Welcome to Missoula Public Arts

Mayor Engen

Note from the Mayor

At the City of Missoula, we work every day to ensure that our place remains a “place” – unique, interesting, comfortable and filled with character. Our public art is one of the ways we keep Missoula a great place. From turning gray traffic-signal boxes into community canvases to dedicating a portion of every new municipal building’s budget to an art element, our actions reflect our dedication to the visual arts as an important part of Missoula’s environment.

This guide is designed to help you explore that dedication and confirm our commitment to public art. Missoula’s Public Art Committee deserves credit and recognition for commissioning many of these works and serving as stewards to these community assets.

Please enjoy these works of art and our unique place.

Public Art in Missoula

Civilizations and great cities have adorned public spaces with inspiring architecture and public art for millennia. There is a fundamental understanding that space dedicated to the service of the community deserves special treatment in order to complete that dedication, and to celebrate public activities. Today, public art in American communities is not provided by royalty or solely by wealthy patrons, but is sustained by democratically-created policy.  Here in Missoula, this policy designates 1.5% of the construction budget for municipal buildings be dedicated to the creation and care of public art under the guidance of the Public Art Committee. Beautifying contemporary public spaces has thus found a new democratic expression in our communities.

Compared to previous eras of public art, there is a different set of values in modern, western democratic communities.  In a vibrant, engaged society where everyone is entitled to, and encouraged to have, their own opinions about what is art, the question of what constitutes the public’s art is apt to be hard to nail down.  Because personal opinions are so varied, any piece of art procured for the benefit of the public runs the risk of bitter criticism by somebody. What’s more, those in government who budgeted funds for procuring it are likely to be cast as fools wasting tax dollars on it. Public art, meant to uplift citizens and celebrate community, runs the risk of dividing and disrupting.  How are we to relate to public art, and extract its benefits while preserving the individualism and spirit of the community’s citizens?

“What is art?” is a question that will never be answered once and for all.  Times are ever-changing along with the tastes and values people hold.  That is why art changes, why the leading edge of its enthusiastic supporters is closely followed without exception by those who “just don’t get it.” History tells us every age of art had its period of upsetting, revolutionary newness before it became mainstream and acceptable by a broad base of society.  Is art an interpretation? A mirror? An expression? A comfort? Or an indictment created by the artist?  Yes, it is all these.  As such, it can inspire as often as it offends.  This explains the tension that exists with art, but it doesn’t help us with public art, or understanding its benefit.

It seems to me the way forward is to first consider how we, as citizens, approach public art and experience it.  Do we react to it? Or do we respond to it?  Reacting is quick and spontaneous. Responding is something altogether different.  Responding is answering an invitation to set judgment aside for the moment and engage with a piece of art, to enter into a dialog with it.  “What’s going on here?  What am I seeing?  Do I recognize something, or not?  Why did the artist choose to depict ‘this’ and not ‘that?’ If I move and consider the art piece from another aspect, do I see something different or something more than I saw before? Does the piece evoke a feeling and, if so, why that feeling and not some other?” The exchange between artwork and viewer is an act of reflective consideration that is the self-indulgent act of giving oneself the time and space to consider openly what the art expresses. Truly great art invites a person to this sort of consideration again and again throughout a lifetime.

The City of Missoula Public Art collection has been assembled over a generation or so by the Public Art Committee assisted by other members of the community.  In addition to aesthetic considerations the Committee is guided by a loose framework that requires the selected pieces be appropriate to the place of display, consider security, resistance to theft, vandalism, and public safety.  Some, like the delightful “Returning” at Caras Park, followed a rubric of being appropriate for children to climb on as a “play sculpture.”  (I have had a fondness for “Returning” since it was installed by Montana artist Jeffrey Funk.  It often captures that instant when a small child first expresses a true sense of humor long before they have full command of language; when they encounter those large trout, kids recognize them as fish, of course, but they know fish aren’t supposed to be that big and fish don’t swim on land.  The reaction is initially one of surprise, but then a recognition of what is going on emerges. They laugh and run to them.).

One of Missoula’s first public art pieces was Taag Petersen’s “Crossings”, which has anchored the North end of Higgins Avenue since the mid-80’s.  Taag’s piece is aptly located a stone’s throw from the Montana RailLink rail line since it is a representation of the railroad’s role in western Montana history and development.  The dominant feature of the piece are four large, bright red X’s.  At its installation, there was quite a lot of public controversy—it was a brash piece whose component representative parts benefitted greatly from pointed explanation that most people missed.  Nonetheless, it has become an iconic representation of what Missoula is; a much-loved and much-cited landmark used to navigate the north end of Downtown.  Sometimes we claim public art as it claims us with growing familiarity and fondness.

The worst response a piece of public art can evoke is indifference, for art is meant to affect us and change us.  If it leaves us as we found it, it has failed in some essential way.  Public art doesn’t have to hit us over the head with outrageousness or be offensive, but it should compel us to respond.  Likewise, we are not obligated to like or enjoy every piece of public art we encounter, but we ought to give ourselves over to that compulsion to reflect on what the artist has created.  Even arriving at the conclusion we don’t like a piece of art is not wasted.  In that act of consideration, we plumb the corners of our own values and test the limits of our understanding. Worthy public art engages us and, in that engagement, we become better citizens.

