experimental underwater analogue photography; ambient music and funeral doom metal; papermaking; and more.



 Anna Pirkey, Art History

Crossroads of Discovery is part of the Year of Undergraduate Research (YoUR). MSU will be hosting the National Conference of Undergraduate Research March 26 – 28 when students from across the country will present work in all fields closing classes for two days. YoUR is the local celebration that focuses just on MSU with lectures, presentations, exhibits and events throughout the academic year. Keep posted to the MSU website for more information all year long.


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Mo Easterly, Graphic Design

The Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall, across from the Aasheim Gate off of 11th Ave, 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, 9 am – 5 pm/Closed on weekends.  For more information on the Crossroads of Discovery Exhibition or on the Helen E. Copeland gallery in general, please visit or follow us on Facebook at