MA Art History 2012 Defense of Thesis

Montana State University School of Art invite the public to the MA in Art History’s 2012 defense of thesis presentations by MA candidates Lindsay Glick and Jennifer Garcia.

The thesis presentations are taking place in Cheever Hall room 214 on Thursday 5 April 2012, 1:15 pm – 4:15 pm.  Lindsay Glick will be presenting “Reversing the Gaze: Robert Doisneau and the Fashioning of Coco Chanel”.  Jennifer Garcia will be presenting “The Object of Language: Jasper Johns and Gray Alphabets, 1956”.

Ernest Forward – Some Strings Attached

ERNEST FORWARD SOME STRINGS ATTACHED
Monday April 2 – Friday April 6, 2012
Oral Defense on Monday April 2, 11AM
Reception Performance on Wednesday April 4, 6:30 – 8:30PM
At the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Haynes Hall

Montana State University School of Art and the Helen E. Copeland Gallery invite the public to the premiere of “Some Strings Attached”, an MFA thesis exhibition by artist Ernest Forward.

Forward’s thesis exhibition includes a body of work installed to create the environment as a “Haptiacle” created for the completion of Mr. Forward’s degree of Master of Fine Arts at Montana State University – Bozeman.
This new word that the artist created, “Haptiacle”, is formed by combining two words Haptic and Spectacle. He defines Haptiacle as “a hands on event or performance, designed for viewer transformation that is visually striking that can be seen, viewed, especially something of a remarkable or impressive nature accessible to all.”

This Haptiacle is the first of its kind, never performed before until now. This is the new Americana approach of ceramics, art, and the exhibition space. After the installation of this show the artist has relinquished the control to the viewers for a full Haptiacle experience with the complete elimination of the confinement of the gallery walls. This show exists in every place that has access to the Internet and is fully accessible to all around the world to provide an abundance of memories and to provoke the imagination. It is the artist’s intent to raise awareness of ritual involving the handling, breaking and performance aspect of ceramic objects.

The exhibition dates are Monday April 2 – Friday April 6, 2012, and it is free and open to the public. There will be an opening reception and performance on Wednesday April 6 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located within The School of Art’s Haynes Hall, on the second floor and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.

Professional Practice Week

Professional Practice Week is a series of brown bag workshops for all MSU students on professional practice.

All workshops are taking place at 12pm – 1pm in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery and floor, Haynes Hall at MSU School of Art.
All workshops are free and open to the public. 

Monday 10/31
WRITING BASICS

An introduction to the basic writing skills you’ll need in your art practice: CV/resume, proposals, and the artist’s statement.

Tuesday 11/1
GRANTWRITING
A brief introduction to searching for grants/funding, grant writing, and planning your grant budgets.

Wednesday 11/2
DOCUMENTING ARTWORK
Using digital photography and lighting skills – this workshop will show you how to document your 2D or 3D artworks.

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Bringing a mountain into a gallery by Pitiwat Somthai

The MSU School of Art International Artist in Residence (iAIR) for 2011, Pitiwat Somthai, completed his work in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery on Friday October 21, 2011.  The artwork, “Bringing a mountain into a gallery”, culminated in a one-night only installation of work that Mr. Somthai created whilst in Bozeman.

Throughout the duration of his residency, the artist was inspired by the mountains surrounding Bozeman.  His work looked at the geometry of the landscape and utilized native grass to articulate the region in color and texture.  The task of weaving was aided by the students and faculty of the School of Art, as well as, Bozeman community members.   Mr. Somthai set up working areas in the gallery to weave the mats and invited the public to assist the tremendous task of bringing a mountain into a gallery.

The exhibition finished with a dispersing event – where the artist invites the gallery audience to take part in disassembling the installation and taking pieces away with them.

Professor Somthai teaches printmaking and graphic arts at Burapha University’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts in Thailand. Utilizing a wide breadth of mediums; sculpture, installation, painting, printmaking, video, and performance; his work focuses on the philosophy and the search for monitoring the emotions that arise from the impacts on daily life.

The iAIR program at the School of Art is supported in part by the Beluah Glaze Waller Endowment.

Guild week at the HECG

Guild Week at the School of Art

The guilds will be hosting a sale of original artworks on Wednesday October 26, 5pm – 7pm, at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery – located on the second floor of Haynes Hall.  The participating guilds (Ceramics, Metals, Painting & Drawing and Printmaking) currently have their artwork on display in the Copeland Gallery.  The Gallery is open to the public on Monday 10/24 and Tuesday 10/25, 9am – 5pm.  Get some holiday shopping done early this year and stop by the Copeland Gallery on Wednesday night (10/26) for the sale!

Bear Canyon & Beyond

BEAR CANYON & BEYOND
AN EXHIBITION OF MSU CERAMIC ALUMNI
Monday June 6 – Thursday September 15, 2011
Closing Reception on Thursday September 15, 6:30 – 8:30PM
At the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Haynes Hall

The School of Art at Montana State University in Bozeman has had a long tradition of ceramic art beginning with Frances Senska, and her early students Peter Voulkos and Rudy Autio at Montana State College continuing through today in our program at the University. To highlight the School’s role in the development of contemporary ceramic art, Montana State University School of Art and the Helen E. Copeland Gallery invite the public to “Bear Canyon & Beyond: An Exhibition of MSU Ceramic Alumni”.

The exhibition dates are Monday June 6 – Thursday September 15, 2011, and it is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.  There will be a closing reception on Thursday September 15 from 6:30-8:30PM.  The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located within The School of Art’s Haynes Hall, on the second floor.

