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BOB DURDEN

Billings, MONTANA

Owner, Director at Durden Gallery

Email : https://www.durdengallery.net/

before : Senior Curator / Curateur Senior

YELLOWSTONE ART MUSEUM

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENTATION

 

EDUCATION INFORMATION

 

 

1990

 

MFA in Art, Montana State University, Bozeman, studied with John Buck, Deborah Butterfield and Clarice Dreyer 

 

 

1987

 

Wichita State University, Kansas. Graduate work in Sculpture program 

 

 

1986-1987

 

Montana State University, Billings, Post Baccalaureate work in Sculpture 

 

 

1985-1986

 

University of Oregon, Eugene, Graduate Teaching Fellow, Theater. 

 

 

1984

 

BA in Art and Communication Arts, double major in painting and theater, Montana State University, Billings  

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

 

Yellowstone Art Museum - Billings, Montana                           

Title: Senior Curator 7/1/2012 - Present    

Supervisor: Robyn G. Peterson, Executive Director

 

 

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art—Great Falls, Montana

Title: Curator of Art, May 9, 2007 – September 1, 2011

Supervisor: Kathy Lear, Executive Director

 

 

Reorganization and management of exhibition program and permanent collection

 

 

Develop exhibition schedules, departmental goals, acquisitions for the permanent collection and participation in strategic planning

 

 

Secure and curate exhibitions from outside sources and from the permanent collection

 

 

Design exhibitions

 

 

Provide public art lectures

 

 

Write and design exhibition publications, brochures, invitations and interpretive materials

 

 

Assist with donor and exhibition sponsor development and grant writing

 

 

Participation in Acquisition, Collections and Exhibitions Committee meetings of the Board of Trustees

 

 

Wrote the museum’s Digital Implementation Plan

 

 

Participation in strategic planning

 

 

Wrote grant narrative that secured funding from the IMLS and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to enable a 3-year- long project to fully document, catalog, digitize and condition the museum’s permanent collection

 

Supervision of Registrar, volunteers and interns

 

 

Rocky Mountain College – Billings, Montana                               

Title: Theater and Art Instructor, August 2003-June 2004

Supervisor: Gerald Roe, Department Chair

 

 

Taught Scenery Design, Lighting Design, Stagecraft and 2D/3D Design

 

 

Technical Director for theater department productions department productions

 

 

Scenery and lighting design and implementation for department productions

 

 

Supervision of students in all technical production areas

 

 

Supervision of work-study students

 

 

Yeiser Art Center - Paducah, Kentucky                                             

Title: Executive Director/Curator, 10/8/2001-7/30/2002

Reported to a 21 member Board of Trustees

 

 

Reorganization of museum

 

 

Restructured and enhanced the scope and content of exhibition and education programs

 

 

Implemented sponsorship proposals and donor development

 

 

Fundraising, grant writing, development, marketing, merchandizing, advertising and web site design

 

 

Designed and installed exhibitions

 

 

Curation and Registration

 

 

Designed and wrote exhibition materials and catalogs

 

 

Newsletter Editor

 

 

Managed a staff of two and museum volunteers

 

 

Enhanced membership and attendance

 

 

Museum Consulting Services - Billings, Montana                 

Title: Owner/Consultant, 10/1/1999-7/16/2001

 

 

Collection and collection management assessments for public and private collectors

 

 

Facility assessment and capitol project management

 

 

Marketing—print and electronic media

 

 

Yellowstone Art Museum - Billings, Montana                           

Title: Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, 1/1/1999 - 8/5/1999 

Supervisor: Marianne Lorenz, Executive Director (currently Executive Director of Fort Collins Museum of Art)

 

 

Reorganization and management of the curatorial department, facility and grounds, permanent collection, contract services, a staff of 4 and departmental volunteers

 

 

Developed exhibition schedules, departmental goals, acquisitions for the permanent collection and designed and implemented strategic planning

 

 

Secured and curated exhibitions from outside sources and the permanent collection and designed exhibits

 

 

Designed and wrote exhibition publications, brochures, invitations, banners and interpretive materials

 

 

Developed funding and acquired objects for the permanent collection

 

 

Assisted with donor and exhibition sponsor development and assisted in grant writing

 

 

Led planning, organization and implementation of the Museum’s largest annual fundraising event, the Annual Art Auction Exhibition

 

 

