Art Museum of Missoula
A Gift to Montana: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's Prints opens Thursday, April 27, with an opening reception Friday, April 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. A prominent figure in the field of contemporary Native American art, Salish artist Quick-to-See Smith is donating prints of all her work to form the foundation of the Art Museum's Contemporary American Indian Art Collection. In the Second Floor Gallery through June 17. Also, Unfettered Spirit: Contemporary Art from the Montana Plains, featuring works by folks from Montana's flatlands. Opens Saturday, April 29 with a reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. In the First Floor Gallery through June 24. And finally, Preserving Context: E.S. Paxson at the Turn of the Century, an exhibition about the upcoming preservation of Head of Horseshoe Lake, Cascade County, a 109-year-old oil painting by Paxson. Open through May 20 in the Second Floor Gallery. At 335 N. Pattee. Call 728-0447.
Arts Chateau Museum
Annual Youth Art Exhibition, featuring work by elementary, middle and high school students of Butte-Silver Bow. On display through June 2. At 321 W. Broadway in Butte. Call 723-7600.
Dancing at the Stillpoint: Meditations on Photography & Poetry, photo-and-text compliations by Marti de Alva. On display through April. At 111 N. Higgins. Call 542-1337.
Recent and seldom-seen works by Dirk Lee and wood relief prints by Kentaro Hara. Also, new paintings by Melanie Alvarez-Catlin and photography by Doug Catlin, along with vintage European lithographs, etchings and stained glass. On display through April. At 241 W. Main Street. Call 327-6688.
Elemental: The Water Series, the first part in a series of photography collections by Darren Guyaz. On view through April. At 123 West Broadway. Call 721-3154.
Doc’s Gourmet Sandwich Express
Under the Sun: Images of Ghana, by Mj Williams. On view through April 29, when the exhibition relocates to the Ghanaian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Call 542-7414.
Hockaday Museum of Art
She Is Not He, liquid emulsion photographs by Susie Mathre. On display through May 13. Also, Robotic Portraiture, digital graphics by Deena des Rioux. On view through May 27. And Myths & Metaphors, paintings and prints by Seattle artist Michael Spafford, inspired by the mythology of ancient Rome and Greece. On display through May 20. Finally, an exhibition of new pottery by Flathead Valley Featured Artist Robert Markle. On display through May 27. At 302 Second Street in Kalispell. Call 755-5268.
Indigenous People’s Arts Center
Grand opening party and opening reception for an exhibition of bronze sculpture by Assiniboine artist Ken Grey Elk Martin, Friday, May 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. Event features Native American song and dance, as well as a silent auction. At 135 W. Main. Call 728-4722.
Jeannette Rankin Peace Center
Missoula Women for Peace Oral History Project, an exhibition of objects and documents recording the 30-year history of the Missoula Women for Peace activist group. Opens Wednesday, May 3 with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. On display through May. At 519 S. Higgins. Call 243-2584.
Western landscape photos by Sarah Harmon, hand-colored black-and-white photos by Guy Crilly and fine prints on hemp paper by Ré. On display through April. At 311 N. Higgins. Call 549-6742.
Monte Dolack Gallery
Firewise Communities, a new print by Monte Dolack, commissioned by the National Fire Protective Association for the National Firewise Communities Workshops. Now on display. At 139 W. Front. Call 549-3248.
New Crystal Theatre
The Awakening of the Goddess, mixed-media work by Melissa Kae Mason, a.k.a. Mooncat! On display through April. At 515 S. Higgins. Call 721-2168.
Job Corps Art Exhibition, featuring work produced by students of Montana’s three Job Corps Centers. On view through April 28. At 130 E. Broadway. Call 829-8188.
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
International Wildlife Film Festival Winners, an exhibit of still photographs from the IWFF photo contest. On display through April. At 210 North Higgins. Call 543-0171.
Pastels by Kip Herring. On view through April. At 529 S. Higgins. Call 549-2790.
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.
Sutton West Gallery
The Women's Show, featuring work in various media by Lisa Berry, Mary Ann Bonjorni, Nancy Erickson, Cory Jaeger, Barbara Morrison and Janet Sullivan. On display through May 2. Beginning May 2, Art of the Object, featuring recent sculpture by Joe Batt, Steve Glueckert, David Rivers, Wally Warren and George Ybarra. Opening reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. At 121 W. Broadway. Call 721-5460.
University Center Gallery
Serious Whimsy, paintings and mixed-media work by Joel Soiseth. Runs through Friday, May 5. In UM's University Center. Call 243-4991.
University Center Conference Rooms
Group exhibition by members of The UM Artist Collective, on display in the North Lounge, second floor. Also, Fear, color photography by Jennifer Yaros, in conference rooms 215 and 216. In conference room 222, The Persistence of Joy, oil on panel exhibit by Jacqueline Hope Brazil. In conference room 223, A Primitive Perspective, acrylic on canvas by Celia Grohmann. In the Black Soup Bistro and conference room 207, Learning to Fly, mixed media on canvas and wood by Chaline Ouellet. And finally, Women in Action: Participation in Protest Against the World Trade Organization, black-and-white photographs by Melissa Hart, in the Second Floor Student Organizational Suite. All works on view through May 15. Call 243-4991.
UC Commons & Gardens
In the Commons, selected works from UM students, faculty and alumni, from the permanent collection of the UM Museum of Fine Arts. On permanent display. In the Gardens, 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
MFA Thesis Exhibitions, featuring work by graduate arts students Catherine Cargill, Joy Falls and Bill Gregory. Opens Wednesday, May 3 with a reception Friday, May 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. On view through May 13. In the Social Science Building. Call 243-2813.
UM Henry Meloy/Paxson Corridor Galleries
Probable Realities, prints by Poul Nielsen in the Meloy Gallery. Also, In a Good Way, images of the Wind River Reservation by Sara Wiles in the Paxson Gallery. Both shows on view through Thursday, May 4. In the PARTV Building. Call 243-2019.