Art Museum of Missoula
An Argument for Drawing, an exhibition on the current state of the all-but-forgotten art of drawing, ranging from the traditional to the conceptual. Includes the work of regional artists like Kristi Hagar, Catherine Courtneye and Sandra Del Pogetto, and an interactive drawing station that lets you try your own hand at the craft. Runs through Jan. 28. Call 728-0447.
Paintings by Missoula artist Jayne Piazza and pottery by Butte artist Kirk Belding. Both shows on display through January. At 111 North Higgins. Call 549-3596.
Handmade crafts by local artists for the holidays, plus a tree full of handmade ornaments, a show of work by the Missoula Calligraphy Guild and pieces by former co-op members. On display through December. At 306 N. Higgins. Call 721-5848.
The artist of the month is photographer Alexandra Jones, presenting black-and-white prints. On display through December. At 190 S. 3rd W. Call 728-1358.
Watercolors of local scenes, florals and landscapes by Elaine Conder. Archetypes 2000 Collection, miniatures in porcelain by Georgia Mann. On display through December. At 111 N. Higgins. Call 542-1337.
Wire sculpture by Brent Ruby and black-and-white photography by Hal Gage. On view through December. At 123 West Broadway. Call 721-3154.
Food For Thought
The Grand Landscape, landscape photography by Tom Till. On display through December. At 540 Daly Ave. Call 721-6033.
Hockaday Museum of Art
Images of an Idyllic Past, photographs of North American Indian life by Edward S. Curtis. Also, Rhythms with Nature, an exhibition of landscape paintings by Barbara Candelaria, the Hockaday’s latest Flathead Valley Featured Artist. Both shows run through Feb. 12. At 302 Second Street in Kalispell. Call 755-5268.
Opening reception to inaugurate the new works of public art by Sheila Miles and Paula Payne at the Missoula Airport. Thursday, Dec. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 728-0447.
Monte Dolack Gallery
Showcase of work by Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival, along with jewelry by Marlene Dolack and Aspen, Colo., artist Mimi Dabrowski. At 139 W. Front. Call 549-3248.
The Merry Millennium Christmas Art Show, large group show featuring work by local and out-of-town artists. Sale proceeds benefit the Dineh/Navajo of Big Mountain, Ariz. Call 829-8188.
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
Reunion Exhibit, a collection of photographs by the Rocky Mountain School of Photography staff. On view through December. At 210 North Higgins. Call 543-0171.
Group show of work by members of the Rocky Mountain Photo Club. On view through December. Call 549-2790.
New, three-year exhibition, Hallways to History: A Photographic Walk Through Missoula’s Past, featuring 90 historic photos on display throughout the mall’s three main hallways. Call 721-5140.
A Year of Painting Montana, an exhibition of work by Marsha Davis, Karen Leigh and Corinne Lundgren. Runs through December. At 121 West Broadway. Call 721-5460.
University Center Gallery
Closed for semester break until Jan. 31.
Selected works from UM students, faculty and alumni, from the permanent collection of the UM Museum of Fine Arts. On permanent display. Call 243-4991.
Dancing Figure mixed media sculpture by Mary Richards plus Dancing Moon Spirit and Free Spirit, metal sculptures by Daniel Kraus. On display through spring. Call 243-4991.
UM Gallery of Visual Arts
Two MFA thesis exhibitions by painters Anthony Lott and Terrel Jones. Both shows on display through Dec. 17. Afterwards, the gallery will be closed for semester break until Jan. 31. In UM’s Social Science Building. Call 243-2813.
UM Henry Meloy Gallery
A Company of Artists, an exhibition of oil paintings from the early 1900s by Fra Dana, Alfred Maurer, William Merritt Chase and Joseph Henry Sharp. Opens Dec. 20. Runs through Jan. 20. Open daily except Dec. 24. In the PARTV Building. Call 243-2019.
UM Paxson Corridor Gallery
Drawings and Painted Constructions by Mary Ann Bonjorni, with a talk by the artist Thursday, Dec. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. On view through Dec. 31. In the PARTV Building. Call 243-2019.