art + culture news  //  march 6, 2017
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18th Annual Arts & Culture Awards

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Arts & Culture Awards, which culminate in a luncheon on March 28th, 11am, at the DoubleTree hotel to honor them.

Of the winners, our Executive Director Tom Bensen said, "These outstanding individuals and organizations each represent a lifetime of dedication to the arts, and all have helped to make Missoula an exceptional place to work and live."

To reserve your seats to the Awards Luncheon, you can purchase online at this link, email us, or call us at 406-541-0860. Individual seats are $30, 8-seat tables are $240, and you may put seats on hold and pay at the door.


Chuck Florence / Individual Artist - Given to an artist who has shown exceptional achievement in music, visual art, dance, film/video, theater, performance art, choreography or music composition.

Steve Glueckert / Individual Cultural Achievement - Given to an individual or couple who have furthered the cause of the arts in general through volunteer, administrative, philanthropic, professional or legislative efforts.

Karen Callen / Arts Educator - Given to a dedicated educator (K-University level) who has devoted a career to teaching the arts in an educational environment.

Missoula Downtown Partnership / Business Support for the Arts - Given to a business that has provided long-term support to Missoula arts and cultural organizations

The Roxy Theater / Cultural Vision - Given to an organization, group or individual who has developed a special project or program that demonstrates unique cultural or artistic vision.
this week in missoula

Visiting Artist Lecture with Molly Murphy-Adams // Missoula Art Museum
Tue., Mar. 7, 7pm / Website 
Matrix Press artist-in-residence, Molly Murphy-Adams, will give this public lecture, her voice ringing true in her combination of traditional needlework and interests in contemporary art, politics, and cultural identity. Murphy-Adams received her BFA from the University of Montana in 2004.

Readings at Fact & Fiction //  Website 
Tomorrow, Mar. 7, 7pm / Kevin Canty reading and signing  The Underworld
Wed., Mar. 15, 7pm / Gwen Florio reading and signing  Reservations
Thu., Apr. 13, 7pm / John Gierach reading A Fly Rod of Your Own

Eritrea: the Country, Culture, and Circumstance // University Center Theater
Wed., Mar. 8, 6pm / Website 
Soft Landing Missoula brings you the third lecture in their series. Two speakers will be presenting, Dr. Kimberly A. Maynard and Dr. Solomon M. Gofie. Maynard's journey has taken her from smoke jumping in Missoula to work in natural disasters and, ultimately, war zones. Gofie is Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, and his areas of research include state, society and human rights, conflict resolution, and more.

Dance in Concert // Montana Theatre, PARTV Center, UM
Mar. 8-11, 7:30pm / Website 
The UM School of Theatre & Dance celebrates an evening of sophisticated and cutting-edge original choreography as well as the restaging of Act II of the classic ballet Giselle. Join in to experience these five inspiring dance works with styles including contemporary modern dance, dance theatre, and ballet.
Image courtesy of Ken Stolz

Cuarteto Canta Brasil // The Loft
Mar. 10, 7:30pm / Website 
The March Loft will feature Cuarteto Brasil, which is part of the seven-person Canta Brasil, delighting in performing Musica Popular Brasileira. Music will include samba, bossa nova, choro, and more. Members are well-known local musicians with other local groups like Big Sky Mudflaps and Salsa Loca.

Over the River and Through the Woods // Missoula Community Theatre
Mar. 8 - 19 / Website 
Family comedy dished up with a side of lasagna, ravioli, and love: this describes Over the River and Through the Woods. The MCT is tickled to serve this delicious non-musical production. The rehearsal process for this show has been as hilarious as the script itself. 

Mini Benefit Gala // The Wilma
Sat., Mar. 11, 5:30pm /   Website  
ZACC's gala event will bring together Missoula's community to celebrate all things mini. This year, the theme is "Under the Sea," and ZACC invites all mermaids, sea creatures, and hues of blue to join them for an unforgettable evening of bidding, a catered dinner, live music, and silent and live auctions.

Eternal Light: Missoula Symphony Orchestra & Chorale // Dennison Theatre,  UM
Sat., Mar. 11, 7:30pm / Sun., Mar. 12, 3pm / Website 
The Missoula Symphony Orchestra & Chorale presents Eternal Light, featuring soprano Christina Pier, mezzo soprano Kimberly Gratland James, tenor David Cody, and bass Seth Keeton.
Missoula Piano Trio // Recital Hall, UM
Sun., Mar. 12 + Tue. Mar. 14, 5:30pm / Contact 
In preparation for the upcoming Music Teachers National Assiociation's Young Artist String Chamber Music Competition, The Missoula Piano Trio (Two UM students and one Hellgate High student) will perform its competition pieces for Missoula audiences. The trio represents the Northwest division for the second year in a row, having won third place last year.

