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MCC's Annual Awards Luncheon Winners Receive Wonderful Press

Thank you, Missoulian, for the great coverage of our awards luncheon which took place last Tuesday, March 29.
Local Art & Culture News
Montana Book Award Reception
Please join Fact & Fiction and The Friends of the Missoula Public Library for the 2015 Montana Book Award Reception
The reception will take place on April 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Fact & Fiction ( 220 N Higgins Ave.)  The 2015 award winners include:

Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America by Liz Carlisle

Black River by S. M. Hulse

Crossing the Plains with Bruno by Annick Smith

Hawthorn: The Tree That Has Nourished, Healed, and Inspired Through the Ages by Bill Vaughn

Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian
Last Best Printfest!

The Last Best Printfest is a ZACC annual event brought to you by the ZACC's Printshop . This Gallery Opening showcases Montana Printmakers who are participating in this year's Portfolio Exchange based on the theme " Metamorphosis ".  We LOVE Printmaking and we want to share the love with you!  Also, Montana's youth printmakers will have their artwork on display in the hallway gallery.

This event is free and open to the public. Please join the ZACC in welcoming this year's printmakers to the gallery during the grand opening April 8, from 5:30 - 8:30 PM. If you are unable to attend the show, the artworks will be on display in the Main Gallery for the month of April. The ZACC is open Monday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM, located at 235 N. 1st St. W.
An Evening of Jazz & Art

Join Radius Gallery (114 E. Main) for an Evening of Jazz & Art, April 8, from 6 - 8 PM.

Two veteran Montana musicians pour over the standard jazz repertoire in an intimate and exquisite setting of a fine art gallery. Bob Packwood (piano) and MJ Williams (vocals & trombone) have played together for a couple of years in an archaeological discovery of songs they love to play, including a wide range of tunes from the American jazz legacy--compositions by Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans, Carla Bley, Ornette Coleman, Duke Ellington and Steve Swallow. Radius will also exhibit Jazz portraits by an internationally recognized wood engraving artist, James G. Todd Jr.

Tickets $10; very limited seating. RSVP by email to Lisa  or call 541-7070.
Friendship Force Missoula-Western Montana, April Meeting

The Friendship Force Missoula-Western Montana monthly social meeting will be held April 6, 5:30 PM at Brooks and Browns Bar & GrillFriendship Force Missoula website.
Theo Ellsworth & Daniel Scott Morris Costume Show at Radius Gallery!

Join Radius Gallery for a supremely fun event in conjunction with Radius Gallery's show, Last Best Dream: Surrealism, Here & Now. Theo Ellsworth and Daniel Scott Morris will be entertaining us with their unique and highly crafted puppets in a puppet show for our closing reception, talk about going out in Surreal fashion!  It will be an evening of handmade, otherworldly monster costumes presented as living installation pieces, so art in action if you will. 

The festivities take place Friday, April 15 at 5 PM. Call Radius Gallery at 541-7070 or send an email for more information.
Exclusive Screening: America's Diplomats

The Montana World Affairs Council announces an exclusive screening of the PBS film America's Diplomats will take place on April 12 at 6 PM at the Crystal Theater. The film looks into the challenges faced by American diplomats, such as preventing war, promoting economic interests, and addressing global issues. The film is "visually and narratively attractive, packed with little-known facts and eye-catching clips, the film paints a faithful portrait of the U.S. Foreign Service while fair-mindedly probing a range of issues," says George F. Paik, a former Political Affairs Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service. Ambassador Mark Johnson (ret.) will introduce the film and answer audience questions regarding diplomacy at the event.
24th Annual Run for the Trees

Missoula's urban forest needs you!  Celebrate National Arbor Month with a fun walk or run along the Riverfront trail system.  The 24th annual Run for The Trees is Saturday, April 16, at 10 AM at Silver Park.  Enter the 1-mile fun run, 5k run/walk or the 10k race. Proceeds help plant new trees in parks, boulevards and schools.

In honor of Missoula's 28th consecutive Tree City USA award, all racers receive a free tree seedling to plant and a race t-shirt. Participants are also eligible for race awards and exciting door prizes. Youth 10 and under may run the 1-mile race for free.

