MFA Thesis Exhibitions to Open at UM Gallery of Visual Arts

February 27, 2014

MISSOULA – Thesis exhibitions by University of Montana Master of Fine Arts graduate students James Louks and Sarah Tancred will be on display March 13-27 in the UM Gallery of Visual Arts. An opening reception for the exhibits will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13. All events and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Louk’s exhibition of mixed media works, “Once Achieved, What is it Worth?” examines the contemporary social, political and physical landscape of the rural American West. For the past three years, his research has explored the myths and misconceptions associated with this area and how these illusions misinform, distort and bastardize the cultural norms of the region.

This work attempts to remove the romantic facade of Charles M. Russell, John Wayne and others in favor of a more authentic rendition of the West’s historical and contemporary condition, which reflects a history of violence, greed, brutality, isolation and shame.

Tancred’s exhibition, “Just Leftovers,” incorporates ceramic and mixed media works that examine the woman’s role within the domestic realm and its evolution over time. The artist aims to create an awareness of women’s inequality historically, but also to expose the inequality, biases and double standards that continue to exist in our contemporary society. Tancred communicates these ideas through the use of recognizable objects that generally are associated with femininity and domesticity.

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 through Friday, and Monday hours are available by appointment only. More information about the UM School of Art is online at




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