This guide will help you explore Missoula’s public art collection. In the process, you will learn something about our community and yourself.

-Geoff Badenoch


Self Guided Tours

About Us

What does the Public Art Committee do?

The Public Art Committee is responsible for reviewing, advocating, and developing public art projects in the public spaces for the City of Missoula. It has developed a process to create, develop, and maintain public art as well as further public accessibility to the arts.

The Public Art Committee (PAC) is responsible for developing a collection of public art that is of the highest quality, that encompasses a broad aesthetic range reflecting the City and its citizens, improves the quality of life in the area, accessible to all individuals, and is a source of pride to all residents. The Public Art Committee works to develop public art projects and the associated collections that become an integral part of the fabric of the City of Missoula. These projects reflect a broad range of input and involvement by artists, art professionals and organizations, businesses and residents.

Who is on the committee?

The Public Art Committee consists of nine members serving four-year terms. Six members are appointed by the Mayor, two members appointed by the City Council and one member is a Missoula City Council representative. Members have expertise in the visual arts, arts administration, historical preservation, architecture, or have an affiliation with a local business association or public entity. Current members are:  Peter Lambros (Committee Chair), Kathi Olson (Committee Vice-Chair), Julie Armstrong (City Council Representative), Taag Peterson, Kia Lizak, Douglas Olson, Courtney LeBlanc, Helen Hallenbeck, Cathay Smith.

I’m interested in Public Art.  Should I attend a PAC meeting?

YES!  As a member of the community, you are welcome to come to monthly meetings held on the third Tuesday of the month at 4:00PM in the City Council Building, 140 W. Pine. For more information contact the Public Art Coordinator at (406) 541-0860.

For current information including PAC Agendas and Minutes, please go to:


When was the Missoula Public Art Committee started?

The Missoula Public Art Committee was formed in 1985 by Mayor John Toole as a committee designated to review, advocate and develop public art projects in the public spaces for the city of Missoula. It was reaffirmed on December 23, 2002 as a standing city committee.  The City of Missoula Public Art Committee was the first “City” Public Art Committee in the Montana.

What is the Percent for Art ordinance?

In December 2002, City Leaders passed an Ordinance establishing a Percent for Art program – a first for any city in Montana. The ordinance mandated the inclusion of artwork within certain city projects, set procedures to commission, select, and deaccession public art. The Ordinance required 1% of eligible construction costs of City capital improvement projects paid wholly or in part by the City of Missoula to construct or remodel any public or city building, structure, park or any portion thereof to be allocated for public art and provided a funding source for ongoing maintenance. In November 2015, the amount allocated to this public art program was increased to 1.5% .

What are the objectives of the Percent for Art Program?

  • Develop a public art program that is unique to Missoula.
  • Increase the understanding and enjoyment of public art by Missoula residents.
  • Invite public participation in the interaction with public spaces.
  • Provide unusual and challenging employment opportunities for artists
  • Encourage collaborations between artists and architects, and artists and engineers.
  • Support artist participation on design teams for planning public projects.
  • Encourage a variety of art forms: temporary and permanent, object and event, single or dispersed locals.
  • Spread commissions among a wide number or artists and strive for overall diversity in style, scale and intent.

How are public art projects funded?

Public Art projects are funded through the Percent for Art program, special project funds, grants, and private donations. The Committee does not receive any monies from the City of Missoula’s general fund, department budgets, licensing, or permitting fees.

How do I find out about Public Art Committee art calls?

Periodically the Public Art Committee seeks artists to design and construct artwork for public buildings and grounds. Go to www.ci.missoula.mt.us/index.aspx?NID=899 or to see the list of current art calls. You can also sign up to receive future notifications when the city’s Public Art Committee is requesting proposals for public art pieces in Missoula.

How does the Public Art Committee decide who is eligible for art calls?

The Public Art Committee has three methods of determining eligibility:

  • Open Art Call: open to all artists in a specified area.
  • Limited Art Call: open to a limited number of artists who have been invited to participate based on their expertise in a desired area.
  • Direct Purchase/Commission: a specific individual invited to create artwork for a site based on their expertise in a desired area.

How does the Public Art Committee select artworks?

The Public Art Committee establishes a Selection Committee that includes representation from City Departments or public agencies (if applicable), donors (both public and private), neighborhood representatives (both business and residential), project architectural group (where applicable) and the Public Art Committee members.

I have a business and would like to have some public art at my business location. Can the Public Art Committee provide guidance or funding?

The Public Art Committee enjoys providing guidance to the private sector wishing to develop a public art project. Although the Public Art Committee has no specific funds for special projects, the Committee has worked hand-in-hand with the private sector to develop “public-private partnership projects.”  These are collaborative projects where the PAC works hand-in-hand with the private entity in various ways to complete a public art project.

I have a public art idea – can the Public Art Committee help me?

The PAC suggests everyone start with visiting their website, MissoulaPublicArt.org to review past and present projects.  Current projects may be perfect for your public art idea.  If not, the Committee invites anyone to  present a project idea at its monthly meeting. The Committee may provide guidance in varying degrees or may vote to implement the project based on available resources.