5 on 5 Play Slam: Green Card // Masquer Theatre, PARTV, UM
Sun., Mar. 12, 2pm / Website 
Montana Repertory Theatre will present its 4th installation of its 5 on 5 Play Slam, this time with the theme "Green Card." Five newly written 15-minute plays by local writers will be given a staged reading using local directors and actors. Plays by Elizabeth Bennett, Cathy Capps, Shaun Gant, Kirstin Golga, and Shannon Sivertsen will be featured.

upcoming events

Mini Benefit Gala // The Wilma
Sat., Mar. 11, 5:30pm / Website 
ZACC's gala event will bring together Missoula's community to celebrate all things mini. This year, the theme is "Under the Sea," and ZACC invites all mermaids, sea creatures, and hues of blue to join them for an unforgettable evening of bidding, a catered dinner, live music, and silent and live auctions.

A Lecture by Professor Sukanta Chaudhari // Liberal Arts Building Room 103A-B, U of M
Mon., Mar. 13, 3:30pm /  Contact 
Professor Chaudhari on Jadavpur University, Calcutta, India, will present his lecture, "The Wood and the World: Negotiating A Midsummer Night's Dream." Chaudhari is an eminent Renaissance scholar, author of many books, including  Infirm Glory: Shakespeare and the Renaissance Image of Man. The 1999 film version of  A Midsummer Night's Dream will be screened on Monday, March 6th, same venue, at 6pm.

Artist Talk with Crista Ann Ames // Radius Gallery
Tue., Mar. 14, 5pm / Website 
Join Radius Gallery for an artist talk with one of their exhibiting artists, Crista Ann Ames. Ames has an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Montana and is a long-term resident at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

Readings at Shakespeare & Co.  /  Website  
Tue., Mar. 14, 7pm / Beth Judy reading Bold Women in Montana History
Mon., Mar. 27, 7pm / Virginia Reeves reading Work Like Any Other
Tue., Mar. 28, 7pm / Valerie Hsiung reading efg
Art Associates Meeting // Missoula Art Museum
Wed., Mar. 15, 10am /  Contact: Susie (544-0891) 
Join Art Associates for their monthly meeting at MAM. This time, master weaver Bonnie Tarses will inspire with "Fifty Years & Counting: A Weaver's Journey." Art Associates meetings are always free and open to the public. 

Live Storytelling: "Don't Look Back" // The Wilma
Tue., Mar. 21, 7pm /  Website → 
Tell Us Something is a celebration of storytelling, of the Missoula community, and of each other. Nine storytellers share their true personal stories based on the theme "Don't Look Back." Each storyteller has ten minutes to share their story from memory. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of.

Surge // Open Space Theatre, PARTV 005, UM
Mar. 25, 8pm / Mar. 26, 6pm / Mar. 31, 8pm / Apr. 1, 8pm / Apr. 2, 6pm / Website → 
A showcase-style production paring Missoula's professional choreographers with local musicians and set on the dynamic Bare Bait Dance company members plus guests. Join BBD for a splendid concert of Western Montana's finest musicians and dancers pushing boundaries and inspiring new works.
regional events

2017 New Artists Exhibition // Hockaday Museum 
Reception: Thu., Mar. 9, 5pm / Mar. 9 - Apr. 22 / Website  →
This annual exhibition showcases the artistic accomplishments of students attending local high schools. The talent of these young and upcoming artists is exemplified by the paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry and mixed media pieces provided by each sc hool.

Ernst Peterson Awards Ceremony // Ravalli County Museum
Thu. Mar. 9, 6pm / Website →
Join the Ravalli County Museum for this awards ceremony as photographers are presented with first, second, and third place awards for each category. Light refreshments will be served.

EVITA // Dulcie Theatre, Shane Lalani Center for the Arts, Livingston
Mar. 10 - Apr. 2 /  Tickets →
Andrew Lloyd Webber's explosive Evita hits the stage this spring. Evita brings to life the passionate persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator Juan Peron. The charismatic Evita captivated a nation by championing the working class. This exuberant production creates a gripping theatrical experience, and features Andrew Lloyd Webber's compelling Latin, jazz, and pop-influenced score.

 Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: In the Footsteps of My Ancestors // Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings
Opening: Thu., Mar. 23 /  Website →
This major exhibition by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith will be on view through July 16, and will travel subsequently to Missoula and Colorado Springs. Smith is one of the US's finest Indigenous talents, and this will be the first solo exhibition of the artist's work in her native state of Montana in a generation. This exhibition will examine themes that perennially recur in her work, including conflict, compassion, peace, the cycle of life, irony, and identity.

in this issue
partners + affiliates
job postings
Janitor at ZACC
Must have work-study award from University of Montana
10 hours/week

Attendant at University Center Gallery
Must be a registered student at the University of Montana

Art Teachers at Missoula Art Museum
-Seeking teachers for afterschool classes, weekend program, and summer art classes
-Teaching experience and art expertise necessary
-Send resume, teaching philosophy, and artwork images to Renee Taaffe 

Missoula Downtown Association Food Vending & Entertainment
Accepting applications for the 2017 summer season, Out to Lunch or Downtown ToNight

Glacier Symphony & Chorale Music Scholarships
Requirements: Grades 9 -12, played with Glacier Symphony for at least 3 concerts during 2016-2017 season, being
Deadline: Mar. 17

New Playwright Festival (Jackson, WY)
Accepting short plays and seeking judges
Deadline: Mar. 30
To submit a play, visit the website 
To request to be a judge, contact Cynthia 

University Center Gallery Art Call for Fall 2017/Spring 2018
Open only to UM students, staff, or faculty
Fee: None
Deadline: Apr. 7

VonCommon Open Art Call
Theme: "Post-Prom: Systems & Solutions"
Deadline: Apr. 15
Send at least 1 jpg + brief description of why piece fits theme

Summer MADE fair
Accepting vendor applications
Date: Jun. 25, 10am-5pm
Deadline: May 1

ongoing exhibitions
Sarah Moore, Karl Schwiesow, & Reanna Schultz: MFA Thesis Exhibitions
at the Gallery of Visual Arts
Open through Mar. 16
(Moore's work pictured above)

Paige Ward: Wither, Whether
at the University Center Gallery
Open through March 30
Sue Tirrell: Un/Seasonable
at The Clay Studio of Missoula
Open through March 31

Teresa Garland Warner + Elene Weege: Nature's Palette
at Gallery 709, inside Montana Art & Framing
Open through March 31
(Weege's work pictured above)

Michael Dinning: The Beat of Life
at E3 Convergence Gallery
 Open through April 1

Crista Ann Ames - LeAnn Boyd - Ric Gendron - Doug Turman
at Radius Gallery
Through April 8
(Turman's work pictured above)

Intimate West: Women Artists in Montana 1880-1944
at Montana Museum of Art & Culture
Through May 27

Sheila Miles: Light and Shadow
at Missoula Art Museum
Through June 10
art in the news

The New Yorker's Cartoon Editor Is Stepping Aside After 20 Years
Fortunately, Bob Mankoff is going back to drawing for the magazine. "It's a lot easier picking cartoons than doing them," he says. "But it's not quite as much fun. ... Those are muscles that can atrophy, but I think they're still there."
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classes, workshops, + tours
Missoula Art Museum
Ages 7-11
Tuesdays through Apr. 4 (no class Mar. 21), 3:45-5:15pm

Ages 3-5
Tuesdays through Mar. 14, 11am-12pm

Sat., Mar. 11, 11am-12:30pm

Saturdays, Mar. 11 + 18, 1-3pm

Sat., Mar. 11, 2:45-4:45pm
* Ages 18+
Modern Dance Class  with Bare Bait Dance
Open Space, 005, PARTV Building, U of M
Tuesdays, 5:30-7pm
Contact →

Workshops with Nancy Seiler
Sat., Mar. 11, 1-4pm

Thu., Mar. 16, 1-4pm

Sat., Mar. 18, 9am-5pm
Sun., Mar. 19, 9am-5pm
African Dance Class  with Unity Dance & Drum
Missoula Senior Center
Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm
Contact: 549-7933  

Zootown Arts Community Center
Afterschool Program
Tuesdays through Apr. 11, 3:15-5:30pm

Early Childhood Music Hour
Wednesdays, 11am-12pm

Drop-In Classes 
  with Downtown Dance Collective
Ages 13+
For all experience levels

The Clay Studio of Missoula
For Ages 9-12
Thursdays through Mar. 16, 3:30-5:30pm

Sat., Mar. 4, 2-5pm

Youth Beginning Ceramics Classes
with Elisha Harteis
Mar. 11, 18, 25
Morning Classes: 10:30am-12pm
Afternoon Classes:

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