Neal Ambrose Smith

Neal Ambrose-Smith's exhibition "č̓ č̓en̓ u kʷes xʷúyi (Where Are You Going?)" is on view at the Missoula Art Museum through Feb. 26.

Neal Ambrose-Smith, a contemporary artist and professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will visit for an artist talk and reception on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the Missoula Art Museum.

The free reception runs from 5-7 p.m. and the talk is at 6, according to a MAM news release.

Ambrose-Smith’s solo exhibition — č̓ č̓en̓ u kʷes xʷúyi (Where Are You Going?) — is on view in the MAM through Feb. 26. The show includes the title sculpture, a 15-foot-wide neon piece, along with large-scale mixed media and prints that have blacklight paint. The imagery spans from popular culture like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Star Trek" to traditional Indigenous symbols and abstract expressionism.

Ambrose-Smith has shown his art around the world, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and abroad in France and South Korea, but this is his first MAM solo exhibition. He’s of Salish descent in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and his mother is the widely celebrated artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.

Also, while in Missoula, Ambrose-Smith will make prints with students and faculty at the University of Montana School of Art through the Matrix Press. The MAM is producing a catalog for his show, and the entire residency has been supported by an Andy Warhol Foundation grant to pay for Indigenous artists’ visits and exhibitions.

The capacity for the reception will be limited and visitors are asked to wear masks.