Reported to Executive Committee; Collections, Exhibitions and Education; Long Range Planning; Marketing and PR; Building and Job Safety; and Facility and Grounds committees of the Board of Trustees as well as reporting to General Board of Trustees meetings

 

 

Yellowstone Art Museum – Billings, Montana        

Title: Curator, 7/1998-12/31/1998

Supervisor: Marianne Lorenz, Executive Director

 

 

Assisted with developing the exhibition schedules, departmental goals, acquisitions and strategic planning

 

 

Secured and curated exhibitions from outside sources and the permanent collection

 

 

Managed the building and grounds, permanent collection, all contract services and supervised a staff of 4 and departmental volunteers

 

 

Assisted Director, Assistant Director and Development Director with donor and exhibition sponsor development and assisted in grant writing

 

 

Led planning, organization and implementation of the museum’s largest annual fundraising event, the Annual   Art Auction Exhibition

 

 

Reported to Executive Committee; Collections, Exhibitions and Education; Long Range Planning; Marketing and PR; Building and Job Safety; and Facility and Grounds committees of the Board of Trustees as well as reporting to General Board of Trustees meetings

 

 

Designed and wrote exhibition publications, brochures, invitations, banners and interpretive materials

 

 

Designed exhibitions

 

 

Yellowstone Art Museum – Billings, Montana        

Title: Owner’s Representative, 3/9/1996-6/1/1998

Supervisor: Donna Forbes, Executive Director—Retired

 

 

Managed all aspects of the museum’s 6.3 million dollar expansion and renovation project

 

 

Conflict resolution with Architects, General Contractor and the Museum Foundation

 

 

Design review and approval of all change orders with the local architect

 

 

Quality control and assurance

 

 

Yellowstone Art Museum – Billings, Montana        

Title: Assistant Curator, 6/1/1993- 6/1/1998

Supervisor: Gordon McConnell, Senior Curator—retired

 

 

Assisted with developing exhibition schedules, departmental goals, acquisitions and strategic planning

 

 

Museum member of the programming and design team for the museum expansion and renovation

 

 

Secured and curated exhibitions from outside sources and the permanent collection

 

 

Managed the permanent collection and supervised a staff of 2 and departmental volunteers

 

 

Assisted in grant writing

 

 

Assisted in planning, organization and implementation of the Museum’s largest annual fundraising event, the Annual Art Auction Exhibition

 

 

Reported to Executive Committee; Collection, Education and Exhibition; and Facility and Grounds committees as well as General Board of Trustees meetings

 

 

Designed and wrote exhibition publications, brochures, invitations, banners and interpretive materials

 

 

Exhibition design and installation

 

 

Yellowstone Art Museum – Billings, Montana        

Title: Museum Preparator, 3/15/1991 - 6/1/1993

Supervisor: Gordon McConnell, Senior Curator—retired

 

 

Managed packing, shipping, crating and insurance for incoming and outgoing exhibitions and loans

 

 

Exhibition and permanent collection conservation matting and framing

 

 

Exhibition design and installation

 

 

Construction of gallery furnishings 

 

 

CURATION

 

 

2015 

 

 

The Other Side of Midnight:  Paintings and Prints by Adolf Dehn

 

Art in Action

 

Persistent Memories: Narrative Sculpture By Willem Volkersz

 

“A Lonely Business: Isabelle Johnson’s Montana

 

 

2014

 

 

Un/Conscious Bent:  A Survey of Regional Surrealism

 

Face to Face, Wall to Wall

 

Forward Facing: A Look at Portraits by Twentieth-Century Masters

 

Radiance:  Art from the Michael Ovitz Family Collection

 

 

2013

 

 

Elegant Repose

 

Immortal Glance: European Masterworks

 

The Elastic Past: Visual Interpretations of Life's Early Lessons

 

Hallowed Absurdities: Work by Theodore Waddell

 

Abandoned Traces

 

 

2012

 

 

Treasured Views

 

Uncommon Ground

 

 

2011

 

 

14th Annual Art Auction Exhibition

 

Jean Albus: Rapture on the Plains

 

Neil Jussila: Joseph in Montana—The Nez Perce Epic

 

Jeff Anderson: In Plain View

 

Rachel Kaiser: The Way

 

Annual Great Falls Public Schools Student Art

 

Whitney Polich : Collective

 

