MISSOULA – Two new printmaking exhibits will be on display at the University of Montana Gallery of Visual Arts Feb. 3-26.
“Robert Schwieger: The Dakotah Series” and “Selections from the Montana Museum of Art & Culture Ackerman Print Collection” will be on display. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Gallery of Visual Arts on the first floor of the Social Science Building.
The densely patterned, collaged and colorful silkscreen prints by Schwieger are informed by his 23-year experience of living in the Northern Plains, where he was a professor of art at Minot State University in North Dakota. The artist constructs his prints from found Kodalith halftones and other photographic print processes in combination with traditional hand-drawn techniques. Schwieger states that these collaged and constructed prints often address “issues of anxiety surrounding the human condition, such as political bias, discrimination, deception, heroes, novelty and fraud.”
Since leaving North Dakota, Schwieger has taught art at both Missouri Southern State University and Nebraska Wesleyan University. He has exhibited extensively on a national and international level and his work can be found in numerous museum and public art collections. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1975 and a Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2007.
“Robert Schweiger: The Dakotah Series” was organized by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association and sponsored by the Montana Art Gallery Director Association, supported in part by grants from the Montana Arts Council, the Coal Tax Trust Fund for Cultural and Aesthetic Projects and the National Endowment for the Arts.
“Selections from the Montana Museum of Art & Culture Ackerman Print Collection,” on loan from the museum, features a sampling of prints from the late 1960s through 1980 by major American and British artists. This significant collection of more than 130 prints was donated to UM’s MMAC through the Martin S. Ackerman Foundation in 1980 and 1983. Included in the collection are artists such as Lee Krasner, Robert Motherwell, Theodore Stamos, Ed Ruscha, Patrick Caulfield, Peter Blake, Terri Frost, Nicholas Munro, Peter Phillips, R.B. Kitaj, Larry Rivers, Dieter Roth and David Salle. The Ackerman Foundation donated to many universities and museums nationally, including Smithsonian Institute, Tweed Museum of Art, Carlton College, Plattsburgh State, Saint Lawrence University, Vanderbilt University and Rochester Institute of Technology.