2022 MAGDA Annual Membership Meeting & Booking Conference

October 12 – 14

Chico Hot Springs, Pray, Montana


2022 Exhibition Proposals

2022 Conference Agenda

Celebrating 50-years of Service to the Arts

Presenter Biographies available: HERE


12:00 p.m.        CHECK-IN & LUNCH 

1:00 p.m.           WELCOME & INTRO: Alissa Kost, Executive Director, MAGDA


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS – Session 1

1.  ACCESSIBILITY IN ART EDUCATION: Ellie Weber, Director of Education, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls 

2. NUDITY, CENSORSHIP, & PUBLIC SPACES: Sarah Justice, Executive Director, Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, Great Falls Museum and gallery censorship throughout history has had a long history of disruption, and criticism.  Where do we as gallerists and museums in Montana fit into this discussion?  Has your organization ruffled feathers, pushed the envelope and exhibited exhibitions that may be considered inappropriate?  What is considered inappropriate in a museum setting?  How has your organization overcome these situations?  Do museums and galleries in Montana keep it safe when curating exhibitions?  Let’s come together and share our stories and inspire each other to not fear rejection or criticism. 

3. BOARD RECRUITMENT, RETENTION, & ENGAGEMENT. Storrs Bishop, Executive Director, Danforth Museum of Art, Livingston 

2:40 – 3:40 p.m.    ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS – Session 2

3:45 p.m.          BREAK 


5:30 p.m.           NO-HOST CASH BAR – Musical stylings with Stephen Glueckert  

6:30 p.m.           DINNER


8:00 a.m.           BREAKFAST 

9:00 a.m.           MAGDA PROTOCOL: Alissa Kost, Executive Director, MAGDA. Topic: Traveling Exhibition Care Policy + General Update (MANDATORY ATTENDANCE FOR ALL MAGDA MEMBERS)

9:30 a.m.        FROM THE BEGINNING: STORIES OF MAGDA. The people and places that began the modern art movement in Montana leading to the foundation of the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association. SR. Joeann Daley, OP, Cathryn Mallory, & Stephen Glueckert,

10:15 a.m.         BREAK

*Sponsor: Idaho Commission on the Arts

10:30 a.m.      INTENTIONAL ACCESSIBILITY: Michael Faison of the Idaho Commission on the Arts. With passage of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991, our nation gained a framework for members of our population who deal with disabilities to receive fair and reasonable access to services, accommodations, and employment. Compliance with ADA/Section 504 is mandatory; but compliance sets a minimum standard. How do we move from compliance to true accessibility? We’ll look not only at the basics of compliance, but also to moving beyond compliance to intentional accessibility that is anticipated, planned, and steeped in customer service.

12:00 p.m.       LUNCH 

1:00 p.m.       THE COMPASSION PROJECT: Tia Goebel, Executive Director, The Compassion Project, Bozeman. The world needs compassion. The good news is compassion is a skill we can grow like a muscle. Research has shown that a compassion practice has positive impacts on our health and wellbeing, such as increased connectedness, increased happiness, lowered distress, decreased anxiety, increased cooperation, and reduced burnout. In this workshop, we will use art and mindfulness as doorways for exploring compassion. Together, we will acknowledge the difficulties we face, like stress and burnout, experience the therapeutic benefits of painting, experiment with mindfulness techniques, and discuss the role of compassion in our personal and professional lives. We hope you will enjoy joining the Compassion Project in unlocking our innate capacity for greater connection and kindness.

2:30 p.m.          STATE AND FEDERAL FUNDING UPDATE: Montana Arts Council, Helena

3:00 p.m.         ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP & BUSINESS MEETING: Chris Riccardo, Board President, MAGDA & Executive Director, Holter Museum of Art, Helena 

3:15 p.m. BREAK



*Sponsor: Humanities MT

Gain insight and deepen knowledge about Indigenous history and culture of the region to act as better advocates and allies.

ModeratorJennifer Néso’eóó’e Woodcock-Medicine Horse – PhD: Program Director of IndigenEyes: Contemporary Native American Art of the Rocky Mountains and Plains. Adjunct Faculty: Contemporary Native American Art: MSU’s Dept. of Art History and Native American Studies.

PanelistsJennifer Buckley, (enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe), Executive Director, Butte Native Wellness Center, Sean Chandler (Aaniiih), President of Aaniiih Nakoda College/Artist, Tracey Kikut, Program Director, UCROSS Foundation, Brandon Reintjes, Senior Curator, Missoula Art Museum. 

5:00 p.m.          BREAK – NO-HOST CASH BAR 

*Sponsor: Carbon County Arts Guild & Depot Gallery

5:15 p.m.      HANDS-ON ART WORKSHOP: Manette Rene Bradford – MAGDA sponsored artist – As an artist whose primary medium is painting and collage, Manette Rene Bradford will be hosting a workshop loosely modeled after her own process. Participants can draw, paint, tear, cut out, and cut up images produced with dry or wet media on paper, and compose a collage with these images, as well as images provided by a collective pool. Prompts and pre-existing images will be offered to encourage participants to focus their creativity on the act of building the collage.

7:00 p.m.          DINNER & SILENT AUCTION ENDS


8:00 a.m.          BREAKFAST 


9:30 a.m.          BOOKING SESSION (Must Be Present to Book Exhibits)

11:30 a.m.        ADJOURN

The Annual Conference combines exhibition booking opportunities with professional development and training for personnel and volunteers of the state’s art centers. 

Professional development workshops cover topics of relevance to member organizations, based on their indicated needs. A sampling of seminars conducted by leading professionals include:

  • Educational programming
  • Fundraising
  • Board / staff relationships
  • Exhibition preparation
  • Marketing / communications
  • Budgeting / cash flow analysis 
  • Volunteer management
  • Gallery / museum practices and ethics
  • Hands-on art workshops

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