What is the selection criteria for artwork?

The selection criteria changes with each project. In general, the Public Art Committee expects that artwork be of the highest quality in both concept and execution, while recognizing public safety and durability. The Committee encourages proposals that balance the artistic design in the artwork with the setting of the designated area. When developing proposals, artists typically consider specific themes, the design aesthetics of an associated building, the traffic flow and use of the building and/or site.

- Seeds

by David Miles Lusk

Reserve & Kent

- Sunday at Fort Missoula

by Christian Ives

Reserve & South

- My Colorful Chaotic Choir

by Kim Foiles

Brooks & Dore Lane

- Home Bones

Parker Beckley

Reserve & Mount

- Journeys

by Carrie Malia Arvish

Reserve & I-90 Interchange

- Untitled

by Tu Baixong. Acrylic on paper, 1996. Third floor of the Music building.

- Sky Walkers

by Joy Wulke. Fiber sculpture, 1996. Second floor atrium of the Gallagher building.

- Occurrence

by Sarah Rachael Monk. Acrylic and graphite on panel, 2010. Lobby of the James E. Todd building.

- Rattlesnake Ripple

Pineview Park. “Rattlesnake Ripple” is composed of 230 tiles representing the seasonal water currents, cycles and flows of nearby Rattlesnake Creek. Located on the northeast wall of the storage shed, this mural encourages Missoula residents to contemplate the history and natural beauty that surrounds them. Artist Alison Reintjes prepared the tiles in her studio, installing the final piece late in the summer of 2015.

- Myrtle Mural

Commissioned by neighboring businesses, this wheatpaste mural by local artist Amber Flaherty graces the historic Penwell Building in the heart of the downtown area known as “The Hip Strip.”

- Perseverance and Passage

Silver Park. Erected in 2015, “Perseverance and Passage” commemorates the transitions its Silver Park setting has undergone, including the endurance of the many travelers who found their way along the Clark Fork River, and the dedication of the industrial workers who worked at the site. George Ybarra’s sculpture is of significant scale and size, encouraging interaction between park goers and the piece.

- Still Moments

by Jen Ryan Hickes

Higgins & Main

- Mountain Home

by Carrie Malia Arvish

14th & Johnson

Russell & 5th - Untitled

by Cameron Klise

Russell & 5th

- Bike-A-Delic

by Rachel Neal

Arthur & 5th

- Now That’s a Cowboy

by Lillian Nelson

Reserve & England

- Flicker Falls

by Karl Stein

Arthur & Beckwith

- Midnight Shenanigans

by Lillian Nelson

Arthur & 6th

- 1908 Flood

by Courtney Blazon

Higgins & Front

- Coloring Music

by Tanner Mullenix

Reserve & Expressway

- Wild Blooms

by Debbie Bell

Reserve & Union Pacific

- Flourishing

1001 S. 3rd St. W. – Nutritional Laboratories International. Located along the Bitterroot Spur Trail, this mural was created by art students of the Willard Alternative High School with help and collaboration from local artist Stephanie Frostad and other community members. The mural was funded by a grant from the Office of Neighborhoods and donations from Nutritional Laboratories International.

- Radiant

120 N. Hickory. Montana Natural History Center. Based on an oil painting by local artist Stephanie Frostad, this piece was recreated and installed by Big Bear Sign Co. in 2013 to serve as a 16 foot sqaure mural prominently featured on the outside wall of the Montana Natural History Center’s recently renovated building. The artist was chosen by a committee of the MNHC because her work so closely represented their mission.

- Untitled Mural

Missoula County Fairgrounds – Fine Art Building. Commissioned by former Fairgrounds Director Steve Earle, this 60 foot long and 12 foot tall mural was painted in 2013 by Josh Shaffner, and funded through community donations. The mural depicts a visual history of the fair as well as Missoula.

129 - Humus

by David Secrest. Wrought iron, 1996. Outside Anderson Hall.
Secrest works in welded steel, wrought iron and sand cast bronze. He describes his process as where “the practical meets the esoteric.” He develops forms from his subconscious and experiments with the structure of metal to create patterned surfaces. In 1996, Secrest completed a series of commissions across the UM campus referencing natural and industrial processes. With Humus, his intention was to create a work that would accumulate dirt, leaves and pine needles to appear as part of the earth. In soil science, “humus” refers to organic matter that has reached a point of stability, where it will not further decompose.

128 - Playground Slide

by Theodore Waddell. Brushed stainless steel, ca. 1974-1976. Outside in the Campus housing area on Maurice.
Created during Waddell’s tenure as an art professor at UM (1968-1976), this whimsical structure sits on the playground behind the South Campus University Villages community center. Waddell’s metal sculptures from this time are divided between pure form, like UM’s Persistence and those that are functional, such as the Cor-Ten bench outside of the Paris Gibson Museum of Art in Great Falls.

127 - M.C. Escher Gates

by John Vichorek. Steel, undated. GVA entrance to the Social Sciences building.

126 - Grateful Nation Fallen Soldier Memorial

by Rick Rowley. Cast bronze, 2011. Outside, east of McGill Hall.

