Ceramacist David Hiltner and the anticipation of uncertainty

Ceramacist David Hiltner and the anticipation of uncertainty

When David Hiltner says he's passionate about ceramics, he's not just talking about making clay vessels.

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Julie Gautier-Downes photographs the losses we leave behind

Julie Gautier-Downes' ghost town series has a forensic air to it.

(The Arts)   Jan 12, 2017

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Tim Nielson paints heroes—iconic, historic, contemporary and real

In his series "Towards a New American Mythology," Missoula painter Tim Nielson reimagines the assassination of Black Panther member Fred Hampton.

Jan 5, 2017

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Leslie Millar and Queen Elizabeth I turn back the clock at Missoula Art Museum

In the late 1980s, artist Leslie Van Stavern Millar began to entertain the idea of time travel.

Dec 8, 2016

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Meet the minds behind the green-screen superpowers of Missoula's M Squad

A masked man in blue coveralls flies through the sky and drops a cellphone into a volcano, laughing at the man he stole it from.

(The Arts)   Dec 8, 2016

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Brotherhood takes a road trip

Montana-made I’m a Patriot explores sibling tension

It isn’t obvious where I’m a Patriot gets its title, not even after the final scene cuts to black and the credits roll.

(The Arts)   Dec 1, 2016

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Gone rogue: Demagogues, dystopia, and democracy's descent to a deep, dark place

A few weeks ago, in what now seems like another era, a question came across social media: What fictional character does Trump resemble?

Nov 23, 2016

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The things they carried

Willem Volkersz's new exhibit reaches from Nazi-occupied Amsterdam to the neon heart of America

It was only after World War II that artist Willem Volkersz found out that a woman he thought was his grandmother was actually a Jewish woman his parents were hiding from the Nazis.

Nov 10, 2016

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Mirror ball

Sky Angove's Subtle Chaos reflects uneasy notions

There is so much fine, wispy detail and so much white space in the pieces from Sky Angove's new exhibit that, at first glance, everything about them seems tame and orderly.

(The Arts)   Oct 27, 2016

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Devilish details

Six things you might have missed in Courtney Blazon's The Year Without a Summer

During October's First Friday art walk, a large crowd flooded the top floor of the Missoula Art Museum to see drawings inspired by the 1815 volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa.

Oct 20, 2016

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On location

Silas Thompson's brushes with nature

Painting en plein air sounds very prim and proper, but in the wilds of Idaho, things can get a little rough.

(The Arts)   Oct 20, 2016

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Necessary misses

Best Fail Ever celebrates artistic blunders

Last summer, artist Halisia Hubbard set out to prove a point about vanity.

(The Arts)   Oct 6, 2016

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Art for life

Trash, arm wrestling and American identity at Missoula's VonCommon

Some of the best—and weirdest—parties in town go down at the industrial warehouses at Wyoming and Johnson streets.

Sep 22, 2016

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Moving parts

Stephen Glueckert's exhibits showcase 40 years of art, work ethic and love for kinetics

Stephen Glueckert's affection for machinery seems obvious in his art: He's known for incorporating moving parts—springs, wooden levers, strings and repurposed wire hangers—and other kinetic features.

Sep 1, 2016

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Sadness and laughter

Comedian Hasan Minhaj talks storytelling, "The Daily Show" and being brown in America

In his new one-man show, Homecoming King, comedian, writer and actor Hasam Minhaj shares experiences from his first-generation Indian-American experience growing up in Davis, Calif. It's a tale that includes racism, schoolyard bullying, searching for the American Dream and, of course, prom night.

(The Arts)   Aug 18, 2016

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Out there

A Brooklyn graphic magazine celebrates the work of late Montana artist Jay Rummel

Artist Jay Rummel was born in the Prickly Pear Valley north of Helena in 1939.

(The Arts)   Aug 11, 2016

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Adorable beasts

Freedom Lee Drudge on bringing out the monsters

The world of Freedom Lee Drudge is occupied by robots and monsters, skulls, maniac fish, space cowboys and cowgirls, and even cute kittens.

(The Arts)   Aug 4, 2016

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Deep down

At Missoula Colony 21, two playwrights dig into the dark net

In perhaps the most popular version of the Greek myth, Hades abducts Persephone while she innocently picks flowers with the Oceanids.

Jul 14, 2016

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Finding perspective

Lillian Nelson combines Escher influences and personal turmoil in E3 Convergence's Reflections

The great Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher inspired mathematicians and fine arts lovers alike.

Jun 30, 2016

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Caught looking

Painter Parvin Zabetian on memorizing clouds

Parvin Zabetian admits she might be the crazy old lady in her Seattle neighborhood.

(The Arts)   Jun 23, 2016

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Lightness of being

Minutiae and dreams in Michael Haykin's vision of the West

In 1994, artist Michael Haykin was living the Key West dream when he saw an advertisement in the South Florida Cultural Consortium newsletter that excited him.

Jun 16, 2016

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Dog days

David Miles Lusk gives politics a lighter touch

In January, David Miles Lusk made a New Year's resolution to quit caring about the world quite so much.

(The Arts)   Jun 2, 2016

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Creative sipping

Combining art and booze is all the rage in Missoula, including at the Insectarium's Drink and Draw

Bayla Arietta's "Zoe," a watercolor of a young woman standing in front of the American flag holding a gun in one hand and drinking a beer in the other, got a lot of buzz—and bids—during the Missoula Art Museum's recent silent auction.

May 19, 2016

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Heavy treading

David Hanson's photographs mark the landscapes we've scarred

There are no people in the images collected in Wilderness to Wasteland, photographer David T. Hanson's new book of 1980s-era photographs, but these frames are filled nonetheless with the footprints of humankind.

May 12, 2016

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This way comes

MMAC exhibits 400-year-old Shakespeare book

The very existence of William Shakespeare's First Folio raises the question: What if we'd never known about Macbeth?

(The Arts)   May 12, 2016

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