The Holter Museum of Art exhibits contemporary art and artists work in the Pacific Northwest.
The Holter presents 15-20 solo and group exhibitions annually through three main galleries and two smaller galleries. Exhibitions are typically three to four months in duration. Holter events, programs, and education activities are designed in relation to current exhibitions. The Holter organizes the majority of exhibitions that are presented, working directly with artists to help them achieve their vision for presentation and engagement.
The Archie Bray Foundation 2nd Year Fellowship Exhibition
COMMUNITIES WEST IV, sponsored by the Robert & Gennie DeWeese Gallery at Bozeman High School, is the fourth iteration of a biennial exchange. The folio was created with the intention of building community among printmakers living in, or with unyielding ties to the Western United States.
As the organizers for the project and members of the Western printmaking community, we have a vested interest in reinforcing the printmaking community in the west. In addition to building community, we are also interested in building a survey of printmakers who identify as having ties to the west and following their development through the continued curation of the portfolio.
This exhibition “To Be of Seven Minds” presents the conflict created by questioning what a bad emotion is in our contemporary consciousness.
WANXIN ZHANG was born in ChangChun, China, and spent his formative years in the 1960’s and 70’s under Mao’s regime. He was part of the first generation to receive a formal art education in college after to the Cultural Revolution in 1976. In 1985 he graduated from the prestigious LuXun Academy of Fine Art with a degree from their sculpture program.
The West has a storytelling history, and everyone has a story. This is artist Theodore Waddell’s—an illustrated mosey through the landscape, livestock, and colorful characters that made up his life as a cattleman in a remote part of Central Montana. The essays that compose this memoir have much in common with his art. They are frank, evocative sketches that deftly combine the abstract and the literal to effectively communicate the persistent struggle and beauty of ranch life.
Each essay is accompanied by a painting and line drawings. Though these illustrations share DNA with the super-sized abstract impressionist paintings for which Waddell is known, they are more narrative in nature. The words and pictures found in Cheatgrass Dreams are an authentic distillation of life in the West’s rural and remote corners: unflinchingly heartfelt, surprisingly wry and brutally honest.
Bold, often-colorful shapes spill across the canvas of Sheila Miles’s work, telling stories from her life. And even though her style has evolved since she moved to Montana in 1980, the essence of the art – its imagery based on metaphor and mood – remain at its core. Miles said she expects her paintings to take her to a new place. Like a runner waiting for the endorphins to kick in, Miles paints in the moment, offering every ounce of her being to her work, eager to see where it takes her.
Rudy Autio is one of the most masterful and influential artists working with clay in the United States today.