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Art Walks at the Emerson
September 8, 2017

Don't miss the last Art Walk of the summer! Emerson galleries and shops will be open at 5:00, one hour before Downtown galleries, with snacks and refreshments. Also, the opening receptions for our newest exhibits will be held in conjunction with this month's Art Walk. This is a fantastic way to spend a Friday night!      
Fall Art Education

Enrollment is now open and classes are beginning soon for our fall art education classes. We offer a variety of classes for adults and children so you're sure to find one you will enjoy. Classes this session include pottery, drawing basics, jewelry design, and more. Also, we offer scholarships for all ages! Classes fill up quickly so call to register soon!  
Quick Draws, Cocktails, & Costumes
October 28, 2017
S ave the date! Quick Draws, Cocktails, & Costumes has rapidly gained popularity as one of the best Halloween parties in town! This fun and affordable evening features local artists, haunting spirits, entertainment, music, dancing, a wicked costume contest, and more! Stay tuned for more details!


Thanks for a great summer!
Thank you Bozeman, for another great Lunch on the Lawn season! We'd also like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors: Yellowstone Club Community Foundation, Western Home Journal, Ressler Motors, Cashman Nursery, First Security Bank, Big Sky Western Bank, Republic Services, Outside Bozeman, and Montana Parent. We would not be able to bring this free concert series to our community without you!


Featured ExhibitS


Jessie Wilber and Lobby Galleries
Tad Bradley
"Biological Explorations" 
September 8 - November 26, 2017
The work within this series is based upon Tad's fascination with the human body and complexities outside and within. From the imaging that allows us to see within the body to the senses we use to understand our environment, the work will reveal different scales of exploration. One of his goals in creating this work was to analyze how we as humans experience the world, interact with one another, and stand alone as individuals. Tad hope that the work creates curiosity, questions and conversation.  
Untitled, Multimedia   
Weaver Room Gallery
Anne KM Ross 
Cut Loose: the Ramblings of a Meticulously Unrestrained Soul 
September 1 - November 17, 2017 
"Cut Loose" finds the middle ground between unleashed spontaneity and calculated, meticulous efforts. Anne's process involves specific preparation, mapping and shaping of the canvas, and before any piece is complete there must be a stage where simple physics take control. Anne becomes a curious observer of the dripping, swirling paint, and nothing qualifies as a mistake. Things that were carefully painted in are lost or obscured, and this changes her work for the better. It opens doors via new shapes and themes that emerge for Anne to react to and resolve the piece more masterfully than was possible before.
Atlas, Oil on Canvas  

A reception will be held on Friday, September 8 from 5:00-8:00PM in conjunction with the city wide Art Walk.    
All of our galleries are free and open to the public.

Featured Tenant
Duncan Kippen  
If you've ever visited the Emerson, you have undoubtedly seen the work of Duncan Kippen. Duncan hand paints the signs to label every tenant's studio and his paintings are on display throughout the building. Also, Duncan designed the award winning Emerson sign on the north lawn. Outside of the Emerson, Duncan is a seasoned mural painter whose works can be found throughout Bozeman, specifically in the Gallatin County Courthouse and Holy Rosary Church. Duncan's roots in Bozeman, and at the Emerson, run deep. His grandfather, Fred Willson, is one of Bozeman's most prominent architects and the designer of the Emerson!

Evening with Westminster College  
Westminster College invites high school seniors and their families to discuss the Westminster Expedition, the college's semester-long road trip and outdoor program that explores some of the most intriguing sites in the American West. Read More
ACLU of Montana Statewide Speaking Tour

Join Caitlin Borgmann, ACLU of Montana Executive Director, as she shares details about the ACLU's strategies to protect civil liberties across the state and nation. Read More
Healthy Forests: Science or Slogan
In today's conversation about public lands phrases such as "forest health" and "forest resilience" are common. But the question is "what does it mean?"  Read More
Art on the Rocks Series- Cider & Ceramics 
Creating with Clay, ages 8-12 
Mondays, 4:00-5:30PM 
1 SPOT LEFT! Children will learn about a variety of ceramic tools and processes in this seven-week beginner course. 
Kids Sculpt, ages 4-7
Mondays, 4:00-5:30PM
This class will introduce kids to master sculptors throughout history, while experimenting with new medias each week.
Daytime Art Enrichment Classes: Community Creation, ages 4-7
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30AM
Each class will focus on a period in art and artists within each time span (Expressionism, Surrealism, Abstraction etc.) Read More
Pottery, Beginning & Intermediate
Saturdays, 10:00AM-12:30PM
This class offers instruction on stoneware and porcelain clays with hand building, wheel projects, and new surface treatments. Read More




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

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