First Fridays Missoula  is an art and gallery night which takes place from 5- 8 pm on the First Friday of every month.

Each month can have a variety of events from gallery openings, music, wine and food, but every month usually includes art openings and museums as well as some downtown retail and coffee shops.   The main objective of these art openings is to show and sell art, and give the public a chance to meet the artist. Most of the activity occurs downtown Missoula, but nearby galleries, like The Ceretana , The Clay Studio, and Montana Art and Framing usually hold openings on First Fridays as well.

For the First Friday Missoula, Feb. 2014:

Figurative Modernists

Meloy Gallery
This exhibition focuses on the power of the figure through Modernist paintings.   Sculptures by major 19th and early 20th century artists including Jean Arp, María Blanchard, Marc Chagall, Giorgio De Chirico, Sonia Delaunay, Leon De Smet, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, André Masson, Jean Metzinger, Pablo Picasso and Georges Rouault, will be on display. The exhibition links visual art with music, dance, opera and literature.

Modernist Prints

Paxson Gallery

This exhibition illustrates the interdisciplinary nature of Modernism, focusing on the intersection of visual and literary arts, combining MMAC Permanent Collection artworks with loans to highlight rare etchings and lithographs by Marc Chagall.  As well as works of art by Le Corbusier, Aristide Maillol, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault and Jean Signovert, among others. Many are by artists who worked with publishers and authors such as Ambrose Vollard, Fernand Moulot and Henry Kahnweiler, to create works for publications.

The Intersection of Art & Science

Come explore the intersection of art and science as they collide at spectrUM Discovery Area. Visitors to our state-of-the-art science museum will experience cutting edge exhibits, as well as one-of-a-kind artwork.

The Monte Dolack Gallery

The Monte Dolack Gallery is a true Missoula, Montana landmark. Featuring the paintings, prints and posters of Monte Dolack and Mary Beth Percival.

What is fun at about First Friday in Missoula, is that every single month is unique. Each gallery that joins in, has their own atmosphere and feature for the month, every restaurant or coffee shop has their own take on local art.  It is a wonderful way to explore the love of art in Missoula.

For more information on First Fridays each month, check out our events page for dates and times or visit