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Montana Museum of Art & Culture

Cultural Homesteaders: Montana Institute of the Arts
from the MMAC Permanent Collection

The Montana Institute of the Arts (MIA) collection, begun in 1954, includes a diverse array of artistic styles and approaches.  The founders and members of the MIA were pioneers, supporting one another and creating artistic opportunities during a time when resources were limited. The collection provides an insight into Montana art history over the course of 30 years.  The collection includes works by artists such as Rudy Autio, Sallie Bowen, John L. Clarke, Cyril Conrad, Marinae Dietrich, Edith Freeman, Robert E. Huck, Patricia Bushly Johnson, Elizabeth Lochrie , Ben Stockton, and  Ben Steele.

For more information, contact Brandon Reintjes, MMAC Curator of Art, at 406.243.2019.

Image: Elizabeth Lochrie, Cheif Dewey Beard (Iron Hail), oil on canvas, 1965

Traces: Montana's Frontier Re-visited
photographs by Richard S. Buswell

Traces is another series of photographs that brings the elements of time, memory, Montana history and nature together. There are 54 black and white photographs taken in Montana ghost towns and isolated sites of early settlement. More abstract than in previous series, this work takes a "micro" view at the the inevitable march of time. Through photographs of artifacts and eroding structures, Buswell narrates nature's reclamation of frontier sites. 

For more information, contact Brandon Reintjes, MMAC Curator of Art, at 406.243.2019.

Image: Richard S. Buswell, Carousel Hooves, silver gelatin print, 2003

Close To Home
new photographs by Richard S. Buswell

Richard S. Buswell, M.D., a fourth generation Montanan, has been photographing western settlement sites, ghost towns and frontier homesteads for over forty-one years. In this new body of work, Buswell moves closer to his subject matter. His close-up photographs are rendered abstractly. He uses silver selenide gelatin prints, among the most stable material for long term photographic preservation, to capture fleeting instants, or as he states, “the inspired moment”, that may vanish soon after the shutter clicks  

For more information, contact Brandon Reintjes, MMAC Curator of Art, at 406.243.2019.

Image: Richard S. Buswell, Skull Tree, silver gelatin print, 2010

Silent Frontier
photographs by Richard S. Buswell

Silent Frontier, a national traveling exhibit of the photographs of Dr. Richard Buswell, photographer and visual historian of Montana’s back country frontier. This exhibit presents work that spans the 31-year career of photographing hidden Montana ghost towns and isolated sites of early settlement for which Buswell has earned a national reputation. Museum-goers will be especially interested in images that resound with the stark, simple lifestyle of those settlers who followed in the footprints of Lewis and Clark.  

For more information, contact Brandon Reintjes, MMAC Curator of Art, at 406.243.2019.

Image: Richard S. BuswellBottles in a Brewery, silver gelatin print, 1999

Bitteroot Portraits
paitings & drawings by Frances Carrol Brown

Frances Carroll Brown was born February 23,1909 in New York City.  She was the daughter of H. Carroll Brown and Margaret Daly and the granddaughter of “Copper King” Marcus Daly and Margaret P. Daly.  Brown’s art contributes to a growing list of significant female artists who played a compelling role in Montana art history.  Her psychological portraits are artistically and historically significant, ranging in subject matter from workers and day laborers to high society portraits and artist models.   Her art is fundamentally humanistic, indicating a fascination with a variety of racial, religious and class backgrounds.

For more information, contact Brandon Reintjes, MMAC Curator of Art, at 406.243.2019.

Image: Frances Carrol Brown, Portrait of the Artist's Sister, Margaret Daly, charcoal, 1930's

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