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October 31, 2012


A new art exhibit by University of Montana students and staff combines fine art and taxidermy to create “An Aesthetic Taxonomy.” The dynamic exhibit, featuring artwork inspired by UM’s Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum, will be on display at the University Center Gallery through Friday, Nov. 30.

Biologists and other scientists view the empty skins and bare bones of specimens at the UMZM as a wealth of knowledge to be studied. But to an artist, the eyeless, oddly stuffed and awkwardly arranged specimens create an almost whimsical display. “An Aesthetic Taxonomy” is a celebration of the various stories these remains tell and about the mysterious transition of death.  

An opening reception for the show will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the UC Gallery. Featured artists are Dave Dyer, Louis Habeck, Kadie Zimmerman, Hanna Spry, Samuel Case, Eric Carlson and Lesli Van Stavern Millar.

The UC Gallery, located in UC Room 227, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year. To learn more, visit





Contact: Gwen Landquist, University Center marketing and art manager, 406-243-5555,; Kristina Myer and Sabrina Charlson, UC Gallery student coordinators, 406-243-5564,