Montana Artists Refuge
current artists at the refuge

Judith Arcana Judith Arcana is here from Oregon for the month of October. Judith's work is published in various journals, most recently in Prairie Schooner; more is forthcoming in 13th Moon and Red Cedar Review. She has received a Poetry Award from the Deming Memorial Fund, a Poetry Fellowship from Literary Arts, and grants from the Puffin Foundation, the Rockefeller Archive Center and the Union Institute Graduate College. A longtime teacher of writing, literature and women's studies, Judith's books are Our Mothers' Daughters, Every Mother's Son and Grace Paley's Life Stories: A Literary Biography. Follow this link to Judith's poem, The Sun in Montana, written during her residency.

Rebecca BaileyRebecca Bailey is a writer and teacher from Kentucky at the Refuge for a two-month residency. She is the recipient of the Literal Latte Poetry Award 1999 and the Denny C. Plattner Appalachian Heritage Award among others. Her works have appeared in Literal Latte, Emry's Journal, Appalachian Heritage, Chaffin Journal, Bitterroot, The Herb Companion, and Endangerspeak, just to name a few. Rebecca's books are Reign of the Girl-King, A Wild Kentucky Garden, The Kinks: Reflections on Thirty Years of Music, and Three Women Alone in the Woods (with Mary Stewart and Carolyn Jo Lacy). Rebecca is at the Refuge for October and November.

Nikki Schrager is a sculptor from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a member of Pacific Rim Sculptors Group and has exhibited frequently as a member thereof since 1997. She recently received second prize in the show "Form and Space" at Arts Benicia in California.
I am interested in the transformation of ordinary materials such as hardware cloth, cardboard, string, etc., as well as discarded items found at the salvage yard, sanitary landfill or recycling center. I want to create works that transcend the "ordinariness" of the inherent material, the reach for height or mass. My new work, developed at the Montana Artists Refuge, deals with modular units that can fit together and can serve as maquettes for larger outdoor work. See Nikki's work in the Refuge Gallery. See Nikki's website.

Harvey SteinHarvey Stein is a playwright, screenwriter, film and stage director, performance artist and teacher from New York City. His works have most often focused on social issues, including racism and anti-Semitism, environmentalism, and the issues confronting youth. Harvey believes passionately that art can be used to comment on the world, and to challenge the view of audiences and viewers. During October at the Refuge, Harvey is continuing work on his latest screenplay, centering on the main character's passion to save the Western wilderness that is threatened by imminent development. See Harvey in motion in the Refuge Gallery.


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Basin, Montana 59631
(406) 225-3500

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