Artists in this exhibition include: Dean Adams, Rudy Autio, David Beumée, Gail Busch, Tracy Chubb, Packy Cronin, Josh DeWeese, Frank Fabens, Jared Gabriel, Keith Gilyard, Dara Hartman, Miranda Howe, Louis Katz, Ken Kohoutek,  Mark Kronfuss, Stephanie Manuele, Bunny McBride, Karl McDade, Ryan Patrick Mitchell, Robert “Boomer” Moore, Drew Nicklas, Paul Northway, Theresa Welty Northway, Gabriel Ohlson, Michael Peed, Matt Piedalue, Grant Petrelli, Rick Pope, Armando Ramos, Lewis Rifkowitz, Mat Rude, Lisa Salisbury, Frances Senska, Carl Sheehan, Kelly Stevenson, Al Tennant, Benjamin Upchurch, Monica Van den Dool, Peter Voulkos, and Joel Weissman

2011 BFA THESIS EXHIBITION

2011 BFA THESIS EXHIBITION

Monday April 25 – Friday May 6, 2011

Reception on Friday May 6, 7PM – 9PM

At the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Haynes Hall

The exhibition dates are Monday April 25 – Friday May 6, 2011, and it is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM. There will be an closing reception on Friday May 6 from 7PM-9PM. The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located within The School of Art’s Haynes Hall, on the second floor.

Anna Bak – Ah, Wilderness!

ANNA BAK
AH, WILDERNESS!

Monday April 18 – Friday April 22, 2011
Reception on Friday April 22, 7 – 9PM
At the Waller Yoblonsky Gallery, 2998 West Lincoln Street

Montana State University School of Art and the Waller Yoblonsky Gallery invite the public to the premiere of “Ah, Wilderness!”, a solo exhibition by artist Anna Bak.  The exhibition dates are Monday April 18 – Friday April 22, 2011, and it is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.  There will be a closing reception for the artist on Friday April 22 from 7-9PM.  The Waller Yoblonsky Gallery is located on the Montana State University Campus, near the School of Art Graduate Studios, 2998 West Lincoln Street.

In “Ah, Wilderness!” we see a combination of drawing and sculptural artworks all concentrated around a thematic base. The title of the show arises from the title of the 1933 comedy play by Eugene O’Neill and is a also a comment on how man is interfering with nature.  Anna Bak’s interest lies in the idea of man looking at nature, seeing nature as symbolic and as a place for true original reflection. Historically, unspoiled wild nature has always been a popular scene for artists and poets; but in this show Ms. Bak takes another turn and reflects more on this fascination of nature rather than on nature itself.

The works are also inspired by the thoughts springing from Henry David Thoreau’s book “Walden” in comparison to the incredible story of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, living a life of similar solitude in a cabin in the forests of Montana.

Anna Bak is a Fulbright exchange student from Denmark and has been studying at the art department of MSU since August 2010. The show is a collection of works, results from her year-long research here in Montana.

For more information on Anna Bak, visit her website at http://www.annabakart.blogspot.com

 

 ©2011 Anna Bak

Roz Mortimer – Passages

ROZ MORTIMER
PASSAGES (IS THIS A LOVE LETTER OR SUICIDE NOTE?)
Tuesday April 12 – Tuesday April 19, 2011
Reception on Thursday April 14, 7 – 9PM
At the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, Haynes Hall

Montana State University School of Film and Photography, the School of Art and the Helen E. Copeland Gallery would like to invite the public to “Passages (is this a love letter or a suicide note?)”, a multi media installation by the artist Roz Mortimer.  The exhibition dates are Tuesday April 12 – Tuesday April 19, 2011, and it is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.  There will be an opening reception on Thursday April 14 from
7:00 – 9:00 PM.  The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located within The School of Art’s Haynes Hall, on the second floor.

“Passages (is this a love letter or a suicide note?)” was created in response to a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy which was taken in collaboration with Robert Arnold, Director of the School of Film and Photography. At Bellagio the artists worked together to create a bank of images with the intention of developing separate but linked responses to this unique place.

This two channel video installation interweaves thousands of still photographs, video and timelapse photography to take the viewer on a choreographed journey through the labyrinthine gardens and ruins of Villa Serbelloni on Lake Como. Mortimer’s diary became the narrative base of the work, it is a confessional and intimate essay referencing Calvino, Borges, Mann and Twain whilst recording a personal response to the isolation and beauty of this place.

The passage of time, light, and people is central to Passages, where location and landscape become devices to explore duality, enclosure and isolation – both as physical and psychological states. Intersecting paths open out into seemingly impossible locations, mysterious doors set into the rock reveal secret passageways, and as the cicadas call, a sense of languor gives way to obsession and an unraveling of sanity.  Passages was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Arts Council England and Film London Artists Moving Image Network.

Roz Mortimer is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in London, UK. She is currently Visiting Professor in the School of Film and Photography at MSU. Her work has been widely shown around the world in galleries, cinemas, at film festivals and on television and has been supported by Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, British Council, Film London, LFVDA, LAFVA, Eastern Arts and Channel 4 Television.

Her work is focused on expanded and experimental forms of documentary across a range of media; from film and video to photography, sound, installation and performance. Earlier works unpicked notions of Englishness, whereas more recent films have focused on specific global locations from the High Arctic to the Italian Lakes, creating layered and thought provoking portraits which blur the boundaries between staged theater and documentary and raise questions about the relationship between fact and fiction.

For more information on Roz Mortimer, please visit:

www.wonder-dog.co.uk and www.theflayedhorse.com