Montana Artists Refuge
links and artists' resources

Montana Arts Council -- The state agency devoted to the arts in Montana with information on grants and services, arts and education, how the arts benefit the state, and links to other arts resources such as museums, art galleries, institutions, performing arts, arts services, and other governmental agencies.

Art Montana -- An Online Directory of Artists, Art Centers, Museums, Galleries, Art Resources and Services in Montana. Includes classified ads and a bulletin board.

The Internet Art Database -- The largest art listing service on the Web. Commonly referred to as "dART" by its patrons, The Internet Art DatabaseTM is an interactive venue allowing collectors to find art from over 3,000 participating Web sites. Art enthusiasts can converse with others to critique or comment on a specific artist, or in many forums, converse with the artist directly. The intent is to create a communal marketplace for collectors, artists, and dealers.

Alliance of Artists' Communities -- A nation-wide consortium and professional organization for the field which advances the role artist communities play in the evolution of new ideas and art. Through communication and service to their members, as a national advocacy for creative environments, and a belief in the power of the creative process, the Alliance operates on the premise that the future of American culture depends on supporting creativity and a broad diversity of artists. Alliance membership includes professionally run artist communities, other nonprofit organizations that support artists in the development of their work, and individuals. The Montana Artists Refuge is listed in their current publication, Directory of Artists Communities.

Pouch Cove Foundation -- An artist residency program in Newfoundland with an excellent list of visual artist residency programs in Canada and North America.

Art Home -- Resource lists for arts advocacy, policy, education, collaboration, and funding.

ArtSmart - ArtSmart is a resource for artists and cultural leaders in the Rocky Mountain region. Community-based art organizations are listed by state: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming. ArtSmart is a free community service.

Poets and Writers Online -- Offers immediate access to a wealth of topical information, as well as a user-friendly vehicle for the exchange of ideas. P&W Online also provides a central meeting place and community center for writers (see the Speakeasy), as well as an ongoing forum for the literary field.

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts - Founded in 1951, the Bray is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to the enrichment of the ceramic arts, offering residencies and specialized workshops to ceramic artists from around the world. Located on the 26-acre site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company in Helena, Montana, the Bray facilities include year-round resident studios, site-specific sculpture, community class facilities, a sales gallery, a summer warehouse gallery, extensive kiln facilities, and a retail ceramic supply business.

Holter Museum of Art - Seeking to nurture the creative spirit and make the visual arts accessible to all, the Holter is committed to promoting participation through outreach, innovative educational programming, and collaboration with other organizations. The Holter Museum of Art serves Montana and neighboring states with quality visual arts exhibitions. The program includes all media, brings national and international exhibits into the region, and provides a much needed venue for local and regional artists.

Myrna Loy Center - The Myrna Loy Center is an active community member, engaging community and statewide groups with films, performances, and workshops that are meaningful to their constituencies. The current mission of the Myrna Loy Center is to present the arts, including media, performing, literary and visual, in an educational context, with challenging and culturally enriching programs that would not otherwise appear in the Helena area or in Montana.

refuge artists and other interesting people

MJ Williams: "Montana Artists Refuge -- A Place to Regroup" -- Short article by Francesca Nemko profiling the Refuge and co-founder MJ Williams.

Nancy Owens: Background on one of the Refuge's co-founders at two sites: Bryn Mawr College profile entitled "Committed to Community," and a vita, bibliography, and statement of philosophy for The Union Institute.

Anne Appleby:Refuge Board vice-president. Two gallery sites where Anne's work can be seen: San Francisco's Crown Point Press and Seattle's Greg Kucera Gallery.

Michael Haykin: Two sites where Michael's work can be seen: A profile of the artist and some recent paintings at Art Montana and an exhibition at the Gingerbread Square Gallery.

Nikki Schrager: Currently in residence at the Refuge, Nikki's website can be found at

Tim Terrell: Tim's work can be seen at PASTA - Park Stewardship Through the Arts, a project established by Tim through Joshua Tree National Park.

ATTENTION FORMER REFUGEES! If you are an artist who resided at the Refuge in the past and have a website you wish linked to this site, please contact Walden Graphics for more information.

geographical area information

Boulder/Basin/Jefferson City - Lonnie Whittaker's links to the area around Basin.

Helena-area Websites - good places to start are the City of Helena and Downtown Helena links pages.

The Montana Artists Refuge does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, national origin, religion, age, or sexual orientation.

Montana Artists Refuge
P.O. Box 8
Basin, Montana 59631
(406) 225-3500