Gateway to Montana's Artistic Legacy
Character -- Three Seconds and So Many Lifetimes; Photographs by Larry Johnson Preview; Seldom Seen II Portraits from the Permanent Collection & MORE; New Artists 2009 -- High School Show;  Montana on the Move Children's Show;  Quiver -- David Secrest; Crown of the Continent: Glacier National Park Permanent Exhibition; O.C. Seltzer; Adolph Heinze; Hugh Hockaday; Earl E. Heikka; Winold Reiss; Ralph Earl DeCamp;
Charles M. Russell; Mark Ogle; Nicholas Oberling; Joe Scheuerle
All K through 12 students admitted FREE in 2009
Thanks to a generous grant from Pacific Steel and Recycling

Three Seconds – Many Lifetimes

The Photographs of Larry Johnson

May 2 to June 2

In the Flathead Valley, where character is in our nature, you can capture an immeasurable amount in a short stretch of time.
Over many colorful years at his Mountain Valley Foods store, Larry Johnson captured images of some of those fascinating and unique characters.
His images of customers and friends decorated the rafters of the downtown store, an attraction on it's own, until he moved to Buffalo Hill.
After having been in storage for five years, Larry's exquisite collection of  172 characters in crisp 11' x 14" black & whites, and sepias, are ready for another long-awaited display.

Larry Johnson and a few of his models and pals gather for a photo in front of their photos at the opening reception.


Seldom Seen II
Portraits from the Permanent Collection and MORE
May 2 – June 2


The Hockaday brings out even more new treasures from our ever-expanding Permanent Collection for public viewing this Spring.
(Left) We are featuring special works by Karola Meiner, painted and drawn under the eye of Winold Reiss himself, during his Summer Art School, held in Glacier National Park just before and after the opening of Going-To-The-Sun Road in the 1930's.

Imagine being at Rembrandt’s or Warhol’s first exhibit and looking back on that experience later…
Talent springs eternal in the Flathead Valley this year as an impressive new crop of artists have submitted
their best works for the Hockaday’s perennial favorites -- the Children’s and New Artists shows.
Montana on the Move
Children’s Art Show

April 9 to May 9 -- Lower Gallery

This year, the Children’s Art Show features elementary students’ interpretations of the theme: Montana on the Move, whereby Montana ’s past, present, and future are represented by people, animals, or transportation in motion.


New Artists 2009

High School Art Show

April 15 to May 30 -- Central Galleries

New Artists 2009 will feature the two and three dimensional works selected by local high school art teachers representing their art students. Votes cast during the Opening Reception determine the People’s Choice.
The Curator’s Award is determined by the Advising Curator, who will select the artist who will receive the $100 Student Art Scholarship sponsored by the Guild of the Hockaday Museum.


Exhibition Gallery Guide (PDF)
This photographic exhibition blends the science of climate change research with the aesthetic of landscape photography from Glacier National Park.
Losing a Legacy contrasts scanned images of prominent glaciers in the Park from the 1920’s with recent photographs of the same glaciers .
Dan Fagre is Research Ecologist and Climate Change Research Coordinator for the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center of the U. S. Geological Survey. He is stationed at Glacier National Park, Montana and is a faculty affiliate at the University of Montana and Montana State University.
Fagre has worked for the past 15 years with staff and collaborators in the Northern Rocky Mountains to understand how global-scale environmental changes affect our mountain ecosystems.
He helped establish the Western Mountain Initiative, a program to tie mountain science across different areas.
This Exhibition is sponsored by the Glacier Fund, U.S. Geological Survey, BNSF Railway, and the Hockaday Museum of Art.
Losing a Legacy:
A Photographic Story of Disappearing Glaciers

Photos by Dan Fagre
COMING BACK: May 19 to Sept. 6, 2009

(L to R) Grinnell Glacier 1923 and 2006
GSPS Weblinks:  Losing A Legacy   Repeat Photography   Climate Change

Mark Ogle was born in Helena, Montana in 1952. Raised and educated in Kalispell, his first venture into the art business was to help the Ace Powell Bronze Foundry. After three years of military service in Germany, Mark committed himself to a career as a painter. He studied art with Joe Abbrescia, Robert Cavanaugh, Ace Powell, and Bud Helbig. In 1982 Mark was the first recipient of the Ace Powell Memorial Award. From 1987 thru 1998 Mark was placed four times in the Top 100 of the prestigious Arts for the Parks competition. This competition is sponsored by the National Parks Academy of the Arts and is a national competition. Mark is among only a handful of American artists to receive this award four times. Selected as a delegate to represent Montana and the Arts by the Montana Chamber of Commerce he traveled to Komoto, Japan as an honored guest.  New Acquisitions

Where's Mama? (Under Grinnell Glacier)
By Mark Ogle -- Oil on Canvas 47" x 29"
Thanks to all contributors to the Hockaday Museum's Art Acquisition Fund.


Crown of the Continent:
Glacier National Park Exhibition

Rotating Displays

Capturing the nostalgia and grandeur of Glacier National Park, the glory days of the Empire Builder Railroad, the Blackfeet Nation, and those who chose to settle in this majestic part of Montana. 
Crown of the Continent features works by significant authors, photographers, and painters as well as Park collectibles, including vintage maps and hand-tinted photographs. While artists may change from time to time, our west gallery always features the art and culture of Glacier National Park.

The Hockaday Museum is proud to host this permanent exhibition -- focused on preserving the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park.

Artists include: Charlie Russell, Winold Reiss, Ralph Earl DeCamp, Joe Scheurle, Fred Kiser, T.J. Hileman, Roland Reed, John Clarke,
O. C. Seltzer, Mark Ogle, Nick Oberling, John Fery, Adolph Heinze, Earl E. Heikke, Diccon Swan, along with artifacts from writer James Willard Schultz, and other luminaries.


NEW! Elk in Glacier National Park by John Fery
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Oil on Canvas -- 29.5 x 13.5 in
Hockaday Museum Art Acquisition Fund

John Fery (1859 - 1934)
Johann Nepomuk Levy was born in Strasswalchen, Austria on March 25, 1859 and grew up in Pressburg. He enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Art. When he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1883, Johann legally changed his name to John Fery in order to better adapt to his new country.

He returned to Europe, where he married Mary Rose Kraemer. After their first child was born in 1885, he went back to Milwaukee with his family. His work finally caught the attention of Louis Hill of the Great Northern Railway, who hired him for the "See America First" campaign.

From 1910 through 1913, Fery completed an amazing 347 major oil paintings. They decorated Glacier National Park lodges, ticket agent offices, and depots from St. Paul to Seattle.

Jackson Lake by John Fery circa 1914
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Oil on Board -- 9 x 17.25 in
On loan from the C.M. Russell Museum and gift of Robert Scriver

In 1914 Fery was "loaned" to the Northern Pacific Railway to paint scenes of Yellowstone National Park. The Hockaday is proudly showing the painting Jackson Lake from this series.

In 1925, Louis Hill again called on Fery.
The contract required Fery to produce four to six large canvases monthly, and he spent the next four summers painting in Glacier.

In 1929, the Ferys moved to Orcas Island, Washington to be closer to their children. A new studio was built, but a fire destroyed all the paintings Fery had finished for the Great Northern.


by David Secrest

On loan from the Artist

The Hockaday is proud to display David Secrest's Quiver on a continuing basis. We invite you to read the brochure kept with it!

David Secrest has maintained a permanent and full-time metal sculpture studio since 1978 in Somers, Montana.

From  Secrest's Artist Statement:
I have grown to understand my work as having been a path from intrigue to intimacy with the material and tools that I use. From this has grown the understanding of form as it relates to structure -- and texture as it relates to the perception of form.
My intimacy with and growing mastery of metalworking gives me a foundation from which I can explore techniques and processes that have not yet been explored or utilized in the field of creative arts...

My intention is to keep questions open.

 Quiver, looking along the Hockaday's north gallery windows. See more about Secrest and Quiver HERE