Register online at Late registration, April 2 through April 15, is $25. The race is sponsored by Run Wild Missoula, Parks and Recreation, Republic Services, The Good Food Store and Trees for Missoula.
Poetry Readings by Two Highly Acclaimed UM Alumni

Two alumni of the University of Montana's Creative Writing Program will bring their poetry to UM at 7 PM on Friday, April 15, at UM's Payne Family Native American Center Room 105.
This month's event will feature readings by UM alumni Sarah Gridley and Joshua Corey and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program at UM and the Programs of National Distinction.
Art Associates of Missoula, April Meeting

The Art Associates of Missoula monthly meeting will be held Wednesday, April 20, 10 AM in the Education Center of the Missoula Art Museum, 335 N. Pattee Street. Pam Caughey, encaustic and mixed media 'experimental' artist will be sharing her art and process! 

Art Associates meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, please call Susie at 544-0891.
Upcoming Classes at Zootown Arts Community Center

Tune-Up Tuesdays:  April 5, 4 - 6 PM
Get out of garage and into the basement! Stop practicing your music all alone in your house or garage and join a group of like-minded young rockers to jam out together, continue making music, and learning more skills from instructors around.  Tune Up Tuesdays are held each Tuesday from 4 - 6 PM during the school year for rockers ages 8 to 16. Much like open gym, your child may show up with their personal instrument or use what is available here at the ZACC. Practice, Rehearse, continue playing with your Rock Camp Band! Tune Up Tuesdays are monitored but don't necessarily provide additional instruction, it's time for your child to continue to express themselves with music! $40/$35 for members

FREE Silk-Screening Night:  April 8, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Come in with a blank shirt, tote bag, or scarf and leave with one of the house designs printed anywhere of your choosing!  If you get any compliments on your print (which is inevitable) throw some change in the donation jar.  No registration necessary-just come on by!

Glass Fusing Orientation Class:  April 13, 6 - 8 PM
Ready to learn how to fuse glass? This introductory class will cover the basics of glass-from how the kilning process works to slumping, fusing, mold-making, and glass aftercare. Once you have attended this fun night of glass fusing you're welcome to come in anytime and work in our Glass Fusing Studio!  $20/$15 for members + cost of glass

MCT Kids' Spring Break Day Camp

If you haven't made plans yet for your child's spring break, have no fear! The Missoula Children's Theatre has limited spots available in its spring day camp production of The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, April 4 - 10.  MCT gives your child a full, fun theatrical experience. Each K-12 kiddo participates in an audition, receives a role in the show, rehearses, acts, sings, dances, and performs on the MCT Center for the Performing Arts stage. 

Robinson Crusoe Day Camp runs April 4 - 8, from 9 AM - 4 PM. You choose a Saturday or Sunday performance date when you register at
The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe performances are April 9 and 10 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available online or by calling 728-7529; or at MCT's Box Office.
ZACC Spring Break Day Camps

Make a costume for the Missoula WildWalk parade. Learn the art of mask-making and costume assembly. Either make your own or participate in constructing a large scale costume to be carried by the group in the Missoula WildWalk Parade on April 17!  This is a Half Day Spring Break Camp, which runs 9 AM - 12 PM, April 4 - 8.

In this camp, teens will work together through music exploration. Regardless of musical experience, campers will receive instrument instruction, form a band, write an original song, and perform at Family Friendly Friday at the Top Hat Lounge. They will also learn about music history, attend song-writing clinics, talk about stage presence, create flyers for their upcoming show, design a band logo and screen T-shirts, and more. Campers will also get to meet other musicians in Missoula and be exposed to different local bands for lunch-time concerts. Part of the goal of the camp will be to create a safe, welcoming space for boys and girls to recognize their own strengths as well as those from their fellow rockers, build friendships, and find their creative, rocking voice!  Spring Break Teen Rock Camp takes place April 4 - 8, from 10 AM - 4 PM.  This camp is open to ages 13-17 only! 

