Photogram: Former Faculty and Staff
- Tuesday, February 20, 2018 to Thursday, March 1, 2018, from 9:00am to 8:00pm
- Haynes Hall, Helen E. Copeland Gallery - view map
MSU 125th Anniversary Celebration Exhibit Features Work by Former Faculty and Staff
Exhibition Dates: Tuesday, February 20th –Thursday, March, 1st, 2018
Reception: Thursday, March 1st, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The Helen E. Copeland Gallery (HECG) and the School of Art at Montana State
University are pleased to announce the opening of Photogram: Work by Former Faculty
and Staff on exhibit Tuesday, February 20 through Thursday, March 1, 2018. A public
reception will be held Thursday, March 1, 2018, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, in the Helen E.
Copeland Gallery, located on the second floor of the School of Art in Haynes Hall. This
free event is open to the public. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
In celebration of the 125 Th anniversary of Montana State University, Photogram: Work by
Former Faculty and Staff showcases the work of 22 former members of the School and
Art faculty and staff. The exhibit begins with a watercolor by F.E. Marshall, the first
head of the Art Department in 1894, and ends with the work of Stephanie Newman,
graphic designer, who retired in 2017. Spanning the 125 years the department has
educated Montanans in the creative arts, the showcase also includes works by Olga
Ross Hannon, Harold Schlotzhauer, Deborah Butterfield, John Buck, Frances Senska,
George Conkey, Willem Volkersz, Jesse Albrect, Kathryn W. Schmidt, Robert Royhl,
John Bashor, Rick Pope, Fran Noel, Jessie Wilber, Robert and Gennie DeWeese,
Richard Helzer, Mary Anne Kelly, Anne Garner, and a special piece by Peter Voulkos.
Though the show is on display for a limited time, it features the enduring art of some of
the finest artists Montana has to offer.
In addition, there will be a “timeline wall” dedicated to chronicling the rich history of the
MSU School of Arts. Posted on the wall with dates of importance, (such as building of
the Archie Bray with the help of Rudy Autio, Voulkos, Senska, and Wilber in 1951 and
the birth of KGLT radio in 1968) will be old photographs, building plans, exhibition posters,
and other ephemera from the past 125 years. Post-it notes will be provided for
visitors to contribute by posting events they feel are important to the expansive story of
the School of Art in an effort to create a robust depiction of the institution’s history.
The exhibition is titled Photogram in hopes of illustrating the importance of teachers in
creating the next generation of artists. While searching for a title, Gallery Director and
curator Ella Watson wanted to find an art process that personified the idea of taking
parts to make a whole as each student adopts pieces of their professors to make their
own voice. Looking through the MoMA Glossary, she found this definition of
photogram: a photographic print made by placing objects and other elements on
photosensitive paper and exposing it to light.
According to Watson, “I was not content with a process that describes taking shreds
of a whole and making into something new as in a collage or a montage. The parts
do not undergo a chemical change and they give the idea of a Frankenstein of a
student. Hence, I was enamored with the metaphor of a photogram: the students
are the objects, the paper is MSU, and the light (in the true meaning of the
Enlightenment) is the knowledge of the professors. The resulting image is all its
own, but not without the influence of the sun.”
Continuing the 125 th Celebration of MSU, Photogram will be followed by Jessie
Wilber: A Pioneer of Modernism in Montana, a retrospective of the work of Jessie Wilber
and guest curated by Michele Corriel. Funding to frame the collection of prints and
woodblocks by Wilber, which come from the School of Art Archives, was provided by
the Center for Western Lands and Peoples. This exhibit will continue through March 22.
Finally, being exhibited concurrently with Photogram and Jessie Wilber for the
month of March, is a retrospective of the work of Robert and Gennie DeWeese on
display in the Dean’s Gallery on the second floor of Cheever Hall, adjacent to
The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall. Please
note that the parking passes are required for parking during the business day (6AM -
6PM). Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM/ Closed on weekends
For more information on this exhibition, or on the Helen E. Copeland gallery in general,
please visit hecgallery.com or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/msuhecg.
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