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In-Habit – Open AIR Group Exhibition

Opens First Friday, January 5 from 5-8 PM & exhibits through January 2024
in the Main Gallery
A grid of six very different artwork details including a quilt, a photograph of a ladder, an abstract with black marks, and others.

Featuring New Work from 19 Open AIR 2023 Artists-in-Residence
Gallery Opening on First Friday, January 5, 5-8 PM
Exhibiting in the Main Gallery through January 28, with works available for purchase

The ZACC is delighted to present, in partnership with Open AIR, their group exhibition of 19 Artists-in-Residence from 2023. This show opens in our Main Gallery on First Friday, January 5, from 5-8 PM, and exhibits at the ZACC through January 28. It will then travel to Butte, MT, and exhibit at the Foreground Gallery in February and March.

Open AIR is a placed-based Artist-in-Residency program that embeds artists in a variety of locations in Montana. The artists are immersed in a site's location, culture, history, and daily life during their residency. The artwork in this exhibition reflects the time that the artists spent inhabiting the site of their residency location. The artists gain access to unusual and interesting opportunities, like engaging with scientists, specialists, and community members, while allowing them time to explore and research whatever sparks their curiosity about a site.

The artists in this exhibition experienced a wide range of opportunities and exposure, from working in a public-facing studio space at the Missoula Public Library to living alone in a cabin in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. Some artists worked alongside scientists at the Flathead Lake Biological Station and American Priaire, while others immersed were in a community in Philipsburg, MT.

Open AIR works with artists from all disciplines. In-Habit features sculpture, drawing, video, painting, fiber, poetry, printmaking, animation, quilting, photography, and writing, all inspired by the residency experience.

In 2023, artists participated in Open AIR residency sites across Montana. The Missoula sites include Garden City Harvest, Home ReSource, Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium, Missoula Public Library, Montana Natural History Center, and Moon-Randolph Homestead.

Outside of Missoula, the residency sites were at American Prairie, in central Montana; Flathead Lake Biological Station, Polson, MT; Hamilton, MT; Philipsburg, MT; Selway Bitterroot Wilderness; and Travelers’ Rest State Park in Lolo, MT.

The featured artists are local, regional, and national artists.

Montana Artists:
Shelby Baldridge (Missoula)
Michelle Boulé (Missoula)
Aspen Decker (Arlee)
Cameron Decker (Arlee)
Sage Friss (Missoula)
Melissa Kwasny (Basin)
BT Livermore (Butte)
Christine Martin (Butte)
Brandon Reintjes (Missoula)
Kerri Rosenstein (Missoula)

Out-of-State Artists:
Hannah Allen (Kentucky)
Lauren Boilini (Washington)
Erin DiGiovanni (Arizona)
Charlie Dov Schön (Massachusetts)
Jasmine Gutbrod (Rhode Island)
Justine Lai (New York)
Ryn Stafford (Minnesota)
rocki swiderski (Arizona)
Delia Touché (North Dakota)


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