Seeing It Again: Nature Reconsidered
Artists: Brad Allen, Kevin Bell, Trey Hill, & Nicole Pietrantoni
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 from 5-7PMOn View from May 16th through July 30th
SEEING IT AGAIN examines human connection with the natural world.  While each artist uses different processes, materials, and perspectives, all are concerned with similar central questions:  In an age of environmental degradation and global warming, how do we now experience landscape?  With our connection to nature receding, how can its presence be more viscerally felt?
  Alayna Rasile Digrindakis & Lauren Roberta Korn: TEXTUS
August 4 to October 27, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, August 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Artists will be present on night of opening for talks.
TEXTUS explores ways in which text can be translated or made into visual artifact, visual art into literature, and how each medium speaks to record-keeping and storytelling.  In TEXTUS, poetry is brought into conversation with textile through the translation of written correspondence. By revisiting an archive of over four hundred letters sent between 2007 and 2016, Helena natives Alayna Rasile-Digrindakis and Lauren Roberta Korn allow one another to reinterpret their experiences by drafting a metaphorical palimpsest—one that layers poetic and visual explications of early adulthood.   These women have utilized their seemingly disparate art forms to confront ideas of nostalgia and sentimentality, of hindsight and maturity, and to revisit their friendship through visual art and poetics. Ultimately, however, TEXTUS serves to emphasize the act and the intention of written correspondence. Beyond the content of the source material, it is the habit and the care with which individual stories were (and are) shared that embodies the ever-evolving relationship between text and textile, between writing and weaving.   
The Holter Museum of Art thanks Bonnie Lambert and Bruce Meadows for sponsoring this exhibition. Cave: An Artscience Installation
August 4 to December 31, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, August 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
The Cave collaborative will be present on night of opening for talks.
At the Holter Museum of Art, we are excited to present CAVE, a profound exhibition from Montana artist Sara Mast and an interdisciplinary team on display from August through December 2017.
CAVE is a collaborative artscience project that merges the ‘mind’ of 35,000 year old cave art with state-of-the-art brain research.  An interdisciplinary research team composed of faculty and student artists and scientists from Montana State University and the University of Missouri, Kansas City is busy creating a truly interactive installation in which light and sound elements are controlled by participant brainwaves.  Using current neurofeedback technology, participant physiological responses to their surrounding environment will simultaneously inform the environment, projecting fluctuating sound and color fields that blur the perceptual boundaries between sensation and creation. Evoking the deeply spiritual and communal nature of early artistic centers such as Chauvet-Pont-D’Arc cave, the installation will echo cultural memory and bridge the origins of art with the latest advances in neuroscience.
At the Holter Museum of Art, we are excited to share this cutting-edge exhibition with our Montana community.  Through it, we hope to spark meaningful dialogue about the deep, natural interconnectivity found across intellectual disciplines and humanity.  
The official Cave collaborative website can be viewed here.
The Holter Museum of Art is currently seeking sponsors for this exhibition.  View sponsorship information here.  Please call Jennifer duToit-Barrett at 406-442-6400 x104 or by email at for sponsor details.  
Thanks to Max Milton, Bruce Meadows, and Judy Carrigan for sponsoring this exhibition! Akio Takamori: Remembered
June 2 to July 28, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, June 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Akio Takamori (1950 – 2017)
Akio Takamori was born and raised in Japan.  He exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia since the mid-1980s.  Takamori received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976 and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 1978.  Takamori was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena following the completion of his masters.    
Takamori’s most recent solo exhibitions included Ground (2013), at James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA and Equivalent (2013), at Galerie Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland.
Takamori’s work is included in numerous collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Ariana Museum in Geneva, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.  He was the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grants (1986, 1988, 1992), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2006), and the USA Ford Fellowship (2011).
 Select pieces from the collections of: Alan & Nancy Nicholson Private CollectionMary Jane Davidson Private CollectionThe Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic ArtsThe Holter Museum of Art  John Saurer: Across Tender LandContemplation of Landscape through Print and Sculpture
August 4 to October 27, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, August 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
The rhythm of walking along a railroad track or pacing the white lines down the middle of a highway; counting spaces between the cars of a coal train; the steady work of weaving material by hand: over-under-over-under; the breathing of a small child as she sleeps in the bed handmade by my wife.  I have discovered that my artwork is a metaphor for order: sometimes re-expressing order found in the landscape, a mechanical process, the rhythm of form, personal relationships, and the life around me.  Each work is also a collaboration of many independent parts that are crafted to come together and express a larger whole. 
John Saurer earned his BA at Hope College (sculpture and drawing) and MFA at Colorado State University (sculpture).  He has installed and exhibited work nationally and internationally, and has garnered regional and national grants.  Sauer’s work consistently involves sculpture, printmaking, and drawing and he has been teaching each of these media at St. Olaf College since 1995.
View the artist's website here. Reimagine Montana: Landmarks Across Time
June 30 - July 28, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, July 7th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Reimagine Montana is a special project of the Montana Preservation Alliance, funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Reimagine Montana re-documents, raises awareness of, and celebrates nationally significant parks and outstanding heritage properties in Montana by reinterpreting historic places depicted by iconic artists such as Karl Bodmer, Thomas Hart Benton, Gustav Sohon, Charlie Russell and Native American traditional artists whose hide paintings, ledger drawings and rock art survive to the current day. Each artist was paired with a site that resonated with their interests, and was given the opportunity to reflect on these places and their cultural meaning – past, present and future.
The resulting collection of more than 30 new paintings and photographs is stunning, bringing beauty and new insights to the heritage of our state and nation. Visitors to the Reimagine Montana exhibit will see how these outstanding artists have given new meaning to Montana’s historic sites.
Resident Artists:

