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 course engages the student’s creativity through the skillful manipulation of materials and techniques related to the production of artistic works while exploring critical issues, conceptually enriched practices and the processes of painting.
Are you ready to Rock? If so, this course will lead you on a journey through time, from early 20th century American blues, to Metal, Rap, and beyond. Through active learning projects, research, video, guest Rockers, and more, expect to emerge as a “new, improved” Rock and Roll aficionado!
Experiential hands on activities focusing on the student’s interests from acting, and production management, to costume, lighting, scenic, and sound design, as well as scenic, and costume construction for the University’s Theatre Program. Finally, students taking this course offer support for touring shows, including the Montana Repertory Theatre.
A degree in fine arts from Montana Western will prepare you for a career as:
As an instructor of theatre at Montana Western I run all technical aspects for our newly renovated theatres. I work hand-in-hand with my students to design our campus productions, incorporating new technologies and equipment into the creation process. I encourage an active passion in my student’s lives as the advisor to the longest running campus club, the drama club. Helping students develop their portfolio in all aspects of drama is important to the work that the students and I do together.
Outside of working with UMW student’s I have been an active member of the Old Lyric Repertoire Company in Logan, Utah since 2009 with roles as Artist in Residence, Assistant Technical Directory and Lighting Designer. Some of my prior experience includes working with the Idaho State Summer Repertoire Company, Peter Cetera’s America Salutes Concert, the British Invasion Tribute Band and Diamond Rio. Aside from production design and directing I have also performed in countless theatre and musical productions in Italy, England, New York City and Washington D.C.
I hold a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design and Technical Direction from Utah State University, a Master of Arts in Theatre Production and Technology from Idaho State University and a Masters in Music from Eastern Washington University. In 2010 I was honored with a KCACTF National Award for the lighting design of Issun Boshi.
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.
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.
I've been performing in and directing plays since I was ten, and teaching theatre for over 35 years. In my classes I take students on field trips from Butte to as far away as London. Experience One is perfect for the arts and the classroom. The three-hour time period allows me to teach students theatre as it's supposed to be done—in large blocks of time to rehearse, build sets, and run the shows.
Because I feel it important that our students be exposed to a variety of the arts I've organized a guest artist series. The series offers students a chance to work side-by-side with professional performers and backstage technicians. I also launched a local arts council, which brings even more actors, musicians, and dance companies to the Dillon community.
I currently serve on The Montana Arts Council, appointed by our Governor, which is one of 50 state arts councils. These groups of artists, educators, students, business people and more volunteer time to strengthen the arts in our schools and communities.
My specialties are acting, directing, dramatic literature, and history, with a interest in making the best of all the arts available and relevant to everyone. I have taught spent a 12-month teaching fellowship in Japan and earned my Master and Doctorial degrees from Michigan State University in Integrated Arts Education and Theatre.
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.
For more information about fine arts at Montana Western, contact department chair Brent Poe McCabe:
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