Landmarks Across Time Exhibit Travels MT, Summer/Fall 2017
The Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA) is excited to announce the opening of our Reimagine Montana traveling art exhibit at NorthWestern Energy’s First Floor Education Center on 11 E. Park St. in Uptown Butte. The exhibit opened on May 24 and will run through June 26, 2017. Admission is free and open to the public, 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The exhibit travels to Helena in July, Traveler’s Rest State Park in August, and Bozeman in September. Keep reading for full dates and locations.
In 2016, the MPA offered six artists the chance to participate in Reimagine Montana, an Artist-in-Residence program funded through a nationwide Imagine Your Parks Initiative. Timed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the centennial of the National Park Service, Reimagine Montana also marks 30 years of preservation advocacy and outreach by the MPA.
Beyond marking anniversaries, Reimagine Montana re-documents, raises awareness of, and celebrates nationally significant parks and outstanding heritage properties in Montana by reinterpreting historic places depicted by iconic artists such as Karl Bodmer, Thomas Hart Benton, Gustav Sohon, Charlie Russell and Native American traditional artists whose hide paintings, ledger drawings and rock art survive to the current day. Each artist was paired with a site that resonated with their interests, and was given the opportunity to reflect on these places and their cultural meaning – past, present and future.
The resulting collection of more than 30 new paintings and photographs is stunning, bringing beauty and new insights to the heritage of our state and our nation. Visitors to the Reimagine Montana exhibit will see how these outstanding artists have given new meaning to Montana’s pristine historic sites.
- David Burke, Oakland, CA, Painting
Butte-Anaconda National Historic Landmark
Sponsor: Butte-Silver Bow Local Government
- Kit Frost, Durango, CO, Photography
Glacier National Park
Sponsor: GNP National Park Service
- D.G. House, Bozeman, MT, Painting
Traveler’s Rest National Historic Landmark, MT
Sponsor: Montana State Parks
- Lewis Williams, Montrose, CO, Painting/Woodcut
Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument
Sponsor: American Prairie Reserve
- Ben Bloch, Cameron, MT, Painting
Virginia City National Historic Landmark
Sponsor: Montana Heritage Commission
- Tim Holmes, Helena, MT, Painting
Sponsor: Montana Preservation Alliance
MEET THE ARTISTS!
After a month-long exhibit in Butte, Reimagine Montana will travel the state, arriving on:
June 30 to July 30 at the Holter Museum of Art, Helena
Aug 1 to Sept 10, Travelers’ Rest State Park, Lolo
Sept 14 to Oct 1, Bozeman Public Library
Dec 10 to January 10, Myrna Loy Center, Helena
Reimagine Montana is a special project of the Montana Preservation Alliance, www.preservemontana.org; funded in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.To find out more about how the National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
Our primary artist residence sponsors were Glacier National Park, Montana State Parks, Montana Heritage Commission, American Prairie Reserve, and Butte-Silver Bow Local Government. And many thanks to our exhibit sponsors, NorthWestern Energy, Traveler’s Rest State Park, Bozeman Public Library, Montana State University, and the Holter Museum of Art.