CAVE: An Artscience Installation
August 18 - December 31, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, August 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
The NeuroCave Collaborative will be present on the night of the opening.
At the Holter Museum of Art, we are excited to present CAVE, a profound exhibition from Montana artist Sara Mast and an interdisciplinary team on display from August through December, 2017.
CAVE is a collaborative artscience project that merges the ‘mind’ of 35,000 year old cave art with state-of-the-art brain research.  An interdisciplinary research team composed of faculty and student artists and scientists from Montana State University and the University of Missouri, Kansas City has created a truly interactive installation in which light and sound elements are controlled by participant brainwaves.  Using current neurofeedback technology, participant physiological responses to their surrounding environment will simultaneously inform the environment, projecting fluctuating sound and color fields that blur the perceptual boundaries between sensation and creation. Evoking the deeply spiritual and communal nature of early artistic sites such as Chauvet-Pont-D’Arc cave, the installation will echo cultural memory and bridge the origins of art with the latest advances in neuroscience.
At the Holter Museum of Art, we are excited to share this cutting-edge exhibition with our Montana community.  Through it, we hope to spark meaningful dialogue about the deep, natural interconnectivity found across intellectual disciplines and human creativity.  
The official Cave collaborative website can be viewed here.
The Holter Museum of Art is currently seeking sponsors for this exhibition.  View sponsorship information here.  Please call Jennifer duToit-Barrett at 406-442-6400 x104 or by email at for sponsor details.  

The Holter Museum of Art and the NeuroCave Collaborative would like to follow the following sponsors for making this project possible:
Scholarship and Creativity Award, Montana State University
 Faculty Excellence Grant, Montana State University
 MSU Scholarship & Creativity Grant for the Advancement of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Royce Smith, Dean of the College of Arts & Architecture
Brett Gunnick, Dean of the College of Engineering
John Paxton, Director of the School of Computing
Andy Vernooy, Director of the School of Architecture
Keith Kothman, Director of the School of Music
Nicole Rae, Dean of Letters & Science
US Department of Education Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program Grant
Speyer Family Foundation, Helena, MT
Oz Architects, Missoula, MT
Bruce Meadows, Helena, MT
Max Milton, Helena, MT
Judy Carrigan, Helena, MT
Zach Begler: Lens to the Streets
January 19 - April 12, 2018
Opening Reception on Friday, January 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
A photographic interpretation of individuals inhabiting the streets of Phoenix, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and Helena, MT.  Begler uses film to capture these moments, revealing the vision and experience of human connection created before and during exposure.  
Begler's debut exhibition at the Holter includes a collection of images spanning the western United States, with emphasis in the Pacific Northwest.  He wants to evoke empathy and respect, but, above all, remind viewers of the friendships possible between all individuals.
View Zach's website here. Richard Buswell: CLOSE TO HOME
January 19 - April 13, 2018
Opening Reception on Friday, January 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
For more than four decades, Richard Buswell has trained his camera on the landscape of Montana, with its abandoned and overgrown homesteads and majestic, never-ending skies. His black-and-white photographs frame cast-off, common things to reveal abstract patterns in the tradition of twentieth-century modernist photography. Buswell describes his work as more interpretive and abstract than documentary. The images explore the junction where decaying artifacts become visual echoes of the past. 
Richard Buswell: Close to Home was organized by the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana. Bonnie Gene Lambert: Hall of Lesser Pleasures
January 19 - April 13, 2018
Opening Reception on Friday, January 19th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Helena artist Bonnie Lambert utilizes photography and collage to construct photographic narratives.  Many of her works prove autobiographical, incorporating fictions of the artist’s making. 
Lambert grew up in Billings, Montana, and received an undergraduate degree in English literature from the Univ. of California, Berkeley.  She received a Master of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Colorado. HoHo Holter Holiday Sale & the Island of Misfit Art Exhibition
November 2nd - December 24th, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, November 3rd
The Sherman Gallery is in full holiday swing!
Stop into the gallery and shop new works from over 60 Montana artists.
Follow the Holter Facebook page and Instagram for sale updates and holiday events. Kelly Moncur & Kage Harp present RAW: Primal Abstract Expressions
December 2017 & January 2018 in the Nicholson Gallery
Opening Reception on Friday, December 1st from 5-8PM

Exhibition Statement: The androgynous figures featured in

For Schools & Educators


At the Walton Arts Center’s 25th annual Arts with Education Institute, teachers learn to incorporate the arts in subjects as diverse as history and math



Kennedy Center‘s ArtsEdge -- Preeminent source for arts-integration information.

Arts Integration: Resource Round-Up -- Edutopia website listing resources to get you started.

Kennedy Center’s ArtsEdge Lesson Collection -- Art-integrated lessons ranging from elementary to high school.

Education Closet -- Arts integration resource firm. Provides online PDs and STEAM conference.


Project Planning Checklist (Source: School 21 retrieved from Edutopia)

Curriculum Mapping (Source: Bates Middle School retrieved from Edutopia)

Student Reflection (Source: Bates Middle School retrieved from Edutopia)

Teacher Reflection (Source: Bates Middle School retrieved from Edutopia)

Other Resources:

Drama Games

Teaching Tableau

Theater Connections


Attention Teachers: The Holter Musuem has transportation dollars thanks to the Helena Dragon Project!!

Here's how it works...
Call to make sure funds are still available
Call 442-6400 x108 to schedule your Museum visit
Schedule your bus through your school
Send the Holter the invoice for your bus expense and we will pay the bus company.
Send Invoices to:  Holter Museum Education
                           12 E Lawrence
                           Helena, MT   59601

Or  email the invoice to

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When to Schedule

  • Reservations should be made at least a week in advance.
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  • Our school tour reservation office is open Monday–Sunday, 10 am–5 pm.

How to Schedule

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How to Prepare for Your Field Trip

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