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Danforth at 50

On June 27th, the Danforth Museum of Art (DMA) will host a birthday party to celebrate its 50th anniversary and unveil a 12-foot timeline of its history and role in shaping today’s Livingston.

Danforth Museum of Art, Livingston, MT picture

In 1974, a group of Livingston residents incorporated the Park County Friends of the Arts (PCFA) to take over the first gallery in Livingston dedicated solely to contemporary art, from its visionary founder, Ray Campeau. For forty years, PCFA introduced the community to local artists and presented working artists from across Montana. It offered classes in ceramics and painting, sponsored the acclaimed Main Street Show, and presented Russell Chatham’s earliest exhibitions—as well as renting him studio space on the second floor.


During COVID, the PCFA reopened the gallery and retooled itself into an art museum dedicated to preserving Livingston’s artistic heritage. The result is today’s vibrant Danforth Museum of Art, a micro-museum with the mission of celebrating Montana and engaging the community through art, education and its permanent collection.


Tickets to The Danforth at 50: A Half Century of Engaging People with Art can be purchased at https://thedanforth.org/50th-anniversary.


“The Danforth at 50 is a great opportunity to rediscover the Danforth and learn what we’re planning for the future,” says Storrs Bishop, DMA Executive Director and Curator.

The Danforth at 50: A Half Century of Engaging People with Art is generously sponsored by American Bank.


Admission to the Danforth Museum of Art is always free. The DMA is open Tuesdays– Saturdays, Noon to 4 pm, and is located at 106 North Main Street, Livingston, Montana. www.thedanforth.org/

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