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Originally conceived by nine year-old Asa Smetanka, this show is a collaboration between children and adult artists, working together to create ‘monster art’ based on monsters dreamed up by Missoula kindergarteners.

  • How does it work?

    We collect the childrens' monsters and digitize them. You sign up via the link below, and we assign you a child’s monster to interpret, using your own unique style and medium. You will have an image and some written details to guide your monster design process.

  • Will we be able to see all the monsters?

    YES! The results will be displayed in an art show in the ZACC Main Gallery in the fall, featuring both the original child-drawn monsters and the artists’ works. This is one of the best shows every year, and will be the first in our new downtown location.

  • What's the timeline?

    Due to the volume of monsters and sign-ups, once you sign up it may be up to 3 days before you receive your monster information via email. Once you have your monster information, you will then have until August 15, 2019 to create your monster.


(OR how to make a kindergartner HAPPY!)
Please read the following rules carefully.

  • SIZE

    Pieces can be no larger than 8" by 8"- including the frame. ABSOLUTEY NO EXCEPTIONS.


    Pieces must be ready to hang. ABSOLUTEY NO EXCEPTIONS. If it is 2D then there MUST be a wire on the back. If it is 3D you must provide a shelf (with hardware) that can be attached to the wall and bare the weight of your piece.


    Please drop your piece off to the ZACC between August 1 and August 15.


    By participating in the Missoula Monster Project, artists agree to donate their physical monster and 100% of the proceeds from any sale to the ZACC. Monsters who are not adopted during the show will not be returned to artists, but will be utilized to raise money for youth art programming at future events.


    By signing up you have committed to following the above rules and completing a ready-to-hang monster (and making a kindergartner HAPPY!).


(OR how to make a kindergartner SAD!)
The rules set above are not meant to hinder your creative process, but to ensure that we are able to host an amazing event and stay friends with all of you. Everyone is held to the same set of rules - including participating staff and board - to ensure the best overall experience for all involved. We truly appreciate you following the rules, but if the thought to break them crosses your mind,
please consider the following:

  • SIZE

    Due to the volume of monsters (over 400 to hang) and the limited space in our gallery, pieces larger than 8"x 8" will absolutely NOT be accepted. Children and their families are VERY excited to see the monsters, and will be hugely disappointed if theirs is missing. Please stay within the required dimensions.


    Because each monster is unique and has unique needs, the ZACC is unable to provide hanging hardware. It takes lots of volunteers multiple hours to hang the show - and that’s when everything is ready to go. Please take it easy on our volunteers and provide them with what they need to get the job done.


    If your piece is not in by the deadline, we might assume you didn't do it, and then reassign it to a monster rescue committee member. This is a time-consuming process and it puts the pressure on the rescue committee. We'd rather you just get your monster in on time.


    We understand that things happen - BUT please, please remember that your commitment is not only to the ZACC, but to some awesome little kindergartner in Missoula.


All of our monsters for the 2019 Missoula Monster Project have been assigned. Please head to our Submittable page to see all our open calls for art.


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