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ZACC Print Shop



Laura Grace Barrett Printmaking residencies are available from 1 week - 3 months, depending on the needs of the artist. The ZACC’s selection committee will choose new residents throughout the year depending on availability. The selections are based on the quality of the work, its artistic merit, and the diversity of the prospective group in terms of work, background, and stage of career development.


The ZACC expects that each resident will contribute approximately 5 hours a week in studio and gallery maintenance. This contribution may include such general studio tasks as cleaning and organizing the studio, gallery assistance (including work packing and exhibit install/un-install), assisting with studio improvements, and performing other duties and special projects as needed. Residents are also asked to assist with the production of fundraising events and are often called upon to offer technical or creative advice to studio artists, interns, and students. Residents are responsible for their own inks, paper, all supplies for special projects, housing and transportation.


Long and Short-term Residents work alongside our Community Artists and receive the following; 24-hour access to the ZACC Print Shop, semi-private studio space to work in for the duration of their residency (approximately 125 sq. ft.), a locker and flat file space.


Resident artists are encouraged to teach classes as a way to share their knowledge and experiences, as well as to interact with our local Missoula community.

Residents are also encouraged to put work up for sale in our sales gallery, and all long-term residents are invited to present a solo exit show near the end of their residency.



The following applications materials will need to be submitted via ZACC's Submittable site: 

  • Written Residency Project Proposal
  • Resume
  • Artist Bio
  • Artist Statement
  • 3 hi-res/high quality images of your artwork


Contact Print Shop Director Patricia Thornton via the form below, and she'll get back to you with more information!

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Laura Grace Barrett (1930-2017), poet, painter, and playwright, was born in Froid, Montana. She was raised on a wheat farm, which she left at the age of sixteen to attend the University of Montana. At UM, she studied English, Spanish, and Education, and later art at the University of Hawaii and the University of California, L.A. She also received an MFA in Theater Arts from UCLA.  She worked as schoolteacher in San Francisco, a stewardess for Pan American Airways. She married Jim Barrett, moved to Los Angeles, and had five children (Stephanie Jo, James Patrick, Michael Sean, Kevin Vincent, and Gabriela Goodwin) while traveling the world. She wrote and directed her play “Garden of Pleasure,” which was performed at UCLA. Laura and Jim founded Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, California. Quickly, their 1973 Chardonnay won the landmark Paris tasting of 1976, catapulting the winery to fame. Barrett wrote a book about the judgment of Paris, titled “What is More Real Than a Dream? Memoir of Chateau Montelena Winery” The 2008 film “Bottleshock” is loosely based on Barrett and the winery.  She and Jim separated in 1977, and she was married to Jack Barrett in 1984. The couple moved to Bigfork, Montana, and had a second home overlooking the arts district of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which influenced much of Barrett’s later work. Barrett opened Bridge Street Gallery and Wine Café and Restaurant in Big Fork, Ambos Galeria de Arte y Artefactos in Puerto Vallarta, and later Collage Gallery in Bigfork in 2014. Barrett exhibited and supported Montana contemporary artists, and was influenced by their friendships and art. During her lifetime, her work was included in exhibitions at the Hockaday Museum of Art and Emerson Cultural Center.

Photo: Laura Grace Barrett, Wise Woman Hippolyte, no date, Mixed media on canvas


We're happy for you to meet our newest resident, Leland Buck! 

