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Celebration of the Arts
Tango to Argentina
The last Friday of January, friends of the Emerson were invited to join us in support of the arts in our community. More than 200 guests filled the Emerson Ballroom for an evening filled with fine dining, quick draw artists, live and silent auctions, fantastic music, dancing, and more. Our guests had a wonderful time and we were able to successfully raise vital funds to support the Emerson throughout the year. For those of you who attended, we can't thank you enough for your support and hope you enjoyed the evening! If you didn't join us this year, buy your tickets early next year- this was a sold out event!

This special evening could not have been possible without the support from our sponsors. Please support these generous businesses who support the arts in our community! Thank you to: the Emerson Board of Directors, Bank of Bozeman, Big Sky Journal, Ressler Motors, Western Home Journal, Audio Artisans, First Security Bank, Jerecho Studios, PLONK, Montana State University Office of the President, After 5 and Weddings, Alpha Graphics, Barnard Construction, Bozeman Ford Lincoln RV, ERA Landmark, Exec U Care, Gianforte Family Foundation, Matelich Nystuen Wealth Management DA Davidson, Off the Beaten Path, Payne West Insurance, Quinn's Hot Springs Resort, Rocky Mountain Rug Gallery, US Bank, Wipfil LLP, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Montana Properties, Emerson Grill, NorthWestern Energy, and RMS Subaru Repair.  
View the complete Facebook album of this year's Celebration of the Arts HERE.

Schools in the Gallery
Schools in the Gallery is a program designed to enrich arts education curriculum for public, private, and homeschool students of all ages. During the 30-45 minute FREE tour, trained docents lead age appropriate conversations about the artwork. An optional, hands-on project follows the tour. For $1/ student, each child will create a work of art relating to the exhibit. All supplies are included and projects are taken home that day. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact our Education Curator: 406-587-9797 x104 or education@theemerson.org.  

Seniors in the Gallery 
Seniors in the Gallery was launched last spring following the Schools in the Gallery model with a docent lead gallery tour and optional hands on project. This educational outreach program is specifically for individuals in Senior Care facilities. For more information about Seniors in the Gallery or to schedule a tour contact our Education Curator: 406-587-9797 x104 or education@theemerson.org.

Join Our Team Of Volunteer Docents
If you have a passion for art and are looking for a meaningful way to give back to your community, please consider being a Schools in the Gallery / Seniors in the Gallery Docent! Docents get the opportunity to learn about art making techniques and processes from exhibiting artists and teach the community about contemporary art. Hours are flexible and based upon your schedule. There will be a docent spring training with featured artist, Maggy Rozycki Hilter on Friday, February 8 from 2-4PM at the Emerson. Please contact our Education Curator with questions or to register for the training: 406-587-9797 x104 or education@theemerson.org.

Donated Items Needed 

As part of our Schools in the Gallery and Seniors in the Gallery Tours, participants can take part in a hands-on art project using themes from the exhibit they just viewed. We could use your help gathering items for this session's project! We are currently accepting clean tea towels, linens, quilts, or embroidered items that you no longer need. Our Tour participants will appreciate it! Items can be dropped off at the Emerson front office Monday through Friday from 9-5. 

Internship Opportunities 
We are currently looking for high school aged students who would like to enhance their leadership skills by assisting our lead teachers during Summer Art Camps! This is a great opportunity to gain a working knowledge of instruction and art making techniques. It's also a great resume builder! For more information contact our Education Curator: 406-587-9797 x104 or education@theemerson.org.   

Featured Nonprofit 
From now until the end of March,  Nova Cafe  will be featuring the Emerson! That means that with every special ordered, they will make a donation to us. So when you order a special you are not only eating a great meal, you are supporting the arts in our community! THANK YOU NOVA! 

 Sandholm Architects
Jeff Sandholm, owner of Sandholm Architects, studied Art and Architecture at Montana State University where he received a Masters of Architecture.  Jeff shared, "I'm constantly looking for new ways to incorporate and merge Art and Architecture together in my work,  the Emerson is a great place to explore both." Jeff is married with two boys and a weiner dog.



Jessie Wilber Gallery 
What Lies Beneath  
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner  
February 8 - April 26, 2019
Maggy Rozycki Hiltner searches antique shops, thrift stores, and yard sales for embroidered linens, collecting the brightly colored flowers, foliage, and animals that appear in her work. What she cannot find she hand-stitches and mixes in with the collected embroidery. She uses the familiarity of the stitch along with seemingly lighthearted and cheerful designs to convey more serious subject matter. She often uses humor and Dick and Jane-style characters to tell her stories, and very rarely is everything quite what it seems.  

Weaver Room Gallery
"PRIMER Blocking the Subconscious"
Gabriel Anthony Schmitt  
February 1 - March 29, 2019 
"I create physical things but my ongoing work as an artist is very conceptual process...  and to circumvent what I believe to be 'cliche' I certainly follow what I feel is a righteous path of creation. Some work I am very happy with, some becomes examples of decision making and... my life choices. Thereby I am recycling images, graffiti, paint, and materials to find almost machine-like shapes expressions."  
Lobby Gallery
Of Dreams
Tory Elena
February 8 - April 26, 2019

"Artist; [noun] A prime specimen of the deconstructed construction of the continuously implosive explosion." -Tory Elena
Tory Elena is an artist whose work is a snapshot of visions born from her dreams of night and day. As a painter, illustrator, graphic designer, and sculptor - art expands beyond a career to her very way of life. Bridging the worlds of sight and sound, Tory Elena explores synesthesia as drummer, singer, and composer in the band Sea At Last.  

Please join us for an opening reception to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments on Friday, February 8 from 5-8PM.

All of our galleries are free and open to the public.


Human Trafficking In Context Discussion Panel
Lead by a diverse and well versed panel, learn more about human trafficking and how you can can combat it.   
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Bozeman Doc Series Presents The Distant Barking of Dogs
Montana premier of this true testament to human resilience. This haunting portrait examines the consequences of growing up in the shadow of war.  
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Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market
The ballroom will be bursting at the seams with vendors selling fresh greens, vegetables, meat, eggs, grains, cheese, jams, baked goods, and more!

Life Drawing (ages 18+)
Draw from nude models. Artists of all abilities are welcome!   
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Little Hearts (ages 2-5)
This weekly Art Education Class is especially for the little ones! This class is FREE to Emerson Members! Nonmembers are $5 drop in fee.  
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Art on the Rocks Series- Pinot & Pendants (ages 21+)
Grab some friends and enjoy a creative evening with step-by-step art instruction, socializing, and Pinot! In this class you will make a jewelry pendant out of metal, just in time for Valentien's Day!  
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Emerson History

The Emerson is a thriving arts and community center located a block from historic downtown Bozeman. The building was originally an elementary school built in 1918, attended by thousands of Bozeman youth before its closure in 1991.

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Support the Emerson

At the Emerson, we are grateful for the generous community support that allows us to serve as a vital arts hub in Bozeman. Over 250,000 people have come to the Emerson each year to attend performances, take classes, and participate in community events.


Volunteer with the Emerson

As a community arts hub, the Emerson relies on the time, energy and enthusiasm donated by community volunteers and interns. You can get involved by becoming a docent, by helping with events, children's classes or in our office.

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the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture

111 South Grand Ave.   |   Bozeman, MT   |   406.587.9797   |   office@theEmerson.org