Upcoming Exhibitions

Neltje: Dialogue of My Mind & Tell Me, Why Flowers?

March 14, 2020 - July 12, 2020
Neltje's paintings are intense, complex, and larger than life.  In her late 30s, Neltje began her excursion into the discipline of Sumi-e painting. That practice became the core of her later work. Dialogue of My Mind is Neltje's first figurative series, which she painted following the 2016 elections. Inspired by the end-of-season explosion of color in her late-summer gardens, Tell Me, Why Flowers? evokes the spectacular, but fleeting, joys of life. 

Equal: A Work in Progress

May 15, 2020 - October 25, 2020
Kristi Hager, a Missoula-based photographer and painter, presents a series of paintings on unstretched canvas that includes portraits of herself, her great grandmother, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Inspired by the 2020 centennial of women’s suffrage, Hager says, "I was thinking of the long struggle to get equal rights for a lot of people, not just women."

North x Northwest 2020

May 28, 2020 - August 2, 2020
North x Northwest 2020 features the theme “Women’s Work.” Open to artists of all genders and backgrounds, working in any fine art or craft medium, this year’s exhibition will be juried by MIA Associate Curator Jill Ahlberg Yohe. In addition to Juror’s Award and People’s choice, the exhibition will fund up to $5,000 in purchase awards for the YAM’s collection.

Cudra Clover: Hysteria

July 23, 2020 - September 18, 2020
Hawaiian artist Cudra Clover's multi-media solo installation reinterprets “feminine” space. Her sumptuous silk paintings and surrealistic interior décor allude to traditional abstraction and decorative arts, the overstimulation of the digital age, biology, and the implicit historical bias reflected in the word “hysteria.”

Jane Deschner: Remember Me

August 13, 2020 - October 4, 2020
Over the course three decades and countless hours, Jane Deschner has created and stitched together an installation of 500 found photographs embellished with embroidered obituary text. She hand-embroiders the text from newspaper obituaries onto the images she has collected, using the insistent, devotional act of stitching to create a collective, empathetic narrative.

Brooke Atherton: Mothers and Daughters

October 15, 2020 - January 10, 2021
Materials and labor are central to expression for Billings-based artist Brooke Atherton. Her work visually describes her journey across the American West. Her fabric and mixed media drawings are layered from silk, cotton, and wool, using non-traditional methods to manipulate the fabric, such as ripping, burning, and rusting, representing the effects of natural forces. Many of her works relate specific stories and events, with underlying themes of passage through time and space.

Tracy Linder: Close Range

November 12, 2020 - January 10, 2021
Tracy Linder grew up on a family farm and her work is strongly connected to the agricultural land of Central Montana. Her paintings, sculptures, and mixed media installations explore relationships between people and the environment, machinery and plants, preservation and extraction, the profit and loss of family farming, the shifting nature of food systems, and cycles of life and death.