Drs. Edwin and Janet House have been steady supporters of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture since 2006. MMAC is very appreciative of donors like the Houses who generously support programs that appeal to them. In 2008, former Director of Development Sara Portzel sat down with Janet and asked her about their connection to MMAC.
How did you first get involved with MMAC?
It was actually through a friendship with Barbara Koostra, Director. The more we got to know her, the more we wanted to support her efforts and we trusted her leadership.
What makes you decide to support an organization?
Even if you can't make a large gift, making a steady annual donation allows us to see year after year the impact that our dollars are making. Each year we choose a project that we'd like to support and then we follow the progress. In 2008 and 2009, we will be supporting the Pulitzer Prize winning photography show, Capture the Moment. This really makes us feel a connection to the art and that we are helping support the art community.
What have been some of your favorite exhibits or projects?
We were happy to see the A.J. Gibson book published. It would have been a shame if his work had not been collected into a book to be preserved for history. I also love black and white photography and enjoyed the exhibit a few years ago of Christopher Rauschenberg's who rephotographed Parisian scenes originally taken by Eugene Atget. We have one of the "before/after" shots in our dining room that was a gift to us from Rauschenberg. We also enjoy seeing pieces from the museum's Permanent Collection brought out each year.
Are you a collector yourself?
We tend to collect artworks by people we know personally or have met at some point. They are usually amateur artists, but each one tells a story and resonates with us personally. Most recently, we purchased some rugs on our trip to Turkey and those are the first textiles we plan to display as art.
MMAC counts on friends like the Houses who give annually to ensure that we can maintain the highest quality programming and exhibitions. To make a donation yourself, click here.