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February 13, 2013


Thesis exhibitions by Master of Fine Arts graduate students Dean Foster, Ron Geibel and Burke Jam will be on display Feb. 21-March 6 in the Gallery of Visual Arts at The University of Montana. An opening reception for the exhibits will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Foster’s exhibition “Where I come from/Where I am” features ceramic mixed media works and video installation. The works reference the artist’s Midwestern upbringing in Michigan and his relationship with living in Montana. 

Geibel’s ceramic installation “Unapologetic” is influenced by traditional social- marketing tools that use public formats comparable to billboards, neon signs and marquees. He uses these strategies to display objects that reference the most private parts of people’s lives that are typically kept hidden such as sexuality, gender and identity.  His body of work questions our awareness of self and of others through an artistic process that explores the intersections of the public and private spheres.

“The Shadow of Polaris” by Jam incorporates sound, sculpture and a one-night- only site performance held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, in UM’s Music Recital Hall. Jam’s work explores the role of sound and physical place in the visual arts. Using a combination of analogue and digital processes and experimental media, this multidisciplinary exhibition and performance invite the viewer to reconsider how we perceive our world and our role within it.

The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of the Social Science Building. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Mondays are available by appointment only.

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Contact: Cathryn Mallory, director, UM Gallery of Visual Arts, 406-243-2813,