Shalene Valenzuela : No place like home

 

Centered : Ceramics from the C.M. Russell Museum

 

Centered : Early Works by Peter Voulkos from the Wells Fargo Bank Collection

 

 

2010

 

 

13th Annual Art Auction Exhibition

 

Dana Berardinis: True Remains

 

Davi Nelson: Vistas

 

Sarah Rowley: Pulse

 

Halley Gallagher: The Forest

 

Annual Great Falls Public Schools Student Art Exhibition

 

Great Falls Public Schools Advanced Placement Art Students Exhibition

 

Behind the Vault Door : Selections from the Permanent Collection

 

Melissa Colwell : Ad Club Scholarship Exhibition

 

Betsey Hurd : Natural Gaze

 

Mary Ann Kelly : Rivers Remembered / Rivers Imagined

 

Susan Thomas : Sublime Repose 

 

Theodore Waddell : The Weight of Memory

 

Montana Painters Alliance

 

 

2009

 

 

12th Annual Art Auction Exhibition

 

Jim Poor: Confluences

 

University of Great Falls Art Faculty Exhibition

 

Annual Great Falls Public Schools Student Art Exhibition

 

Great Falls Public Schools Advanced Placement Art Students Exhibition

 

2nd Annual Ad Club Scholarship Exhibition: Ariel Baker

 

Hope : A Local Response to Hate

 

Lisa Easton : Field / Work

 

Chris Turbuck : Figuratively Speaking

 

Freeman Butts : Pose

 

David C. Powers : Bathed in Light

 

Tim Holmes : The Body Psalms Project

 

Stitched in Time : Juried Quilt Exhibition

 

Stitched in Time : Linda Parker

 

 

2008

 

 

11th Annual Art Auction Exhibition

 

 Rudy Autio: The River is Wide

 

 Nancy MacDonald: Connected 

 

 Steven Young Lee: Culture Theory

 

 Lea Zoltowski: Quench

 

 Divine Image: Concrete Sculptures by Dr. Charles  Smith 

 

Suzy Holt : Burnt Gulch Revelations

 

Annual Great Falls Public Schools Student Art Exhibition

 

Great Falls Public Schools Advanced Placement Art Students Exhibition

 

Free Rein : Recent Work by Bill Drum and Carol Spielman

 

Ad Club Scholarship Exhibition: Tyler Murphy

 

Great Falls Public Schools Art Faculty Exhibition 

 

Rudi Dietrich: Echoes

 

Willem Volkersz: Stories of War and Peace

 

Patrick Smith: At the Ends of the Earth

 

Layered Comfort: Quilts by Helen Anderson, Jean   Duffy and Otylia Moser

 

Black Pinto Horse : High Spirits

 

Suzanne Donnelly : Shaped by Space

 

Jennifer Reifsneider : Stitched

 

Neltje : Wide Open

 

 

2007

 

 

Jolene Monheim: Accidental Narratives

 

Jacqueline Rieder Hud: Painting the Wild   

 

Zach Culliton: BioCreations

 

The Art of Ken Kohoutek

 

Taylor Mott: Western Convergence

 

Cathryn Mallory: Trace Identity

 

Bobby T. Tilton: Hide

 

Jennifer Thompson: Scenes from the Origins Project 

 

Jack Fisher, Jr: Handle With Care

 

 

All exhibitions featured below were curated at the Yellowstone Art Museum, except where noted

 

 

2002

 

 

After the Dream: William Carter and Joan Dance  (Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY)

 

Fantastic Fibers (Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY)

 

Gallantly Streaming: Area Artists Respond to 9/11 (Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY)

 

 

2001

 

 

Teen Spirit (Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY)

 

 

2000

 

 

32nd Annual Art Auction Exhibition  (Independent curation for the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT)

 

 

1999

 

 

David Shaner: A Life in Clay

 

(Bill McIntosh Gallery, Billings, MT)

 

31st Annual Art Auction Exhibition

 

Selected Prints from the Permanent Collection

 

Beyond the Picture Plane

 

Isabelle Johnson: Legacy of the Stillwater

 

Secret Gardens: Clarice Dreyer

 

Back in the Saddle: Fifty Years of Illustrating the West

 

 

1998

 

 

R.B. Kitaj: Selections from the Permanent Collection

 

L.A. Huffman: Frontier Photographer

 

 

1995

 

 

Reflections of a Modern Vision : The George and Elinor Poindexter Collection

 

Distinguish Fires : A Survey of Ceramics in Montana

 

Ben Steele : Prisoner of War

 

 

1994

 

 

In Context : Clarice Dreyer

 

Northern Rockies / New Visions, (Co-curated)

 

Dr. Seuss : Oh, the Thinks He Could Think !

