Montana Western's inspired faculty are committed to their crafts and to fostering the skills, visions and passions of art students.
The fine arts department features multiple art medium opportunities including sculpture, drawing, ceramics, photography, painting, glass, music and drama. Our professional art facilities include an art gallery, sculpture lab, crafts lab, printmaking lab, computer art lab and a ceramic lab. For musical and dramatic study we provide private and group practice rooms, a computer music lab, and two proscenium stages.
This degree is designed to give the graduate the knowledge needed to continue onto graduate school or obtain a career in an art-related field. Students in this major concentrate in business, illustration, pre-art therapy, or studio art. Majors include:
These degrees will prepare the graduate to teach art at the K-12 level.
These degrees will prepare the graduate to teach music at the K-12 level.
Here are just two great examples of fine arts courses at Montana Western. For a full course selection, please see the current catalog.
This studio course introduces various printmaking techniques and the expressive, conceptual, and communication possibilities of printmaking as an artistic medium. This course also examines art as an expression of aesthetics and art criticism.
This intermediate studio course builds upon the technical and conceptual framework of ART 277 Fibers, with added emphasis on personal exploration and expression.
A degree in fine arts from Montana Western will prepare you for a career as:
Anthony Johnson currently teaches and runs all technical aspects for the University of Montana Western Drama Program. This native Idahoan comes here with his Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design and Technical Direction from Utah State University, Master of Arts in Theatre Production and Technology from Idaho State University, a Masters in Music from Eastern Washington University, and an undergraduate degree in Music from Idaho State University. He has returned to the west after spending 2 years teaching and designing at the University of West Alabama.
Many of his designs range from dance to opera to live concerts such as Peter Cetera, in his America Salutes Concert, the British Invasion Tribute Band out of the New York Area, and Diamond Rio, (Stage Technician). His theatre accolades include Blood Wedding, Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Real Inspector Hound in New York City, and Macbeth in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center. Mr. Johnson has also designed lighting and Technical Directed many shows, including; Suessical the Musical, Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors, All Shook Up, Sweeny Todd, The Magic Flute, Blithe Spirit, The 39 Steps, Godspell, and Eurydice. He has also worked for the Old Lyric Repertoire Company in Logan, Utah for the past 5 years, he will return this summer as an Artist in Residence as Assistant Technical Director, and Lighting Designer for The Elephant Man. Mr. Johnson has also worked with the Idaho State Summer Repertoire Company in Pocatello, Idaho, designing such shows as The Music Man, High School Musical, and The King and I. Mr. Johnson was a KCACTF National Award winner for his Lighting Design of Issun Boshi in 2010. Besides designing, Anthony has traveled extensively as an avid performer throughout Italy, England, and New York to showcase his singing.
Besides enjoying his work in Theatre, he enjoys spending time with his baby boy, Jasper, and wife Tiffany. He is a die-hard Boise State Broncos and Seattle Seahawks football fan, watching when possible with his boy.
Albert Brewer’s training includes a D.M.A. in vocal performance from Catholic University in Washington D.C. and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education from the University of Montana. His teaching experience includes 25 years teaching general music, band and choir to grades one through 12 in Montana public schools. Brewer has sung professionally with the Opera Society of Washington D.C, the New York City Opera and the Paul Hill Chorale at both the Kennedy Center and Wolf Trap Farm Park. He currently directs the noontime Concert Choir and the Cantabileers at Montana Western.
A versatile music educator, Brent Poe McCabe, D.M.A., has taught in a variety of educational venues, from K-12 and community college to University instruction. Throughout his academic journey, McCabe has served as choir and band director, supervised student teachers and has taught most courses within a collegiate music education program. He has also served as presenter and clinician at state and regional NAfME conferences and has authored "A Performer’s Guide and New Critical Edition of Frank Martin’s Quatre Pièces Brèves (Lambert)." Brent holds degrees from The Juilliard School (MM) and the University of Arizona (DMA).
As a critically acclaimed classical guitarist, McCabe has performed throughout the United States and abroad and has been a prizewinner in numerous national and international music competitions. He has also recorded three guitar albums. The latest, entitled "Evocación" (2012), features popular music from South America, Cuba and Spain.
Eva Mastandrea is the chair of the fine arts department. She has taken her love of creating and teaching art around the world twice during two Semesters at Sea in 2000 and 2006. She previously developed her expertise on Asian art through her Fulbright fellowship in China and Japan. Experience One scheduling has helped her students understand and explore the creative process that is essential for artistic expression. Mastandrea has exhibited her own art in non-profit venues throughout the state of Montana.
Garard-Brewer’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Music in Piano performance and a Master of Arts in Music History and Literature from the University of Montana. Her DMA in is piano pedagogy is from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Brewer, in collaboration with TimeWarp Technology and Yamaha Corporation, is at the forefront of the new InternetMidi remote piano teaching. Brewer brings over 40 years of private studio and performing arts academy teaching expertise to Montana Western, where she is the staff pianist and teaches piano and music education classes.
During the past 30 years Glenn Bodish has worked as a graphic designer, a commercial illustrator and photographer as well as maintaining a commitment to the development of his work as a fine artist.
Bodish has worked in art museums since 1992 and held the position as Executive Director for the Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation from 1997 through 2011. He has taught art in community programs, schools and universities since 1985. Currently he is an Art Instructor and Director of the Montana Western Art Gallery & Museum at the University of Montana Western.
Bodish was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania. He was awarded his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Montana in 1995 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Oregon University in 1992.
Judy Ulrich was appointed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer to the Montana Arts Council. This agency of state government, similar to those in 49 other states and the National Endowment for the Arts, was established in 1967 “to develop the creative potential of all Montanans, advance education, spur economic vibrancy and revitalize communities through involvement in the arts.” Ulrich is also the faculty advisor for the Polynesian Culture Club and is active in its development.
Larry Brazill teaches drama at Montana Western and is actively involved in the arts both on campus and in the community. He directed "It's a Wonderful Life" in the fall of 2008 and "Little Shop of Horrors" in the fall of 2009. Brazill was named the Montana Theater Educator of the year for the 2002-2003 academic year; the Myrna Loye Center’s Arts Educator of the Year in 1997; and received an honorable mention for Teen Ink Magazine’s Educator of the Year in 2001-2002. Currently, he is working on a dissertation study regarding the creative process of playwrights.
Nolan Salix is a painter and printmaker holding an Master’s of Fine Art from Montana State University and a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich. His contemporary industrial landscapes are created through the use of materials from site such as metals, patinas, tar, and motor oil. His works have been shown across Montana as well as in Park City, Utah; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Hill City, S.D.; and Skagway, Alaska. Salix’s work was featured in the Wim Wender’s film “Don’t Come Knocking” and is part of the Holter Museum’s and Skagway Museum’s permanent collections. Salix has been represented in several local magazines and newspapers, including the Big Sky Journal.
Tiffany Johnson is a new addition to the University of Montana Western Drama Program. She is currently our costume designer and theatre workshop instructor. She has a Bachelor in Elementary Education with a minor in Theatre-Costume Design from Idaho State University and her Master’s in Library Media Sciences from University of West Alabama. She has designed for Idaho State University, Westside Players (Pocatello, Idaho), and American Falls Little Theatre (American Falls, Idaho). She has worked for Walt Disney World. Besides her love for theatre, she has taught first graders and was a reading specialist for Pocatello/Chubbuck School District (Pocatello, Idaho). In her downtime she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 year old son.
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