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Montana Western Fine Arts Gallery Presents “More Than Dust”

The University of Montana Western Fine Arts Gallery is thrilled to announce, "More Than Dust", an exploration of Southwest Montana's ranching culture through the lens of UMW student artists Kim Giannone and Brigid Reedy. The gallery will host an opening reception on February 24, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery located in Main Hall.

The title of the show, “More Than Dust”, speaks to the rich cultural heritage of the region, inviting an immersive exploration of the art, craft, and imagery of the ranching world, one in which beauty often resides amidst the dust. Kim Giannone is a Montana-based visual artist and environmental scientist. Her most recent project focuses on documenting ranching communities in Southwest Montana’s Beaverhead County, exploring the ever-evolving relationship between humans and the natural world. She is currently pursuing degrees in Environmental Sustainability and Visual Arts at the University of Montana Western on a full scholarship. Giannone is a recipient of the DI Emerick Scholarship, and her work was recently featured in “Life Before”, a collaborative work on climate change by Paradigm Publishing and Adidas Skateboarding.

Brigid Reedy, a double major in English Literature and Natural Horsemanship at UMW, has been featured at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada for the past six years, and is credited in recent books by Aaron Parrett and Charlie Seeman as an important singer, songwriter, fiddler, and poet carrying forward classic cowboy music and poetry. Additionally, Reedy has spent the last three years under the tutelage of legendary Circle of American Masters saddle maker, George Holt.

The reception is free for all to attend and will feature live music by Brigid and Johnny Reedy at 6:30 p.m. “More Than Dust” will be open for viewing from February 24 to March 24. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information about the exhibition, please contact Montana Western Fine Arts Gallery Coordinator, Nathaniel Freeman: or 406-683-7059.

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