The University of Montana College of Visual and Performing Arts will honor Missoula textile artist Nancy Erickson during the 13th annual “Odyssey of the Stars – A Celebration of Artistic Journeys.”
Each year, “Odyssey of the Stars” pays tribute to UM performing and visual arts alumni and tells the story of their artistic journeys, showcasing the many roads to success an artist can travel.
This year’s show, “Fabric of Life,” will start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. The scholarship event will feature UM students, faculty and Erickson as the honoree.
Erickson lives in a mountain canyon near Missoula with her partner of many years and the deer, cougars and bears who have lived there for centuries. She has produced fabric constructions, quilts, paintings and drawings since the 1960s. Her work reflects the relationship between humans and animals and how we co-exist. Her Dancing Rabbit Studios provide the perfect backdrop for representing animals in her paintings, drawings and sewing.
Erickson received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Iowa and both a master’s and a master’s of fine art in painting from UM. She has participated in more than 500 exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. Twice a month, she hosts members of the Pattee Canyon Ladies Salon, an all-women gathering of local artists, in her studio to develop their skills, provide encouragement and socialize.
An exhibit of Erickson’s work, “Kindred Spirits,” is on display at the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at UM through April 20. In addition, around the time of “Odyssey of the Stars,” 35 percent of sales of her work from Montana Art and Framing at 709 Ronan St. in Missoula will be donated to support CVPA scholarships.
“Odyssey of the Stars” sponsorships that provide student scholarships and help underwrite the event also are available. Sponsors enjoy select seating at the show followed by a VIP champagne reception with Erickson. This year, the UM Jazz Combo will perform at the reception. Two-ticket sponsorships cost $125, and four-ticket sponsorships are $225. A portion of a sponsorship is tax deductible. Call the College of Visual and Performing Arts at 406-243-4970 for more information on sponsorships.
“Odyssey of the Stars” tickets cost $30 for the general public and $15 for students and children. They’re available at the UMArts Box Office in the Performing Arts Radio/Television Center, online at http://www.umt.edu/umarts/boxoffice or by calling 406-243-4581. Tickets also will be available at the door.