David Burke, Oakland, CA, Painting Butte-Anaconda National Historic LandmarkSponsor: Butte-Silver Bow Local Government 
Kit Frost, Durango, CO, PhotographyGlacier National ParkSponsor: GNP National Park Service 
D.G. House, Bozeman, MT, PaintingTraveler’s Rest National Historic Landmark, MTSponsor: Montana State Parks 
Lewis Williams, Montrose, CO, Painting/Woodcut Upper Missouri Breaks National MonumentSponsor: American Prairie Reserve 
Ben Bloch, Cameron, MT, Painting     Virginia City National Historic LandmarkSponsor: Montana Heritage Commission 
Tim Holmes, Helena, MT, PaintingArtist-at-LargeSponsor: Montana Preservation Alliance

Interested in learning more and seeing the exhibit's next stop?  Follow its travels here. Two Painters Talking: Sara Mast & Lisa Pressman
August 18 to October 27, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, August 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Artist Sara Mast will be present on night of opening.
Let’s remember how to mix red clay and spit—charcoal and buffalo fat. Let’s tell ourselves we said the right thing, the first time. Bargaining with the rough claws of time for a token of respect. We write ourselves down, in order to be found.                                     
 ‘Origin Stories’, by Becca Lawhome, Fairbanks, AK, 2017
Sara Mast (Bozeman, MT) and Lisa Pressman (West Orange, NJ) have been ‘talking’, both visually and verbally, for ten years. They became close friends and colleagues in Fall, 2008, when they were both included in the invitational exhibition, New Talent, at Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. They maintain a close personal and professional relationship, and do painting workshops together both in Bozeman, MT and at Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro, MA. Most recently, they collaborated with two colleagues on a panel for the 11th International Encaustic conference in Provincetown, MA, entitled Think Tank on Creative Teaching and Learning.
Each time that Mast and Pressman see one another, they work on paintings together. They communicate in a visual dialogue that is a delight not only for the two of them, but is often engaging for their students or the workshop participants who witness the ‘conversation’. What at first glance appears to be childish play is actually a profound engagement with the materials and processes of painting. Their joy and immersion in the spontaneity of this wordless yet articulate interchange of color, line and shape is often contagious! Yet the work is also marked by a mutual respect for one another’s visual ‘voice’, and a reverence for the ineffable ‘third voice’ that arises from their shared devotion. The painting itself always has the final word.
In the past, the paintings they work on together get caught up in the flow of their individual studio practices when they separate, and subsequently are often integrated into another work that bears the name of one artist, Mast or Pressman. Or they remain as little pieces of paper that sit in a stack in Pressman’s studio, or stay curled up like the collaborative scroll which now rests on Mast’s studio shelf awaiting Pressman’s next visit to MT.
The idea for these new collaborative paintings began as an extension of Mast’s collaborative, interdisciplinary artscience installation Cave. When Mast read a National Geographic article in Fall, 2013, that the handprints in eight cave sites in France and Spain were analyzed and three quarters of those handprints were left by women, it was empowering. This research turned the ‘male shaman-hunters-as-painters’ theory on its head, and instead suggested that women may have been the first artists! Conversations between Mast and Pressman ensued. An imaginative ‘what if’ between the two artists emerged and Two Painters Talking was born.
This exhibition is the first time that Mast and Pressman have set out to create a visual discourse sustained over time and space, based on the imagined experience of making that first mark on the cave wall--of taking powdered pigment, charcoal, ash & paint in hand to complete the drawing the stone crevice began of a bull’s horn or a lion’s jaw. Two Painters Talking represents Mast & Pressman’s shared embodiment of the origin of painting and the ‘voice’ that echoed back.

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