Gallery Talk with Corwin Clairmont












Head over to the Missoula Art Museum (MAM) between films for a gallery tour at 2:00 PM led by one of Montana’s most important living artists, Corwin “Corky” Clairmont. Clairmont will discuss his latest exhibition, Two-Headed Arrow/The Tar Sands Project, which is the culmination of more than two years’ work and features more than 30 screen prints and mixed media collages that examine the results of intense land-use of tar sand mining in Canada. Two-Headed Arrow/The Tar Sands Project showcases Clairmont’s mastery as a printmaker, his beautiful use of color, and his sharp sense of humor in a poignant commentary on the state of the environment.

Clairmont was born on the Flathead Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He received a BFA at Montana State University and went on to earn his MFA at California State University in Los Angeles in 1971. He returned to Montana in 1984 to work as an administrator at the Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, where he was instrumental in creating the Fine Arts Department.

While you are at MAM, check out the exhibition The Shape of Things: New Approaches to Indigenous Abstraction, a group show featuring new work from Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos/Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Tribes), Molly Murphy Adams (Oglala Lakota), John Hitchcock (Comanche) and Duane Slick (Meskwaki/Nebraska Ho-Chunk). This exhibition honors contemporary artists who reclaim Indigenous representations and knowledges in abstract art. MAM is a free admission museum committed exploring and preserving the work of Native artists, open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10AM-5PM. Visit to find out what contemporary Native American art is on view throughout the galleries and always in the Linda M. Frost Gallery Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery.