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MSU's March series of events demonstrates 'Art Matters'

February 21, 2014

"Art Matters" is the theme of the 2014 MSU President's Fine Arts Series. According to Nancy Cornwell, dean of the college, some of the most compelling programs from the college, as well as leading edge thinking about art, architecture, music, film and photography, will be discussed throughout the month. Illustration by Alison Gauthier, MSU Publications and Graphics   High-Res Available

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The Montana State University Office of the President and the College of Arts and Architecture present a month-long series throughout March of engaging events to celebrate the transformational power of the arts. All events are free and open to the public.

"Art Matters" is the theme of the 2014 MSU President's Fine Arts Series. According to Nancy Cornwell, dean of the college, some of the most compelling programs from the college, as well as leading edge thinking about art, architecture, music, film and photography, will be discussed throughout the month.

"Whether you attend a performance, a lecture, a film or our signature panel, you will leave this year's President’s Fine Arts Series with a sense of how the creative arts hold a special ability to reshape our world for the greater good," Cornwell said.


 "Create Like You Give a Damn," a discussion about public service in the arts, is scheduled at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 22, in MSU's Black Box Theater at 11th and Grant. Cameron Sinclair, the co-founder of Architects for Humanity, the Open Architecture Network, winner of the TED prize as well as a former instructor of architecture at MSU, headlines a panel that includes: MSU graduate Kelly Matheson, attorney, filmmaker and human rights advocate; Edgar Arceneaux, a contemporary artist who is the co-founder of the Watts House Project, a nonprofit neighborhood redevelopment organization in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles; and Waded Cruzado, president of Montana State University.



A screening of the film "The Dalai Lama Awakening" with director Khashyar Darvich is set at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture. Dennis Aig, director of the MSU School of Film and Photography, was a production consultant on the film. The film, narrated by Harrison Ford, is a revisioning of Darvich's earlier award-winning film "Dalai Lama Renaissance," which won 12 awards and screened more than 1,000 times around the world. "Dalai Lama Awakening" profiles the journey of several Western thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to solve many of the world's problems. The result was a transformation of the participants, and those who watch the film also report a personal transformation.


"Montana Made: A Celebration of Musicians that Give Back," a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 23,   will feature three nationally prominent musicians with Montana roots performing a trio commissioned by the Warren Miller Center for the Performing Arts.  They are: pianist Phil Aaberg of Chester, the co-founder of Arts Without Boundaries, who has played keyboard for internationally recognized musicians and was a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate from MSU; cellist Michael Reynolds, the Bozeman-born founder of Classics for Kids, a member of the famed Muir String Quartet,  a professor of music at Boston University and the son of Creech Reynolds, the namesake for Reynolds Recital Hall; and violinist Angella Ahn, MSU music professor and member of the famed Ahn Trio. Their performance will be followed by the annual Dessert for the Spirit reception.


"Portrait of a Community: Oxford, Iowa," will open March 3, in the Dean's Gallery on the second floor of Cheever Hall. The photography collection began in 1984 when artist Peter Feldstein set out to photograph every resident of his town, Oxford, Iowa, population 676. Twenty years later, Feldstein did it again, re-photographing as many of the original residents as he could locate.

The "Type Directors Club 2013 Exhibition: Power and Language " will open Wednesday, March 5, in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall. The Type Director’s Club Exhibition is a review of the history and distinctive aesthetics of typography. It will give a sense of the evolution of the printed word and its impact and influence on society and the readers who consume it.  

Two lectures are scheduled in connection with the exhibit. "Power and Language," a lecture by Vaughan Judge, director of the MSU School of Art, will open the exhibit at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in room 215 Cheever Hall. Meta Newhouse, a professor of graphic design at MSU will lecture on "Type of Place," in connection with the exhibit at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in room 215 of Cheever Hall.

"Punctum: A Pop-Up Exhibition of Sophomore Photography," the School of Film and Photography’s annual undergraduate photography exhibit, will be displayed in the second floor common area of Cheever Hall all day Wednesday, March 19.

Receptions for all three exhibits will be held from 7-9 p.m. March 19 in respective galleries and will compose this year's President's Fine Arts Series annual gallery walk, "Three exhibits, two receptions all on one big night."



Four free creative workshops geared to students in middle school will be offered on two Saturdays in March, beginning March 1, as part of the President's Fine Arts Series. Taught by faculty and students from the College of Arts and Architecture in celebration of the fine arts series, all of the workshops will be held from 9 a.m. - noon on the MSU campus. They include “Making Music” and “Building for Your Future,” both on March 1; “Photo Scavenger Hunt” and “Rock Stretching 101” will both be offered on March 22. Space in each workshop is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged. Call 994-6654 for more information or to register for a workshop. More information may also be found at:

Bozeman SOUP, a micro-funding dinner celebrating local creative projects, is scheduled at 6 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the Bozeman Fraternal Order of the Eagles on E. Main. For $7, attendees receive soup, bread, and a vote. Four four-minute funding presentations will be given and attendees vote for which idea they think should receive the proceeds from the evening. Bozeman SOUP is based on a community project called Detroit SOUP. For more information about the history of Detroit SOUP, visit

For more information about Bozeman SOUP, or to submit a project, email


 "Taking Local, Global – Leading transformation in Morocco," is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Reynolds Recital Hall. Representatives from the MSU School of Music, School of Architecture, School of Film & Photography, College of Nursing, College of Health and Human Development, all of which have led programs in Morocco, will highlight the work MSU students have done there. Live music and Moroccan food will be featured.

For more information about the 2014 MSU President's Fine Arts Series, "Arts Matters," go to:

The President's Fine Art Series is supported by the MSU Office of the President and the College of Arts and Architecture.  It is also funded in part by a grant from Humanities Montana, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  


JoDee Palin (406) 994-6654,