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June Newsletter

In our Gallery:

Swell: Work by Chris Alveshere​

Opening reception Friday, June 3, 5-8pm

Exhibition runs June 3-25, 2022

We open our summer exhibition series with Swell: Work by Chris Alveshere. This solo exhibit will feature a playful and engaging display of colorful functional porcelain works.

Chris Alveshere’s pots are an investigation of items he finds curious, feels sentimental towards, or objects he finds humor in. This investigation could come from the object’s surface, form, or most often from intriguing proportions or scale. Inflated swells, large knobs, and enamel-like sheens from sanded surfaces and glazes create exaggerated, vibrant pieces.

Before arriving in Fall 2020 as a long-term resident artist at The Clay Studio of Missoula, Chris received his Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Prior to his graduate studies, Chris spent several years as an arts educator in Minnesota and North Dakota. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education & Bachelor of Arts in Ceramics from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

From June-August, we will be featuring solo exhibitions by long term residents that are completing their residencies at The Clay Studio of Missoula at the end of the summer.

Gallery events are free and open to the public.


New Faces around the Studio!

Annaliese Cole-Weiss

University of Montana Summer Resident

Annaliese received their Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University in 2020, and will be continuing as Post-Baccalaureate student at the University of Montana for a second year this Fall. Having grown up moving many times, they consider many places to be home, including the mountains of Western North Carolina, the swamps of Southern Louisiana, the California Central Valley, and the Colorado Rockies.

Annaliese's work examines memory, dimensionality and ideas of the in-between, and they are greatly influenced by images of the home and themes of domesticity. They harness the transitional space between real and imagined in order to invite conversations around our relationships with ourselves and the spaces we hold closest.


Kelli Sinner June Short Term Community Resident Kelli Sinner is an artist and educator who works with ceramics and paper, and will be joining us for a short term residency during the month of June. She has participated in artist residencies at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT, Zentrum fur Keramik in Berlin, Germany, Penland Winter and Letterpress Residencies at Penland School of Craft in Penland, North Carolina. Originally from Utah, Kelli received her BFA from Utah State University and her MFA from Penn State University. She was a Professor of Art at Minnesota State University Moorhead from 2005-2021 where she taught ceramics, papermaking, exhibitions, and foundation design. Before moving to Minnesota, Kelli worked in New York City where she taught ceramics at Marymount College Manhattan, the 92nd Street Y, and the Educational Alliance. Kelli recently moved to Missoula and is the new Residency Coordinator at OpenAir. We are excited she will continue to be a part of the local community after her residency!


Maeve Miley Summer Leadership Fellow Intern Maeve Miley is a student at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota and will be at The Clay Studio of Missoula interning this summer through the Summer Leadership Fellows Program. This program provides funding for students to complete a full-time position/work for a non-profit for a ten week period in the summer. Maeve always had an interest in art and is looking forward to working with the Clay Studio to learn about non-profit studio and gallery functions, help to build educational and outreach programming, and integrate herself in our community throughout the summer. In her free time you can find her hiking, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.


Morasha Winokur & Fisher Ream Helping Us Out at the Reception Desk! Anyone who has been at the studio recently may have met some of our short term helpers we've had at the gallery desk weekday afternoons! Morasha Winokur is currently a Post-Baccalaureate student at the University of Montana and will be helping out part time throughout the summer. Fisher Ream is currently the AmeriCorps VISTA for the State of Montana Arboretum at The University of Montana, and will also be helping out at the front desk short term while we have staff absences.


Adult Classes

Session 1 Classes running June 12-July 18 currently open for enrollment Session 2 Classes starting July 24 will be ann