Campus Impact

MMAC on the Move: Featured Works

Artwork by Montana modernist Henry Meloy

“There are many discoveries to be made,” said Rafael Chacón, Suzanne and Bruce Crocker director of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture, about moving more than 11,000 pieces of the museum’s Permanent Collection to its new home on the UM campus.

Last fall, Chacón, the museum’s curatorial team and a group of student and community volunteers began the process of sorting through hundreds of items ranging from paintings to small porcelains, from clothing and textiles to large sculptures. They are assessing and cataloging each item, preparing the collection for the move to the new Museum building on the north end of campus.

MMAC staff and volunteers are preparing works like these by Montana modernist Henry Meloy to be moved to the museum's new home.

The MMAC has collected and preserved important works of art for decades, but many of those artworks have been stored in inaccessible locations across campus. The new 17,000 square-foot building opening to the public this fall will allow the museum to properly store and display its collections in climate-controlled, secure spaces that are accessible to students, scholars and visitors. For the first time in the museum’s 128-year history, UM students, faculty and community members will be able to fully comprehend the depth of the Permanent Collection.

“Discoveries will only grow as we continue to process and move the collection as students in art history, museum studies and many other fields engage the art,” Chacón said.

You Can Help

This much-anticipated project is funded by ongoing charitable donations. Your support will help UM realize the full vision for the MMAC and its Permanent Collections by sustaining future operations and programs. Give at or by contacting Director of Development Cate Sundeen at 406-243-4990 or