Fine Arts Gallery Announces Grand Opening

The University of Montana Western’s Fine Arts Gallery will hold its Grand Opening on Sep. 7, 2017 from 4-7 p.m.

This event will be co-hosted by the University of Montana Western’s Alumni and Friends, and is sponsored by The Den, Steakhouse and Bar.

Gallery Coordinator and art instructor Aja Mujinga Sherrard will present a Curator’s Talk. There will also be an Artist Q&A from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with contemporary sculptor Karl Schwieshow, whose works are installed in the Corr Gallery. Schwieshow’s solo show, entitled Evident Actual, “Pokes fun at consumer culture, commodity culture, and the art world itself while showcasing the qualities of self-critical irony and human sincerity within contemporary art.”

Evident Actual

Details from “Evident Actual” by contemporary sculptor Karl Schwieshow

In addition to curating the Fine Arts Gallery, Sherrard is teaching art history and 2D Fundamentals this year as part of her one year position at Montana Western.

“We study art history because it shows who we have been and who we are capable of being. Finding meaning through art can be more meaningful than through just being presented with facts. Art allows people to express their reaction to what is happening in the world around them,” she said.

Aja Mujinga Sherrard

Gallery Coordinator and art instructor Aja Mujinga Sherrard

The Walton Gallery will feature selections from the UMW Permanent Collection, including original works by Salvador Dali, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, John Buck, Monte Dolack, Fredrico Castellon, Josh DeWeese, and Charles M. Russell.

Josh DeWeese piece

“Untitled Vessel” by Josh DeWeese, wood-soda fired stoneware and glaze, 2003

This event will showcase the newly restored Fine Arts Gallery and is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. The Gallery is located at the South end of Main Hall.

For more information, please contact Aja Mujinga Sherrard by email at, or call 406-683-7313.