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Ben Steele: Montana Hero

Please join us for a one-day exhibition of artist Ben Steele's prisoner of war reproductions on site at Missoula's annual 4th of July Celebration at Fort Missoula. The Montana Museum of Art & Culture display will be located inside the Trolley Barn from 10am - 4pm with Ben Steele: Montana Hero. Join us in honoring this Montana veteran's visual account of his experiences as a WWII prisoner of war.  Then come visit the museum throughout the summer to view Human Condition: The Art of Ben Steele and see the original works of art in person!

Image: Portrait, Ben Steele, circa 1940
Header Image: James Todd, Montana Portraits Porfolio: Norman Maclean, Wood Engravings, 1999, Norman Maclean, On loan courtesy Lee Gordon Family

Member Spotlight

 Name: Anita Kurtz-Magee

Member: 2 years

Docent: 4 years

Why did you become a member?

To support the museum.  I think it's so important and I have come to appreciate how important it is by being a docent.

Why are you a docent? I have always loved art.  I am asked very frequently if I am an artist and I'm not.  You don't have to be an artist to appreciate art.  I often compare it cooking.  You don't have to be a chef to enjoy great food.  I have learned more about art in the four years being a docent than ever before.

What do you love about MMAC?  There is an amazing variety of exhibits.  I've been so impressed by what the staff here has done.  I wish more of the students at the university would come and enjoy the art.


Favorite Piece of Art at MMAC: Jim Denomie's Manifold Destiny, and I love the masters. There are just so many beautiful beautiful things at the museum.


Jim Denomie,  Manifold Destiny , 2000, Oil on canvas, 32x45in


Special Events:

Ben Steele: Montana Hero

Saturday, July 4th, 10am-4pm

Historical Museum at Fort Missoula Trolley Barn

One-day exhibition of Steele's prisoner of war reproductions on site at Missoula's Annual 4th of July Celebration at Fort Missoula.  Join us in honoring this veteran's visual account of his experiences as a WWII prisoner of war.

From Goya to Picasso: A History of War in Art 

Presented by artist and scholar Henry Freedman

Thursday, July 30, 7pm

UM PARTV Center - 

Masquer Theater

Join art historian Henry Freedman as he explores the depiction of war in art.  From Goya to Picasso's Guernica and Ben Steele's depictions of the Bataan Death March, war and its impact is often a subject examined by artists.  This thoughtful lecture from Freedman, a renowned artist and scholar, explores visual depictions of the cost of conflict.

Film Screening:

Never the Same

Thursday, September 10th, 7pm

UM PARTV Center - Masquer Theater

More than 20 years in the making, this innovative documentary depicts the experience of American prisoners of war held by the Japanese during World War II.  Conversation after the screening with filmmaker Jan Thompson and special guest Loretta Swit, "Hot Lips Houlihan" from the MASH television series.


Image: Ben Steele, 1950. The Baatan Death March, Oil on Canvas
Who's Who in Missoula?

Grab a friend and come see how many people you can identify in artist Jame's Todd's epic 1969 mural Family of Man, currently on view in the Meloy Gallery.  MMAC recently acquired this monumental painting as a part of our Permanent Collection. See if you can spot yourself or a fellow Missoulian among the group depicted in this larger-than-life piece of art. If you have trouble figuring out who you are looking at, grab one of our handy keys in the gallery and see who's already been identified by the artist.
Farewell & Thank You to Exiting Curator Brandon Reintjes

A very special thank you to our outgoing Curator of Art Brandon Reintjes.  After six years working at the the Montana Museum of Art & Culture he is moving on to a new position at the Missoula Art Museum.   "I've thoroughly enjoyed working at MMAC.  The collection is a rich treasury full of possibilities that I feel, even now, that I'm only truly beginning to learn," said Reintjes on his time here at the museum.  

"The next stage in MMAC's growth will prove to be a defining one, where the collection will move into its role as a dynamic resource to facilitate research and audience engagement.  I can't wait to see that happen.  Thanks for an amazing six years!"

Best wishes, Brandon, on your new position.  

Image: Former MMAC Curator of Art Brandon Reintjes explains the "Family of Man" mural to an enthusiastic audience in the Meloy Gallery.  (Credit: Jessica Lowry Vizzutti)

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