125 - Untitled Mural

by James Todd. Acrylic, 1973. In the stairwell of the Liberal Arts building.

124 - Maureen and Mike Mansfield

by Terence J. Murphy. Cast bronze, 1999. Outside, east of Main Hall.
This work was commissioned by UM alumni Magnus and Velma Aasheim. Murphy reflected that the qualities of, “honor and integrity [will] guide my depiction of Mike Mansfield. From my personal remembrance of this man and his works on behalf of the people of the State of Montana and the people of the United States, the word honorable is the depiction in bronze I envision. It [is] my desire to depict Maureen Mansfield in a loving manner on a level of partnership with her husband…Mike credited her with all the success that he achieved, especially in his political career.”

123 - Signal

by Rudy Autio. Concrete and ceramic, 1996. Outside Miller Hall.
This work differs from Autio’s better-known figurative ceramic work, represented elsewhere on campus, but is important nonetheless. A concrete monolith entitled Signal, it is an investigation into pure form, material and abstraction. Autio was the founder of the UM ceramics department, and served as head of the department and professor for twenty-eight years.

122 - Cutting Lodge Poles, Granville Stuart Coming Up the Bitterroot, Warfare Between Cattle and Sheepmen

by Irvin “Shorty” Shope. Oil on canvas, WPA-era murals, 1934. Second floor of the Forestry building.

121 - Constellation

by Douglas Warnock and Robert Delgado. Ceramic tile and bronze mural, 2000. Outside the Urey Lecture Hall.
This work was commissioned under the Montana Arts Council’s Percent for Art Program. Warnock, a professor at the University of Idaho in Pocatello, and Delgado, a studio artist based in Los Angeles, have collaborated to create several murals. This one integrates Warnock’s cut bronze with Delgado’s airbrush over silkscreen glazed tiles to reflect both artists’ interests in community-based public art.

120 - Black Flag/White Flag

by Kate Hunt. Mixed media, 2008. Second floor of the Liberal Arts building.

119 - A Journalist’s Puzzle

by Lloyd Schermer. Movable type and engraved plates, 2006. Lobby of the Liberal Arts building.

118 - Winter Count

by Neil Parsons. Mixed media, 2008. Third floor, Liberal Arts building.

117 - What’s New

by Phoebe Toland. Oil on panel, 2008. First floor of Liberal Arts building.

116 - Charging Forward

by Jay Laber. Mixed media, 2001. Outside the Student Recreation Center, along Campus Drive.
Charging Forward depicts the traditional “Hoop Game.” Bridging modern reservation life with cultural traditions of the past, Laber used car parts dating back to the 1940s and 1950s salvaged from backyards and fields on the reservation to create his sculpture. Laber is a professor at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo.

115 - Hellgate Translator

by Patrick Zentz. Mixed media with electronic components, 2002-2003. Atrium of Student Recreation Center.

114 - Action Figures

by Monte Dolack. Hand-colored lithographs, 1999.

113 - Mt. Sentinel and Mt. Jumbo

by Marilyn Bruya. Oil on canvas, 1990. Main floor of the Adams Center.

112 - Untitled

by Rudy Autio. Ceramic mural, 1953. Outside the Liberal Arts building.
Born in Butte, Autio served for two years in the Navy during World War II. Following the war, he studied art at MSU in Bozeman on the GI Bill. There he met Peter Voulkos. In 1952, the two became the founding resident artists at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena. While at the Bray, Autio executed several ceramic mural commissions across the state, including this one.

111 - The Magnificent Tree of the Arts

by Tom Rippon. Glazed ceramic, 1996. Exterior of the PAR/TV building.
Rippon joined the UM faculty in 1989 and was department chair from 1991 to 1997 and briefly in 2004 before retiring in 2008. The Magnificent Tree of the Arts was created by manipulating individual components in wet clay; carving, sawing and sanding dry clay. Rippon used acrylic paints, pencil, underglaze and lusters for coloration.

110 - Covered Jar

by Peter Voulkos. Glazed stoneware, 1954. In case in PAR/TV building.

109 - Montana Horses

by Rudy Autio. Fiber tapestry, 1986. Inside the PAR/TV building.

108 - Wave Traffic Translator

by Patrick Zentz. Mixed media.

107 - Abstract Montana Images

by Vickie Meguire. Acrylic and mixed media, 1996. Lower level of the Gallagher building.

106 - Trifecta

by Rudy Autio. Ceramic vessel.

105 - Flathead Valley

by Rudy Autio and Ward Devlin. Glazed ceramic tile, 1970. Lower level of the Gallagher building.

104 - The Business of Trade

by Dana Boussard. Painter fiber construction. 1996. Second floor of the Gallagher building.

103 - Flight Column

by Robert Gerhrke. Cor-Ten steel, 1996. Outside Brantley Hall.
This work was commissioned for the Gallagher Business Building under the Montana Arts Council’s Percent for Art Program. This use of a pillar to celebrate a political or military victory hearkens back to Roman triumphal columns. Instead of commemorating public events, this sculpture is a monument to the natural world, calling the viewer’s attention to the sky, birds and flight.