Register for spring break camps by calling Zootown Arts Community Center at 549-7555.
Cancer, Courage, & Creativity

Living Art of Montana  presents the  Cancer, Courage & Creativity  workshop for anyone who has or has had cancer. It runs Wednesdays through April 13 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM at the Living Art Studio. Call 549-5329, or visit their website by clicking here.
Presentations: Economic Development in Indian Country

The University of Montana Native American Law Students Association will host its annual Indian Law Week, Monday through Friday, April 11 - 15. This year's theme is "Economic Development in Indian Country."

During the week NALSA will host lunchtime presentations with speakers who will discuss a variety of topics impacting tribal communities. These sessions will be held from 12 - 1 PM, April 11 - 14, on the UM campus. The Monday and Wednesday presentations will be held in Law Building Room 201, and the Tuesday and Thursday lunch sessions will be held in Law Building Room 101. The discussions are free and open to the public. Click here for more info.
This Month's Missoula  Gallery Highlights
Missoula Art Museum Unveils Two New Exhibitions This Week

MAM will feature Abbie Miller's talent and creative process in the form of a site-specific installation entitled Exit Strategies Miller's installation will draw inspiration from and interact with the large, multi-level space of MAM's Aresty Gallery. Miller's unique and honest approach draws equally from her art education and passion for fashion design. Her signature sculptural forms are architectural in scale and express figurative movement. Abbie Miller: Exit Strategies will be on view April 1 - August 13.

In addition, the Missoula Art Museum is honored to share an exhibit by Portland, OR photographer Holly Andres. Displayed in MAM's stately Carnegie Gallery, Holly Andres: The Homecoming features photographs selected from three large and several smaller suites of photographs. This exhibition will be on view April 8 - August 20.

Mark your calendars for upcoming events surrounding MAM's newest exhibitions:

Upcoming Events at MAM:
Artist in Residence: Holly Andres, May 3 - 6
Contemporary Collectors Circle: May 3, 6 - 7 PM
Distinguished Artist Lecture: May 3, 7 PM
First Friday: May 6, 5 - 8 PM
Artist Reception and Gallery Talk: May 6, 7 PM
Saturday + Matt Hamon, June 25, 11 AM 

The Missoula Art Museum is always free admission, and is open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM. The museum is located at 335 N. Pattee Street.
Thesis Exhibitions by Beth Huhtala and David Tarullo

UM Master of Fine Arts graduate students Beth Huhtala and David Tarullo will present their thesis exhibitions April 12 - 21 in the University of Montana Gallery of Visual Arts An opening reception for the exhibitions will take place from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, April 14. The event is free and open to the public.

Radius Gallery presents:

Missoula Art Museum  features:
April 1 - August 13
March 4 - July 23
February 19 - June 25

Berkshire Hathaway MT Properties presents:

Gallery 709  presents:

Clay Studio of Missoula presents:
Potsketch Auction Preview Reception | April 1, 5:30 - 9 PM
April 1 - 22 | Bidding for all Potsketches begins at the opening reception, and continues online from April 4 - 22. Proxy bids accepted. Visit the website for more information.

Montana Museum of Art and  Culture  features:
George Gogas: Odyssey |  March 3 - April 23
Presence: Rudy Autio and Henry Meloy |  March 3 - April 23
Public Art Call: Traffic Signal Boxes

The City of Missoula Public Art Committee invites artists residing in Missoula County to apply for a public art project to create art on traffic signal boxes (TSB) located throughout Missoula. The goal of the project is to use local traffic signal boxes as "canvases," greatly enhancing Missoula's visual surroundings.

Proposals are due June 3. Previously painted TSB's can be viewed at the city's website. There will be an artist informational meeting on April 7 at 5:30 PM, located at Berkshire Hathaway MT Properties (314 N. Higgins) for anyone seeking more information about this art call. Past TSB models are also on view at Berkshire Hathaway MT Properties through the month of April.

View the application online or email Grace Stopher or Kathi Olson with questions.
Student Art Contest: Search For Peace

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center is hosting its annual Search for Peace student art contest during March and April. The theme this year is: welcoming others as a way of finding and promoting peace within our community.  Students are encouraged to express what they feel it means to be welcoming toward others and how that is expressed both daily and in times of crisis and discrimination. Accepted entries may include any form of artwork, essays, poetry, and photography.

