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Art School is in Session!

School has begun, and the Emerson's art education classes are in full swing!
Fall 2019 classes begin this month! Sign your kids up for our clay classes or new Studio Kids sessions! 
We also offer 8-week adult classes for ages 14+ in ceramics, drawing, jewelry design, painting, and introductory art classes.

Art Walk
September 13
5 - 8PM 
If you're looking for some extra good luck this Friday the 13th, stop by the Emerson for a fantastic Art Walk! Galleries and studios will be open with refreshments and artist meet-and-greet opportunities. This is the last Art Walk of summer, so come on down! 

Little HeARTs    
September 25 - November 20 
10AM - 11AM 
Join us on Wednesday mornings to start your day with art! Children 2 - 5 will express their creativity through mixed-media projects with the help of their parents.  
Winter session begins on January 15. 

Quick Draws, Cocktails, & Comedy     
October 4  
The Emerson's annual Quick Draws & Cocktails has a new twist: COMEDY! Join us for an evening of colorful quick draw artists, fabulous stand-up comedy, and cocktails. Sean Carrigan and DC Ervin will headline the evening! Your first drink is on us, along with a selection of light appetizers from local restaurants and caterers. Artwork in a variety of mediums and styles will be brought to completion by artists and auctioned off during the evening.

Individual tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. VIP tables for 8 are $400 and include reserved table, additional cocktails, and a special meet-and-greet at 6pm with the evening's performers.

 September Artist- Sue McCauley

Sue McCauley moved from London to Big Timber in the early 90's to join her husband on his working ranch. Sue always loved art but did not think of painting until she left her journalism career. Her first attempt at painting was in a barn using cattle markers!  
Sue's latest show will include oil and acrylic paintings of figures, abstractions, landscapes, and people. Meet Sue on Saturdays from 11am - 4pm and at the September 13 Art Walk! 
Are you interested in calling the Emerson home for a month? LEARN MORE about showing and selling your work in this short-term Gallery space. Individual artists of all medias and experience levels are encouraged to apply.

 Bruna Massadas  

Bruna Massadas was born in Brazil and immigrated to the U.S. when she was 15. After earning her B.F.A. in Drawing and Painting and B.A. Art History at Cal State Fullerton, she received her M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting at California College of the Arts. She is an active member of the art collective Binder of Women, which will show her work in a group show at The Pit in Los Angeles in November.
Bruna often paints colorful, playful portraits - she is now experimenting with printing - but she doesn't limit herself to any particular medium. Last summer she made a podcast miniseries about her immigration experience called First Lady of the Mall, and she is currently working on a hand-drawn animated film.  
Bruna is thrilled to be a part of the Emerson's supportive community, and she couldn't be happier with her cozy new studio.  

 Holiday Bazaar & Celebration of the Arts   

We are accepting submissions for these upcoming events!  
18th Annual Holiday Bazaar
November 22 - 23, 2019
Join us for a celebration of local and regional artists, who will be offering a selection of inspire, original fine art and distinctive crafts  of the highest quality.  
Deadline: October 21
Celebration of the Arts 
The Emerson invites you to roam the rich cultural heritage of Scotland during Celebration of the Arts, our biggest fundraiser of the year. We are soliciting original art donations for this year's auctions. Supporting artists will have a special exhibition in the Jessie Wilber Gallery preceding the event.
Deadline: November 3  
For more details about events and artist applications, please visit our website

  Volunteer Opportunities and Donations 

September - November 2019           

Support the Emerson by leading exhibit tours and art projects for all ages! Flexible schedule based on your availability. A training session will be held on September 10. Contact education@theEmerson.org for details.   

Christmas Stroll Donations   
December 7, 2019           

The Emerson is a proud sponsor of Bozeman's annual Christmas Stroll - and we kick off the festivities! We host gingerbread house making, as well as live music and art performances. All activities are free and open to the public. 
We are seeking donations to purchase supplies for the 500 gingerbread houses that are built here! Please click the donate button, or visit in person to support the Emerson and this classic holiday happening.  


Jessie Wilber & Lobby Galleries 
A MODERN IMPACT: The Work of Rudy & Lela Autio
September 13 - November 29, 2019
Rudy and Lela Autio paved the way for the modern art movement in Monta na. From roots in Butte and Great Falls, Rudy and Lela made their mark in the art history books after nearly 60 years of dedication to art making and advocation. Rudy who worked primarily in ceramics, helped build and develop the Archie Bray Clay Center in Helena an d started the Ceramics program at the University of Montana, Missoula. Lela loved to draw and paint and while achieving her Master's Degree at the University of Montana, became interested in abstract scenes using blocks of color. She had a hand in the creation of the first art museum in Missoula, in the old Carnegie Library on Pattee St. Both Rudy and Lela received the Governor's Award in the Arts. Rudy in 1981 and Lela in 2015.    
Schools & Seniors in the Gallery Exhibit! Exhibit tours available September 16 - November 22. Call today to schedule your tour!  
Weaver Room Gallery
Portraits of the Blackfeet
Melanie Alvarez-Home Gun  
August 30 - November 22, 2019       
"I am a figurative painter. I am concerned with the human condition. Many of my pieces are portraits. I am drawn to the expression of   an individual that shows endurance, strength, perseverance and  gentleness. I use models to paint and my style is representative of indigenous people. I believe that we are all indigenous in that we all come from a particular land that we are tied to at some point in our histories. I strive to paint the raw side of life where my people are connected to the earth, filled with the spirit of life, and are part of the earth. "
- Melanie Alvarez-Home Gun 

Please join us for an opening reception in conjunction with the September Art Walk: Friday, September 13 from 5 - 8PM.
All of our galleries are free and open to the public.


SymBozium #3:
How Smart is Too Smart?
7 - 8:30PM
SymBozium is an award-winning civil discourse series presented by the Bozeman Public Library. This event topic explores the pros and cons of artificial intelligence. Free registration is recommended.

An Evening with Khenchecn Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche
6:30 - 9:30PM
A public talk by a Tibetan mater of Buddhism: A Calm Mind for Turbulent Times. Khenchen Rinpoche will lecture and then open the floor for a Q & A session. Tickets are $10 at the door.
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Lessons in Leadership: Eduardo Garcia
5:30 - 9PM
Lessons in Leadership comes to Bozeman with a screening of "Charged" followed by a discussion with Eduardo Garcia. After Eduardo Garcia gets electrocuted in the Montana backcountry, he loses one hand, ribs, muscle mass, and nearly his life - but he finds more than he lost. Tickets are $25; student tickets are $10.
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Art on the Rocks-
Cider & Ceramics
6:30 - 8:30PM
Our Art on the Rocks series switches up the medium and beverages each month for those looking to learn something NEW and drink something DIFFERENT. Let your favorite poison inspire a new passion!  
Hand-build with clay while enjoying hard cider.    

Oil Painting
6:30 - 9PM
Explore the world of oil painting in this eight-week basics course. Students will learn about the elements of art, color mixing, use of brushes, and composition through varied subject matter.   
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Pottery - Beginning & Intermediate
Cider & Ceramics
6:30 - 9PM
This class offers in-depth instruction on mid-range stoneware and porcelain clays with hand building, wheel projects, and new surface treatments. Perfect for first-timers or people who want to increase their skill level.   
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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