Hockaday Museum of Art

(above: Hockaday Museum of Art. Photo by John Hazeltine. © 2012 John Hazeltine)

Kalispell, MT






Museum Overview

The Hockaday Museum of Art displays the art and culture of Montana with an emphasis on the artists of Glacier National Park. The Museum maintains a permanent collection and offers rotating exhibits by nationally renowned and emerging artists, in addition to a permanent exhibit of Glacier National Park art and culture. A Discovery Gallery provides hands-on activities for children that change along with the rotating exhibits.

Museum History

In 1967, the Flathead Branch of the Montana Institute of the Arts explored the need for a community art center in the Flathead Valley. Area residents responded enthusiastically, and on February 10, 1969, the Flathead Valley Art Association opened the Hockaday Center for the Arts as a community art center in the Carnegie Library building.

The founders of the art center were Ed Bailey, Corrine Lundgren, Anne McLeod, Greta Sliter, and Janet and William Bierrum. Original board members included Gary Christensen, Wallace Roberts, Lillian Tubb, and Neil Hunter.

The art center was named for Lakeside artist Hugh Hockaday (1892-1968), who had moved to the Flathead Valley after a successful career as a commercial artist, and who passed away during the conversion of the Carnegie library to an art center. In 1998, the Hockaday Center changed its name to the Hockaday Museum of Art to reflect its new focus as a museum.

Building History

The Hockaday Museum is housed in a turn-of-the-century Carnegie Library Building that is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The more than 100-year-old building, now handicapped accessible, has undergone significant renovations to create a sophisticated museum setting while retaining the building's historic beauty.

Permanent Collection

The Museum's growing permanent collection focuses on the art and artists of Montana. Featured in the permanent collection are works by Bud Helbig, Ace Powell, O.C. Seltzer, Russell Chatham, Jeanne Hamilton, Hugh Hockaday, David Shaner, Thomas English, Bob Scriver, Gary Schildt, Tom Saubert, Frank Hagel, Mark Ogle, Jeff Walker, and others.

Crown of the Continent: Glacier National Park Gallery

This permanent exhibition captures the nostalgia and grandeur of Glacier National Park that today still attracts so many artists seeking to portray its greatness. It features works by significant Glacier Park authors, photographers, and painters as well as Park collectibles, including vintage maps and hand-tinted photographs. While artists change from time to time, the exhibit always features the art and culture of Glacier National Park.

The current installation exhibits works from the Museum's permanent collection as well as some long-term loans. Artists include Winold Reiss, Ralph Earl DeCamp, Joe Scheurle, Fred Kiser, T.J. Hileman, Roland Reed, John Clarke, Thomas English, Joe Abbrescia, along with James Willard Schultz, George Bird Grinnell, Mary Roberts Rinehart and many others.

The Hockaday Museum of Art exhibits the art and culture of Montana and the artists of Glacier National Park. It is located at 302 Second Ave. East in downtown Kalispell.

For hours and admission fees please see the Museum's website.

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