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The Montana Preservation Alliance has chosen six artists to participate this year in the 2016 Reimagine Montana Artist-in-Residence program.

Funded through The National Endowment for the Arts and National Park Service joint Imagine Your Parks Initiative to celebrate both the 50th anniversary of the NEA and the 100-year centennial of the National Park Service, MPA was awarded $20,000 to sponsor Reimagine Montana: National Parks, Historic Landmarks, Trails and Monuments Across Time.

Artists-in-Residence will celebrate nationally significant parks and cultural heritage in Montana by reimagining historic sites depicted by such renowned historic artists as Karl Bodmer, Thomas Moran, Gustav Sohon, John Fery, Charlie Russell and Native American traditionalists whose work survives in hide paintings, ledger drawings and rock art.

Six artists will reimagine Montana for four weeks at one of five settings in Montana. Each will be provided with lodgings and a stipend for expenses, to support creation of meaningful new artwork and a chance to reflect on these places and their cultural meaning.

Artists, locations, dates and host partners for each residency are:

  • Butte-Anaconda National Historic Landmark: Butte Silver-Bow Local Government, David Burke, Oakland, California, painting, month of August
  • Glacier National Park: GNP National Park Service, Kit Frost, Durango, Colorado, photography, mid-August to mid-September
  • Traveler’s Rest National Historic Landmark: Montana State Parks, D.G. House, Big Medicine Art Studio, Bozeman, painting, month of August
  • Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument, American Prairie Reserve, Lewis Williams, Montrose, Colorado, painting/woodcut prints, month of August
  • Virginia City National Historic Landmark: Montana Heritage Commission, Ben Bloch, Cameron, painting, mid-July through mid-August
  • Artist-at-Large, artist will visit all sites to provide a unifying perspective: Montana Preservation Alliance, Tim Holmes, Helena, painting, will visit all Reimagine sites summer and fall

At the end of the project, MPA will select one artwork from each for a permanent collection and other works for a final exhibition that will juxtapose work by these contemporary artists alongside historical imagery and writings. The exhibit will open in June of 2017 at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, and be designed to travel. MPA is seeking museums and funding to support the traveling exhibit so these works may be widely viewed.

For more information about the project, contact Chere Jiusto 457-2822 or visit www.preservemontana.org.

Reporter Marga Lincoln can be reached at 447-4083 marga.lincoln@helenair.com

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