The contest is open to all ages from kindergarten to university students and there will be cash prizes for the winners in each category: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Collaborative (two or more students). Submissions are due Friday, April 22, to the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center at 519 S. Higgins.  Submissions must be accompanied by an entry form which can be picked up at the Peace Center or select locations. More information is available by email or  call 543-3955.

Prize money will be awarded to the first place winner in each age group, and the art will be displayed on First Friday, May 6.
Missoula Art Museum Seeks a Registrar

Missoula Art Museum is hiring for a registrar. The MAM Registrar oversees maintenance and supervision of MAM's collections, including acquisition, storage, cataloging, and packing and shipping of artworks. The Registrar provides high quality care and conservation of artworks and monitors environmental conditions in storage and in exhibitions and advocates for collections, provides and supervises access to collections. If you are interested in learning more about this position visit
SPARK! Seeks New Director

SPARK! Arts Ignite Learning, Missoula's chapter of the Kennedy Center's Any Given Child initiative, is seeking a Director to lead the initiative. SPARK! is a community wide partnership working to expand arts programming in Missoula County Public Schools. We facilitate and foster connections between district schools, local arts organizations, and teaching artists helping to ensure access to the arts for all MCPS students.

Accepting Submissions: Montana Book Festival

The  Montana Book Festival is now receiving submissions for this year's festival in Missoula, September 21 - 25.  Visit their website to apply to the festival.

The Montana Book Festival is a celebration of literary arts held each fall in downtown Missoula that seeks to provide a dynamic, evolving forum for literary engagement, as well as to foster literary community and enthusiasm for the written word by among readers of all ages.

Seeking Participants: Zootown Fringe Festival

Registration is open for Missoula's annual ZooTown Fringe FestivalZooTown Fringe is a self-produced festival; participants are responsible for staging and promoting their own projects. The Fringe promotes the festival as a whole; the participants are responsible for ensuring patrons are aware and interested in their project. For participants, the Fringe is an opportunity for exposure, experience, and income. To participate, visit the website for information about how to apply. This year's festival is August 16 - 23.
Regional Art & Culture News
Yellowstone Art Museum: 360º Skateboard Design Competition and Exhibition

As an adjunct to the Yellowstone Art Museum's exhibition Harold Schlotzhauer: The Shape of Motion, which features many sports decks including skateboards, the museum announces an open call to all area skateboarders living in south-central Montana to compete in 360°,a skateboard design competition and exhibition.

Application forms and design templates are available at the museum's front reception desk or can be downloaded from the museum's website. All completed entries must be received by the museum no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, April 26. All family-friendly entries will be exhibited on the gallery walls May 3 - 29. Entries will be judged by museum visitors. Entries will be accepted in three age categories: 5-12, 13-17, and 18 and older. The winner in each category will receive a fully-loaded skateboard with their winning design applied to the deck Winners will be announced at a public event at the Billings Skate Park at date in June to be announced. Participants need not be present to win.
Scholarship Available for Crown Guitar Workshop

The Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation (COCGF) reminds that scholarship applications are due on Tuesday, May 31 to attend the seventh annual Crown Guitar Workshop held on August 28 - Sept. 4.  Students, teachers and performers of all ages who reside in Flathead, Lake, Sanders, Missoula, and Ravalli counties are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The workshop will be held at Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, MT.  Applications will be accepted through Tuesday May 31 with scholarship awards announced on Wednesday, June 15. Please call 855-855-5900 for more information, or click the link below to visit online.

The scholarship provides a rare opportunity to study with a roster of premier guitarists who will be teaching and performing as Artists in Residence during the week-long event. 

Happenings at Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture

During March and April the Weaver Room gallery will house works by MSU Graduate Students. This mixed media group show will feature several student artists with work ranging from ceramics, painting and lithography. The show opened March 11 and will run through April 22. A closing reception will be held, date TBD. 