 

In Context : John Buck 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

 

2015

 

 

The Other Side of Midnight:  Paintings and Prints by Adolf Dehn, wrote curatorial essay for the exhibition brochure.

 

Persistent Memories: Narrative Sculpture by Willem Volkersz, wrote curatorial essay for the exhibition brochure.

 

“A Lonely Business: Isabelle Johnson’s Montana, wrote essay for a companion book by the same title.

 

 

2014

 

 

Face to Face, Wall to Wall, wrote the introduction for the exhibition catlog.

 

Un/Conscious Bent:  A Survey of Regional Surrealism, wrote curatorial essay for the exhibition brochure.

 

 

2013

 

 

The Elastic Past: Visual Interpretations of Life's Early Lessons, wrote a curatorial essay for the exhibition brochure.

 

Hallowed Absurdities: Work by Theodore Waddell, wrote the introduction for the exhibition catalog

 

 

2011

 

 

14th Annual Art Auction, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

Jean Albus: Rapture on the Plains, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

Neil Jussila: Joseph in Montana—The Nez Perce Epic, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

Jeff Anderson: In Plain View, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

Centered: Early Works by Peter Voulkos from the Wells Fargo Bank Collection, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

 

2010

 

 

13th Annual Art Auction Exhibition, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.ana Beradinis: True Remains & Davi Nelson: Vistas, wrote and designed the on-line catalog for companion exhibitions.

 

Behind the Vault Door, wrote and designed on-line catalog.

 

Mary Ann Kelly: Rivers Remembered/Rivers Imagined, wrote and designed on-line catalog.

 

Susan Thomas: Sublime Repose, wrote and designed on-line catalog.

 

Theodore Waddell: The Weight of Memory, wrote introduction and essay for the exhibition catalog.

 

 

2009

 

 

UGF Faculty Exhibition, wrote and designed the exhibition catalog.

 

12th Annual Art Auction Exhibition, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

Jim Poor: Confluences, wrote and designed the exhibition catalog.

 

Lisa Easton: Field/Work, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

Focus on the Figure, wrote and designed the on-line catalog that illustrated 4 companion exhibitions.

 

Harold Schlotzhauer: Objects in Motion, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

 

2008

 

 

Willem Volkersz: Stories of War and Peace, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

George Longfish: A Retrospective, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

It’s All About Color, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

Patrick Smith: At the Ends of the Earth, wrote and designed the on-line catalog.

 

Neltje: Wide Open, wrote and designed the exhibition catalog.

 

Layered Comfort, designed the on-line catalog.

 

Jennifer Reifsneider: Stitched, designed the on-line catalog.

  

 

2007

 

 

Jack Fisher, Jr: Handle with Care, wrote and designed the exhibition brochure.

 

Rudy Autio: The River is Wide, wrote and designed the exhibition brochure.

 

 

2002

 

 

Fantastic Fibers, wrote and designed the exhibition catalog, published by the Yeiser Art Center.

 

 

2000

 

 

Masterpieces from the William I. Koch Collection, designed the exhibition catalog, published by the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT.

 

 

32nd Annual Art Auction, wrote and designed the exhibition catalog, published by the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT.

 

 

1999

 

 

31st Annual Art Auction, wrote the exhibition catalog, published by the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT.

 

 

Secret Gardens: Clarice Dreyer, wrote the exhibition catalog, published by the Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT.

 

 

David Shaner: a Life in Clay, wrote the exhibition brochure, published by Bill McIntosh Gallery, Billings, MT.

 

 

1995

 

 

Distinguished Fires: A Survey of Ceramics in Montana, wrote and designed the exhibition brochure, published by the Yellowstone Art Center.

 

 

1994

 

 

Dr. Seuss: Oh the Thinks He Could Think!, wrote and designed the exhibition brochure. 

