Reimagine Montana:
Landmarks Across Time
Artist-in-Residence Program

The Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA) has selected six artists to participate in the 2016 Reimagine Montana Artist-in-Residence program.  The residency program is funded through The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Park Service (NPS) joint Imagine Your Parks Initiative to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the NEA and the 100-year centennial of the NPS.  MPA was awarded $20,000 to sponsor Reimagine Montana: National Parks, Historic Landmarks, Trails and Monuments Across Time.  

Reimagine Montanal celebrates nationally-significant parks and cultural heritage in Montana by reimagining historic sites depicted by such renowned historic artists as Karl Bodmer, Thomas Moran, Gustav Sohon, John Fery, Charlie Russell and Native American traditionalists whose work survives in hide paintings, ledger drawings and rock art.

Six artists will Reimagine Montana for four-weeks at one of five settings in Montana. Each will be provided with lodgings and a stipend for expenses, to support creation of meaningful new artwork and a chance to reflect on these places and their cultural meaning. 

MPA project directors thank our heritage site partners who have made Reimagine MT possible. At the end of the project, we will select one artwork from each for a permanent collection and other works for a final exhibition that will juxtapose work by these contemporary artists alongside historical imagery and writings. The exhibit will open in June of 2017 at the Butte-SilverBow Public Archives, and be designed to travel. MPA seeks museums and funding to support the traveling exhibit so these works may be widely viewed.

                For more information about the project, please contact Chere Jiusto, Executive Director, MPA.




Artists, Locations, Dates and Host Partners for each residency are:

  • David Burke, Oakland, CA, Painting, August
    Butte-Anaconda National Historic Landmark
    Butte-Silver Bow Local Government
  • Kit Frost, Durango, CO, Photography, Aug-Sept
    Glacier National Park
    GNP National Park Service
  • D.G. House, Bozeman, MT, Painting, August
    aveler’s Rest National Historic Landmark, MT
    Montana State Parks
  • Lewis Williams, Montrose, CO, Painting/Woodcut Prints, August
    Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument
    American Prairie Reserve
  • Ben Bloch, Cameron, MT, Painting, July-Aug     
    Virginia City National Historic Landmark
    Montana Heritage Commission
  • Tim Holmes, Helena, MT, Painting, Summer/Fall
    Montana Preservation Alliance