Opening Reception was Saturday, March 14, 1 – 4pm
On Exhibit from March 14 through April 17
Educators play an important part in the art community, not only as teachers of their medium, but as challengers of critical thinking and fostering creativity among the learners in their community. After the 2nd World War, professional artists receiving college degrees became more common. When soldiers came home from the war and started using their GI bills, art education departments began to increase to accommodate the influx of students interested in the arts. Although there was an increase in artists receiving their BFAs and MFAs from colleges and universities, there were still art institutes available for artists to attend.
From teaching young students the techniques of brush strokes, to helping the young artists finish their degree and perfect their signature style, educators help build the foundation for expression through art and the appreciation of the arts that have been around for years. In our second exhibition of the year, the WAM has asked a group of educators who add to the art community, not only in Montana but in surrounding states, to display their talents in their choice medium.
Calli Nissen is the Artist in Residence and Education Director at the WAM. She teaches at rural schools in southeast Montana and holds classes at the museum for all ages. Calli will be displaying ceramics and print making artwork, her preferred mediums. We have several of our former Artists in Residence and Education Directors participating. Jordan Pehler, the Museum Art Educator at the Yellowstone Art Museum, will be displaying his talents in encaustic artwork. Kevin Layton is currently teaching the third and fourth grade at Sacred Heart School. He will display work in several different mediums such as oil pastel, pencil, and ink. Keely Perkins, an art educator for Miles City elementary schools, will display ceramic artwork along with oil paintings. Sue Tirell is a full time studio artist who teaches workshops on occasion. She will have functional and sculptural ceramics on display during the exhibit. Jim Bailey, a professor at the University of North Dakota, will also be displaying functional ceramics. Jerry Fischer is a Miles City Junior High art teacher who has participated in many other exhibits here at the WAM. He will have functional ceramics on display. The next four artists are educators at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. Dave Wilson, a returning artist, will be displaying his mixed media artwork. Desy Schoenewies, Studio Artist at the university, works primarily in encaustics. This is her second exhibit here at the WAM as she participated in our 2nd Annual Art Squared. Sarah Tancred, an adjunct faculty member, will display ceramic/textile installations. James Louks, also an adjunct faculty member, will exhibit his mixed media artwork.