102 - Persistence

by Theodore Waddell. Brushed stainless steel, 1976. Outside the Music building.
Waddell is a Montana native from Laurel. While he is best known for paintings with thick impasto surfaces depicting ranch scenes, he also created a group of distinct metal sculptures while on the UM School of Art faculty from 1968 to 1976. During this time
he lived in Arlee and created a series of minimalist-influenced polished steel sculptures.

101 - Judith Basin Encounter: When Charlie and Pablo Had Breakfast at McDonald’s

by George Gogas. Acrylic on canvas, 1994. In the lobby of the Fine Arts building.

100 - Judith Basin Encounter: When Charlie and Pablo Went Stone Broke in the Stock Market

by George Gogas. Acrylic on canvas, 1994. In the lobby of the Fine Arts building.

99 - Bulletin Board

by Robert Davis. Welded steel, 1974-75. Outside the Fine Arts building.
This sculpture was created in the spirit of minimalism and the art of the 1970s, which encouraged interaction. Placed in front of the School of Art as a Campus Art Award in 1974-75, this sculpture engages the audience with an expanse of unfinished steel. The sculpture has served as a place for students to post temporary notices for the past four decades.

98 - Grizz

by Rudy Autio. Grizz, Cast bronze, 1968. Outside, on the west side of the Oval.
This 5,000-pound bronze was a project of the UM Foundation, and represents the traditional symbol of the University of Montana. Autio was the founder of the UM ceramics department, and served as head of the department and professor for twenty-eight years. Autio completed a series of ceramic and plaster maquettes before scaling these up to the final work. The sculpture was placed prominently at the head of the Oval on “Grizzly Circle”and dedicated during Homecoming 1969.

97 - Elements of Life

by Lindsay McCoy. Glazed ceramic Tile, 2001. Inside the Health Sciences building.
This work was commissioned under the Montana Arts Council’s Percent for Art Program. McCoy uses abstract, diagrammatic forms to suggest DNA, cellular parts and atomic structures at a microscopic level.

96 - Flight

by Steve Connell. Steel with copper paint patina, 1996. Outside Miller Hall.
Connell was Professor of Art at UM from 1976 to 2005 and Chair of the department from 1996-1999. A versatile sculptor, Connell worked in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, wood, lead and steel. His large scale sculpture Flight represents a body of work which features suspended geometric forms balanced on a narrow point.

95 - Paleozoic I

by Michael Osborne. Ceramic, 1990. On the Oval, between the Mathematics building and the International Center.
Osborne is a UM alumnus. The completion of this Campus Art Award outdoor sculpture commission coincided with Osborne’s MFA thesis exhibition “Cathedrals.” This sculpture refers to geological changes impacted by environmental factors such as wind and rain over time. Osborne’s intention was that the opening near the top of the sculpture be used as an oculus. It lines up with the face of the clock on Main Hall, evoking a sundial and the passage of time.

94 - Three Vessels

by David Pledge. Glazed stoneware, 2001. Inside the Bio Research Building.
Conceived of as ‘architectural’ vessels, these large scale ceramic pots are typical of Pledge’s technique and craftsmanship. Pledge received his MFA from UM in 1999, where he had the opportunity to work with professors Beth Lo and Tom Rippon, as well as the University’s anagama kiln in the Lubrecht Experimental Forest.

93 - Untitled Exterior Murals

by John Vichorek. Concrete murals, 1969.
Vichorek created the 26’ high concrete façade of the Mansfield Library. In his garage in Florence, MT, he carved large styrofoam panels into bas relief designs featuring naturalistic elements. In the winter of 1971, the panels were cast flat at the construction site. The finished panels formed the outer wall of the library, completed in 1973.

92 - Buhr Stone

by David Secrest. Fabricated steel and wrought iron, 1996. Outside the N.S. Annex.
The title of this sculptural bench refers to grist mill production that grinds grain to flour. At the heart of a grist mill are its grinding stones called buhr stones. The bottom stone was fixed, while the upper stone rotated around a central shaft. The curve of the bench implies the motion of the stone. Secrest often refers to the clash of old and new technologies, industrial processes and the refinement of raw materials from one form to another.

91 - Infrastructure

by David Secrest. Fabricated steel and wrought iron, 1996. Outside Main Hall.
Secrest continually experiments with the refinement and manipulation of the structure of metal to create surfaces which are characterized by tessellated tiles and patterned designs. Since 1978, he has maintained a permanent and full-time metal sculpture studio in Somers, Montana.

90 - Teepee Burner

by John Vichorek. Welded steel, ca. 1970-71. Outside Jeannette Rankin Hall.
Vichoreck moved to Missoula, Montana to study sculpture and design with Rudy Autio. While a student, Vichorek created the iconic Teepee Burner sculpture, which was originally sited at the center of the Oval on The University of Montana’s campus.

89 - Landscape

by Elizabeth Rak. 1974. Ceramic on board.

88 - Bright and Early

by Stephanie Frostad. Oil on canvas, 1994. On the second floor of the James E. Todd building.

87 - Ghost Horses

by Theodore Waddell. Oil and encaustic on canvas, 1995. In the stairwell of the James E. Todd building.

