Seeing It Again: Nature Reconsidered
Artists: Brad Allen, Kevin Bell, Trey Hill, & Nicole Pietrantoni
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18th, 2017 from 5-7PMOn View from May 16th through July 30th
SEEING IT AGAIN examines human connection with the natural world.  While each artist uses different processes, materials, and perspectives, all are concerned with similar central questions:  In an age of environmental degradation and global warming, how do we now experience landscape?  With our connection to nature receding, how can its presence be more viscerally felt?
  Alayna Rasile Digrindakis & Lauren Roberta Korn: TEXTUS
August 4 to October 27, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, August 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Artists will be present on night of opening for talks.
TEXTUS explores ways in which text can be translated or made into visual artifact, visual art into literature, and how each medium speaks to record-keeping and storytelling.  In TEXTUS, poetry is brought into conversation with textile through the translation of written correspondence. By revisiting an archive of over four hundred letters sent between 2007 and 2016, Helena natives Alayna Rasile-Digrindakis and Lauren Roberta Korn allow one another to reinterpret their experiences by drafting a metaphorical palimpsest—one that layers poetic and visual explications of early adulthood.   These women have utilized their seemingly disparate art forms to confront ideas of nostalgia and sentimentality, of hindsight and maturity, and to revisit their friendship through visual art and poetics. Ultimately, however, TEXTUS serves to emphasize the act and the intention of written correspondence. Beyond the content of the source material, it is the habit and the care with which individual stories were (and are) shared that embodies the ever-evolving relationship between text and textile, between writing and weaving.   
The Holter Museum of Art thanks Bonnie Lambert and Bruce Meadows for sponsoring this exhibition. Cave: An Artscience Installation
August 4 to December 31, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, August 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
The Cave collaborative will be present on night of opening for talks.
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 is busy creating 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 centers 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 humanity.  
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.  
Thanks to Max Milton, Bruce Meadows, and Judy Carrigan for sponsoring this exhibition! Akio Takamori: Remembered
June 2 to July 28, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, June 2nd from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Akio Takamori (1950 – 2017)
Akio Takamori was born and raised in Japan.  He exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Asia since the mid-1980s.  Takamori received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976 and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University in 1978.  Takamori was a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena following the completion of his masters.    
Takamori’s most recent solo exhibitions included Ground (2013), at James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA and Equivalent (2013), at Galerie Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland.
Takamori’s work is included in numerous collections including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Ariana Museum in Geneva, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.  He was the recipient of numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grants (1986, 1988, 1992), the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2006), and the USA Ford Fellowship (2011).
 Select pieces from the collections of: Alan & Nancy Nicholson Private CollectionMary Jane Davidson Private CollectionThe Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic ArtsThe Holter Museum of Art  John Sauer: Across Tender LandContemplation of Landscape through Print and Sculpture
August 4 to October 27, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, August 4th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
The rhythm of walking along a railroad track or pacing the white lines down the middle of a highway; counting spaces between the cars of a coal train; the steady work of weaving material by hand: over-under-over-under; the breathing of a small child as she sleeps in the bed handmade by my wife.  I have discovered that my artwork is a metaphor for order: sometimes re-expressing order found in the landscape, a mechanical process, the rhythm of form, personal relationships, and the life around me.  Each work is also a collaboration of many independent parts that are crafted to come together and express a larger whole. 
John Sauer earned his BA at Hope College (sculpture and drawing) and MFA at Colorado State University (sculpture).  He has installed and exhibited work nationally and internationally, and has garnered regional and national grants.  Sauer’s work consistently involves sculpture, printmaking, and drawing and he has been teaching each of these media at St. Olaf College since 1995.
View the artist's website here.

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