First Fridays in Missoula

The vibrancy of Missoula’s art scene is on full display 5 to 8 p.m. the first Friday of each month. First Friday Missoula presents a chance to meet friends, mingle with artists, view exhibits, purchase art, and experience the electrified creative culture that makes Missoula exceptional. Downtown Missoula’s charming streets and alleyways teem with public art—music, dance, performance, and spoken word. Museums, shops and coffeehouses open their doors for extended hours; established galleries add sidewalk exhibits and live painting; and UM’s talented art students contribute dynamic pop-up galleries. Nearby cultural organizations, like the Montana Natural History Center, The Clay Studio of Missoula and Montana Art and Framing, take part as well with late hours and unique exhibits. Missoula's energetic art walk is nourished by local restaurants and bars welcoming art revelers. First Friday events are free and open to the public, and each month is unique. For more information about First Friday visit ArtsMissoula.org.

June 2024 Events

First Friday: Terry Karson

Missoula Art Museum 335 N Pattee St Missoula, Montana


Celebrate the immersive retrospective of the late artist Terry Karson, Human/Nature, with live music by Russ Nasset and a no-host bar. Come early for a 4 PM talk with MAM senior curator Brandon Reintjes, artist Sara Mast, and Chris Karson!

Torrents First Friday: "Shake the Raw Goddess"

Confluence Center 119 W Main St Missoula, Montana


The Confluence Center (Western Montana's Home for Nonprofit Events) art program Torrents is thrilled to present a magical evening of art and community! This month we are pleased to present Shake the Raw Goddess featuring the talents of two Montana artists, John Piacquadio and Marlo Crocifisso. Hailing from Philipsburg, MT, Piacquadio has long held a passion for fly fishing which highly influences his artwork. This body of work is a collection that spans three different periods and styles, exploring the forms and movement of flies and leaping fish in his highly gestural and mildly abstract sumi styled ink compositions. Piacquadio also loves to play with his other personal interests, ranging from pop culture to conspiracies. Crocifisso is a native Montanan and Fine Art graduate from the University of Montana. Her unapologetic and bold mixed media and collage pieces focus on the strange and often heartbreaking aspects of life. With this body of work she experiments with collage and photo transfers, taking joy in the many steps this process takes to get the final result, which is always a surprise. First Friday opening event will take place June 7th, 5-8pm at the Confluence Center at 119 W Main St, Missoula, MT, and will also feature music by Wailing Aaron Jennings. The Exhibit will remain on display through June 28th, and can be seen by appointment through the Center: 406-926-6526 For more information about the Confluence Center, please contact Megan Dungan at megand@headwatersmt.org. For more information about art events at the Confluence Center, please contact Elisha Harteis at elishaharteis@gmail.com or Lillian Nelson at thedelusionalartist2@gmail.com.

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