Exhibiting until December 15


GORDON MCCONNELL: WHEN THE WEST WAS WON, is the fourth exhibition of a contemporary Montana artist organized and circulated by Montana Art Directors Association.

For nearly 30 years, Billings-based artist Gordon McConnell has created works inspired by Western film stills and other iconic Western images. His work is informed by a sustained study of depictions of the American West in literature, art, and film, and draws from his deep knowledge of art history and American popular culture.

While McConnell’s visual language may be familiar to many in the region, When the West Was Won—comprised of 27 paintings and mixed-media works completed by McConnell over the past five years—offers a unique opportunity to consider the breadth and depth of the artist’s recent interrogations of our collective fantasies and individualized experiences of the American West. Together these works explore intersections of McConnell’s personal biography with American history and contemporary events, raising poignant questions about the roles images of the West play in constructing ideals of American masculinity, loyalty, freedom, and independence.

For more information, please call Shari Curtis at 723-3361 x6302.


Future exhibits: 

December 15-February 28: Historic Japanese Kimonos

March 1-31: Petersen

April 1-30: Dave Johnson

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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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If you are an artist and would like to exhibit at the Carle Gallery, please  send information about yourself and images of your artwork to carlegallery.bsbpl@gmail.com.