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MSU President's Fine Arts Series salutes women in arts during Women's History Month

February 14, 2012


A visit by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, director of the film "Miss Representation," on March 20 is one of the highlights of the MSU College of Arts and Architecture's President's Fine Arts Series. The series, which will salute Women's History Month, features a rich series of artistic and cultural events focusing on women in the arts. Siebel Newsom will appear in a panel including MSU President Waded Cruzado and Arni Fishbaugh, executive director of the Montana Arts Council, at the screening of "Miss Representation," which will be held at the Ellen Theater. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Siebel Newsom.   High-Res Available

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The Montana State University College of Arts and Architecture's President's Fine Arts Series features a series of artistic and cultural events focusing on women in the arts in celebration of Women's History Month.

"In a Different Voice," a series of free art, architecture and photo exhibitions as well as film screenings and a musical performance, all focused on women, will be held beginning March 1 at MSU.

Joseph Fedock, interim dean of the College of Arts and Architecture, explained that this year's President's Fine Arts Series would focus on one month, rather than the academic year, as it has traditionally.

"Given that March is Women's History Month, we wanted to have a focused series of artistic and cultural events associated with the college, rather than our typical year-long format," Fedock said.

Women from across the college will be represented in the activities scheduled throughout the month.

The highlight of the month will be a premiere screening of the film "Miss Representation" featuring the film's director, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Ellen Theater in downtown Bozeman. The film explores how the media's misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. The screening will be followed by a panel with Siebel Newsom, MSU President Waded Cruzado, Arlynn "Arni" Fishbaugh, executive director of the Montana Arts Council, and Joe Thiel, MSU student and student regent on the Montana Board of Regents. This event is free; however, seating is limited and tickets must be reserved in advance. Tickets are available on www.theellentheatre.com or by calling (406) 585-5885.

The Reel Women Film Series, a slate of thought-provoking, humorous, and inspirational films that celebrate and cast light on the multiple facets of the female experience. Screenings will be followed by a casual discussion led by members of MSU faculty and staff. Included in the series are two films made by the MSU family. MSU graduate Kate Lain's "Git Along, Little Dogies" and MSU film professor Cindy Stillwell's film "Mating for Life," will screen at 7 p.m. on March 29 in VCB 182. Stillwell will lead the discussion following the films. The series begins on March 1 and will continue throughout the end of April. A complete list of films follows.

"A Celebration of Women in Music," proceeded by the PFAS annual Dessert for the Spirit reception, is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. The concert features music composed and performed by female members of the MSU School of Music faculty. This event is free; however, seating is limited. To reserve a seat, call (406) 994-6654.

The PFAS will also include three art exhibits. "Pioneers of Modernism: Celebrating the Work of Three Montana Women" featuring the work of artists Gennie Adams DeWeese, Frances Senska, and Jessie Wilbur will be on exhibit at the Dean's Gallery in the College of Arts and Architecture. The gallery is located in the dean of the college's office, 217 Cheever Hall. The exhibit is on display March 1-30.

"Identity/Representation: Student and Faculty Exhibition from the School of Film and Photography," will be on display in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery March 1-7.

"Personal Vision," the School of Film and Photography's Annual Juried Undergraduate Photography Exhibit, is on display from March 5-30 in Cheever's Lower Gallery.

An artists' reception for all three shows will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery with an awards ceremony and reception at 8 p.m. in Cheever's Lower Gallery

"Building Their Voice," a panel of women presenting and discussing current issues in architecture is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. March 30 in room 101 of Gaines Hall. A reception immediately follows.

The President's Fine Arts Series is sponsored by the MSU Office of the President, Ilse Mari and Denny Lee, MSU Leadership Institute, ASMSU, the MSU Women's Center and the MSU College of Arts and Architecture.

For more information about the series, or to check the most updated schedule, go to http://www.montana.edu/wwwdt/ or email the college caa@montana.edu or call (406) 994-6654. For a map of MSU buildings, see http://www.montana.edu/campusmap/

A list of "In a Different Voice" President's Fine Arts Series events follows:

March 1
"Pioneers of Modernism: Celebrating the Work of 3 Montana Women Artists Gennie Adams DeWeese, Frances Senska, and Jessie Wilbur." Dean's Gallery in the College of Arts and Architecture Dean's Office, 217 Cheever Hall. Closes March 30.

"Identity/Representation: Student and Faculty Exhibition from the School of Film and Photography at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery. Closes March 7.

Reel Women Film Series of "Dance, Girl, Dance" with discussion led by Victoria O'Donnell. 7 p.m. in VCB 182.

March 5
"Personal Vision" School of Film and Photography's Annual Juried Undergraduate Photography Exhibit, Cheever Lower Gallery. Closes March 30.

March 6
Artist Exhibit reception for all three exhibits, 7 p.m. Helen E. Copeland Gallery

March 8
Reel Women Film Series and discussion, "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," 7 p.m. - VCB 182

March 20
Miss Representation," film screening and panel discussion. 6 p.m., Ellen Theater. Panel discussion featuring filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, MSU President Waded Cruzado, Arlynn "Arni" Fishbaugh, executive director of the Montana Arts Council, and Joe Thiel, MSU student and student regent on the Montana Board of Regents.

March 22
Reel Women Film Series and discussion presented by Bozeman High School's Club X2 "Girls Rock!," 7 p.m., VCB 182

March 27
"A Celebration of Women in Music" featuring music composed and performed by women with Dessert for the Spirit Reception, 6:30 p.m. Reynolds Recital Hall.

March 29
Reel Women Film Series and discussion led by Cindy Stillwell, "Git Along, Little Dogies" and "Mating for Life," 7 p.m., VCB 182

March 30
Architecture Friday, "Building Their Voice." A panel of women presenting and discussing current issues: Have women found a voice in architecture? The balancing act between a professional life and a personal life. 5:30 p.m. Gaines Hall 101. Reception immediately following.

April 5
Reel Women Film Series and discussion led by Betsy Danforth, "Who Does She Think She Is?" 7 p.m., VCB 182

April 12
Reel Women Film Series and discussion, "Thirteen," 7 p.m. VCB 182

April 19
Reel Women Film Series and discussion, "The Arbor," 7 p.m. VCB 182

April 26
Reel Women Film Series and discussion,"Variety." 7 p.m. VCB 182

JoDee Palin (406) 994-4406, jpalin@montana.edu