UM Gallery of Fine Arts to Display Thesis Work by Grad Students

March 30, 2016

Detail of Beth Huhtala’s “My Favorite Collection” MISSOULA – Master of Fine Arts graduate students Beth Huhtala and David Tarullo will present their thesis exhibitions April 12-21 in the University of Montana Gallery of Visual Arts.

An opening reception for the exhibitions will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14. The event is free and open to the public and includes refreshments.

The sculpture, paintings and drawings featured in Huhtala’s exhibition, “Subsurface,” are brightly colored with energetic compositions. Her main subjects are hybrid animal/human characters who take on multiple forms and reference familiar fables. However, the narrative has shifted and changed, playing out new twists on life that fall into complex layers on the surface of the work.  

Tarullo’s exhibition, “Tide to Cycles,” completely transforms the gallery with an installation involving light, shadow and sound. More than 150 translucent cellophane cubes of various sizes are suspended throughout the gallery, resembling a liquid surface. Tarullo collaborated with violinist Dannon Rampton to create the sound element for the installation. The exhibition references the repetition and range of human emotion through these lighting and sound cycles.

The Gallery of Visual Arts is located on the first floor of UM’s Social Science Building and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Monday hours are available by appointment.

For more information call Cathryn Mallory, Gallery of Visual Arts director, at 406-243-2813, email or visit


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