UM Gallery of Visual Arts to Feature New Drawing, Audio Exhibit

September 24, 2015

Jodi Lightner, “Thin City,” 2015, acrylic and ink on hand-cut Mylar, 33 inches by 44 inches.

MISSOULA – A new art exhibit combining suspended and layered construction drawings with audio recordings will be on display at the University of Montana’s Gallery of Visual Arts from Thursday, Oct. 1, to Friday, Oct. 30.

The gallery will host an opening reception for “Variations of Unlimited Sequence,” an installation by Billings artist Jodi Lightner, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. It is free and open to the public and will include a talk by Lightner at 5:45 p.m. The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of the Social Science Building.

The works in “Variations of Unlimited Sequence” are a part of an ongoing drawing series by Lightner that examine the patterns and perception of space that develop as people interact within architectural structures. By suspending large-scale drawings from the ceiling, viewers will have the opportunity to move in and around the works, becoming increasingly aware of how they are forced to move through the space. Lightner suggests that the behavior and attitudes created through repetitive patterns of interaction define a particular place.

Lightner is currently an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Montana State University Billings. Her work has been exhibited on regional and national levels and was included in the Missoula Art Museum exhibit “Montana Triennial: 2015.”       

For more information call gallery director Cathryn Mallory at 406-243-2813 or email Information about the Gallery of Visual Arts is online at

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