An exhibition dedicated to the historical and contemporary connection of art with Glacier National Park

The work of more than 20 artists will be on display later this month when the Hockaday Museum of Art opens its annual exhibition featuring a mix of contemporary art, loaned works and artifacts that have some connection to Glacier National Park.

“A Timeless Legacy: Glacier Artists, Past and Present” has been presented at Hockaday for eight years, and the upcoming edition will be its seventh iteration.

“I wanted to really restore the historical aspect of it,” said Alyssa Cordova, Hockaday’s executive director. “I think it’s really going to be a well-rounded exhibit that highlights Glacier art, but is also going to provide context to visitors with really fun and interesting artifacts.”

A carved wooden mountain goat by artist John Clarke on display at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell as part of the exhibit: A Timeless Legacy: Glacier Artists, Past and Present. Courtesy of Glacier National Park

Cordova said some of the items used in the exhibit come from Glacier National Park’s own collection, including an old stereograph with unique black-and-white photographs of scientists traveling on glaciers. One of the more eclectic items that will be on display is a 1930s full band costume worn during marches in St. Paul, Minnesota to promote the Great Northern Railroad and Glacier National Park.

Among these artifacts will be works by many notable artists, including Nancy Dunlop Caudrey, Carol Cook, Francesca Droll, Michelle Grant, Bonnie Zan Griffith, Julie Jepsen, John Hughes, Shanna Koontz, Erica Neumann, Ginny Ogle, Mark Ogle, and Sally Vannoy. . Hockaday’s permanent collection will include works by John Ferry, Linda Tippetts, Linda Wilder, Winold Reiss, TJ Guilleman, Christy Meline, Ace Powell, Lucy Van Slyck, Leonard Lopp, Joe de Jong, and Charlie Fritz.

Storm on St. Mary’s Lake, 1911. Oil on canvas by artist Ralph De Camp on display at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell as part of the exhibit: A Timeless Legacy: Glacier Artists, Past and Present. Image courtesy of The Hockaday Museum of Art. Gift of Roger and Dean Claridge.

The exhibition will open on August 27 with a celebration at Hockaday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, beginning with a panel discussion featuring the artists, Glacier National Park staff, and original exhibit curators Tabby Ivey and Danny Kellogg. As Cordova explained, the art was intertwined with the park’s history, in part because of its role in attracting tourists at a time when photographs were rare.

Set of mini photo postcards (souvenir), approx. 1934 black and white photo cards, cloth mail bag on display at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell as part of the exhibit: A Timeless Legacy: Glacier Artists, Past and Present. Courtesy of Glacier National Park

“The Great Northern really relied on the artists and their breath to convey the feel, appeal and grandeur of the park,” Cordova said.

However, this connection between artists and the park is not limited to the past.

“The park is an endless source of inspiration for historical and contemporary artists,” she added.

“Red Jammer,” 2019. Oil on canvas by artist Mark Ogle on display at the Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell as part of the exhibit: A Timeless Legacy: Glacier Artists, Past and Present. Image courtesy of the artist.

“A Timeless Legacy” will be on display until October 29. The Aug. 27 opening celebration will include small crafts for sale, refreshments and live music. Admission is $10 per person, but free for members. Tickets can be reserved by emailing [email protected] or calling 406-755-5268.

Looking ahead to what Hockaday has planned for the coming weeks, Cordova noted that the museum’s annual Plener Glacier: Paint Out event will take place in September, a first for the museum.

“It’s usually June, but we’ve decided to move it to the fall to ensure that Going-to-the-Sun [Road] was still open to artists, and artists were also asking for a slightly different season for their color palette,” Cordova said.

Painting and embossing the canvas for the outdoor painting event will take place from September 6th to 13th, followed by a preview party and sale on September 17th, and an online exhibition and sale from September 17th to October 15th.

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