Thursday, April 19, 2007

Marilyn Bruya: A Retrospective

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
April 26 - June 30, 2007

The exhibition celebrates the work of art Professor Marilyn Bruya, who is retiring after 25 years teaching painting and drawing at UM.

Bruya has taught painting and drawing to more than 4,000 students during the course of her career.

"When I think of teaching, the first thing that comes to mind is students and how much they’ve taught me and how my work has changed as a result," she said.

The exhibition highlights various periods of Bruya’s work, ranging from the purely abstract to the highly representational to photo collages. Her recent work explores the physical world as representative of inner experience and references the transitory nature of life.

"I’ve heard that when you die, you see your whole life flash before you," Bruya said. "A retrospective with 40 years of work represented might be a similar experience."

Bruya received a master’s degree in painting in 1965 from Mills College in California and a master’s of fine arts in painting in 1985 from Bard College in New York. She then continued her education at California State University summer arts workshops and at Schumacher College in Devon, United Kingdom.

She began teaching in the UM Department of Art in 1982. During her tenure, Bruya received numerous grants, including seven University research grants, various travel grants, visiting scholar and professional enhancement grants, three sabbatical leaves and four mini-sabbaticals.

Her work has been exhibited widely. On the UM campus, Bruya received several commissions: one painting installed in the Davidson Honors College lobby and four in the entry corridors of the Adams Center. She also has paintings in The Bookstore at UM and the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West.

"We’re delighted to honor Marilyn as both an artist and a teacher," UM museum Director Barbara Koostra said. "She has served The University of Montana in both regards with energy and passion, and this retrospective is a wonderful opportunity to thank her for that service."

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