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Hockaday Museum of Art

2nd Avenue East at Third Street
Kalispell, MT

Phone: (406) 755-5268

Statement of Purpose:

The Hockaday Museum of Art is dedicated to visual arts learning experiences. This is accomplished through the exhibition, collection, and preservation of art with an emphasis on Montana.

Highlights & Collections:

The museum is housed in a historic 1903 Carnegie Library building on the historic eastside of Kalispell, Montana near many shops and fine restaurants. Kalispell is located in the heart of the Flathead Valley, close to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake, Big Mountain Ski and Summer Resort, and many other attractions. The Hockaday offers six galleries of exhibits of art, both historic and contemporary. The Museum Shop offers unique arts and crafts made by local artists and artisans.


Changing exhibits every 4-6 weeks. Arts in the park, juried fine craft show in July.

Selections from the Permanent Collection, featuring work by Ace Powell, Gary Schildt, Marshall Noice, Robert Scriver, David Shaner, Charles Davis, Michelle Luke, Linda Christensen, Kurt Weiser, Ted Waddell, Sheila Miles, and Russell Chatham.

Exhibit Schedule

Jay Rummell:  A Montana Original
September 9 - November 4, 2000
Jay Rummell was a legendary painter and printmaker who lived in Missoula almost all of his life.  Born near Helena in 1939, Jay was influenced by most of the movements that have touched artists in Montana,  including depression-era prints, Native American storytelling, pioneer storytelling, the paintings of CM Russell, the psychedelic poster art of the 1960's, and to a lesser degree, modern movements such as abstract expressionism.
There are elements of nostalgia, folk art, and psychedelia in almost all of Jay's work.  Organized by the Art Museum of Missoula; co-sponsored by MAGDA.
Ralph Weigmann: Echoes
September 9 - November 4, 2000
Ralph Weigmann's work represents a visual and symbolic exploration of a specific landscape element. Trees have echoed beauty, strength, longevity, will, the forbidden, the loss of innocence, and joy.  Tree images have  been  used to represent the whole spectrum of human experience.  The aim of  these  paintings is to convey human and personal conditions of the body, mind,  soul, and spirit in the images of trees. The works echo a spectrum of life experience determined by and related to the conditions of his life.
Curated  by Hockaday Staff.
Flathead Valley Featured Artist - Linda Katsuda
September 1 - November 4, 2000
Equine Illustrations by Eleanor Iselin Wade
October 6, 2000 - April 28, 2001
The 3rd Annual Frontier Montana Gathering of Artists
November 17, 2000 - January 20, 2001
Flathead Valley Featured Artist - Julie Wulf
November 17, 2000 - January 20, 2001
Echoes:  A Visual Reflection
Photographs by Richard S. Buswell
February 2 - April 28, 2001
Flathead Valley Featured Artist - Darren Kling
February 2 - April 28, 2001
Dudley Dana
May 11 - August 4, 2001
Flathead Valley Featured Artist - Judy Ennis Cronkheit
May 11 - August 4, 2001
Arts in the Park - 33rd Anniversary Festival
July 27-29, 2000 - Depot Park
Join us for the longest-running fine art and craft fair in Northwest Montana!  100 artist's booths, food, and entertainment.  Applications for  artists are due May 1st - call 755-5268 for a prospectus.
Larry Stark:  Fishouses
August 17 - November 3, 2001 (alternate closing date:  November 24, 2001)
Flathead Valley Featured Artist - Nicholas Oberling
August 17 - November 3, 2001 (alternate closing date:  November 24, 2001)
Working Hives
Missoula artist Pat Kikut
December 7, '01 - February 23, '02
This flexible exhibition travels and is stored in three actual bee boxes.  The artist has composed panels, which slide in and out of the bee boxes and are reflective of the artist's examination of anthropological phenomena.
 The artist has been a practicing beekeeper and studied bee behavior. Just like the bees that normally inhabit hives, humans also group themselves together.
 The panels depict members of three groups: American Auto Association, Continental Frequent Flyer, and Costco. The artist is also a member of  these three groups.
Small Tales from the Big Sky
Missoula artist Edgar Smith
December 7, '01 - February 23, '02
This intimate exhibition of small-scale images highlights an affinity for traditional painting techniques, as well as its thread to storytelling.
Many of the works have an autobiographical connection to childhood stories and surrealist ambiance, but emulate the northern European painters of the 15th century.
Flathead Valley Featured Artist - Jennifer Li
December 7, 2001 - February 23, 2002
Naming the Place, Placing the Name
Jennifer Reifsneider.
March 1 - May 25, 2002
This exhibit addresses issues of communication, understanding and effort.
In all of the works, the artist uses repetitive gestures to create simple forms with subtle colors. Earlier works are concerned primarily with the efficacy of labels and systems that translate the world into comprehensible
Recent works employ destructive and reconstructive actions to accept or negate a concept, the use of an object, or the aim of the activity. The cyclical nature of the processes embraces the absurd structure of
nature-order and chaos-to create objects of sublime beauty.
Flathead Valley Featured Artist - Tom Herzog
March 1 - May 25, 2002
Helen Ziga & Other Fiber Artists
Summer, 2002


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