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The Image of the Horse in Contemporary Art

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© Luis Jimenez, Mesteño, fiberglass, 8' 2" high, 1998

January 15 - March 4 1999

At the Holter Museum of Art
12 East Lawrence
Helena, Montana 59601

Work by Rudy Autio, Dana Boussard, Deborah Butterfield, Luis Jimenez, Jenny Lind, Holly Roberts, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Theodore Waddell.

"This exhibition and accompanying catalogue are but one part of an in-depth examination of the portrayal of the horse in art.  Held concurrently with this major survey are The Image of the Horse:  Works on Paper and The Image of the Horse:  Selections from the Permanent Collection.

Throughout time, the horse has held a prominent place in art, symbolizing strength, beauty, and virtue.  And in a broader context, the horse is a reflection of our own humanness.  Diverse cultures have used the horse for various purposes; transportation, defense, and to signify wealth, evoking more than its functional purpose. inscribed on cave walls, painted on hides, or sculpted in bronze, the horse has held a position of high regard.

Initial financial support was provided by the Montana Cultural Trust and the Montana Arts Council's Artists in the Schools/Communities Program.   US Bank Foundation and the Helena Public Schools have been wonderful partners by embracing the educational components of this project.  Art Ortenberg and Liz Claiborne, part-time residents of Montana, have been avid contemporary arts patrons, and we thank them for their interest in the museum.  Miriam Sample, a Billings arts supporter and advocate for Montana Artists provided a grant from her newly formed Meadowlark Fund.  This award will help the Holter Purchase works for our permanent collection. 

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© Dana Boussard, The Search for Earth and Sky, 1977
On Loan from State of Washington

The artists in this exhibition have garnered national and international reputations by creating mature bodies of work that balance formalist aesthetic strategies with intuitive responses gleaned from their environs and personal experiences."

--Peter Held
Executive Director and Curator
Holter Museum of Art





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