 

 

PERFORMING ARTS EXPERIENCE

 

 

Scenery Design  

 

2004     

 

 

Macbeth, Rocky Mountain College, Billings Montana-scenery and lighting design and technical direction

 

 

2003     

 

 

Insect Play, Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Montana-scenery design and technical direction

 

 

2001       

 

 

The House of Bernarda Alba, Montana State University, Billings-scenery design

 

The Man Who Came to Dinner, Billings Studio Theater, Billings-scenery design

 

Round and Round the Garden, MSU, Billings-scenery design and technical direction

 

 

2000

 

 

Tom Paine, MSU, Billings; Off the Map, MSU, Billings-scenery design and technical direction

 

 

1999

 

 

Perfect Ganesh, MSU, Billings-scenery design

 

 

1997              

 

 

Baltimore Waltz, MSU, Billings-scenery design

 

 

1995

             

 

Chicago, Billings Studio Theater-scenery design4

 

 

1994

 

 

Picnic, Billings Studio Theater-scenery design

 

 

1993

 

 

The Apple Tree, fund-raiser for Zoo Montana, Billings-scenery design and technical direction

 

 

Ballet Fantisique, Classical Dance School, Billings-scenery design and technical direction. 

 

 

OTHER EXPERIENCE

 

 

1993  

 

 

Sculptor and carpenter for Josh and Sam, Castle Rock Productions, Los Angeles, California

 

 

1990-1991 

 

 

Stage hand for Alberta Bair Theater, Billings, Montana

 

 

1989

 

 

Carpenter for Bright Angel, Hemdale Film Corporation, Los Angeles, California

 

 

1985-1986 

 

 

Graduate designer and Graduate Teaching Fellow (Assistant Technical Director) at the University of Oregon, 

 

Eugene; set designer, Short Eyes and lighting designer, Lazarus Laughed.

 

 

1982-1984 

 

 

Scene shop supervisor and designer for Petro Theater, Montana State University, Billings.

 

79 production credits in scenery and lighting design. Acting experience—11 production credits. 

 

 

ADDITIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

 

2000 & 2003 

 

 

Part-time faculty member Communication Arts Department, Montana State University, Billings— taught

Introduction to Theater and Public Speaking

 

 

1988-1990

 

 

Montana State University, Bozeman, Graduate Teaching Assistant (Presidential Scholarship)—taught Art

Fundamentals to non-majors and supervised sculpture studio and foundry.

 

 

1988-1989

 

 

Technical and Artistic Director, Bozeman Senior High School Theater program.

 

 

1987

 

 

Wichita State University, Kansas, Graduate Teaching Assistant. Responsibilities: supervision of foundry and sculpture studios

 

 

1986-1987

 

 

Montana State University, Billings, Teaching Assistant.  Responsibilities: assisted beginning sculpture classes and maintained sculpture and ceramic studios.

 

 

1985-1986

 

 

Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Oregon, Eugene. Responsibilities: supervision of  stagecraft and work-study students in the construction and lighting of a 12 production season. 

 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

 

 

2010-2011

 

 

Art Gallery Directors Association, Board Treasurer, Great Falls, Montana

 

 

2010

 

Juror Western Heritage Arts Association Annual Juried Exhibition, Great Falls, Montana

 

 

2009

 

Montana Art Gallery Directors Association, Board of Directors-Member at Large, Great Falls, Montana Juror, University of Great Falls Annual Juried Student Exhibition

 

Juror, University of Montana Annual Juried Student Exhibition

 

Juror, University of Montana Annual Juried Student Exhibition

 

 

2001-2002

 

 

Member-at-Large, Paducah Wall-to-Wall Advisory Board, Paducah, Kentucky

 

 

1999

 

Selection Committee Member, J.C. Penney Golden Rules Awards, Yellowstone County, Billings, Montana

 

 

1997-1998

 

 

Member, Board of Trustees, Boys and Girls Club, Billings, Montana

 

 

1996-1997

 

 

Montana Art Gallery Directors Association, Board Officer- Secretary, Great Falls, Montana

 

 

1997-1998

 

 

Montana Art Gallery Directors Association, Board Officer-Vice President, Great Falls, Montana 

 

 

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

 

 

10 years of experience working within a Mac environment

 

27 years of experience working within a P.C. environment

 

19 years design experience for print media: currently utilizing Adobe Creative Suite

 

13 years design experience for the Internet currently utilizing FrontPage

 

Proficient with all components of the Microsoft Office Professional Suite

 

 

 

 

 

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