Current Exhibit:

Powwows and Rodeos: The Photography of Lee Harpster Jr

June 2017

These photographs engage viewers with late 20th-century Native American culture on the northern plains. The images illustrate the beauty and challenges of reservation life and lands.

The photographs of Native American children and adults featured in this exhibition were taken during visits to powwows and rodeos between 1979 and 2001.

Sponsored by the Hockaday Museum of Art and the Montana Art Gallery Directors Association.


Coming Exhibits:

Erin’s Exiled Children

July 2017

We Three Repeat

August-September 2017

Carle Gallery

The Carle Gallery is located in the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library in historic uptown Butte, Montana. The gallery was established by the library as a tribute to artist John Carle, whose murals and paintings depict Butte, its historic buildings, and inhabitants. The gallery seeks to continue to honor and support local artists by providing an opportunity for them to present their work professionally and to begin a dialogue with the community about their art, as well as hosting exhibits by artists from outside of Butte.

John Carle

John M. Carle was born and raised in Butte. He started drawing at three years old. As a freshman in high school, he found himself in advanced painting. In 2000, he graduated from Butte High. Carle spent time working in the mine and fighting wildfires before picking up the brush again in 2007. He started painting portraits, wildlife, scenery, and character art. His best known paintings were from the “bar” series, which included Metals Bank, Club 13, and the M&M. In 2012, Carle painted a mural of the original Butte Free Public Library on the balcony of the present library. He passed away on September 18, 2012. He was 31 years old. The staff at Butte-Silver Bow Public Library dedicate this art gallery in memory of John Carle.

To apply to exhibit your work at the Carle Gallery, please review these exhibition guidelines and complete this application and return it to Butte-Silver Bow Public Library.

Below is the video of the painting of the library’s mural:


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Exhibition Proposal Application

If you’re an artist and would like to exhibit at The Carle Gallery, please fill out this form and send images of your artwork to