‘Here / There’ showcases UM art students’ ‘vibrancy’

ABBY LYNES for the Missoulian

There’s a room in Missoula where two-feet-tall blades of grass, porcelain bathroom sinks, bright yellow flowers and squishy, flesh-colored biomorphic objects can all be found.

That room is in the Zootown Arts Community Center’s Main Gallery, where artwork from students in the University of Montana’s Master of Fine Arts program will be on display through June in an exhibition titled “Here / There.” Showcasing the “vibrancy” of the program, each piece of artwork speaks for itself, said Emily Mulvaney, art student and exhibit organizer.

“All of our works are discussing completely different things, and we’re all interested in different things,” she said.

Mulvaney was tasked with writing a poem about the exhibit, and said the sheer breadth of the concepts being explored by her peers in their artwork was difficult to write about. Ultimately, the uniting factor came down to one simple thing.

“How each of us have our own origin stories, own histories, how everything in our lives brought us to this moment in this time,” she said. “That’s the thing that keeps us all connected.”

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