86 - Fall

by Ken Little. Acrylic on canvas, 1975. Untitled, undated ceramic sculptures. In the stairwell of the James E. Todd building.

85 - Cavalcade

by Rudy Autio. Glazed stoneware, undated. In the lobby of the James E. Todd building.

84 - Untitled Mural

by Marilyn Bruya. Acrylic on canvas, 1996. Inside Davidson Honors College

83 - Whirlwind, Lucky Number, Fourth Dimension

by Carmen Malsch. 2000, woodcut on paper. Third floor of the UC.

82 - Five Valleys Trilogy

by Jay Rummel. Acrylic on panel. Second floor of the UC.

81 - Twisted Pod, Twisted Wedge, Twisted Arch

by David Secrest

Wrought iron, 1996. Outside Anderson Hall.
Secrest refines and manipulates metal to create intuitive shapes that comment on the clash of old and new technologies, industrial processes and the refinement of raw materials from one form to another. These wrought iron sculptures, mounted together on a single base, use the process of forging and shaping to create three related forms.

79 - Seasoned Hunters of the Valley

by Claire Rose Kleese-Mencel


78 - Night Garden

by Melissa Madsen

South & Grant

77 - Tank Fulla Trout

by Karl Stein

3rd & Russell

76 - Boogie Water

by Missoula Electric Quilters

Reserve & Mullan

75 - All Songs Come Together Under Montana

by Claire Klees-Mencel

Higgins & South

74 - The Light and the Dark

by Meaghan Gately

Brooks & Paxson

73 - Sunflowers and Dragonflies

by M. Scott Miller

Brooks & Beckwith

72 - The Garden City

by Meaghan Gately

Brooks & Higgins

70 - The Little Green Rabbit

by Laura Blaker

Brooks & Mount

69 - Missoula Quilted

by Missoula Electric Quilters

Higgins & 6th

68 - A Quilted Heritage

by Missoula Electric Quilters

South & Johnson

67 - Untitled

by Max Mahn

39th/Stephens/High Park

66 - Iris in the Spring

by Stoney Sasser

39th & Russell

65 - Long May the Wilderness Be Wild

by Kip Sikora

39th & 23rd

64 - Fancy Elk

by Amber Bushnell

39th & Reserve

63 - Past Time

by Rebecca Weed

Broadway & Pattee

62 - Biking to Missoula

by Greg Siple

61 - Digital Organics-An Exploration of Earth’s Wildlife

by Michael Greytak

Brooks & Stephens

59 - A Perspective on Trees

by Kip Herring

Stephens & Mount

58 - Busy Bodies

by M. Scott Miller

Brooks & Southgate Mall

57 - Missoula-The Garden City

by Christy Green

Brooks & Reserve

56 - Skateboarding

by Athena Lonsdale

Orange & 3rd

55 - Our Community-Missoula

by Josh Quick

Higgins & 5th

54 - Bright Morning

by Stoney Sasser

Reserve & 3rd

52 - Artist’s Collage

by Nelson Kenter

Broadway & Van Buren

51 - Alternative Transportation

by Josh Quick

Broadway & Toole

50 - Mother Nature

by Jill Logan


49 - Missoula Waterways

by Laurie Lane

Broadway & Scott

47 - Bronc Rider’s Dance

by William Burwick


46 - Popcorn

by Paula Goldberg

Broadway & Mullan

45 - The Old Train Station

by Richard Scott Morgan

Morgan Higgins & 4th

44 - Lunch on the Grass

by Courtney Blazon

Broadway & Ryman

43 - Missoula Is Magical

by Jill Logan

41 - Gnome House

Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St. The Gnome house was built over a period of ten years by Mona Frangos, and has been displayed at the Missoula Public Library since 1988. Mona began with a hollow log and made many furnishings from things she found in the woods. The Gnome house has six stories and 23 completely furnished rooms with electricity.

40 - Go with the Flow

Park Place, Corner of Pattee & Front Sts. This 20’ tall interactive sculpture by Missoula artist Mike Golins tells the story of changing water. A rolling wave pours into a crashing one that flows into an eddy. High enough to walk under, admirers might be reminded of the primal forces of nature. Completed in 2013 as a project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

39 - Untitled by Walter Hook

140 W. Pine. Located inside City Hall. This three-dimensional, multi-colored wood collage was one of the City’s first public art acquisitions, purchased with the Bill Cregg Memorial Fund. It currently hangs in the City Council Building hallway, near the building entrance. A project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

38 - The Voyage

2501 Russel St. George Ybarra’s metal fabrication interfuses aspects and essentials of modern art with the uninhibited landscape. Ybarra says the sculpture represents the passage of time. “All the experiences we have are moments. We are the observers to what unfolds, knowing the choices we make push us to action.” Commissioned by Minott and Jan Pruyn.

37 - The Fishing Kids

McCormick City Park’s, “Silver Lagoon” – (kids’ fishing pond). Boy, 12 feet high, Girl, 15 feet high (with poles). Brian M. Schmid created this unique, larger than life-size welded rebar 3-D “drawing” or “ghost sculpture” designed to fit in with the environment. Donated to the city of Missoula.

