Two New Exhibitions Featuring Tools as Objects Open at UM

September 18, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Gallery of Visual Arts will present two new exhibits that explore the notion of tools

Tools as Objects Open at UM

as objects. Stephen Glueckert’s “We Use ThemTo Do Things” and Chad Steve’s “Re/Creation” will be displayed Tuesday, Sept. 30, through Thursday, Oct. 30.

An opening reception will be held for the exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Gallery of Visual Arts on the first floor of the Social Science Building. That event will include a 6 p.m. gallery talk by Glueckert. Steve will present his talk from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the same gallery.


Drawings on paper and directly on the wall, in addition to sculptural drawing machines, will be featured in “We Use Them To Do Things.” These works are a part of an ongoing drawing series that explores the ways people make marks and the tools (real and imagined) that might be of assistance in making those marks. 

Glueckert’s sculptural work is known for its kinetic properties and audience participation. He has created interactive, sculptural drawing machines for the past 20 years. However, these new machines are the first to be electrified, and viewers are welcome to turn the switches on and off to observe the kinetics of drawing. 


He has an extensive career as an artist, educator and curator and currently serves as the curator of art for the Missoula Art Museum. He has taught art in Idaho, Washington and Montana, including five years as a UM adjunct assistant professor. In 1998, he taught at the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby and conducted workshops in Australia. He has participated in more than 200 group and solo exhibitions and was a recipient of a Montana Arts Council 

Tools as Objects Open at UM

Individual Artist Fellowship.“The drawings on the gallery walls are simply a temporal homage to tools that are familiar to us and cemented in our conscience,” Glueckert said.

Ceramic sculpture that references tools and objects used for recreation will be featured in “Re/Creation.” Missoula’s Steve was inspired by objects of function that he is not 

The surface treatment reveals a lot about the objects, suggesting that they have been well used or abandoned. Worn, chipped and saturated with stains, the forms have a patina of apparent use that serves to unify the overall sense of memory captured in time. familiar with, which often create memories of similar objects from his past in an attempt to interpret function. The form of the sculptures suggests functional associations based on the viewer’s individual background and experience.

Steve is a current artist-in-residence at The Clay Studio of Missoula. He has taught as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, and has presented numerous workshops in both Hawaii and Montana. His work has been featured in numerous national group exhibitions. 

For more information call Mallory at 406-243-2813 or email gallery.visarts@umontana.edu. Information about the Gallery of Visual Arts is available online at http://www.umt.edu/art.

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Contact: Cathryn Mallory, director, UM Gallery of Visual Arts, 406-243-2813, gallery.visarts@umontana.edu, cathryn.mallory@umontana.edu.