Montana Historical Society

Big Sky ~ Big History

Special Exhibits

Who Speaks to You? Portraits from the Permanent Collection

Lobby Gallery

Emma, Spokane by Harley Brown
Gift of Dr. Norman J. "Jeff" Holter, 1980.59.14

The Montana Historical Society’s newest exhibit, Who Speaks to You? Portraits from the Permanent Collection, includes an eclectic mix of paintings, juxtaposed to encourage visitors to look at portraits in a new way.

Portraits can reveal a lot about people and their times—if you know how to look for clues. Examining objects in the artwork, considering the backdrop, and observing the artist’s color palette reveal important information about the subject of the art.

The exhibit offers visitors a glimpse of the unique and interesting people—and pets!—whose presence has enriched the lives they touched and, in some cases, the larger state of Montana.