36 - Orange Street Underpass

Orange Street Underpass. Created in 2010 by the Orange Street Mural Group. The project was coordinated by University of Montana Professor Michael Parker with UM students and much community effort.

35 - Garden City Tree of Life

Kip Herring, artist. The Tree of Life is a positive affirmation—a tribute to Missoula’s rivers, the University of Montana, Caras Park, the Memorial Rose Garden and more. It is a celebration of Missoula in the current day, a place we love to call home.

34 - Arc of Life

Completed in 2010 in Rose Park. Artist: Stuart Nakamura. Arc of Life pays homage to the firefighting and emergency services performed by the firefighters in the Missoula community. The piece is comprised of three artistic elements: a stainless steel and granite interpretive centerpiece, a concrete pad with a natural stone path, and risers for engraved metal plates. Using the element of water as a symbol of life and sustenance, Arc of Life evokes the act of saving lives. It is a place for healing, remembrance and praise. A Percent for Art Project and a project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

33 - River Bridge

Mobash Skate Park bike rack. Created by University of Montana Professor Brad Allen in 2009, this work emulates the flow of Missoula’s rivers and doubles as a bike rack. A collaboration between the PAC and Mobash Skate Park Board, it was funded by the Percent for Art Program. A project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

32 - The Missoula Mosaic

Missoula Airport. In 2000, mosaics were created as a collaboration with public and private school classes ranging from kindergarten to high school seniors using historical references from the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Coordinated by teachers Joni McNeil and Mary Gillhouse with art direction from Jayne Piazza.

31 - Bull Trout

Greenough Park. Bull troat, glass mosaic on rock with brass plaque. Mosaic artwork and project design by Allissa Turtletaub. Supported by The Ecology Center, Alliance for Wild Rockies, Clark Fork Coalition, West Slope Trout Unlimited, Environmental Studies-University of Montana, Glass Concepts, Frederick M. R. Smith, Clayton DeVoe and Ellen Knight.

30 - Stories From the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Lewis and Clark School, in the library, 2901 Park. After hearing stories recounting the Lewis & Clark Expedition, over 430 elementary schoolers took part in in writing and recording four ballads and created paper mosaics and a wallpaper border of interpretive signs around their library. Completed in 2002 with art direction from Jayne Piazza.

29 - The Wave

3001 Bancroft St. This 100’ long sculpture doubles as a bicycle rack for Splash Montana. A series of 25 pipe forms increase in height from 3’ to 10’ forming a wave shape. Local artist Justin Anthony completed this project in 2007. A project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

28 - Untitled Mural by Area High School Students

YWCA Building, 1130 W. Broadway. A beautiful tribute to the courage and transformation of women, the mural was designed and produced in 2000 by area high school students Amanda Keeland, Melissa McNay, Carla Rothenbuecher, AC Rothenbuecher, and Rachel Bailey with artist Amie Thurber.

27 - Veteran’s Memorial

Rose Park. In 1947, the American Rose Society established the Memorial Rose Garden as a memorial to World War II casualties. Deborah Coperhaven’s heroic-sized bronze sculpture of a winged male figure lifting a young soldier from the earth was installed in 1988 to honor Vietnam Veterans. Seven bronze plaques list the names of these soldiers.

26 - Mountain Waters

McCormick Park. Thanks to the percent for art project, the City of Missoula Public Art Committee commissioned Missoula artist James Todd to create a design to be sandblasted on the exterior of the Currents Aquatic Center. This piece features motifs of Northwestern wildlife amid cascading waters. The design was sandblasted by Nash Enterprises Inc. of Missoula.

25 - MCFD Mural

625 E. Pine. On the West Side of the Missoula City Fire Station headquarters at the corner of East Pine and Madison. In 1995, Rudy Autio created these colorful scenes relating to fire fighting history. A project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

24 - First Night Tiles

Grand & First. First Night Tile Project on the Northside/Westside Pedestrian Bridge near the Grand and First Street Intersection. Decorated by children and adults who participated in the 1999-2002 First Night Missoula public tile project, the 6″ square tiles depict what Missoula meant to them.

23 - John Mullan

N. Higgins. Marble sculpture located in the plaza at the end of the North Higgins Avenue in front of the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot. Created in 1914 and one of just six sculptures remaining, this marble structure was erected to mark the route of the wagon road from Fort Benton to Fort Walla Walla, and to celebrate the road’s surveyor and builder, John Mullan.

22 - Crossings

N. Higgins. Sculpture located in front of the Northern Pacific Railroad Depot at the north end of Higgins Ave. Crossings consists of four large red Xs made of enamel on metal with concrete wingwalls and platform set on a stone ballast. Created by Taag Peterson in 1986 and a project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee, the sculpture popularly known as “the Xs” evokes the tall trestles necessary for trains to cross mountain ravines.

21 - Mountain Heir

5705 Grant Creek Road. Mountain Heir, by sculptor Dennis Jones, is one of four bronze sculptures located on the grounds of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation International Headquarters. Donated in 2006, the work commemorates the dedication of the Foundation and its mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife and their habitat.