The spring and summer education schedule is out and registration is open.  View the Emerson Center's online calendar by clicking this link.
Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery

Two new exhibitions are on view during the month of April at Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery  in the Main Gallery:  Printmaking Exchange: Oil and Water  Rocky Mountain Juried Exhibition.

Exhibits are free and open to everyone during the Guild's normal hours, daily 10 AM to 5 PM. The Guild is located at 11 W. 8th St. in Red Lodge, MT. For more information, call the Arts Guild at 446-1370, or visit their website for more information.
National Art & Culture News
U.S. Textile Industry Turns to Tech as Gateway to Revival

Warwick Mills is joining the Defense Department, universities including the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology , and nearly 50 other companies in an ambitious $320 million project to push the American textile industry into the digital age. Key to the plan is a technical ingredient: embedding a variety of tiny semiconductors and sensors into fabrics that can see, hear, communicate, store energy, warm or cool a person or monitor the wearer's health. Read about the future of fabric here...
International Art & Culture News
Frida Kahlo's Brush with Ballet: Tamara Rojo Dances the Artist's Life

The great Mexican painter is the subject of one of three new works choreographed by women for She Said at Sadler's Wells. Its creators explain their impressionistic approach to the artist's pain and passion... read more here.
Tracing the Legacy of Zaha Hadid, Architecture's Esteemed Anomaly

In life and  now, following her  sudden death  at age 65, Zaha Hadid often was referred to as "the most important female architect of our time."
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The Beethoven

The Rembrandt

Charles Engelhard Foundation

The Rudolf Nureyev:

Kay Cassens
Community Medical Center
 Phil Hamilton
Janet Whaley

Max and Betty Swanson Foundation 
L.E.A.W. Family Foundation
PayneWest Insurance

The Beverly Sills :
A&E Architects
Bayern Brewing
Beaudette Consulting Engineers
Fact and Fiction
First Interstate Bank
NorthWestern Energy
Roemer's Tire Factory 
Western Montana Clinic

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Bernice's Bakery

First Montana Bank
Sirius Construction
Boone Karlberg
Headwaters Printing       
Muralt Family Foundation

Zip Beverage 
Cathy Capps 

Tom Rickard
Montana Ace Hardware

Dye & Moe
Nutritional Laboratories   
Republic Services of Montana 

The Louis Armstrong:
4 Ravens Gallery
A Carousel for Missoula   
The Artists' Shop

Barney Jette Jewelry Design
Boyle, Deveny & Meyer
Brink Gallery
The Clay Studio of Missoula
Dana Gallery
Doc's Sandwich Shop
e3 Convergence Gallery
Flaherty Financial Services
Galusha, Higgins and Galusha
Mark Heyka 
Hide & Sole
Historical Museum at Fort Missoula
Humanities Montana
International Choral Festival
Doug & Caryl Klein 
L.A. Design & Pirnie Art Showroom
Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
Missoula Art Museum
MCT, Inc.
Missoula Children's Theatre/Missoula Community Theatre 

Missoula Downtown Partnership
Missoula Economic Partnership 
Missoula Independent
Missoula Writing Collaborative 
Montana Art & Framing 
Montana Public Radio
Montana PBS

Montana Museum of Art & Culture  
Monte Dolack Gallery
Cherie Newman 
Opportunity Resources 
Portico Real Estate
Nancy Seiler Studio & Gallery 
String Orchestra of the Rockies
Terrazas Law Offices
The Bookstore at UM
UM Gallery of Visual Arts
Jim & Marci Valeo 
Zootown Arts Community Center

MCC Board & Staff
Frankie Flaherty
Vice President
Greg Boris
Immediate Past President
Pam Walzer
Micki Frederikson
Gwen Landquist
Board of Directors
Laura Bovard
John Combs
Greg Johnson
Greg Nemoff
Katie Patten
Inay Todd
Jacque Walawander

Tom Bensen | Executive Director
Matt Anglen | Program Director
Grace Stopher | Public Art Coordinator
Missoula Cultural Council | 327 East Broadway | PO BOX 7662 | Missoula, MT 59807  
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