Reimagine Montana:
Landmarks Across Time Exhibit Travels Summer/Fall 2017

The Montana Preservation Alliance (MPA) is excited to announce the opening of our Reimagine Montana traveling art exhibit at the Myrna Loy Center on Dec. 12. The exhibit opened on May 24 in Butte and will run through June 26, 2017. Admission is free and open to the public. 

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
    aveler’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


Submerged by David Burke, Artist in Residence, Butte 2016

Submerged by David Burke, Artist in Residence, Butte 2016


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,; 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

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.