20 - Heart of Missoula

111 W. Broadway. Completed in December 2005, these sepia-toned historic paintings depict downtown Missoula of ages past. Painted by Hadley Ferguson on seven aluminum panels, they were then attached to the wall on the side of the Allegra Print & Imaging building. A project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

19 - Untitled by John Carlon

337 N. Higgins. Murals on the north and east sides of The Oxford Saloon. John Carlon painted these figures in 1997 on Plexiglas to fill real windows.

18 - Candyland

403 N. Higgins. Completed 2007. Artist, Brad Allen. Commissioned by Keegan Eisenstat.

17 - Walter Hook Series

140 W. Pine. Located inside the Council Chambers in City Hall. Painted in 1984-85 by Missoula artist Walter Hook, the series of seven oils was purchased with the Bill Cregg Memorial Fund and was a project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

16 - Ponder

435 Ryman St. This painting by Mary Iverson is designed to honor and inspire those who participate in the legislative process. The title of the piece, Ponder, refers to the creative and analytical energy that goes into the crafting of public policy. A project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

15 - Mountain Line Transfer Center Mural

Transfer Center Mural between the Missoula County Courthouse and City Hall. 200 tiles decorated with animals, flowers and other symbols to represent the natural heritage of Montana. Created in April 2000 by Missoula County Public School students with the help of their art instructors Katherine Lynch, Jackie Alford, Carla Getz, Susanne Woyciechowicz, and local artist Dana Boussard.

14 - Proper Shoppers

Mountain Line Center. Installed in 2002, the solid bronze sculpture of a stylized grandmother and her favorite grandchild was created by Missoula artist Tom Rippon, a ceramics professor at UM. A project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

13 - E.S. Paxson Murals

Courthouse. Located inside the Missoula County Courthouse at 200 West Broadway. Created sometime between 1912 and 1914, these historical scenes were painted on canvas with oils. Curated by the Missoula Art Museum.

12 - Veteran’s Memorial

Courthouse. Honoring veterans of World War I and World War II. Located at the southeast corner of the Missoula County Courthouse Lawn on the corner of Broadway and Ryman. This cast bronze sculpture of a First World War soldier was created by J. Pauling in 1921. A 1927 plaque lists WWI veterans, and a 1948 plaque lists WWII veterans.

11 - The Heart Institute’s Wall of 100 Hearts

St. Patrick Hospital, 500 W. Broadway. These heartfelt mosaics were made by the sixth grade classes of Washington Middle School, 2002. As inspiration for the patients, each heart was created by an individual student. Teachers Joni McNeil and Mary Gillhouse coordinated with art direction from Jayne Piazza.

10 - Studebaker

216 W. Main. Mural on the side of the Studebaker Building at 216 West Main Street. Created by noted local artist Stan Hughes in 2000, this mural pays tribute to the historical background of the Studebaker Building and the heart of the Gasoline Alley historic area, which evolved on West Main Street in the early 1900s. A project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

9 - Cattin’ Around

W. Main & Ryman. Sculpture adorning Central Park parking garage in the 100 block of West Main Street. Mike Hollern created this whimsical, ferros cement depiction of a sprawled alley cat in 1991. A project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee.

8 - Dragon Hollow

101 Carousel Drive. Dragon Hollow is a magical playland adjacent to A Carousel for Missoula. The playland was the combined effort of artists, consultants from Leathers and Associations, Inc., and over 6,000 volunteers, who built the play land in just nine days.

7 - A Carousel for Missoula

101 Carousel Drive. “If you will give it a home, and promise no one will ever take it apart, I will build A Carousel for Missoula.” That was the promise Missoula cabinet-maker Chuck Kaparich made to the Missoula City Council in 1991. By opening day, May 27, 1995, over 100,000 hours of volunteer time had gone into the construction of 38 permanent ponies, three replacement ponies, gargoyles, chariots and more.

6 - Brennan’s Wave

Higgins St. Bridge. Named after world-class Missoula kayaker Brennan Guth, who died in Chile in 2001 pursuing his sport and passion. Sculpture, viewing platform and a whitewater feature in the Clark Fork River.

5 - Returning

Higgins Bridge. Sculpture on the East Side of Higgins Street Bridge just north of the Clark Fork River. Created by Jeffrey Funk in 1989 as a project of the City of Missoula Public Art Committee, these three large bronze fish twist among boulders and are a favorite among children.

4 - Untitled by Big Brothers Big Sisters

Clay Street/Holiday Inn. Mural in Bess Reed Park on the south end of Clay Street. Volunteers and children of Big Brothers and Sisters painted this vibrant and humorous mural in 1997.

3 - Peace Works

Created by area high school students Peter Bradstock, Sarah Jackson, Amanda Keeland, Brittany Kirkland, Sarah Logan, Yuki Sugimoto, and Tara Westle with artist Amie Thurber in 2000. A mural celebrating diversity with a colorful, festive atmosphere, Peace Works is located at the rear entrance of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center. Located on 519 S. Higgins.

2 - Wagon Wheel

515 S. Higgins. Mural on the north wall of Big Sky Embroidery store on the southeast corner of Higgins and Fourth. By DeForrest Shotwell.

1 - Untitled by Russell Smith, Jr.

322 Fort Missoula Road, Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. Artist Russell Smith, Jr.