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"Corwin Clairmont: Halfway Between Here and There"
2001-03-16 until 2001-05-26
Art Museum of Missoula
This exhibition, entitled Halfway Between Here and There, is a mixed-media installation of conceptual works laced with irony, humor and political innuendo. As a conceptual artist, Clairmont delivers a message; in this exhibition he confronts social, political and environmental issues facing the Salish and Kootenai Tribes living on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Clairmont maintains that the first conceptual artists were those that created petroglyphs, and he sees his work in a similar tradition as work that records history, describes a course of action, depicts spiritual icons, and presents images of identification.
Corwin Clairmont was born in St. Ignatius and is a member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes. He first studied art at the University of Montana, completing his bachelor degree at Montana State University in 1970, and then his Master of Art degree at California State University at Los Angeles in 1971. Clairmont became an active member of the community of conceptual artists in Los Angeles, creating serial artworks impressive in their originality and scale. He was compelled to return to his home on the Flathead Reservation to contribute his creativity and skills to that community. He currently serves as Assistant Vice President and professor at Salish Kootenai College as well as maintaining an active artistic career. His professional experience and community service in the years since his return to the reservation have been diverse and vast, illustrating a deep commitment to his community.
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