MISSOULA – The past 175 years, photography has transformed our understanding of the world, challenging and expanding notions of fine art. As part of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture’s exhibition “Art of the State: Celebrating 120 Years of the MMAC Permanent Collection,” Dr. Herbert Swick will present a lecture titled “Transforming Our Visual World: Highlights from the History of Photography.” The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the Masquer Theatre, located within the UM Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center.
Swick will discuss major photographers, technical advances and photographic movements, including several examples drawn from the exhibition and MMAC Permanent Collection. MMAC galleries will be open 30 minutes before and after the event.
Swick has enjoyed photography for more than 40 years and is a member of a local group of dedicated photographers. He works almost exclusively with traditional black-and-white film photography, and develops and prints his images in his own darkroom. For many years, he particularly has been interested in the relationships between medicine and the humanities – art, history, literature and music.
Swick earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1966 and devoted his career to academic medicine, caring for patients, teaching, researching and leading medical-education programs in Wisconsin and Kansas.
As a former executive director of the Institute of Medicine and Humanities, he continues to teach family medicine residents in Missoula and medical students at Montana State University-Bozeman. He also is a founding member of the Montana Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM.
Swick serves on the MMAC Advisory Council and works as a docent, leading exhibition tours. He was instrumental in developing the MMAC’s partnership with the Any Given Child-Missoula pilot program, inviting K-8 students and the Missoula public to the galleries in greater numbers than ever before.
Swick was named a national honoree to the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2006, and is the 2012 recipient of the Cultural Achievement Award presented by the Missoula Cultural Council. He also was named UM’s Volunteer of the Year in 2013.
The MMAC is committed to making its Permanent Collection an important resource for UM as well as for the people of the state and region. “State of the Art: Celebrating 120 Years of the MMAC Permanent Collection” continues through May 23.
MMAC’s summer gallery hours between June and August are noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. Friday. The museum is open to the public with a suggested $5 donation. For more information call 406-243-2019 or visit http://www.umt.edu/montanamuseum.