How have the past 75 years affected Montana artists? Why do the arts find such a home in the communities and schools of Big Sky Country? What is contemporary Western art? The Holter Museum of Art is home to a diverse collection that seeks answers to these questions. Spanning 75 years of work from across the western United States, the collection includes important pieces by artists who have captured the vistas and people of Montana, innovators who have broken boundaries of their professions and mediums, and teachers who have shared their views, skills, and passions with students of all ages.
The Holter will launch an online database in 2015, making these pieces available to students, researchers, and art lovers. Until then, you can find select pieces on the museum’s online gallery space hosted by Google Cultural Institute. Current online exhibitions include contemporary depictions of horses by regional artists, and ceramic pieces by the colorful founders of the Archie Bray Foundation, and a collection of sketches by Monte Dolack. See below for a preview!
Every week, Holter staff also chime in on our Staff Picks page with their favorite works from the permanent collection.