Montana Triennial: 2012
Missoula Art Museum
May 4 – August 26
Missoula Art Museum pleased to host the Montana Triennial: 2012. A Biennial or in this case, a Triennial, is intended to serve as a survey exhibition of contemporary work from a particular region. The Triennial is a perfect fit for the Missoula Art Mueum’s programming, whose mission states, “… strives to engage artists and audience in the creative exploration of contemporary art relevant to our community, state and region.”
Most often Triennials are selected by a respected juror or panel of jurors from outside of the region. Keith Wells, Curator of Art at Washington State University’s Museum of Art, was tapped to be this year’s juror. Wells is no stranger to Missoula having curated the Galen Hansen exhibition at MAM in 2008 and presenting a rousing gallery talk. MAM would like to thank Keith Wells for this Herculean effort in the role of Juror for Montana Triennial 2012. Wells selected just 38 artists to be represented this year, or roughly 25% of the artists and works that were submitted.
Montana Triennial: 2012 will be displayed in the Carnegie, Aresty, Silvers and Shott Galleries, doubling the space and effort dedicated to this important juried exhibition. To that end, over 100 works were selected for inclusion. The exhibition was open to all artists living and working in the state of Montana, will feature work by both established and emerging artists statewide and include a variety of media. This statewide event invited artists from every corner of the state to submit and will produce a full-color catalogue including the selected artists, complete with the juror’s essay. Please join the museum for the extensive programming associated with the exhibition.