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.
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 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
John Saurer: 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
Artist will be present on night of opening.
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 Saurer 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. Two Painters Talking: Sara Mast & Lisa Pressman
August 18 to October 27, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, August 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Artist Sara Mast will be present on night of opening.
Let’s remember how to mix red clay and spit—charcoal and buffalo fat. Let’s tell ourselves we said the right thing, the first time. Bargaining with the rough claws of time for a token of respect. We write ourselves down, in order to be found.                                     
 ‘Origin Stories’, by Becca Lawhome, Fairbanks, AK, 2017
Sara Mast (Bozeman, MT) and Lisa Pressman (West Orange, NJ) have been ‘talking’, both visually and verbally, for ten years. They became close friends and colleagues in Fall, 2008, when they were both included in the invitational exhibition, New Talent, at Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. They maintain a close personal and professional relationship, and do painting workshops together both in Bozeman, MT and at Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro, MA. Most recently, they collaborated with two colleagues on a panel for the 11th International Encaustic conference in Provincetown, MA, entitled Think Tank on Creative Teaching and Learning.
Each time that Mast and Pressman see one another, they work on paintings together. They communicate in a visual dialogue that is a delight not only for the two of them, but is often engaging for their students or the workshop participants who witness the ‘conversation’. What at first glance appears to be childish play is actually a profound engagement with the materials and processes of painting. Their joy and immersion in the spontaneity of this wordless yet articulate interchange of color, line and shape is often contagious! Yet the work is also marked by a mutual respect for one another’s visual ‘voice’, and a reverence for the ineffable ‘third voice’ that arises from their shared devotion. The painting itself always has the final word.
In the past, the paintings they work on together get caught up in the flow of their individual studio practices when they separate, and subsequently are often integrated into another work that bears the name of one artist, Mast or Pressman. Or they remain as little pieces of paper that sit in a stack in Pressman’s studio, or stay curled up like the collaborative scroll which now rests on Mast’s studio shelf awaiting Pressman’s next visit to MT.
The idea for these new collaborative paintings began as an extension of Mast’s collaborative, interdisciplinary artscience installation Cave. When Mast read a National Geographic article in Fall, 2013, that the handprints in eight cave sites in France and Spain were analyzed and three quarters of those handprints were left by women, it was empowering. This research turned the ‘male shaman-hunters-as-painters’ theory on its head, and instead suggested that women may have been the first artists! Conversations between Mast and Pressman ensued. An imaginative ‘what if’ between the two artists emerged and Two Painters Talking was born.
This exhibition is the first time that Mast and Pressman have set out to create a visual discourse sustained over time and space, based on the imagined experience of making that first mark on the cave wall--of taking powdered pigment, charcoal, ash & paint in hand to complete the drawing the stone crevice began of a bull’s horn or a lion’s jaw. Two Painters Talking represents Mast & Pressman’s shared embodiment of the origin of painting and the ‘voice’ that echoed back.
  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
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.

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