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Call to ArtistsThe Bozeman Public Library Art Committee has made the selections for the 2015 Atrium Gallery Exhibition Series. The Atrium Gallery showcases both traditional and innovative contemporary art forms, with each exhibit on display for one to three months. The Library is committed to exhibits that will expand the public’s appreciation of art as well as reflecting the diversity of the community. Selections are chosen by the Library Art Committee, consisting of local artists, community members, and staff from the Library and Library Foundation. Submissions for 2016 will be accepted starting January 1, 2015, due on APRIL 30, 2015. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered. To learn more, please see the exhibit proposal guidelines, or contact Paula Beswick, Library Foundation Director at 582-2426 or

Exhibit Proposal Guidelines

Bozeman artist Kara Tripp will exhibit recent oil paintings in the Atrium Gallery at the Bozeman Public Library March 1 through April 28, 2015. The Bozeman Public Library Foundation, sponsors of the exhibit, will host an artist’s reception on Friday, March 6, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., free and open to the public with refreshments.
“I’m drawn to all of Montana’s big landscapes and the wildlife, buildings and farm-life that embellish it,” said Tripp, whose work may feel familiar as she is a Bozeman, Montana, native and last summer she was the winner of the 2014 Sweet Pea poster contest. “My first painting inspiration was a flock of Suffolk sheep gathered on a hillside. Sheep are a reoccurring subject in my paintings as well as my backyard ‘city’ chickens,” said Tripp.
She works with oils and paints, exclusively with a palette knife, adding a contemporary twist to her work. Her paintings are joyful renderings of the landscapes, animals and farm scenes at the heart of Montana’s roots.
“My contemporary presentation and painting style add a modern element to traditional subject matter. I paint thick, and often only with a palette knife. This technique allows me to illustrate the movement of the cottonwoods, or the texture of hay ‘stubble’ in a harvested field,” said Tripp. “The multi-directional knife strokes add energy to the piece. Up-close, viewers enjoy the mosaic effect created when I pull under-layers of color to the surface,” she added.
Tripp earned an AA at Cottey College in Missouri and a BA in Chemical Engineering at Montana State University. In 2014 she opened Tripp Studio at the Emerson Center in Bozeman. Her work is represented in galleries in Montana, Arizona, and Vermont.
The exhibition will be on display during Library hours. A percentage of sales will go to the Bozeman Public Library Foundation to ensure continuation of cultural programs at the Library for public benefit. For more information about the exhibit or opening reception, please call Sarah DeOpsomer at 582-2425 or email


The Bozeman Sculpture Park has merged with Gallatin Art Crossing to create an outdoor sculpture park that engages Bozeman residents and visitors with the work of leading sculptors in a lovely natural setting, and promotes Bozeman’s cultural profile in the northwestern region of the United States.

The Gallatin Art Crossing is a unique outdoor sculpture exhibit located in downtown Bozeman,  The exhibit hosts a variety of artwork, introducing viewers to many artisic approaches. 

Exploring the Arts is an educational-based series sponsored by the Bozeman Public Library Foundation that combines artistic performance/demonstration with an educational component and/or audience interaction. The Foundation is currently accepting proposals for Spring 2011. Contact the Library Foundation for more information.


Exploring the Arts Guidelines




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