For most of my professional life, I have worked in photography alongside a separate career. When I first started studying photography in the early 1980's, there was a strong emphasis on both the shooting and the printing aspects of photographic work. In the late 1990’s, the printing component was largely removed by the development of digital workflows and digital publishing. In much of my work through 2015, this decline in physical printing can be observed. In 2015, I again began working predominantly in film, and shortly thereafter returned to analog printing. At first that was a return to traditional silver-gelatin printing on commercial photographic papers, but soon after developed into hand-coating papers with my own light-sensitive emulsions. This opened the way for me to print using many 19th century processes like cyanotype, Kallitype, Platinum/Palladium, etc. ## Professional Experience *Leland Buck Photography, 1996-Present* Leland joined the American Society of Media Photographers in 1996, and began what has been a parallel/shadow career as a photographer while he has done many other jobs. He worked for years as a freelance photojournalist covering O.J. Simpson trials, Timothy McVeigh’s Trial, and the Columbine High School shooting, and worked regularly in the magazine, web and stock photo markets. His photographic work followed the trend of going from entirely film-based in the 1990s to entirely digital in the 2000s before he made a determined return to large format photographic processes in 2015. Photographic work: * Leland’s portraits have been published in many books and magazines as everything from headshots to author photos. Most recently, Missoula writer David Allen Cates used one of Leland’s portraits in his poetry book “Valentine’s Day in the Mummy Museum” * Leland has been featured in a number of photography magazines including a multiple-page feature in issue #3 of NSEW Magazine in Fall 2020. * In 2019 Leland published a small book/Zine of photos taken on the streets of Paris. That book was called “Paris Syndrome” * Currently working to complete two books of writing and photography. *Indigitis Digital Media, LLC 2004 - present* Founder and co-owner. Technology and communications consulting. Indigits has worked with a large number of businesses and organizations to plan, implement and deliver print and digital solutions. Clients include, The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Forest Business Network, Missoula Community Foundation, ACLU of Montana, and many others. *Mamalode Magazine 2014 - present* Chief Technical Officer and Digital Director. Mamalode is a fast-growing print and digital parenting magazine started in 2009 in Missoula, MT. Oversight and support all the company’s digital efforts with the specific goal of growing our global digital audience and digital advertising and marketing. Direct responsibility for all web assets, digital marketing. Produces a regular podcast series, numerous side blogs, oversees all social media, analytics, ad scheduling and trafficking. *The University of Montana 2014 - 2018* Adjunct faculty, School of Journalism, 2014-2015. Digital reporting, data visualization and development of interactive digital content for journalism. Adjunct Faculty, School of Business Administration, 2015-2018. Integrated Online Marketing. Digital Marketing, inbound/content marketing. *The Missoulian & Ravalli Republic Newspapers 2011 - 2014* Online editor. The online editor oversight of and Ravalli Republic websites as well as all Missoulian blogs,, and numerous other domains including and Served with the managing editor as one of the two news managers on the Publisher’s leadership team. Developed and implemented policies and initiatives for long-term digital strategy, staff technology training, and analytics. Served as editor of Corridor Magazine, interim editor of Montana Magazine. *Pikes Peak Community College / Colorado Community College Online 2005-2011* Adjunct instructor in Multimedia & Graphic Design. Designed and taught courses in Web Design & Development, Motion Graphics and Flash Animation, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro and Photoshop. Faculty in Computer Information Systems. Taught introductory computer courses in Computer Science and Computer Information systems, as well as courses in databases, Networking (including Cisco Networking Academy program), Web programming, Computer Graphics and game design & programming. Other duties included advising and teaching High School students in the College’s Area Vocational Program. Elected Representative from the Division of Math and Technology to Faculty Senate, 2007-2008. Instructor/course designer for corporate trainings, Division of Economic & Workforce Development. Courses in client- side web development and front-end interface design, JavaScript/DOM scripting, server-side programming with Java/ Tomcat Servlets, PHP, AJAX, jQuery and MySQL. Instructor in The Women in Technology program, a program to train female spouses of active duty military personnel serving out of Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. A multiple grant-funded initiative administered through Pikes Peak Community College, Pikes Peak Workforce Center and Ft. Carson U.S. Army Base. *IITC, Air Force Satellite Control Network Contract 2003-2005* I.T. Engineer in Intranets, Security and Help Desk operations. A large Air Force Satellite Communications and Operational Control Center contract. IITC was a subcontractor to Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (HTSI). *Fountain Valley School of Colorado. 2000-2003* Technology Co-Director, main technology instructor ## Education *Colorado Technical University, M.S. Computer Science* Degree emphasis in Computer and Information Systems Security *University of Montana, B.A.* Dual Majors in European History and Russian Languages and Literature ## Foundations and Non-Profits President of the Board, Missoula Writing Collaborative, 2014 - 2020. Director of the Board, Missoula Community Foundation, 2015 - 2018 (served as Board President from 2016-2018) Director of the Board, The Buck Foundation 1995 - present.

Artist Bio

Leland Buck grew up in southern Colorado where he was first introduced to traditional photography by the photographer Myron Wood. He has continued to work in film through numerous career twists and turns, and in 2015 returned to large format film photography. He has printed his photographs using numerous 19th-century printing techniques including cyanotype, kallitype, platinum/palladium, gum prints, and photogravure. His photos during the COVID-19 pandemic have focused largely on the environment, with a considerable amount of work done in the Clark Fork Watershed. As many photographic processes require toxic chemicals that can damage water systems, Leland has turned to developing his films in Caffenol (a developer he makes with Instant Coffee, Vitamin C and Washing Soda) and printing polymer gravure plates with water-soluble non-toxic inks. Leland holds a B.A. degree from the University of Montana where he studied Russian Languages and Literature and European History. Following college he moved to Los Angeles and worked in the film business, then after returning to Colorado, began a career in technology, publishing and journalism. He came back to Missoula in 2011, and served as the online editor at the Missoulian and Ravioli Republic Newspapers, then as the Digital Director at Mamalode Magazine. Since 2016, he has been self-employed both as a tech consultant and photographer.

Artist Statement

There are two seemingly antithetical ideas in my present photographic work which I take pleasure in exploring: one is the common trope about a photograph “capturing a moment” and the other is how the photochemical and mechanical processes that constitute what we call photography themselves span centuries. My work is very much about the balancing of subject and process. I embrace predominantly 19th-century technology as a palette to explore and render 21st-century subjects. As one of the subjects I am interested is the degradation of the environment, I have made a conscious effort to produce work that doesn’t employ toxic chemicals, or excessive amounts of water to produce. This has led me away from many photochemical printing processes to more mechanical and ink-based gravure processes.


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